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The Lost Years (Star Trek: The Original Series) by [Dillard, J.M.]
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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.
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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1436 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; 1st edition (March 6, 2003)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2003
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AY9LIU
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Format: Mass Market 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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Format: Mass Market 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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Format: Mass Market 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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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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Format: Hardcover
In "Star Trek: The Lost Years", J.M. Dillard begins at the end of the U.S.S. Enterprise's five-year mission as the ship returns to Earth for refitting. Dillard follows Captain Kirk through his promotion to admiral as well as Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy after they resign from Starfleet, setting up the events in the original cast series of films. The story is primarily character-driven and works well to capture the feel of the original series while foreshadowing the more action-oriented nature of the feature films. Overall, "The Lost Years" is an enjoyable read, though it feels a bit disjointed as it jumps around between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in order to explain their estrangement at the beginning of "The Motion Picture". Still, Dillard writes with her usual understanding of the characters so that readers will enjoy going along with their experiences and can overlook the brevity of some parts of the story.
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If you've ever wondered what Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were doing while we weren't watching, read this book! It is a well told story of what happened between the end of the original series and the first movie.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Published in 1989 by Pocket Books (Simon and Schuster)

The idea behind the book is interesting: What happened to the characters from the original Star Trek series between the end of their original five year mission and the events of the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

But, the follow-through is quite weak.

The characters feel like cardboard cut-outs of themselves, especially McCoy. Kirk's decision to become an admiral makes sense. but McCoy's outlandish, petulant, even childish response to Kirk's decision was simply not believable to me. Even worse, the new characters are, at best, one-note wonders.

McCoy quits Star Fleet to find a woman from the TV episode "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky." She is the leader of a group of refugees who live inside a giant spaceship that they thought was a planet. They had a romantic spark but when McCoy returns to visit her he finds that she has made a political marriage because her people need her more than McCoy did. McCoy responds by consuming lots and lots of alcohol.

The book would have been so much better if it had just went with the Spock/Vulcan story line. It was by far the most interesting and had real possibilities. But, it was skimped on to make room for the other parts - and all of those parts come together in a rather unconvincing manner - in a series of galactic-sized coincidences.

There is simply too much going on in this book - too many new characters, too many plot lines and too many romances. The overall quality of the book suffers as a consequence.
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