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Star Trek: Prime Directive [Mass Market Paperback]

Judith & Gar Reeves-Stevens
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September 1991 Star Trek
Starfleet's most sacred commandment has been violated. Its most honored captain is in disgrace, its most celebrated starship in pieces, and the crew of that ship scattered among the thousand worlds of the Federation... Thus begins "Prime Directive", an epic tale of the Star Trek universe. Following in the bestselling tradition of "Spock's World" and "The Lost Years", Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens have crafted a thrilling tale of mystery and wonder, a novel that takes the Star Trek characters from the depths of despair into an electrifying new adventure that spans the galaxy. Journey with Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the former crew of the Starship Enterprise to Talin-- the planet where their careers ended. A world once teeming with life that now lies ruined, its cities turned to ashes, its surface devastated by a radioactive firestorm-- because of their actions. There, they must find out how-- and why-- this tragedy occurred and discover what has become of their captain.

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The latest addition to the Star Trek canon revolves around violation of the Prime Directive forbidding interference with alien cultures. Instead of stopping a nuclear war on Talin IV, Captain Kirk has apparently triggered Armageddon: a devastated world now bears the name "Kirk's Planet." The Enterprise is a crippled hulk, and her senior officers have left Starfleet in disgrace. But Kirk and his comrades are determined to restore their honor by finding out what really happened on Talin IV. Excessive use of frames and flashbacks complicates the story line, a flaw offset by strong presentation of the bonds among the Enterprise crew. The intricate Star Trek universe is handled well, especially in an amusing subplot putting Sulu and Chekov aboard an Orion pirate ship. While this installment is unlikely to attract new readers to the series, Trekkies will not be disappointed.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Starfleet's most sacred commandment has been violated. Its most honored captain is in disgrace, its most celebrated starship in pieces, and the crew of that ship scattered among the thousand worlds of the Federation...

Thus begins Prime Directive, an epic tale of the Star Trek® universe. Following in the bestselling tradition of Spock's World and The Lost Years, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens have crafted a thrilling tale of mystery and wonder, a novel that takes the Star Trek characters from the depths of despair into an electrifying new adventure that spans the galaxy.

Journey with Spock, McCoy, and the rest of the former crew of theStarship Enterprise TM to Talin -- the planet where their careers ended. A world once teeming with life that now lies ruined, its cities turned to ashes, its surface devastated by a radioactive firestorm -- because of their actions. There, they must find out how -- and why -- this tragedy occurred and discover what has become of their captain.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Trek novel Nov. 29 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise stands accused of violating one of the single most central tenets in Star Fleet procedure - the sacrosanct Prime Directive prohibiting Star Fleet personnel from manipulating the course of history on other planets. The Enterprise had been monitoring a world whose saurian inhabitants stood on the edge of thermonuclear war...when something happened. When "Directive" begins, the Enterprise is adrift, battered and gutted - practically derelict and dead in space - because it got to close to the planet when war broke out. In an apparent attempt to prevent the war, the Enterprise may have caused its outbreak. Now the crew has been driven into hiding, the population of the federation roundly holding them responsible for the nuclear holocaust that had engulfed the promising population of that alien world. (Except for Chief Engineer Scott, whose presence is needed to bring the Enterprise back to life). Now Kirk and his crew work their way across space in disguise, trying to get back to the Enterprise, to reclaim their ship, find out what really happened, prove their innocence and perhaps even save the remnant of the battle-scarred world.
"Prime Directive" is probably one of the best "Trek" novels I've read. Apart from Trek stories written for war-gamers (in which detail is paid to ship class, weapon specs and rank), "Directive" focuses on space exploration, and manages to toss in both alien anthropology and even a sci-fi mystery into the plot. The story develops well, and the author wisely builds up the characters without worshipping them like in most Trek stories. The technobabble is light (the author has a gift with the pseudo-science of the 23rd century and manages to craft his Enterprise in a way that makes it look sophisticated, the creation of brilliant engineers). Forget those novels that rehash old episodes, boldly read this instead.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All's well that ends well - or so it seems Aug. 12 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so that's not a bad one. I've read Star Trek novels that were far worse (read "Vulcan" and you'll know what I mean). This one's nice - MUCH TOO NICE, actually. I really loved the beginning, the idea of Kirk being a fugitive, his shattered crew, the totally non-heroic situation (though this one advantage was destroyed in the middle of chapter one). The story was entertaining, though it suffered from a bit too little focus on Spock, in my opinion at least. It had its funny bits, though. But then there came the typical Star Trek syndrome, meaning that suddenly all was well again, and that spoilt pretty much everything. The terrible disaster Kirk was responsible for - suddenly disappeared, more or less. The fact that everyone in the whole universe considered our wacky captain a "world killer" - oh, just a little mistake, nothing to worry about. And so on .. I don't mean to say that I would have enjoyed to read about lots of aliens dying and about Kirk being hunted till the end of time, but I do think that Star Trek writers shouldn't introduce topics like these into the books if they can't deal with them in a manner that's at least A BIT realistic. So if you are into light entertainment, you'll like this one. Otherwise, you'll be disappointed, like me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starts Slow, but gets Better! Oct. 11 1998
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In Prime Directive, the crew of the Enterprise has been disbanded and a planet destroyed due to Captain Kirk's supposed violation of the Prime Directive. The plot lines of the story concern the nuclear destruction of the planet Talin, the involvement by the Enterprise, and Kirk's, along with the rest of the Enterprise's crew, attempt to prove the Prime Directive was not broken.
I felt the book started off slow with descriptions of the various crew members being scattered throughout the galaxy following the destruction of the Enterprise and Talin. The 2nd section of the book describes what actually took place at Talin when the Prime Directive was supposedly broken. This part is good, but was possibly a little too complicated. The book picks up in the 2nd half however, as Captain Kirk, along with the rest of the crew, must solve the mystery of what actually took place at Talin and why it wasn't their fault (the mystery of course is primarily solved by the logical Mr. Spock). The conclusion is good, but I personally felt the truth behind what actually happened behind the destruction on Talin was somewhat unsatisfying. The reader can decide this for themselves, however.
P.D. is a good story about Starfleet's rule of noninterference, though the story possibly had parts that could have been cut back. As in "Federation" (another J&G Reeves-Stevens' Trek book), the writing duo treat Star Trek History with respect and provide some great insights into it which Trek fans will appreciate. I recommend this book along with "Federation" to Trek fans and plan to read any other Trek books they have written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific SF tale, Trek or otherwise. Sept. 21 1997
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not a regular reader of Star Trek novels. In fact, I sneer at the entire shelf of them when I browse the SF section of my local bookstore. But when I spotted that this one was written by the great Reeves-Stevenses, I grabbed it.
And was I ever glad of it. Because this is a rock 'em, sock 'em tale of disgrace, redemption, mystery and humour all rolled into one. The entire crew of the Enterprise (the original) are disbanded and disgraced after a horrific mishap during a First Contact mission, which is geared to ease new planets into the Federation when they are on the cusp of discovering that life exists outside their solar system. They all must slowly re-group and travel back to the planet to discover what went wrong, with Kirk, being the one in charge, having the worst time of it.

The authors capture perfectly the synergy between the main characters that so endeared us to the original series. Plus, they weave a complex mystery that will keep you guessing, and enjoying the process.

All that, and some brilliant scientific descriptions of what I always found to be the most fascinating aspect of the Star Trek future, the first contact mission. Even if you've sworn you'd never pick up a Trek novel, drop your shields and beam this one aboard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Star Trek novels ever written
Epic sweep. Giant story. Real science fiction. The very best of the "original series". This one will keep you up late and make you think, and remember.
Published on Aug. 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the, if not THE, best Star Trek novels ever written
Epic sweep. Giant story. Real science fiction. The very best of the "original series". This one will keep you up late and make you think, and remember.
Published on Aug. 3 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trek
The Enterprise crew are condemned for violating the most sacred law of the Federation, the Prime Directive. Read more
Published on June 30 2002 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful novel, even if you aren't into Star Trek
This is a wonderful piece of fiction, told well and infused with emotion and drama. I read it when it first came out and still recommend it to people, especially to readers who... Read more
Published on June 11 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars kind of disappointing.
From the moment I picked up this book at a second-hand store, I couldn't wait to read it. The premise was so captivating, plus I love the Reeves-Stevens' books. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002 by Joelle Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars best first chapter i've ever read
I have never read a more moving and powerfull first chapter then the one in this book. The book kinda loses some its luster after that but is still a very good story, that first... Read more
Published on May 2 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirk and Company at it again!
The book kicks off with a vivid scene of the destruction of the Enterprise - this is something like an alternate universe situation - and Kirk and crew are blamed not only for the... Read more
Published on April 8 2001 by Dirt Maul
4.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS ONE
I am currently going back and reading some of the ST:TOS novels that I never read before or read so long ago that I have forgotten them. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2000 by William Meisel
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it in all it had all the good old trekker age in it
audio keep you ask for more !and wondering what was going to happen next but i was at lost on time line when adventure took place in trek age. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 1999 by jball99653@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
This is the best Star Trek novel I ever read. The best Sci-fi novel. It's one of the best BOOKS I ever read!
The storytelling is superb, absolutely moving. Read more
Published on April 17 1999 by Hugo Dart
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