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Spectre (Star Trek) [Kindle Edition]

William Shatner , Judith Reeves-Stevens
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Book Description

Retired and happily in love, Kirk believes his adventuring days are over. But as he returns to Earth for the first time since his apparent "death" upon the Enterprise-B, events elsewhere in the galaxy set in motion a mystery that may provide Kirk with his greatest challenge yet.
The Enterprise-E, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is exploring an unstable region of space on a scientific mission of vital concern to Starfleet when they discover the last thing they ever expected to find: a lonely, battle-scarred vessel that is instantly recognizable to every member of Picard's crew. Five years after being lost with all hands in the Delta Quadrant, the Starship Voyager has come home!
The commander of Voyager, one Tom Paris, explains that Captain Kathryn Janeway and half of the original crew is dead, but if that is true, who is the mysterious woman who has kidnapped Kirk back on Earth, pleading with him to assist her against a threat to the entire Federation?
All is not as it seems, and soon Kirk is forced to confront the hideous consequences of actions taken more than a hundred years prior, as well as his own inner doubts. After years of quiet and isolation, does he still have what it takes to put things right-and join with Captain Picard to save the lives of everyone aboard a brand-new Enterprise?
An unforgettable saga peopled by old friends and ancient enemies, Star Trek: Spectre propels Kirk on a journey of self-discovery every bit as harrowing as the cataclysmic new adventure that awaits him.


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From Library Journal

In his fourth contribution starring his alter ego, Shatner (The Return, Audio Reviews, LJ 12/95; The Avenger, Audio Reviews, LJ 1/97) once again deposits Capt. James T. Kirk into the center of a highly intricate plot, where only he can save the universe. Co-written with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, the author provides everything a Trekkie could ask for: two Mr. Spocks; a 150-year-old Dr. "Bones" McCoy; a time-displaced "Scotty"; a generous helping of action balanced by a pinch of camaraderie and sentiment; and topped off with contributing efforts by Captain Picard and Captain Janeway and their crews from The Next Generation and Voyager, respectively. This latest installment doesn't have quite the emotional investment in the family of characters as his last offerings. No matter; bestowed upon the reader are Kirk's heroics and love life, Spock and McCoy's acerbic bantering, and a crossover among three different casts. Shatner does his usual adequate job, offering a melodious reading with a hint of apathy. Recommended for all sf collections.ACharlie Weiss, formerly with "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

William Shatner is the author of three previous Star Trek novels, Avenger, The Return, and the Ashes of Eden. In addition to his ongoing role as Captain James T. Kirk, he has also appeared in such hit plays as The World of Suzie Wong and A Shot in the Dark, in such notable films as The Brothers Karamazov and Judgment at Nuremberg, and on television in T.J. Hooker and Rescue 911. He is also the author of several other novels, including the popular TekWars novels, which inspired a hit television series. Shatner lives in Los Angeles.

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  • File Size: 3679 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 21, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0UNU
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars *Captain Kirk and the Kitchen Sink* March 18, 2002
Format:Hardcover
"Spectre" is an excellent read. Book one of William Shatner's Mirror Universe Trilogy has nearly everything for the Star Trek fan. An exciting story line; practically everyone's favorite characters; non-stop action; events predictable and totally unpredictable. This book has everything. And of course, since it's written by Shatner, the protagonist is Captain Kirk.
This novel takes the reader back to one of the ten greatest episodes in the entire Star Trek television history, "Mirror, Mirror". The author weaves a story of what occurred after Kirk's appearance there influences the Mirror Universe Spock. Fast forward that event through more than 100 years of history, and bring the Mirror Universe characters into our universe for action and revenge, and you'll get the gist of the story.
Sounds like your basic Star Trek episode, but it really comes across as more than that. This novel is the best Star Trek novel I have read and I have read quite a few. Just when you think you've seen the last character that can be squeezed in that allows the book to retain continuity, and BANG, here is another surprise that fits right in. Or is it a Mirror Universe duplicate of that character? Read the book and find out for yourself.
I rate this book at a very enjoyable 4.70 out of 5.00 stars, rounded up to 5.00. If this is your kind of book, you won't want to put it down. I'd tell you more but that would ruin the surprises. Perfect for several hours of get your mind off life and serious stuff reading. It is also a good jumping on point to check out Shatner's Kirk based stories. No one understands Kirk better than Shatner. The author proves what a terrific fan he is of the Star Trek history too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shatner or Kirk, who is this character? October 1, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another Trek novel. Yes, I just can't get enough of these. They are kind of like the Bud Lite of SF, they go down easy and after you have read about five of them you don't notice the bad taste they sometimes leave in their wake.
Well, I am a Star Trek fan and after reading Shatner's Get A Life book I do find myself with a bit of affection for the potbellied former Captain of the Enterprise. Unfortunately while this book has good pacing and has a bevy of interesting characters, I often didn't feel like I was seeing Kirk portrayed properly. It feels like Shatner is exploring his own feelings about age and love more and more with the Kirk character. There are endless scenes in the book where we find Kirk mooning over his love for Teilani, the exotic Klingon, Romulan hybrid that Kirk fell in love with in past books. In fact much of what motivates Kirk in the book is his endless love for this woman. That's all fine and dandy, but really, that isn't the Kirk that we have known up till now. In the The Return and Avenger, Kirk wasn't this dreamy eyed, (granted in one of those he was the brainwashed pawn) this book takes this to a whole new level. That said and done it was probably the main thing that irked me about the book, that and the ending.
The beginning of the novel finds Kirk trying to settle down with Teilani, but she convinces him that he needs to go out and explore some more and find out whether he really wants to settle down with her or not. Of course, Kirk agrees to this and goes off to a few Starfleet functions to shoot the breeze with his old comrades in arms. While he is attending said functions he is kidnapped by mysterious forces.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Star Trek October 17, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Only someone closely affiliated with Star Trek can truely write a story fans would love and adore and that's exactly what William Shatner has done. Well done and keep it up! We can't have another series, or film, with the original team in, so books will have to suffice.

William uses his knowledge of James T and crew and goes further than any series. It's just a shame TV and Film will never equal the descriptive stories of his books. The human mind is a powerful tool and the images it creates are unequal to any screen visualists' power. Star Trek - Live Long and Prosper!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Make it stop! Please, just make it stop! May 12, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was...well, another in the seemingly endless chain of Shatner epics. Mr. Shatner is in an enviable situation: he gets to write about his favorite Star Trek character (which is also his alter-ego)and he gets to play in the Trek universe, assisted by talented authors, with a guarantee that his story will be read by the public, and he gets PAID for it ! This book is really just Paramount-approved fanfiction, and not very good fanfic at that. In my opinion, he has distorted the characters we all know and love, especially the females. They all seem to be soft and dependant on the male characters, and they all find Kirk irrisistable (even Janeway !) The plot is just a rehash of all of his previous books: A problem arises, which threatens The Galaxy, The Federation, Life-As-We-Know-It, take your pick.The problem is, of course, too big to be dealt with by Star Fleet's finest, so after some prodding, Kirk gets the old Enterprise gang together. The remarkably fit senior citizens end up saving the day, Kirk gets whatever women he happens to find attractive, and the book ends. But is it really the End? Blah! I would not reccommend this book unless you are a diehard Kirk/Shatner fan, and even then it would be very unsatisfying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It isn't great sci-fi writing
An enjoyable romp through the Trek universe. It isn't great sci-fi writing, and Shatner's ego is very present, but,really, what else would you expect? Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Of the two I have read in this trilogy this ...
Of the two I have read in this trilogy this one I was unable to stop reading. Just need to see what the last one holds now.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Quality, quick service, enjoyed it. THANKS!!
Published 6 months ago by Joe Getsinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Captain Kirk verses the Mirror Universe !
Good story, but I could deal less with the Shatner/ Kirk egoisms, Like Kirk is the untimate hero and everyone else just follows his lead (poor Picard) But an exciting story and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Garth One
5.0 out of 5 stars buyer very pleased!
Arrived safely, buyer very pleased!
Published 10 months ago by Hilde H. Helseth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Star Trek Books
Another good Star Trek book that spans the original and Next Generation characters. It is part of series of books written by William Shatner so it is good to read them in order.
Published 17 months ago by Troy L Hudson
4.0 out of 5 stars great book for lovers of TOS on
Shatter and the Reeves-Stevens make a great team for the continuing adventures of Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty as they interact with the characters younger generations have come... Read more
Published 20 months ago by great book for lovers of TOS on
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got it!
Having read the others of this sequel, I now have the last book. I love the fact I was able to find it online in hardback allowing me to give the paperback to another who is... Read more
Published on February 1, 2013 by Rimillia
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirk's actions in the mirror universe come back to haunt him.
In the Star Trek episode "Mirror, Mirror" Captain Kirk and several of his crewmen are transported to a mirror universe with all the people from his own universe. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Jeremy Richmond
4.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding performance from the whole Trek gang...
Book one of the Shatner Mirror Universe series, William Shatner along with the duo of Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens produce a nonstop action packed galactic size quest of epic... Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Taking A Break
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