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Captain's Glory (Star Trek) Hardcover – August 22, 2006

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An old threat in a new form, the Totality threatens to eradicate all life in the universe. Starships throughout the Federation are succumbing to malfunctioning warp drives, and shadow creatures are kidnapping key people throughout the Federation. In their own ways, Jean-Luc Picard, William Riker, James Kirk and Kathryn Janeway must figure out how to combat a nearly indestructible and endless enemy. Like any good franchise, Star Trek seeks to grab the attention of the widest spectrum of fans as possible. In that vein, the authors populate the story with characters from Star Trek, The Next Generation and Voyager. Shatner's voice captures the tension and energy of the scenes, which are also capitulated by the musical score and occasional sound effects. Shatner ably embodies the voice of Kirk, but his characterizations of Picard, Riker, Worf and several others are mediocre and pale in comparison to the actors who created them. Even fans of the show may become significantly lost in this abridgment without sufficient reading of previous Star Trek books.
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About the Author

William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek ® novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. More information is available at

Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens are the authors of more than thirty books, including numerous New York Times bestselling Star Trek novels. Their newest novel of suspense, Freefall, is a follow-up to their Los Angeles Times bestseller, Icefire, and is set against the political intrigue and historical conspiracy surrounding the next race to the Moon.

In keeping with their interest in both the reality of space exploration and the science fiction that helps inspire it, in 2003 Judith and Garfield were invited to join a NASA Space Policy Workshop for the development of NASA's new goals as put forth in the agency's 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. Then, for the 2004 television season, the couple joined the writing staff of Star Trek: Enterprise as executive story editors. For more information, please visit


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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (August 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743453433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743453431
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one knows Star Trek like William Shatner!
W. Dinatale
I still enjoyed the novel a great deal, but Shatner needs to find a more fitting enemy for Kirk to overcome than Picard -- who ultimately ISN'T the enemy at all.
Jeff Edwards
This is mitigated a little bit (but not much) by Riker eventually calling them both out for being extremely silly, and their chastised reactions are classic.
David Roy

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Star Trek books by William Shatner (and Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens) have always been an entity of their own, away from the normal Trek novel continuity and featuring (sometimes to a fault) a rejuvenated James T. Kirk in the Next Generation timeline. While I didn't enjoy the Mirror Universe trilogy (I don't think I even read the last book), Captain's Blood was rather enjoyable. Perhaps that was because of the Romulans? The test of that would come with Captain's Glory, Shatner's new novel, which doesn't feature any Romulans whatsoever. Surprisingly, that didn't matter. I actually enjoyed it much more than Captain's Blood, making a winner of an ending for this particular trilogy.

After helping avert a Romulan civil war and the Empire's destruction by the Totality, Kirk decides he wants to just take care of his son, Joseph. However, Admiral Janeway has given him a sweet offer, a ship of his own with a lot of hidden abilities, as long as he'll help Starfleet when he's called. Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, and Joseph are making the rounds of the galaxy, but strange dreams of Norinda (an agent of the Totality) and his past are still haunting him. He is determined to discover the fate of Spock, who was seemingly absorbed by Norinda into the Totality. It seems to be on the move again, and this time it's using the warp drives of starships to invade the Federation. It seems that the warp fields generated by the ships' engines open a window that they can come through, but doing so causes the drives to overload. Starship traffic is brought to a standstill, with any ships containing newer drives unable to use them. Thankfully, the Enterprise was refitted with an old one after Nemesis, so it can still run! How convenient.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By imgreenlantern2 on October 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have read everyone of the Shatner Kirk books since Ashes of Eden and I have greatly enjoyed everyone of them. There is nobody better to write a Kirk adventure than the man that invented Captain James T. Kirk. I've read a lot of Star Trek novels in my life time and none have fascinated me more than Shatner's Trek novels. With that said I want to review Captain's Glory.

One of the greatest aspects of this book is the pace of the story. There are hardly any slow times during the book where something is not happening. From the beginning to the end I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen. The creation of the Totality is absolutely superb and what makes it so great is there has never been a villian quite like them. Norinda is such a great character and the interaction between Norinda and Kirk is excellent.

One of the things that Shatner has done better than any other Star Trek author is bridging the gap between the T.V. shows. Clearly, Shatner is a fan of Next generation and Voyager because those are the main characters in this trilogy. I really hope that authors in the future are able to do half as well as Shatner has with this aspect, and if they do there should be plenty of interesting Trek novels in the future.

Some have commented that the ending is not that good or not what they expected. I thought the pace and how Shatner brings all 9 of his Kirk novels into a final "finale" was excellent and very well written. The ending was very satisifying for me and I don't think Shatner could have ended his saga any better.

It's sad this will be the last of his Kirk novels but I couldn't have asked for a better bookend than Captain's Glory. Well done Mr. Shatner. Well done. Thank you for 11 great years of Star Trek "Glory".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Terrence Abrams on August 24, 2006
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Being a fan of most Star Trek books and all of their shows and movies, (Except for the total idiotic way "Enterprise" was betrayed and wasted for the true fans), I have found Judith and Garfield Reeves-Steven's Shatner books on Trek the very best in all of the Trek media available.

They often employ the best tactical believe-ability in Trek action, motivation and logical conclusions in their story-planning, plotting and telling. The Ashes of Eden was a great start, followed by the more invigorating "The Return" and "Avenger", Kirk in TNG's timeline was really hitting his stride.

Kirk's marriage to Teilani opened up doors and more possibilities, and with a great Mirror Universe Trilogy to follow, Kirk had his best action ever. ("Dark Spectre" probably being the best) Sure, Shatner books focus more on Kirk coming up with the heroic resolutions and action, but Riker played his usual "I can relate to saddle-swinging Kirk as well as prolific Picard" self. Picard was always handled pretty well and in an expected manner, Janeway was just as you'd expect, from where Voyager and Nemesis left her off.

So now we have the conclusion to the Totality trilogy, which unfortunately is kind of like a typical Peter David 'New Frontier' letdown at the end. Instead of their usual large scale tactical Trek realism, the Reeves-Stevens elects to put us in a little bit of a 'kooky 1960's angle' of believing the Totality is the end-all, be-all abundant actual mass of the universe's 'dark matter' that loves us so blindly, they need to kill us all off to see their point of view. The entire storyline is somewhat contradicting and self-defeating.
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