We have Sanctuary (Star Trek: The Original Series #61) by John Vornholt and this book is what I call comfort food. It’s a classic tale of Kirk, Spock, and Bones getting into trouble. Plus you have pirates! The crew find themselves chasing after a pirate named Auk Rex, which leads them to a planet named Sanctuary. Only problem is once you are on the planet you can not leave.
The planet Sanctuary is a fabled world in unexplored space thought to be the last refuge of the persecuted, home to both the justly and unjustly accused. Though its name has been translated into every language in the galaxy, Starfleet has never known its exact location. The crew of the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM is assigned to capture a dangerous criminal named Auk Rex, and their pursuit takes them to an unexplored sector of space. Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy continue the pursuit in a shuttlecraft, following Auk Rex to the surface of the planet, Sanctuary. Kirk and his crew are locked in a life and death struggle on the mysterious planet, which harbors deadly secrets and never releases its visitors.
The novel is well written, lots of action that is well timed. The author knew the history of the show and characters rather well, so nothing was to out of character for the most part. Plus this book is filled with witty banter and sassiness that occurs between Kirk, McCoy and Spock. That there is why I enjoy the original series so much, also why this book is in my top 5 favorites so far. If you find yourself with a copy, read it!