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I am a huge Star Trek fan, and my favourite Trek crew always has been and always will be the crew of the original Enterprise - Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and so on.
There have been hundreds of novels based on the original series, some of which are quite good, some of which are risible. This novel, ENTERPRISE - THE FIRST ADVENTURES by Vonda N. McIntyre, holds a special place in my heart as I remember reading it when it was first released in 1986, when I was all of 13 years old, and really loving the fact that it told me all about the first meeting of Kirk and Spock. The novel is set in the period before we first see Kirk in television series, when he has only just received his first command, the Enterprise. When we first met the characters on TV they had already been working with each other for quite a while and had developed a fantastic working relationship. This novel then shows this relationship in its formative stages.
I haven't re-read the novel since I was 13, all those years ago, until a few weeks ago. I started reading it just after Christmas and have only just managed to finish it. It took me so long because it tyrns out that it was a real slog to get through. It really hasn't held up to the memory that I have of reading it all those years ago. The characters don't seem real - they really don't adhere to the characters we know from the television and movie series. This is surprising as the author knows the characters well, having written novelisations of some of the movies, but sadly this hasn't helped her here.
If you enjoy Star Trek, and would like to see a version of the classic characters' first meeting prior to the new movie being released in December of this year then go ahead and read this one. I can't really recommend it though.