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Part of a trilogy concerning the crews of the USS Enterprise, in which Captain Kirk is back from the dead, resurrected by mysterious alien science to destroy the Borg's most formidable enemy - Jean-Luc Picard. Written by the actor known to millions as Star Trek's Captain Kirk.
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Still really fun, yes there are a few silly elements and some very convenient solutions but its just a really fun time. Great action packed opening.
The Return in the title is very Frankenstein and there’s some interesting body-horror elements and nods to The Thing.
I didn’t understand the Trilex explanation at all, and have no idea how the thingies’s lined up with the other thingies to mark out the thingies... maybe i should have put that in spoiler tag :P .

A thought occurs... there’s a defiant class ship here operating a cloak with a romulan observer as per DS9, but in a manner that is a clear violation of treaties with the Romulans. Including modifying the cloak, which you can’t do without studying it, which presumably they’re definitely not supposed to be doing, given the treaty of whatever-thats-called.
Which i have no problem with except that you’d think the Next-Gen crew and especially Riker would have something to say about that given his history with cloaking devices. Isn’t his former captain still serving time somewhere for that?

A few Notes:
* I have 5 of these books but never read the first one Ashes of Eden, and don’t feel like i missed anything.

* I have zero interest in Star-trek ToS, my trek touchstone is Next-Gen, so if your like me, you can still have a good time here. Yes it has Kirk at its core but there’s a lot of story focused on the Next-Gen crew as well.
Also even the Kirk stuff is at least a lot more interesting than anything that happened in the film Generations.

* I normally read books one chapter at a time but i found it best with this one to consume 3 or 4 at least in a sitting. This is a plot which craves momentum.

* If you’ve never tried a tie-in book i recommend you giving one a go if your in a reading slump or feeling low on energy. Since your brain already has most of the world details stored, they require very little mental effort but that doesn’t make them bad literature (even if most of them are ;) ) . ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
BOTTOM-LINE:
Worst of the three
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
This is the second in a Star Trek trilogy, with renegade Romulans working with the Borg.
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WHAT I LIKED:
There are some decent scenes with Data, and some interesting interactions between old TOS crew and new TNG crew.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
Most of the TOS crew are not really much like themselves, except Spock, so not very "believable". Bones is almost a caricature. Kirk and Worf have a fight that is ridiculous.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media. ( )
  polywogg | Jan 12, 2017 |
Well, Shatner wrote it. Or at least some of it. And Picard's picture is on the cover. ( )
  deckla | Apr 5, 2016 |
This is the second part of the first "Shatner-verse" trilogy. The audiobook is read well by Shatner and is enjoyable to listen to. The biggest detriment of this story is that it happens outside of Star Trek canon. It's enjoyable, it just doesn't fit in with the broader Star Trek story. ( )
  TheMadTurtle | May 7, 2014 |
yes..I know...but it was...great. I actually really liked the story and William Shatner can write! I never actually thought about who was writing it because the story was fast paced and intense. ( )
  CharityBradford | Apr 1, 2014 |
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I have another life having nothing to do with acting, directing or writing. It involves my universe of horses, those beauteous creatures whose form and function fill me with delight.

So to that world of horses, to the people who trrain and care for my four-footed friends, to the driven, excuse the pun, fellow competitors who try to take the blue ribbon away from me, but most especially to my pals, the horses, I dedicate this book.
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