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Star Trek: The Return Hardcover – April, 1996

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Shatner serves up the latest installment in the best-selling multiauthored series.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Just after the events of Star Trek Generations, on the planet Veridian III, ambassador Spock comes to the humble cairn, or stones, that marks the grave of James Kirk. But he is not granted time to ponder the passing of his best friend. The Borg and the Romulan Empire have a use for Kirk, and with some mysterious alien science they resurrect the fallen captain, who they hope will give them the edge they need to destroy their greatest enemy, Jean-Luc Picard. It will take the combined powers of both generations, from Spock and McCoy to Data and Riker, to meet this almost unthinkable new threat.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st edition (April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671526103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671526108
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I heard that William Shatner wrote a "Trek" novel that brings legendary Captain Kirk back to life, my first impression was "How corny and desperate is Shatner to do this?" and I was reluctant to even digest the idea. However, being a die-hard trekkie, I admit I was quite curious to the concept. To my delight, Shatner's tale of rebirth and unification of Spock and McCoy with the Next Generation crew was not only un-corny, but very imaginative, as well. This novel combines the action and humor of both generations of "Trek" far superior than "Star Trek - Generations" did. The idea of a Borg / Romulan dissentor alliance was unique, and the way Shatner describes the re-generation tecniques is believable when put into a 24th century context. The new Starfleet equipment (starships, cloak detection devices, etc.) are very exciting, and one must wonder if the Borg are to make a return. (Their homeworld is destroyed and the remaining collective throughout the universe is in dissarray.) Can the Borg ever recover? That question may or may not be answered in the sequel, "Avenger", also written by Shatner, which I will start as soon as I finish this review. This is an excellent novel, a page-turner, and I have a new respect for Shatner the writer, and I may even sample his "Tek" series. This is for old-school trekkies such as myself...the constant references to the original "Trek" t.v. show were a delight, and the Borg / V'Ger connection was brilliant. Great work, Mr. Shatner.
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By A Customer on December 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
After reading this book I can honestly say that it is one of the most intriguing trek novels written to date. I give Shatner his due, he tells a fun story, if implausible at times. I liked the Borg element and the way Shatner put together some interesting ideas. I guess what really annoyed me is the way Shatner treats characters other than kirk. In a word he butchers them. Kirk defeats worf in combat. Picard a blithering idiot while kirk has the situation well in hand. The next generation crew idiotic compared to him. Kirk is made out to be the greatest thing the galaxy has ever known. In other words superman!! But I suppose the most troubling thing about the 2 Shatner books that I have read so far(I also reviewed avenger tonight) is how the next generation crew are dumped on by Shatner. I have spectre, dark victory, and preserver and I am concerned What will be next? Kirk defeats the entire dominion in a runabout. I don't know, I liked the return because Shatner told a good story but something has to be done about the damage that gets done to characters. Mr. Shatner help me out!!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After seeing Star Trek V the Final Frontier I was almost turned off by the thought of seeing ANYTHING Trek ever again...and guess what?? William Shatner wrote the script! It was impossibly, horribly bad...MY vote as the worst of the 'Trek movies'. Okay, leapfrog with me if you will a few years and now we have Shatner attempting to write novels. I have avoided these books like the plague I was certain they were mostly because of how much I detested 'Trek V'...that is until a friend of mine recommended 'The Return' to me. I was happy to pick it up, but when I saw Shatner's name on it, I immediately started to give it back, but my friend insisted that I at least give it a try. I was suffering from 'can't find a decent-book-to-read syndrome' at the time and so gave it a shot. !!WOW!! Was I surprised or WHAT? Shatner has given us one of THE most entertaining Trek stories out there. Totally chock full of action and plot twists and in general all-out fun. Now I'll tell you WHY his Trek books are so good: He is CO-writing them with THE best Trek authors out there, Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens'. Have you picked up 'Federation' yet? It is one of the ALL-TIME best Trek books ever written (along with their amazingly creative 'Prime Directive'). I'm sure the collaboration is what makes Shatner's novels actually good, but whoever is responsible for the WHY, I don't care, this is just one fun adventure to take. If Shatner IS responsible, kudos to him for a great story, if it's his co-authors I don't really care, as long as he continues to produce these great Trek stories. I would also recommend 'The Ashes of Eden' as well. It takes place in the Universe of the 'Trek of Old' with all the other major Trek characters, and is another winner of a story. All in all Shatner's Trek books stand nicely side-by-side with ANY other on the market. Peter David's 'Q Squared' is also one of THE most original stories out there as well.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Disappointing best describes my feelings upon finishing this "sequel" to "Ashes of Eden." The plot--in which the Next Generation's baddest "baddie," the Borg, team up with the baddest baddie still around from the original series, the Romulans--seems very unplausible given the nature of the Borg as depicted in the series and in film. Kirk also comes across as a very unreal character and many of his actions in the book are so implausible that it drags down the entire novel. I was hoping for a plot in which the Borg resurrected Captain Kirk to use him as a spokesperson for the Borg as they had used Captain Picard in "Next Generation." Instead I got a convoluted plot involving the Romulans that was very dissatisfying.
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