October 2002 Cover Image
- 335 Pages
- October 2002
- Pocket Books
By: William Shatner
with Judith & Garfield
|The Dominion War is over. The
Federation is at peace. What better time for two legendary starship
captains to set aside the demands of duty and simply take some
well-deserved time off?
But when James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard arrive on Bajor to dive
among the ruins of an acient sunken city, conditions are far from what
they had planned. The small group of scientists the captains have
joined suddenly find their equipment sabotaged - isolating them from
Deep Space Nine and any hope of rescue - as one by one, a murderer
Cut off from the people and technology on which they have always
depended, Kirk and Picard must rely more than over on their own skills
and abilities, and their growing friendship, to solve the mysterious
deaths and protect one of Bajor's greatest living treasures.
At the same time, Kirk finds the events he and Picard struggle with are
similar to one of the first challenges he faced as the new captain of
the Starship Enterprise, less than six months into his first five-year
Now, with time running out for a dying child trapped in the scientist's
camp, and Picard missing after a diving disaster, Kirk must search his
memories of the past to relive one of his earliest adventures,
propelling him into a harrowing personal journey that reveals the
beginning of his path from young Starfleet officer to renowned legend,
and the existence of a new and completely unsuspected threat to the
existence of all life in the universe.
This novel is actually two stories in one.
The first story involves Jim Kirk and Jean Luc Picard
on the planet Bajor supposedly on vacation, but
it doesn't take long for them to get involved
in a dangerous situation on the planet.
The other story takes place just five months after Kirk takes
command of the Enterprise and one of his (and our)
first surprises is that Spock puts in a formal request
for a transfer off the ship!
Both stories are entertaining but I think Kirk is written
a bit over-the-top. We all know that Kirk is a risk-taker,
but in this story he takes wild risks that others disagree with,
but Kirk just plows ahead anyway with little explanation.
It just seems a bit much, that's all.
Other than that, it was an entertaining novel that I enjoyed reading.