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Star Trek: The Original Series: Crucible: McCoy: Provenance of Shadows: McCoy - Provenance of Shadows [Kindle Edition]

David R. George III
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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David R. George's Crucible Trilogy explores the legacy of one pivotal, crucial moment in the lives of the men at the heart of Star Trek -- what led them to it, and to each other, and how their destinies were intertwined.

For Doctor Leonard McCoy, life takes two paradoxically divergent paths. In one, displaced in time, he saves a woman from dying in a traffice accident, and in doing so alters Earth's history. Stranded in the past, he struggles to find a way back to his own century. But living an existence he was not meant to, he will eventually have to move on, and ultimately face the shadows born of his lost life.

In the other, he is prevented from saving the woman's life, allowing Earth's history to remain unchanged. Returning to the present, he is nonetheless haunted by the echoes of an existence he never lived, and by fears which will bring him full circle to the shadows he never faced.

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About the Author

David R. George III has written more than a dozen Star Trek novels, including The Lost Era: One Constant Star, The Fall: Revelation and Dust, Allegiance in Exile, Typhon Pact: Raise the Dawn, Typhon Pact: Plagues of Night, Typhon Pact: Rough Beasts of Empire, and the New York Times bestseller The Lost Era: Serpents Among the Ruins. He also cowrote the television story for the first-season Star Trek: Voyager episode “Prime Factors.” Additionally, David has written nearly twenty articles for Star Trek magazine. His work has appeared on both the New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller lists, and his television episode was nominated for a Sci-Fi Universe magazine award. You can chat with David about his writing at

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  • File Size: 1010 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743491688
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (August 29, 2006)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000JMKRG6
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Celebrating forty years of Leonard 'Bones' McCoy September 13, 2006
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In the classic Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever," Doctor Leonard McCoy -having accidentally injected himself with an overdose of powerful medication - fled the starship Enterprise and, after traveling back in time to Depression-era New York City, prevented the death of social worker Edith Keeler. Keeler's vitality energized the pacifist movement in America and effectively destroyed the future that Leonard McCoy knew. Only the intervention of James Kirk and Spock saved McCoy and the future that they knew.

Except, they didn't.

In Provenance of Shadows, the first book of the fortieth anniversary Crucible trilogy, David R. George III paints a picture of two lives, struggling to find purchase in an ever-passing existence.

In the `restored' timeline (i.e., the story we know as Star Trek), Leonard McCoy returns to duty shortly before the events depicted in the episode "Operation -- Annihilate!" and we follow the good doctor's loves and losses, professional triumphs and personal sorrows, for close to a century. In the `altered' timeline, we follow the life of Leonard McCoy the lost... lost in a time that is not his own, unable to practice his passions, and fearful of altering the timeline.

But all is not well in either timeline as Leonard McCoy must deal with the echoes of his past: the loss of his mother, his painful relationship with his father, and an ill-fated marriage. McCoy, in both timelines, holds his secrets close to his vest, hiding who he truly is from those who love him, and often from himself.

If I have any complaint concerning this book, it is actually the `restored' timeline's attempts to cover such an expansive life in brushstrokes.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ August 31, 2006
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For those of you who are fans of the original Star Trek this book is a must read. Its a detailed character study of Leonard McCoy told with a richness of detail that is often lacking in tie in novels. It starts ever so slowly then gradually it grows upon you and you find yourself unable to put it down. The last 50 or so pages are worth reading the entire book for. Its unlike any Star Trek book you've seen before. Try it you will like it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the real McCoy November 17, 2006
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After reading Olympus Descending in the DS9 Worlds series, I had really high expectations for this book. Not only were they not met, I did not enjoy this book in its own right. The most obvious reason is the tedious nature of how the author does his descriptions. The detail level is mind-boggling. At one point, he spends a paragraph on describing some hay McCoy wipes off his shirt. It reminded me of a Star Trek RPG tip for Narrator's, that they don't have to go into minute detail about the environment, the players have seen it on the show. Someone could have advised this author that all of his readers grew up on Earth, and we know what it looks like around here. On the flip side, the author doesn't go into much detail about about the setting's effect on the characters. When someone enters a room for the first time, everything is about the appearance and little is said of the character's reactions to it. It even shades over to affect the dialogue, which is what David R. George otherwise excels at. For the first two hundred pages, we get bland descriptions of people's emotional stances or reactions, which should have been, and often are, clear from their speech. Thankfully after that the characters talk a lot more, and the book finally becomes truly readable.

However, by that point another problem has become evident. Usually, the only times the characters truly sound like themselves are when the author has lifted the dialogue from the show. (With the exception of Spock. With his minutely detailed descriptions and love of dry sarcasm, the author's book on Spock might be worth reading.) The author looked into McCoy's past, of which the incident that stands out most is his fleeing from a failed marriage into Starfleet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Of Two Minds August 17, 2009
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I'm of two minds with this book. On the one hand, I love the prose. It's a beautifully written, richly detailed character study of Leonard McCoy. I can see where some folks might complain about the wordiness of it (I read it on Kindle, so don't have a sense of the sheer HEFT of the physical novel), but it's nice to have a Trek book that isn't just A to B to C. Some of the descriptive passages were just lovely, especially in the first half of the book, as McCoy struggles to take in and understand life in the early 20th century. I liked the characters in the small South Carolina town, and I could see in my mind's eye the gradual assimilation of this 23rd century doctor who eventually realizes he's not going home.

On the other hand, the "future" parts of the story were kind of disjointed and, well, dull. It felt like a Trek survey course. I found myself skimming the 23rd century parts until I could get back to the other universe. I kept waiting for something to happen to dovetail the two universes, to give it some point. But it never did. And, frankly, I just wanted stuck-in-the-past McCoy to find some freaking happiness. So the end of that universe's story was more than a little disappointing.

***mild spoilers ahead***

There were things I just didn't get, even though I went back and re-read carefully. Like, why were Natira and Lynn described as doubles for each other? Why didn't 20th century McCoy come down with that fatal disease that 23rd century McCoy did in For the World is Hollow...? Why was McCoy so disturbed, really all of a sudden, about the prospect of an early death - so much so that he could remember events that happened in another reality? (And a really minor one: why didn't Spock go to McCoy's wedding?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read!
Published 4 months ago by Norm
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant writing
Another excellent book. David's writing style takes the reader on a journey to explore the world that the main character is experiencing.
Published 12 months ago by Onelia Herriot
1.0 out of 5 stars Rehash of the TOS episodes
I'm on page 75, so far, the book is a retell of two TOS episodes in a tedious manner. Total waste of my time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tintin
5.0 out of 5 stars CRUCIBLE 1 McCoy
Can not get enough of the original series! A novel (no pun intended) approach to "City on the Edge of Forever".
Published 20 months ago by Miki Hartman
3.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Original Series: Crucible: McCoy: Provenance of Shadows
I was dissappointed in the rehash of many tv episodes and the switching back and forth between story lines was very disconcerting.
Published on January 25, 2013 by Brenda Rickman
3.0 out of 5 stars Half of a good book
"City on the Edge of Forever" is one of the finest episodes from any of the Star Trek series, and the story lends itself to a lot of what-ifs. Read more
Published on October 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Smooth but Difficult - Parts Unbelievable
I'll keep this short. There are spoilers here. Don't read if you plan to get the book.

The book has two parts. Things happen in the future, some original, some not. Read more
Published on July 15, 2011 by I. silverman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a great novel!!
Honestly the best Star Trek novel I've read in years... The life of McCoy in the 1930's was one of the most interesting concepts ever put to paper. Read more
Published on September 17, 2009 by Chris S. Jackson
2.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but only the fresh new portion; the 23rd century plot is dry...
It was fun following along with alternate timelines following one of THE critical events of Star Trek, when James Kirk stops his friend Leonard McCoy from saving Edith Keeler in... Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by D.B. Spalding
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Original Series novel
This novel is, in fact, more or less, the story of Leonard ("Bones") McCoy, Chief Medical Officer of the USS Enterprise. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Roger J. Buffington
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