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Doctor's Orders (Star Trek: The Original Series) [Kindle Edition]

Diane Duane
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Doctor's Orders

When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. Enterprise™ ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a rountine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority.
However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his catain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worsewhen the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck
Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.


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From School Library Journal

YA-- While on a routine diplomatic mission on the planet Muscae IV, Kirk disappears, leaving Dr. McCoy acting captain. When a Klingon vessel arrives laying claim to the planet, its landing party also vanishes, resulting in a confrontation with the Enterprise. While Doctor's Orders does not boldly go where other novels haven't gone before, it is a fast-paced, well-written adventure in which the characters remain true to the Star Trek universe. Dr. McCoy, with his wry sense of humor, brings an added dimension to the story.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a routine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority.

However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his captain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worse when the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck.

Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.


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  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 1st edition (September 22, 2000)
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  • Language: English
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, 'real' space tactics combat November 1, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked it. I liked Dr. McCoy's characterisation and his crustiness, but what I REALLY liked was how the ship acted like a ship. They discussed department head meetings and worried about things like how dehydration effects bridge crew performance during space combat. The crew of the ship did a lot of real crew things, not just sit at the com console and looko busy. Chekov was proud as heck to be the briefing officer at a staff meeting. McCoy thought about writing paper on various subjects. Spock acted as a department head and directed his staff apropriately. This is the stuff about trek novels that I REALLY like, not going up against omnipotent space beings (although this novel has that too) or making dramatic speeches.
Ms. Duane always puts a lot of research into her books, be them the Spiderman trilogy she did or anything else. It was a delight to see the crew discuss and go over first contact procedures and act truly as a vessel of exploration.
My biggest delight was in the obligitory space fight against the Orion pirates. The space battle wasn't just 'fire torpedoes' and stuff like that. They worried about orbits and parabolas and perahelions. There was real thought put into tactics and strategy here.
Also, this book marks the second instance where trek ever used the third dimension (Star Trek II was the other). As they were involved in a fight, Kirk ordered to Sulu to go full impulse along the z axis (straight up).
And finally, the way Ms. Duane dealt with the Universal Translator was just great. it really made you believe in the technology of the ship and her crew, and was not just a simple plot device like in the shows.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. McCoy's Finest Moment - 2 Raised Eyebrows! September 17, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Several years ago I spent the summer checking out Star Trek paperback novels. There were two that I went out and purchased so I could have my own copy and "Doctor's Orders" was one of them.
While orbiting yet another strange planet, Captain Kirk beams down to handle diplomatic negotiations and places Dr. McCoy in charge of the Enterprise. It seems Bones has been wearing himself down in Sick Bay and he wants to give the good Doctor a rest. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished. No sooner does McCoy take the center seat then Kirk disappears and the Klingons show up looking to pick a fight.
The situation is a bit contrived since I find it hard to believe that Starfleet regulations do not allow Spock to assume command, but who cares? The scenes where McCoy talks to the Klingons or goes toe to toe with Spock are well worth it. Duane's humor in these conversations is entirely grounded in the characters, which was always the strength of Star Trek. This is not a big epic like many of the Star Trek novels tend to be, but there are only so many times the gang can save the universe (I believe the number is 56). This is a delightful tale and well worth the reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is an older Star Trek novel (I'm writing this in Jan 2005, about 15 years after it came out). But it's still a good one. It has a scenario that seems somewhat implausible, but is one of those things Trek fans kind of always wanted to see. In short, McCoy is forced to be captain of the Enterprise after Kirk goes "Oh yeah, well, if you think you can do it, go do it", but then disappears, forcing McCoy to be the Captain. Why Spock couldn't take over is mostly ignored, but still.. :)

Had some great McCoy lines, some intersting interaction with the Klingons, basically a good fun read. As one of the other reviews here said, it's not the most grandiose story - it's not a "Save the universe" type of thing, but is a good situational fun read.

I'm also biased somewhat, as I appear in the book. Some years ago I talked to Diane Duane online, and struck up a friendship. She had asked me about being in one of her books - this was it. I'm in there as one of Dr. McCoy's medial assistants. "Lt. Joe Siegler". I later get eaten by a tree. When Diane Duane asked me what I wanted my character to do, I said "die".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diane Duane scores again July 17, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Diane Duane has once again managed to write an excellent novel. Having this book focus mainly on Dr. McCoy instead of Romulans or Klingons was a change for her, but it worked out none the less.
Diane really knows her characters, which is obvious in the way she wrote McCoy. The doctor is his same old grouchy self, but we learn that he can hold the fort if he has too. We also learn why he isn't a diplomat...
The chemistry between the entire crew is excellent, and allows us to see each person in a good light.
All in all, a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continued Excellence from Diane Duane April 21, 2002
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Diane Duane's prior Star Trek novels have given us a level of insight into the main characters of the series that we were never really able to see during the run of the show. This novel is a chance for her to turn her talents specifically on Dr. McCoy, and allows us to really see his relationship with Kirk, Spock and the rest of the Enterprise crew from a totally different perspective.
From the first chapter to the last, Duane has captured vintage McCoy; we even have the added benefit of hearing it from the "inside" during those parts of the story when he must struggle to face an impossible situation. When he winds up in command, after complaining once too often to Kirk regarding how the ship is run, McCoy -- and the readers -- find out just how challenging it really is to sit in the "center seat."
As with her past novels, Duane has not forgotten about the other core characters. Each has his or her own moment in the sun; however, there is no question that this novel belongs more or less exclusively to Dr. McCoy.
This is another beautifully crafted Star Trek tale from an extremely talented author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
Wonderfully in character and matching the feel of original trek. Is it a literary masterpiece with an outstanding plot? No, of course not. Is it good fun? Absolutely. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rose B
5.0 out of 5 stars The chains of command
It was a fantastic look at how Starfleet works and the demanding nature of command.
McCoy comes to learn that heavy is the arse that sits in the center seat.
Published 3 months ago by Edaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Little starship on the prairie
Everyone has an opinion I guess. But when Spock says to Kirk "really, sir" and it sounds like "gee whiz, Jim" and Kirk refers to a planet as "pretty" ( he'd never say that)I may... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fantastic keeps you on the edge of your seat! It was adventurous to the extreme the book itself can keep readers even if they are not trekkers they will enjoy the book.
Published 5 months ago by maylyn coffey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great story! Good twist having the Doctor in the Command chair. Well written and puts you in the Doctor's shoes.
Published 7 months ago by Rick k
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Trek novels I've read.
Excellent Trek, centered on McCoy ending up in the command chair during an incident around a strange planet. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rich M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Older Star Trek nivel
Diane Duane had a great touch on classics trek. Here w have McCoy thrust into the center seat and a of planet with three intelligent species. Read more
Published 8 months ago by H. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this from begining to end.
A true Trek novel. And so vivid expression through words, even a Vulcan would blush.
The only suggestion I could offer to improve a perfect story would be: "More Horta's... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Edward E McKenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek at it's Original Best
It is Star Trek... what else needs to be said. Yet this particular book does a wonderful job of painting the good doctor McCoy into the realm of command. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ben Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a big Star Trek reader but this book did it for me
It's a great story and I already knew the characters from the TV show, so it was pretty easy to follow. The story was impressive and intense. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Carson
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Diane Duane was born in New York City -- a descendant of New York's first mayor -- and worked there as a psychiatric nurse before leaving the profession for the only one she loved better, the business of writing. Since the publication of her first novel in 1981, she's written fifty more, not to mention numerous short stories, comics, computer games and screenplays for TV and film, and has picked up the occasional award here and there. (She has also worked with Star Trek in more media than anyone else alive.)

Right now she's probably best known for her "Young Wizards" series of young adult fantasy novels, featuring the New York-based wizards Kit Rodriguez and Nita Callahan -- in business for twenty-five years now, their most recent adventure being described in the ninth YW novel, "A Wizard of Mars" (just released in paperback).

DD shares a two hundred-year-old cottage in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland with her husband, the Belfast-born novelist and screenwriter Peter Morwood, a laid-back white cat named Goodman, and various overworked computers... an odd but congenial environment for the staging of epic battles between good and evil and the leisurely pursuit of total galactic domination. (And a lot of ethnic cooking: her own favorite foods come from the cuisines of central Europe and the Mediterranean.) In her spare time she gardens (weeding, mostly), studies German and Italian, listens to shortwave and satellite radio, and dabbles in astronomy, computer graphics, iaido, amateur cartography, and desktop publishing ... while also trying to figure out how to make more spare time.

Her favorite color is blue, her favorite food is a weird kind of Swiss scrambled-potato dish called maluns, she was born in a Year of the Dragon, and her sign is "Runway 24 Left, Hold For Clearance."

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