En route to settle a dispute between opposing religious groups, the Enterprise drops Mr. Spock off at a colony on Beta Canzandia, where he is suddenly faced with a hostile Klingon threat. Book available.
Spock is left behind at the terraforming colony to continue his scientific studies and the rest of the crew heads to Alpha Malurian Six to find the dispute has turned to war.
As Kirk, McCoy, and Scotty search for a solution to end the conflict, a ship piloted by a Klingon faction arrives at the terraforming colony to take control of the facility. When colonists are imprisoned, and Spock and David must defeat the Klingons or face certain death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A perfectly good adventure novel, which mostly fails at its attempts to a pretension to be more than that.
"Faces of Fire" has the Enterprise and her crew on a mission to Alpha Malurian Six to resolve a "religious" dispute, but while enroute to this mission They happen to pass a terraforming. Spock wants to monitor this and requests to be left behind on Beta Canzandia Three. This is the first book where we meet David Marcus, Captain James T. Kirk's son.
So, one plot involves a "religious" dispute and the other involves a terraforming. But the plot thinckens as they say, and boy does it ever. What good is a Star Trek book if we don't have the bad guys... this time as Klingons. The Klingons have heard of the terraforming and want to nose around and in the process they capture both Carol and David Marcus. Also, Spock is captured and now faced with certain death Spock and David plan, with the other colonists, an escape.
At the same time, the Enterprise crew with Kirk, McCoy, and Scotty are trying to find a solution to end the religious conflict. Here we have McCoy's famous word uttered... "Damn it, Jim, I'm a doctor, not a veterinarian." Or, whatever he's suppost to be other than a doctor depending upon the situation.
This book was a well-crafted story and entertaining as the plots moved along they kept your interest. I enjoyed this book with McCoy and Scotty trying to help Kirk... interesting, indeed.