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Star Trek: Prime Directive Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1991


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; Reprint edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671744666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671744663
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,044,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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.
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By Jamie on June 30 2002
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The Enterprise crew are condemned for violating the most sacred law of the Federation, the Prime Directive. Under scrutiny and forced retirement for their actions, they must unravel the events of their last mission at the Talin IV Outpost. Great from beginning to end!
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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 aren't into Star Trek because it's such an exciting read.
Well worth reading!
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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. However, the more I got into it, the less I liked it. While I enjoyed the idea of Kirk as a fugitive, the thing with the uncontacted planet was boring. The ending and the discovery of the true culprit was quite unbelievable. Alos, the rescue of the Enterprise and the reunion of the crew was very corny and a little too unrealistic. I also hated Kirk's love interest, the woman form Who Mourns from Adonis,she really got on my nerves! If you want a good novel from these authors read Federation and leave this one in the book bin.
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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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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 chapter is a hard act to follow. The captain is dishonored and the crew is dispersed, what happened?. The story is told in both the present(trek, that is) where variouse crew try to cope with the disintigration of their starfleet careers and flashbacks to the past where the disaster happened. good stuff.
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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 ship's destruction but the planet they were ordered to guard as well.
The the plot unravels, revealing a whole new race of spacefaring animal and an untinkable backstory of greed and corruption. This novel also brings to bear the thoughts and deeds behind Starfleet's ever-common Prime Directive, the rule to not interfere with races not yet capable of warp travel.
All in all, this is a great read with plenty of suspense and action.
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