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The Return (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1997


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  • Series: Star Trek (Unnumbered Paperback)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067152609X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671526092
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shatner serves up the latest installment in the best-selling multiauthored series.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Veridian III: A world has been saved, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D lies in ruins, and one of the galaxy's greatest heroes rests beneath a simple cairn of rocks on a lonely hillside. But as a legendary Vulcan ambassador comes at last to the grave of his best and dearest friend, the adventure is only beginning.

The Borg and the Romulan Empire have joined forces against the Federation, and their ultimate weapon is none other than James T. Kirk, resurrected by alien science to destroy the Borg's most formidable enemy: Jean-Luc Picard.


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The Return is a great story, filled with fun, action, and suspense.
Dustin E Proehl
Despite some of his writing seeming a little on the corny side, it was still a great book and took a lot of imagination.
William C. Allen
I've read a few more of his books and all were very good too but this one simply blows the others away.
Rich S.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I heard that William Shatner wrote a "Trek" novel that brings legendary Captain Kirk back to life, my first impression was "How corny and desperate is Shatner to do this?" and I was reluctant to even digest the idea. However, being a die-hard trekkie, I admit I was quite curious to the concept. To my delight, Shatner's tale of rebirth and unification of Spock and McCoy with the Next Generation crew was not only un-corny, but very imaginative, as well. This novel combines the action and humor of both generations of "Trek" far superior than "Star Trek - Generations" did. The idea of a Borg / Romulan dissentor alliance was unique, and the way Shatner describes the re-generation tecniques is believable when put into a 24th century context. The new Starfleet equipment (starships, cloak detection devices, etc.) are very exciting, and one must wonder if the Borg are to make a return. (Their homeworld is destroyed and the remaining collective throughout the universe is in dissarray.) Can the Borg ever recover? That question may or may not be answered in the sequel, "Avenger", also written by Shatner, which I will start as soon as I finish this review. This is an excellent novel, a page-turner, and I have a new respect for Shatner the writer, and I may even sample his "Tek" series. This is for old-school trekkies such as myself...the constant references to the original "Trek" t.v. show were a delight, and the Borg / V'Ger connection was brilliant. Great work, Mr. Shatner.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I can honestly say that it is one of the most intriguing trek novels written to date. I give Shatner his due, he tells a fun story, if implausible at times. I liked the Borg element and the way Shatner put together some interesting ideas. I guess what really annoyed me is the way Shatner treats characters other than kirk. In a word he butchers them. Kirk defeats worf in combat. Picard a blithering idiot while kirk has the situation well in hand. The next generation crew idiotic compared to him. Kirk is made out to be the greatest thing the galaxy has ever known. In other words superman!! But I suppose the most troubling thing about the 2 Shatner books that I have read so far(I also reviewed avenger tonight) is how the next generation crew are dumped on by Shatner. I have spectre, dark victory, and preserver and I am concerned What will be next? Kirk defeats the entire dominion in a runabout. I don't know, I liked the return because Shatner told a good story but something has to be done about the damage that gets done to characters. Mr. Shatner help me out!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Stewart on December 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With this book, William Shatner proves he knows as much about what makes Trek work as anyone and in fact, knows more than most. This book is a thrill a page with wonderful character moments throughout. Shatner also blends the classic characters with the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine characters extreemely well and without any of them suffering from bad characterization (at least not any that is his fault in this novel) or over shadowing characters that might normally get lost when standing next to Kirk or Spock. This is still Shatner's best Star Trek novel, though all of them are well worth the read. This is also the best Star Trek novel I have ever read and it's even better than some of the films!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Disappointing best describes my feelings upon finishing this "sequel" to "Ashes of Eden." The plot--in which the Next Generation's baddest "baddie," the Borg, team up with the baddest baddie still around from the original series, the Romulans--seems very unplausible given the nature of the Borg as depicted in the series and in film. Kirk also comes across as a very unreal character and many of his actions in the book are so implausible that it drags down the entire novel. I was hoping for a plot in which the Borg resurrected Captain Kirk to use him as a spokesperson for the Borg as they had used Captain Picard in "Next Generation." Instead I got a convoluted plot involving the Romulans that was very dissatisfying.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul H. Cho on May 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading many Star Trek books throughout the years, it amazes me the number of stories that can supposedly occur between episodes shown on TV and film. This story by William Shatner takes place between ST VII Generations and ST VIII First Contact. It is an engaging, but not particularly exceptional story of what happens after Jean-Luc Picard buries the legendary James Tiberius Kirk in a cairn of rocks on Veridian III. Without spoiling too much (the title gives it away anyway) Kirk is returned to life, and leads another adventure against a Romulan-Borg plot to destroy the Federation. I found some of the characterizations of the main characters, particularly Spock, Kirk, Picard, and Riker to be rather one-dimensional and shallow, but overall the book was a good read and better appreciated if you forgive certain inconsistencies of character and implausible scenarios (like Kirk's confrontation with Worf). Best read if you are killing time (like waiting for a flight) or by the beach/poolside.
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