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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Star Trek #17) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671495003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671495008
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the crew grieves for Mr. Spock, the awesome Genesis Device, now controlled by the Federation, has transformed an inert nebula into a new planet teeming with life. But Genesis can also destroy existing worlds.

The creators of the Device want it given freely to the Galaxy. But Starfleet Command fears that it will become a force for evil. And the enemies of the Federation will not rest until they seize it as their most powerful weapon in the battle to conquer the Galaxy.END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Zika TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek-The Original Series: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock by Vonda N. McIntyre based on a screenplay by Harve Bennett is just what is says... the search for Spock.
This book is based on Paramount Pictures space adventure Star Trek III the movie... The Search for Spock... but is Spock really gone for good? The awesome powers of the Genesis Device were released in an inert nebula and now where there was nothing, there is a planet teeming with life. But, to the Federtion and its enemies there is more to the Genesis Device. Could the Genesis Device be used as an awesome weapon? The enemies of the Federation will not rest until they themselves have the power of the Genesis Device.
What I liked about reading this book is that there are fewer leaps in logic and there are more scenes written in the book that aren't found in the movie version, making the book far superior to the movie. The author's writting style makes for easy reading and she has excellent character development as the story flows and makes sense.
The story is well-written and when reading it the prose flow and makes for a quick read. If you liked the movie, you'll really like the book as the book is an expanded version of the movie.
This is classic TREK as the Federation and its enemies battle for the most powerful weapon to control the galaxy... the Genesis Device.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Dowling on August 12, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Vonda McIntyre's added scenes in the beginning of this book were absolutely wonderful. The romance between Lieutenant Saavik and David Marcus, the wake for Spock, and the story about how Captain Sulu is originally supposed to command the Excelsior all bring together the story in a much better way than the movie did. Overall, an excellent book that all should read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Blakley on January 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a Trekkie--or a Trekker (to use the more politically-correct term)--I love just about all of the older versions of the Star Trek series. But my favorite movie (at least from The Old Series) is "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock." Not only did I enjoy the way the script flipped the moral concept of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" (which was the theme of the previous entry "The Wrath of Khan"), but I thought the Star Trek universe itself was expanded. There were 2 new classes of starships introduced ("The Excelsior" and "The Grissom"); new alien races popped up; the Klingons were brutal villains; and more about Vulcan and its rituals was explored towards the end. And more of "The Enterprise" crew were given classic lines or scenes. Though the plot still centered around Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, everybody else played pivotal roles (from the captain of "The Excelsior" to a backwards-speaking alien).

While all these things made "The Search For Spock" my favorite movie, there was still a bit lacking (in terms of total character and plot development). That's where Vonda Mcintyre's novelization of the movie kicks in and makes "The Search For Spock" even more appealing and dare it be said "fascinating."

Mcintyre's novelization delves into the complex depths of a love affair between seemingly cold Vulcan-Romulan science officer Saavik and Captain Kirk's son (and co-Genesis Device creator) David Marcus. Mr. Scott's grief over losing his nephew in "The Wrath of Khan" is also fleshed out; as is Sulu's career move towards a higher rank in Star Fleet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on October 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you've seen the movie, you already know the biggest plot problem is the way the Genesis planet operates. What happens to Spock makes no -- forgive me -- logical sense. The author doesn't tidy up the gaping plot holes very much. She just puts a little more meat on the bones of story that already has skeletal flaws. Huge chunks of the novel were so close to word for word recitations of the movie's dialogue, they might as well have reprinted the actual script and sold that.

And call me a stickler but I do wish these writers would study a bit more Star Trek cannon and the technical details rights. The Kirk's Enterprise is NOT a Constellation class starship. It's a Constitution class. Kruge's ship is a Bird of Prey not a "fighter". Getting the details right is not too much to ask in a book you could have written in a couple of weeks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen K. Avery on July 29, 2013
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Sadly, I must say that this book, which I read on Kindle, reads like a first draft. Aside from the typos which are numerous, the writing is downright poor.
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