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Collision Course (Star Trek: Academy) Hardcover – October 16, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: Academy
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Edition edition (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141650396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416503965
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,610 in Books (See Top 100 in 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 williamshatner.com.

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 www.reeves-stevens.com.

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Like all of his other books this one doesnt disappoint.
Marcus L. Prunty
If you are a fan of Star Trek more specifically of Shatner's this is a must read.
The adventure story is very well written and very engaging.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on December 6, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a previous reviewer has noted, this novel is not intended to be great literature, but it is far more fun to read than that stuff anyway! It is obviously directed to fans of the Original Series, so my comments are only applicable to those readers. Yes, you will be required to suspend your disbelief in some parts, but if you do you will greatly enjoy the ride. I was very pleased that the events and characters hold very closely to canon, and any deviation was not enough to distract me. In reading Trek novels, I will generally put them down if they take too much liberty with the canon history or characterizations, but in Collision Course I repeatedly found myself smiling at familiarity and a uttering few "ahs" at how the authors wove canon history into this invented history.

I will culminate my opinions on the book with this: I hated to reach the end and I am anxious for the next in the series to be published. What better positive comment can a book of this type receive? To my fellow OS Trek fans, read and enjoy!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Over forty years ago, the partnership between Captain James Tiberius Kirk and Mr. Spock took place on television. That friendship, along with Dr. McCoy, has become one of the most iconic in fiction and television.

William Shatner, joined by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, penned the beginning of a multi-book new series in the STAR TREK franchise. STAR TREK: THE ACADEMY -- COLLISION COURSE shows how 17-year-old James Kirk and 19-year-old Spock first meet, and all the trouble that sprang out of that relationship.

At the time, Kirk is trying to recover from a horrible experience he had on Tarsus IV. The view of that war and Kirk's loss of innocence seems to mirror what's going on in our world at the moment. But it's a good, solid background story that explains why Kirk wants nothing to do with Starfleet and believes they're worthless.

Spock struggles with his identity. Half-human and half-Vulcan, he finds that he fits comfortably into neither world. Not only that, but he's uncovered a plot by someone within the Vulcan embassy that is selling priceless artifacts to a fence.

The book moves along at a lightning quick pace. Although it's 450 pages, I whipped right through it in a single sitting, devouring this adventure for the sheer fun and pleasure it was. The idea of a young Kirk and young Spock is fascinating. The authors do a great job of showing the basis of the long friendship that is to come, as well as setting into play any of the things that Kirk and Spock agreed to disagree on.

Kirk is in love with a young Starfleet cadet who's being brought up on charges for theft. In order to prove her innocence, Kirk undertakes to steal a Starfleet vehicle with a technological device he's created.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By William Kowinski on November 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The most devoted Star Trek fans and readers with only a passing knowledge of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock should all find plenty to enjoy in this fast-moving, coming-of-age novel.

(As for the reviewer who says Spock is much older than Kirk in the series, he's wrong. The series establishes that Spock was born in 2230 and Kirk in 2233: skeptics can check the Star Trek Encyclopedia. These authors don't make those kinds of mistakes.)

The story is full of twists, and it gets pushed several times towards the implausible, but always gets pulled back to become another surprising adventure. It's skillfully told, with clean, swift prose and the well thought-out characters are developed through story. The dialogue crackles, and you can hear both the youth of those familiar voices, and those familiar voices themselves.

Though this book is not at all a Kirk ego trip, his coming-of-age story emerges pretty clearly. Mature for his age in many ways, this Jim Kirk is still recognizably a teenager:intense in his loyalties and his opinions, already shrewd and clever, with outward charm and inward emotional turmoil, but at 17, "his only weapon is defiance." Spock's teenage self-consciousness applied to his Vulcan/human inner conflict is also described plausibly and affectionately.

As Trek often does, there's a contemporary ring to this futuristic tale, as this story brings painfully alive the contemporary tragedy of child soldiers in Africa and Asia. There's also a message about why history is important that's a vital part of the soul of Star Trek.

My advice is to put aside your preconceptions, take a deep breath and open this book. You might enjoy the ride. I did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the multi-faceted 'Shatnerverse' things happen sometimes different than within the same timeline already established with Trek Lore, including episodes and/or established novels written prior to his novels, but who CARES?? These are science fiction stories revolving around a TV series originally created by Gene Roddenberry a long time ago...let's not read into it what isn't there, okay? Heck, the series itself played around with established Trek Info at times, right? So what's the fuss? Sure, I'd LIKE it if ALL Trek media could agree 100% of the time, but since it doesn't, I'm not going to lose sleep over it, that's for sure. Okay, 'nuff said.

How was the book? you ask? Pretty good...whether or not that was Shatner's skill or the undeniable talent of co-authors Judith & Gar, well, let's say I have a feeling they have more of a part in helping to co-author these novels than Shatner would like us believe--but once again, I don't honestly care as long as the story is worth reading and provides me with sufficient entertainment that I'll feel buying the book was money well spent. In this case: absolutely well spent.

I was skeptical...at first, that fiddling with the origins of Kirk and Spock could be pulled off well enough to give this a positive rating, but indeed Shatner (or whoever else) did a fine job. The plot twists come (sometimes out of left field) and I am constantly impressed with the depth of Trek knowledge they display with each novel they all write together...and most importantly, how well that information is tied together with the new storyline.

For those who judge Shatner based on the abysmal Star Trek V film which was co-written and directed by Shatner--STOP right now...
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