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5.0 out of 5 stars father son troubles in the 24 century.,
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This review is from: Star Trek: Sarek (Paperback)star trek sarek tells us why the friction existed between spock and sarek in the original series and at the end in next gen.we learn more about amanda spock,s mother and the rage she felt at sarek and his stubborness. this takes place after trek 6 and he,s trying to stop a plot to destroy the federation. i won,t ruin it for you but this lead up to spock and his reunification goals with the romulans which sarek isn,t to thrilled about.
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another fantastic Star Trek Original Series book!,
This review is from: Sarek (Mass Market Paperback)Again, A.C. Crispin has turned out a fabulous book that has all the trademarks of my beloved Original Series as well as filling the book with subplots, humor, and a somewhat unexpected twist or two. Definitely needs to rank with: "2001", "Rendezvous with Rama", "Childhood's End", "Foundation", "Ringworld", "Advent of the Corps", and so forth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story,
This review is from: Sarek (Hardcover)The main reviewer is wrong its not apiece of fluff. This book has several storylines melded (no pun intended) together. If you love star trek get this book to learn more about vulcans and klignons! Sorry, you have to read the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Deep insight into a much loved character,
This review is from: Sarek (Mass Market Paperback)If you've ever been curious to learn more about this character from the Star Trek universe, this is a great book for you.
Admittedly, the book can get a little bit long around the middle, where there is much of Sarek reading bits and pieces of his wife, Amanda's, personal journal, but these scenes also strengthen the reality of what is happening. Still, it is a little slow here, so I can't really give it the full 5 stars.
The book picks up the pace TREMENDOUSLY, however during it's last 3rd when the usual cast of the starship Enterprise get more involved in what's happening. I really couldn't put the book down once I got into that! The last part of the book makes up for the slowness in the middle.
'Sarek' also does a great deal to make connections between events that we see in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and even the two-part Next Generation episode which featured Spock. Crispin's attention to the detail of Star Trek continuity was greatly appreciated in this regard.
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: Sarek,
This review is from: Sarek (Hardcover)Star Trek: Sarek written by A.C.Crispin is a book about the life of one of the most revered characters in the Star Trek genre... Sarek, spock father and an ambassador of the Federation.
For being a book about a Vulcan, you would think this book would be void of emothion... far from this case, indeed. This book runs the full gambit of human emotion, you'll cry, laugh, be heartbroken and happy. This book's time frame is after the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, as Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying and Spock returns to Vulcan where he meets his father Sarek and they get reacquainted, so to speak, making for some very interesting reading.
Of course, the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew aren't too far away from this epic tale... no sir, as Captain Kirk's last surviving relative has become a pawn in the battle to divide the Federation. The Klingon Empire, you can always count on them, are the kidnappers with the Federation's distruction not too far behind.
There is action-adventure in this story, love and loyality. There is an enemy more insidious and more dangerous than any faced to this point. The characteriztions are spot-on with a well-fleshed out dialog making for a very quick, fast read. You will get engrossed with this tale and will not want to put the book down til the end.
You can always tell when you have an excellent Trek Book in your hands... the pages seem to fly by... this is the case with this book. This book fills in some of the spotiness between Spock and Sarek whick were until now only circumspect.
4.0 out of 5 stars Having Mark Lenard On Tape is Great!,
This review is from: Sarek (Audio Cassette)Repeat after me, "This IS an abridged version of the book". They can't possibly get the whole book onto a 2-hour tape, nor do they try. There is a lot left out. You must read the book, which is wonderful. The great thing about this book-on-tape is that Mark Lenard reads it. He played the role of Sarek on the series and in the movies. It's a great tribute to him to have his wonderful voice and characterization on tape. It deserves to be in every Star Trek collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story based on characters and cultures,
This review is from: Sarek (Mass Market Paperback)When people ask me about the qualities that make the original Star Trek series so appealing, my response is, "characters and cultures." The primary story lines were about sentient beings who found themselves in complex situations and where the gadgetry and weaponry played only secondary roles. Granted, Kirk was a Napoleanic character, but that is a characteristic that early starship captains would have to possess. The other characters were so well-defined that even the lesser roles are as well-known as the main three. We were introduced to the Vulcans, Romulans and Klingons, similar species, but all with exaggerated human characteristics. The Vulcans, a superhuman race with logic and ethics taken to an extreme, the warlike Klingons who nevertheless possess a strict code of honor and the Romulans, for whom deceitful plotting is an art form.
This tale, which is set in the time immediately after the movie, "The Undiscovered Country" is based largely on a growing movement among humans to keep Earth for the humans. It turns out that it is another plot hatched by a secretive race who have interacted with Sarek and the Federation for many years. Once again, we are led through many of the subtle cultural backgrounds of the Vulcans, Klingons and Romulans.
We are along as many of the journal entries of Spock's mother Amanda are read, as we learn a great deal more of the Vulcan culture as well as the origin of the rift between Spock and his father. Klingon honor, mating rituals and marriage rites are also explored, as we are exposed to more of what that complex race uses to guide their lives and rules of succession. The Romulan capacity for long-term plotting is exposed once again, although we do see how their honor is such that they are willing to sacrifice themselves to aid others.
This is one of my favorite Star Trek books because it does rely on characters and shows us so much of the nonhuman cultures. The plot is well-defined and moves along rather quickly as the staid diplomat Sarek proves himself capable of being much more, including a spy.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Star Trek Book Sarek,
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This review is from: Sarek (Mass Market Paperback)I have read over 150 Star Trek books and this one is my favorite. It is full of fun and adventure. It delves deep into the character of Sarek and the difficulties he faces. A side plot goes into the character of Peter Kirk, Captain Kirk's nephew. This is a very humorous book and is written in the spirit of Star Trek. A must read for Star Trek book fans!
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