December 2006 Cover Image
- 390 Pages
THE FIRE AND THE ROSE
By: David R. George III
. . . the lives of three men will be forever changed. In that split
second, defined paradoxically by
both salvation and loss, they will destroy the world and then restore it. Much had
come before, and much would come after, but nothing would color their lives
more than that one, isolated instant
on the edge of forever.
. . . Spock, displaced
in time, watches his closest friend heed his advice by allowing the love
of his life to die in a traffic accident, thereby preserving Earth's history.
Returning to the present, however, Spock confronts other such crises, and
chooses instead to willfully alter the past. Challenged by the thorny demands
of his logic, he will have to find a way to face his conflicting decisions.
. . . that stays
with Spock, he preserved the timeline at the cost of Jim Kirk's happiness.
Now, the death of that friend will cause Spock to reexamine the fundamental
choices he has made for his own life. Unwilling to accept his feelings of
loss and regret, he will seek that which has previously eluded him: complete
mastery of his emotions. But while his quest for the perfect geometry
of total logic will move him beyond his remorse, another loss will bring
him full circle to once more face the fire he has never embraced.
The second book in the Crucible trilogy
is just as good as its
predecessor, although substantially shorter in length.
This story tells us plenty about the life of Mr. Spock that we didn't
know before but doesn't involve as much of the original series
episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever" as the McCoy novel did.
I enjoyed it just as much as "Crucible: McCoy" and I'm looking
forward to starting the Kirk novel very soon!