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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: The Original Series (Book 2)
  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Audioworks; abridged edition edition (October 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671686321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671686321
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,192,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In a story line constructed to fill in the gaps between the end of the original 1960s Star Trek TV series and the beginning of the feature-length movie series, the Enterprise docks on Earth, ending its five-year mission, and Kirk, Spock and McCoy go their separate ways until a tense hostage situation reunites them. "Certain to appeal to the series' fans," predicted PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After the end of the EnterpriseTM's five-year mission, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy struggle to establish new lives apart from each other and the starship. The newly-promoted Admiral Kirk is placed in charge of a specially-created Starfleet division and attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who, in the midst of a teaching assignment on Vulcan, finds the one thing he least expected; and Dr. McCoy, whose unerring instinct for trouble lands him smack in the middle of an incident that could trigger an interstellar bloodbath.END

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Customer Reviews

She balances the character interactions well against the action of the plot.
Jeanne Tassotto
I call this the "Hey...the books almost over" conclusion usually ended with a sudden summary and wrap-up(don't ya hate deadlines).
Brett Capman
Star Trek: The Lost Years, although a few years old, is still a great story, with great writing.
G. Horine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jon on August 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dillard does what so many have done since with the TNG gaps between the episodes and the movies, but of course her job is much harder since there were so many character changes between "The Turnabout Intruder" in 1969 and "The Motion Picture" in 1979.
Dillard's insights into the characters are three-dimensional and fit very well into what we would expect on the screen. McCoy acts like McCoy, Spock acts like Spock (with an internal view at the emotions he hides from the world), and Kirk acts like Kirk.
The author does spend many pages tying up the 5-year mission before entering into her main plot for the book, but the storyline gently flows from one aspect of the book to the next. The book follows two seemingly separate storylines: one following McCoy and Spock, the other following newly-promoted Admiral Kirk and his newfound friend Lori Ciana (the girl who screamed and died in the transporter accident in The Motion Picture).
The end of the book brings us about 6 months into the 2-year stint between the series and first movie, leaving plenty of room for the next three books in this saga.
Overall, I enjoyed The Lost Years. It did not overwhelm me with greatness, but it was definitely one of the more enjoyable of the Star Trek books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Lee Zimmerman TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 11, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
THE LOST YEARS answers some of the most often asked question's regarding the original series: what happened after the five year mission ended? It's outstanding premise keeps the regulars together (somewhat), and it creatively hints toward the fact that this isn't the last we'll see of the crew of the Enterprise. Fascinating!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on September 22, 2003
Format: Paperback
As a Star Trek fan, I had often wondered how, exactly, the five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise had finished. Had it ended with a dramatic confrontation with either the Romulans or Klingons...with Enterprise limping home scarred yet proud? Why did Jim Kirk accept promotion to the Admiralty? Why did Mr. Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy leave Starfleet?
At least some of the major questions posed above were answered in 1989 when J.M. Dillard's Star Trek: The Lost Years was first published. With superb writing and storytelling skills, Dillard (perhaps now best known for writing all the novelizations of the latter half of the Star Trek feature films) paints a materpiece of Star Trek lore, blending the untold story of the breakup of the most famous crew in Starfleet with a tale of an ancient Vulcan mind-lord's revenge upon the "weak followers of Surak," the Vulcans who chose to follow the path of logic and non-violence after centuries of war.
The Lost Years (which was the first of a four book series set in the two and a half year period between Enterprise's return to Earth and the events of Star Trek: The Motion Picture) captures the essence of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the crew so well, you can almost see and hear the original cast members acting out their most famous roles as you read this wonderfully crafted novel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leej Terrell on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book features one of those villains you will just say "This guy is awesome!" and wish you could do some of the stuff he does on your own enemies. (evil laugh) If you're looking for a cops and robbers type Star Trek novel, this would be the one. It's one of those you just want to know how Kirk and his crew is going to get out of their next major catastrophe. One of those "edge of your seat" books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Shep Willner on July 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This novel focuses on several fronts: Kirk's promotion to admiral and his first assignment to negotiate the release of hostages; McCoy's visit to Vulcan's Kolinahr retreat and subsequent hi-jacking by a reincarnated Mind Lord; and how Spock made his decision to enter the Kolinahn discipline. The title is misleading: The story covers a 6-month period after the Enterprise returns to Earth, not 3+years before V'Ger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Contompasis on September 17, 1997
Format: Audio Cassette
A weak entry for this line of
Star Trek books. It is sluggish out of the gate,
picks up a little speed, then collapses. Not
quite as bad as some of the stories from the
1970's and early 1980's, but not that much better.

It contains too long an introduction to the main
plot as it attempts to stitch together a series
of links between the end of the TV series and the
first film. The book, Prime Directive, did it
better with a better story.

Spock, McCoy, and Kirk are merely spectators as
the action swirls around them. Kirk's role could
have been excised completely. As far as I can tell,
all he did was turn off a containment field in
a Romulan ship's brig. That could have been replaced
by a power fluctuation caused by the Vulcan magician
showing off how powerful he was.

The author got so desperate after creating an
exceedingly powerful villain that she resorted to
a contrivance, a new character who was immune to
his powers.

Nitpick time: At some point the warning of the
auto-destruct of the Romulan ship mentions danger
in the area around the soon-to-be-damaged area. The
area of effect is one square parsec. First, that's
a mighty huge area. Second, it's an area rather
than a volume (why would it only affect two
physical dimensions?).

There's not much here to like.

Special note for the audio cassette version:
Having 2 voice actors reading the part of Spock
was, at minimum, jarring. At its worst, it
was distracting.
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