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Enterprise, The First Adventure (Star Trek) Paperback – April 23, 1987


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 23, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586073213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586073216
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,303,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who finds him impetuous; a chief engineer who finds him arrogent; a chief medical officer who finds him trifling; and a helmsman who wants a transfer.

But the young crew, which would later become the legendary space explorers, quickly puts aside their differences when a monstrous starship appears on their nascent flight path. END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on October 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Every saga, as the tag line for another series' first episode goes, has a beginning, and the same could be said for the crew of the Federation starship USS Enterprise.
When we first saw them on TV in the fall of 1966, the starship Enterprise, Capt. James T. Kirk commanding, was already well into its five-year mission. The officers and crew had already been through several assignments and worked well as a team....and the exploits of Capt. Kirk and his starship were already reaching near-legendary status in the Federation.
But how did Kirk, one of the youngest men ever to attain the rank of Captain, become skipper of the already legendary starship? How did the crew come together to become the finest crew in Starfleet?
Vonda McIntyre (The Entropy Effect, the novelizations for Star Trek II-IV, plus the Star Wars novel The Crystal Star) delves into the unknown beginning of the Star Trek saga in her novel Enterprise: The First Adventure.
The novel begins as the newly promoted Captain James Tiberius Kirk, 28 years old and decorated hero -- he barely survived a disastrous mission at Ghioge -- is given his new assignment: command of the Constitution-class starship Enterprise. Her former skipper, Capt. Chris Pike, has been given a promotion to commodore, and Kirk has been chosen as his replacement.
Although Kirk is happy about his new rank and his first starship command, he is disappointed when his friend Gary Mitchell (still recovering from his wounds received at Ghioge) is not assigned to the Enterprise as his first officer. Instead, he inherits Pike's half-Vulcan science officer, Mr. Spock. Kirk thinks Spock is too cold and analytical, while the logic-minded first officer believes the new captain might be too reckless for his own -- and the ship's -- good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rabbi Yonassan Gershom VINE VOICE on September 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
I count this among my favorite TOS novels. It was written back in 1986, during the heyday of Trek novels, before things became so cookie-cutter formularized. This book is thick enough (371 pages) to have multiple well-developed subplots in addition to the main storyline about the change of command from Captain Pike to Captain Kirk. Although some reviewers see this as "rambling," I see it as good writing, where seemingly unrelated threads all come together eventually. (Perhaps my love of mystery novels makes me more tolerant than most when it comes to details that seem "irrelevant" until the end of the book.)

The story features some interesting first-contact aliens, a variety of non-human crewmembers (pay special attention to the "green roommate"), a genetically engineered equiraptor (winged horse), a "perverted" Vulcan who seeks out emotional experiences for thrills, and a renegade Klingon from a minority Klingon culture where everyone veils their faces. I especially enjoyed McIntyre's portrayal of the first interactions between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, as well as her great backstory about Yeoman Janice Rand. As Gene Roddenberry himself said on the cover, "I heartily recommend ENTERPRISE: THE FIRST ADVENTURE as a most creative and enjoyable tale of Star Trek's beginning..."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Nieman on October 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
Few people remember that before this book came out, all Star Trek books were small, episodic paperbacks that you could read in an afternoon. This book was an important step in Trekdom as it is the very first Star Trek book that was written as a full-blown novel of original material.
Here, we are introduced to Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, "Bones" McCoy, and all the other Trek favorites when they first meet each other. All is not well aboard ship, and the cameraderie we know and love from these characters is all but absent, initially. They are wary of each other, distracted by duty, obsessed with personal agendas, and so on.
We see the crew of the Starship Enterprise as a bunch of individuals rather than the cohesive core of the ship we know from other stories, but it is utterly fascinating to see this crew meld together in crisis, not knowing the long history they will have together.
Kirk is the youngest man to captain a starship in the Federation, and some of his crew are not impressed with him. Kirk's main critic is Spock, who sees the Captain as "impetuous." But Kirk has more problems on his hands than a disapproving Vulcan: The ship's surgeon has yet to report to duty, the helmsman wants to be anywhere else than at the helm of the Enterprise, and Kirk soon realizes that his first mission as Captain of the Enterprise is far less the exciting mission he expected. He is ordered to transport a group of performers on a morale-boosting tour for the Federation. What no one knows is that this presumably tame mission could be their last!
If you thought you knew Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the crew, you haven't read anything yet. Written by noted SF author, Vonda N.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Admiral Noguchi promotes Kirk to Captain, making him the youngest ever captain in Starfleet; and, follows with an order to take the Enterprise on a mission to support morale in a distant territory of space that is claimed by Klingon and Federation governments at the same time. Easy to read, fun to imagine, and sets a great background for the TV series whose characters it includes. I rated this "6" because, as with most ST novels, it does indeed deal with important issues; but a higher rating would require dealing with issues that more strike to the heart. (Best Destiny, by Diane Carey is a Star Trek novel that offers a great example)
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