“I was too busy finding out I wasn’t perfect.” – by James T. Kirk ( page 74 )

872275So while reading Star Trek Book Challenge 24: Star Trek: Final Frontier. A fellow reader mathias42 brought up a follow up book called Best Destiny also by Diane Carey. I found a copy of the book online and gave it a read. The story line goes as follows:

As James T. Kirk prepares to retire from a long and illustrious Starfleet career, events in a distant part of the Federation draw him back to a part of the galaxy he had last visited as a young man, a mysterious world called Faramond whose name takes Kirk on a journey back to his youth. At sixteen, Kirk is troubled, estranged from his father, and has a bleak future. However, a trip into space with Kirk’s father George and Starfleet legend Captain Robert April changes James Kirk’s life forever, when a simple voyage becomes a deadly trap. Soon Kirk and his father find themselves fighting for their lives against a vicious and powerful enemy.

Before the voyage ends, father and son will face life and death together, and James T. Kirk will get a glimpse of the future and his own best destiny.

Now this is a sequel to the novel Star Trek: Final Frontier, so if you haven’t read that book yet. Stop reading this post now :). Also if you follow the time line these books happen after the movie Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country. Anywho! I rather enjoyed the story and it brought in more background history for James T. Kirk and it’s always nice to see the original crew back in action. Carey deftly handles the adventures of a teenage Kirk and the seasoned old captain after The Undiscovered Country. In between the tension and adventure, Carey weaves a character study that examines some of the earliest events that made him into the legendary hero he ultimately became, as well as the tumultuous relationship with his father they’ll be quite familiar to many.

If you get a changes read these books and watch Undiscovered Country! Thank you mathias42 over at https://argocitycomics.wordpress.com/ for bring up this book.

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