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Captain's Glory (Star Trek) Hardcover – August 22, 2006
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An old threat in a new form, the Totality threatens to eradicate all life in the universe. Starships throughout the Federation are succumbing to malfunctioning warp drives, and shadow creatures are kidnapping key people throughout the Federation. In their own ways, Jean-Luc Picard, William Riker, James Kirk and Kathryn Janeway must figure out how to combat a nearly indestructible and endless enemy. Like any good franchise, Star Trek seeks to grab the attention of the widest spectrum of fans as possible. In that vein, the authors populate the story with characters from Star Trek, The Next Generation and Voyager. Shatner's voice captures the tension and energy of the scenes, which are also capitulated by the musical score and occasional sound effects. Shatner ably embodies the voice of Kirk, but his characterizations of Picard, Riker, Worf and several others are mediocre and pale in comparison to the actors who created them. Even fans of the show may become significantly lost in this abridgment without sufficient reading of previous Star Trek books.
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About the Author
William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek ® novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. More information is available at williamshatner.com.
Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens are the authors of more than thirty books, including numerous New York Times bestselling Star Trek novels. Their newest novel of suspense, Freefall, is a follow-up to their Los Angeles Times bestseller, Icefire, and is set against the political intrigue and historical conspiracy surrounding the next race to the Moon.
In keeping with their interest in both the reality of space exploration and the science fiction that helps inspire it, in 2003 Judith and Garfield were invited to join a NASA Space Policy Workshop for the development of NASA's new goals as put forth in the agency's 2004 Vision for Space Exploration. Then, for the 2004 television season, the couple joined the writing staff of Star Trek: Enterprise as executive story editors. For more information, please visit www.reeves-stevens.com.
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They often employ the best tactical believe-ability in Trek action, motivation and logical conclusions in their story-planning, plotting and telling. The Ashes of Eden was a great start, followed by the more invigorating "The Return" and "Avenger", Kirk in TNG's timeline was really hitting his stride.
Kirk's marriage to Teilani opened up doors and more possibilities, and with a great Mirror Universe Trilogy to follow, Kirk had his best action ever. ("Dark Spectre" probably being the best) Sure, Shatner books focus more on Kirk coming up with the heroic resolutions and action, but Riker played his usual "I can relate to saddle-swinging Kirk as well as prolific Picard" self. Picard was always handled pretty well and in an expected manner, Janeway was just as you'd expect, from where Voyager and Nemesis left her off.
So now we have the conclusion to the Totality trilogy, which unfortunately is kind of like a typical Peter David 'New Frontier' letdown at the end. Instead of their usual large scale tactical Trek realism, the Reeves-Stevens elects to put us in a little bit of a 'kooky 1960's angle' of believing the Totality is the end-all, be-all abundant actual mass of the universe's 'dark matter' that loves us so blindly, they need to kill us all off to see their point of view. The entire storyline is somewhat contradicting and self-defeating. If the Totality loves themselves enough to describe their own need to be left alone by light matter, then why love us so much as to force us into their dark matter dimension of life against our will, against the very pattern of evolution they had for themselves?
Poor Joseph Kirk has to become something that is a such a stretch, even by a wide-ranging Sci-Fi evolution standard, that what happens to him is impossible to accept. Kirk again must face over-whelming personal tragedy that would make most of us readers insane, despite the strengths of our various characters.
The Picard/Kirk wit matching in this book is good, the ideas of the Totality's attack are great, but I do believe another HUGE careless mistake from the 1960's would be to believe that any human being would last for long in 400% gravity. I do believe most scientists declare that to be instantly lethal. I even liked how Counselor Troi was contributing truly valuable impressions for a change. Spock and McCoy, who were great in the previous novels are downplayed a bit, and Worf, now first officer of the Enterprise was a commenting non-factor at best.
This book was a fine read for the characterizations and story strategies the Reeves-Stevens always provide, and not boring like a lot of J.M. Friedman novels, but the enemy we're left with is un-believeable at best, ridiculous from Spock's explanation of their true nature, up and until how they act at the end. I was wondering how many more times Kirk was going to think or declare "This time I'm really dead..." before he passes into oblivion. It happens so much in the last four chapters, you're being dragged around with morbid expectations.
I think the Reeves-Steven's had to rush this book over martinis and vacations once Enterprise's TV run ended. For what was great story inventiveness, something you can count on from them, there are too many weak points in this novel that are hard to swallow about this story's conflict. Heck, did we have to have ANOTHER alien force take on the shape of sexy woman for Kirk? I sure do miss the true action sequences and smart strategies everyone employed in the Mirror Universe trilogy.
I give this 3 out of 5 stars, because they do keep the magic of the best in Jim Kirk's spirit soaring with the latest day crew of TNG etc. I'm sorry this last trilogy to be done by Shatner and the Reeves-Stevens was not as climactic as the previous one, it's not bad, just not good enough. To be the last such trilogy they do together, I wanted them to care enough on this one to do it far better than the "Totality" development and conclusion. At the end of "Captain's Peril", the first book of this trilogy, it looked as though it might be bigger than a well-done Borg invasion. But, after the often-confusing second book, this third and final one left too much assumed, and not as logically developed as their previous works.
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