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Recovery (Star Trek, Book 73) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1995
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Admiral James T. Kirk, former Captain of the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM and now Chief of Starfleet Operations, is at a crossroads in his career. When he is assigned to supervise the testing of the U.S.S. Recovery, an experimental new rescue vessel, he begins to realize how tired he is of being trapped behind a desk, away from the action. Fully automated, the Recovery is a high-speed transport vessel capable of evacuating large populations without risking the lives of Starfleet personnel. But when its creator falls under alien influence, the Recovery becomes a pawn in a deadly game that could lead to interstellar war.
Trapped in the bowels of the ship is Admiral Kirk's old friend Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy, who is being hunted by a homicidal madman determined that no one on the ship will survive. Taking command of a starship, Admiral Kirk must find a way to save Dr. McCoy's life, and save the galaxy from deadly chaos.END
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This story is nothing like that film. (The only similarities are McCoy, Kirk, and...the fact that both stories take place within the Trek universe).
This story shares similarities between the classic Trek episode, 'The Ultimate Computer'....where we have a scientist who believes computers will be more efficient on a starship than it's human operators.
In 'Recovery' we have a huge rescue ship (of the book's title) headed by a scientist who is upset Kirk doesn't believe the ship can actually perform over humans, or at least without humans to monitor the computers.
The ship is supposed to be tested in a simulation; with Starfleet vessels Paladin and Starhawk on-hand....
Since this takes place before 'The Motion Picture'...Kirk is still an Admiral, brought on the simulation as an observer; Dr. McCoy is a civilian who happens to be on the Recovery also as an observer....Ambassador Sarek is on hand as well to speak with the Romulans, Tholians, and Klingons...who each have a ship on hand to watch the simulation since the ship is an interesting piece of technology, and the fact that the simulation takes place near their borders.
Spock is in the midst of Kolinahr on Vulcan, the purging of emotions....but 'senses' his friends are in trouble.
(Oh, yeah...and Lt. Kevin Riley from the classic episodes 'Conscience of the King' and 'The Naked Time' is on-hand as well; he has been working as Kirk's aide; and Sonak, the commander we briefly see in 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' shows up).
Of course, with all this....there is bound to be trouble.
This is written by J.M. Dillard, who--in my opinion--has a good pacing quality in her Trek books; she doesn't bog down the story with science (or have the characters bog the reader with unnecessary or unrealistic scientific technobabble dialogue)....but keeps the reader wondering how the heroes will solve this issue that may start an interstellar war; she keeps the characters relatable/realistic to the readers...i.e. the way they talk, act, etc...
I do like the mix of characters, which shows a very Trek-like future:
*Riley has a beautiful 'ex' from Somalia (named Lt. Saed), works security on one of the vessels.
*Chief Engineer Gambeta, a woman from South Africa is part of the USS Paladin crew.
*Josiah Ngo, seems to be half-black/half-Asian (particularly Vietnamese, with that name)...and works with Dr. McCoy in the course of the novel...
I'm sure there are a couple more.
I definitely recommend this book for fans of the classic series, and those looking for an action-based novel set in the Trek universe. (Not too mention, recommended as a book with interesting characters).
This also is a follow-up to the episode, 'The Tholian Web.' If you are familiar with that episode, you will figure out who the villains of this piece are.