Twice before, Captain Kirk has encountered the Totality. Both times it took the beguiling form of Norinda, an irresistible alien who becomes the woman each person she meets most desperately desires. In his first encounter, Kirk almost lost the Enterprise. In his second encounter, he almost lost his child and watched in horror as the Totality absorbed Spock in its monstrous dimensional tendrils. But now, Kirk faces an even more devastating personal challenge. The battle lines have been drawn, and he and his friend Captain Jean-Luc Picard are on opposite sides.
After the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, on the leading edge of Star Trek's future history, Captain's Glory depicts a Federation attacked from within, on the brink of collapse, with Earth's own solar system an armed and isolated camp. Reunited with Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy and Chief Engineer Scott, Kirk must join forces with Admiral Kathryn Janeway and the Holographic Doctor from the Starship Voyager in order to save Spock and expose the true nature of the Totality.
With Captain William Riker and Commander Deanna Troi of the Starship Titan caught in the cross fire of the conflict between Kirk and Picard, and with Kirk's own child poised on the brink of a startling destiny millions of years in the making, Kirk must prepare for his final encounter with the Totality. But how can Kirk fight an enemy whose greatest weapon is love? And how can he triumph, when the price of victory is the life of his only child?
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I thought this would be an odd mixture with Kirk, Picard, and Janeway but it actually worked rather well. Unfortunately, I was not aware until I started listening that this is the third book in a trilogy. It's preceded by Captain's Peril and Captain's Blood (which oddly Audible does not have). Too bad Audible does not make this clear. Not having read the previous two books some things did not make as much sense (like how McCoy and Scotty got to the future), but the story appears to only loosely depend on the events in the other books.
enjoyed this story, nice toutch to bring some of todays science into it, it has some of the bases of the old Star Trek stories where aliens try to help us in their own way.
When I was growing up, the original Star Trek series was just starting its first television run, and my Dad made it a point that I watch it.
I'm glad he did.
It was more than starships and phasers. It was life lessons, political viewpoints, racial ponderances, and lessons in diversity tolerance.
And those lessons have remained with me decades later.
And today, there are a good number of great Trek novels that are good reading, that still challenge us to truly THINK.
Is this one of those novels? No.
It's too rushed, even for an abridged work. You can sense Shatner's impatience to hurry us along throughout the novel. That's a shame, because the potential for a very good novel/audiobook is here. Also, Shatner waves around a myriad of notable characters like a swiss army knife. Sure, the swiss army knife can do a thousand things, but what we need here are specific tools to do a specific job. Remember, Shatner: Less is MORE.
The resulting audiobook is a very busy, hurried and messy work begging for room to breathe, and a less-crowded canvas to allow us to truly explore the author's ideas. And that's a shame, because, the author's ideas here are quite good.
Instead, I highly recommend that you look at Prime Directive - Now, THERE'S a Star Trek audiobook well-rounded, and well worth your time.
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