Star Trek: Final Frontier by Diane Carey is an interesting novel. This also currently out of print as far as I know. The story line for Final Frontier is about, Commander George Samuel Kirk was aboard the Enterprise under the command of Captain Robert April before his famous son was born. Starfleet has just been founded and the Enterprise has just been built, and is sent on its first mission. The mission takes the Enterprise into the heart of hostile Romulan territory, where cosmopolitical machinations and advanced weapons technology will decide the fate of a hundred innocent worlds.
This book is a rare gem for any Trek fans out there :). The background information given by this novel is a immaculent find about the Kirk family and the beginnings of Star Fleet. For more casual fans though it is not as interesting since there is very little real action. But Carey does a really good job at handling the characters, as well as being respectful of the ‘canon’ laid out by the original TV shows. It’s nice to see how things happened and where the history came about. You always here the stories and little glimpses here and there, just never the full story. This book goes beyond that and then some.
I recommend this book if you can find a copy some where.
On a side note: I did find out that is an audio book out there, some where. Read by Leonard Nimoy & James Doohan and was released by Audioworks (first published January 1st 1988) . That would be a interesting find and I wouldn’t mind having that :).
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. Not one of my favorite “Star Trek” books….one of my favorite BOOKS. Captain April is my favorite of all Starfleet captians. I always imagined him as looking like the fifth Doctor Who in a Starfleet uniform and blue cardigan. I just can’t say enough good about this. The insight it gives us to the Romulins and that era is astonishing. But even the intermissions with Kirk and McCoy – we get a depth to Kirk’s brief relationship with Edith Keeler that we never really got anywhere else.
There’s a sequel to this by the way – it’s called Best Destiny. Most of the same characters, but now little Jimmy Kirk is about 13, and he’s along for the ride.
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Oh really? I’ll have to look around for the second book. Thank you again!! HAHAHA I didn’t even think about April looking like the 5th Doctor it fits rather well.
The soft spoken personality fits. The original paperback run of this book had a solid red cover, then you opened it up and it had the images of James Kik, George Kirk and the romulin looking out, along with a shot of the ship and a teensy shot of Robert April and his wife in the corner. to me it bore a slight resemblance and that’s where I get it from.
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