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William Shatner has once again brought his unique blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to continue the saga of Jim Kirk's remarkable second life, as an insidious menace from his past threatens a new generation of heroes... Retired and in a happy relationship, Kirk believes his adventuring days are over. But as he returns to Earth for the first time sin William Shatner has once again brought his unique blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to continue the saga of Jim Kirk's remarkable second life, as an insidious menace from his past threatens a new generation of heroes... Retired and in a happy relationship, Kirk believes his adventuring days are over. But as he returns to Earth for the first time since his apparent "death" upon the U.S.S. Enterprise™NCC 1701-B, events elsewhere in the galaxy set in motion a mystery that may provide Kirk with his greatest challenge yet. The Enterprise-E, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is exploring an unstable region of space on a mission of vital concern to Starfleet when they discover the last thing they ever expected to find: a battle-scarred vessel that is instantly recognizable to every member of Picard's crew. Five years after being presumed lost, the Starship Voyager™ has come home! The commander of Voyager, Tom Paris, explains that Captain Kathryn Janeway and half the original crew is dead, but if that is true, who is the mysterious woman who has kidnapped Kirk back on Earth, demanding that he assist her against a threat to the entire Federation? All is not as it seems, and soon Kirk is forced to confront the consequences of actions taken thirty years before, as well a his own inner doubts. An unforgettable saga peopled by old friends and ancient enemies, Star Trek® Spectre propels Kirk on a journey of self-discovery every bit as harrowing as the cataclysmic new adventure that awaits him. ®, ™, Copyright ©, Performance Copyright, 1998 Paramount Pictures


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William Shatner has once again brought his unique blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to continue the saga of Jim Kirk's remarkable second life, as an insidious menace from his past threatens a new generation of heroes... Retired and in a happy relationship, Kirk believes his adventuring days are over. But as he returns to Earth for the first time sin William Shatner has once again brought his unique blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to continue the saga of Jim Kirk's remarkable second life, as an insidious menace from his past threatens a new generation of heroes... Retired and in a happy relationship, Kirk believes his adventuring days are over. But as he returns to Earth for the first time since his apparent "death" upon the U.S.S. Enterprise™NCC 1701-B, events elsewhere in the galaxy set in motion a mystery that may provide Kirk with his greatest challenge yet. The Enterprise-E, under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, is exploring an unstable region of space on a mission of vital concern to Starfleet when they discover the last thing they ever expected to find: a battle-scarred vessel that is instantly recognizable to every member of Picard's crew. Five years after being presumed lost, the Starship Voyager™ has come home! The commander of Voyager, Tom Paris, explains that Captain Kathryn Janeway and half the original crew is dead, but if that is true, who is the mysterious woman who has kidnapped Kirk back on Earth, demanding that he assist her against a threat to the entire Federation? All is not as it seems, and soon Kirk is forced to confront the consequences of actions taken thirty years before, as well a his own inner doubts. An unforgettable saga peopled by old friends and ancient enemies, Star Trek® Spectre propels Kirk on a journey of self-discovery every bit as harrowing as the cataclysmic new adventure that awaits him. ®, ™, Copyright ©, Performance Copyright, 1998 Paramount Pictures

30 review for Star Trek: Spectre [AUDIOBOOK]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    This is the first of a trilogy involving conflict between our universe and the Mirror Universe. Some really cool ideas. I liked it quite a bit. Somewhat of a kinder, gentler Kirk, one who is aging and definitely in love. I didn't always love the way the character was going but the changes were not unbelievable. There is a satisfactory conclusion to the novel's story arc but, of course, the book ends on a huge cliffhanger as the second book is essentially introduced. It didn't bother me since I a This is the first of a trilogy involving conflict between our universe and the Mirror Universe. Some really cool ideas. I liked it quite a bit. Somewhat of a kinder, gentler Kirk, one who is aging and definitely in love. I didn't always love the way the character was going but the changes were not unbelievable. There is a satisfactory conclusion to the novel's story arc but, of course, the book ends on a huge cliffhanger as the second book is essentially introduced. It didn't bother me since I already have the second book and was planning on reading it immediately.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leo

    Shatner is no literary genius, but this book was fun. There are a lot of problems with the writing, inconsistencies in the plot, and muddled motivations of supporting characters, but I want to touch on the things I did like. Shatner is most definitely a Trekkie and it shows in this book. He knows the story lines, the Star Trek lore and the characters very well. No one writes Kirk better than Shatner for obvious reasons. In the dialogue (especially between Kirk, Bones and Spock) you can really he Shatner is no literary genius, but this book was fun. There are a lot of problems with the writing, inconsistencies in the plot, and muddled motivations of supporting characters, but I want to touch on the things I did like. Shatner is most definitely a Trekkie and it shows in this book. He knows the story lines, the Star Trek lore and the characters very well. No one writes Kirk better than Shatner for obvious reasons. In the dialogue (especially between Kirk, Bones and Spock) you can really hear the character's voices come through. I've always found Shatner's ego entertaining, but I know it's just a persona that Shatner cultivates. It comes through loud and clear in this book with Kirk saving the day page after page. But it makes you feel like you know Shatner better. Kirk is portrayed as wanting to live the simple life, but continually getting drawn into the dazzle of his Starfleet career. You could say the same about Shatner. He does have a normal life beyond the Shatnerverse, but is constantly being drawn back into the Star Trek spotlight. Part of him wishes he could be mortal, but most of him doesn't. It's good to see that despite dying in the movie "Generations", Kirk is alive and well in Shatner's universe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    I cannot get enough! On to the next, Dark Victory to see what happens. :0)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Spectre, like most of the novels of the Shatnerverse, suffers a bit from the ego of William Shatner, in my opinion. It seems that Kirk has to be superhuman and can never have an equal among the people around him. And fair enough, it's written by William Shatner (along with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), and his face is on the cover, so it's understandable the story has to be centered on him. However, the TNG crew's "voices" never seem to ring true for me, and the idea of Kirk being this aw Spectre, like most of the novels of the Shatnerverse, suffers a bit from the ego of William Shatner, in my opinion. It seems that Kirk has to be superhuman and can never have an equal among the people around him. And fair enough, it's written by William Shatner (along with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), and his face is on the cover, so it's understandable the story has to be centered on him. However, the TNG crew's "voices" never seem to ring true for me, and the idea of Kirk being this awesome this late in his life strains credibility as the books go on. However, there is enough to like in this novel that I can give it a safe three out of five stars, and the story itself was interesting enough to make me want to pick up the next book, Dark Victory. Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2018/02/s...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mike Dyer-Evans

    This book is pulpy as all heck, and absolutely an ego trip for Shatner as Kirk, but it was nonetheless highly enjoyable. It navigates the various strands of Trek lore it intersects with well, and has some fun sci fi action to boot. Would recommend to Trekkies, not so much to a general reader.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sean Randall

    the mirror Universe is hardly an overdone trek concept, and I can only admire the level of detail that went into the research for the characterisations. It's quite a thrilling read, although everything is Kirk, Kirk, Kirk.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    A decent yarn, the Shatner/Kirk ego did get a bit much at times I thought though as Kirk appears to be totally invincible - all the same, it is what it is - and it is a decent book that isn't totally ruined by trekie babble

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Lemke

    Shatner knows how to grab a persons attention. While he mostly over-exaggerated his character, like he did in the TV series and movies, he stayed true to the Star Trek fans and have them something they wanted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anja Braun

    Ok to b honest I have mixed feelings about this book..I loved all the different ST characters in the book ..That was very nice..I liked Janeway as a warrior. I didn't like the way Picard was written in this book..even with the revelation at the end. Umm I don't see Kirk acting like a love sick teenager I just don't ..There was so much wrong with that.. I debated about giving this a 3 but the story was interesting and to me unique so that's why I'm giving it a 4..Also I am interested enough to read Ok to b honest I have mixed feelings about this book..I loved all the different ST characters in the book ..That was very nice..I liked Janeway as a warrior. I didn't like the way Picard was written in this book..even with the revelation at the end. Umm I don't see Kirk acting like a love sick teenager I just don't ..There was so much wrong with that.. I debated about giving this a 3 but the story was interesting and to me unique so that's why I'm giving it a 4..Also I am interested enough to read the others so that also goes into why I rated as I did.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James

    The very first Star Trek novel I ever read as a young kid that really got me hooked into reading for years to come. A big thank you to William Shatner for this amazing story and series and for igniting my love of books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    This was brilliant. I always love Shatner's novels. It portrayed Kirk and Picard so well, illustrating the differences between them and the way they handle things, while toying against mirror universe fates.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Great book can’t say enough good about it. Great story telling at its best.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    Truly an awesome spectacle. Good read. =)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    I liked this book very much, But I have always been a fan of the mirror universe stuff, This was a good read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    I thoroghly enjoyed this book until the end. And no I am not doing a spoiler. It is continued. I didn't know it was the first in a trilogy. :~)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spectre continues on from the previous book in the series Avenger and picks up with Kirk on the planet of Chal with Teilani where he is busily involved in field clearance (using traditional methods! :D ) at their home but is a feeling an itch for adventure that Teilani is aware of so gives him his orders and sends him on his way! :D The plot essentially runs on from Teilani giving Kirk the push that he needs but that she will still be back there tending the fires! :D Lol Though of course this do Spectre continues on from the previous book in the series Avenger and picks up with Kirk on the planet of Chal with Teilani where he is busily involved in field clearance (using traditional methods! :D ) at their home but is a feeling an itch for adventure that Teilani is aware of so gives him his orders and sends him on his way! :D The plot essentially runs on from Teilani giving Kirk the push that he needs but that she will still be back there tending the fires! :D Lol Though of course this doesn't really work which Teilani a part of the plot as well and to show what she can do! :D So ordered this naturally leads Kirk back to Earth where the proverbial manure hits the fan and things evolve from there! :D At the same time Picard and co are off doing survey sweeps of the area known as the Badlands when up pops a ship that look very much like the missing USS Voyager! :D The initial plot threads would appear ti be very disparate but tie in brilliantly as the story progresses! :D In many ways plot is like a jigsaw with all the points coming together as they are figured out and this leads to book that has very mystery orientated feel that will really have you guessing though the flags are waving in throughout with the 'It's a trap! :D ' sequence! :D Lol Spectre certainly set itself as a very action heavy pacy book and delivers as scenes switch from various characters all over the show throwing in their alternate universe duplicates as well which of course gives the story a bit of detective feel to it as well! :D As you would would expect infiltration is the name of the game and a lot of the book really ramps up the tension as you don't know who! :D In a clever twist as well get to see an evil Picard as well which actually adds humour to many of the scenes as you find Picard casually catching himself wondering what that would be like! :D As you would expect a lot of the story follows Kirk as well and his mission criteria which of course gives him a chance to do his saving the day actions but at the same time Kirk does display, much like Picard does throughout, a ruthless side that gives the story an edge to events as Kirk is constantly pushing thing with his companions as well! :D The way each character has to confront things resulting from their actions throughout as well really does give the story heart as well as many characters are forced to confront the actions that they have taken in the past and that have now come to bite them in the back and how they go about dealing with them and setting things right for the future is brilliantly done and the kind of actions that someone with a moral compass would do! :D This really goes to show that inspite of character flaws are characters are still the 'good guys' and this helps also to propel the storyline as when all the objectives align the fur really starts to metaphorically fly as they all go to work! :D Throughout though the characters are portrayed warts and all and this adds to the feel of the book further giving a gritty edge but also injecting humour into scenes even with McCoy getting to point out to Kirk that he is the Doctor! :D Lol The scenes with Teilani pheromones everyone's reactions also plays for great humour and is played for laughs especially when it almost comes up between Picard and Kirk! :D The other characters throughout though are brilliantly portrayed in a very bombastic way, Teilani get to wade in to the combat to the point where Picard is not sure who the better warrior, the Alternate Picard is clearly portrayed as being completely off his rocker and the guest appearances really help to establish events which help to propel the story on as the breakneck pace never lets up! :D Scotty and McCoy butting heads along with Spock all make for great character tension but at the same time is shows what a great team they make as Kirk realises to himself which really helps to contribute to the heart of the story! :D This and all the elements really add to the emotional wallop of the story which really works brilliantly with the action heavy storyline as you are being constantly reminded of the consequences of the actions if the screw it up again! :D This will have you cheering as they pull off one more stunt after another! :D Spectre is a brilliant literal roller coaster of a ride that never lets up for a second with three-dimensional characters who are not perfect but aware of it which really adds to the camaraderie of the story, which of course helps with plot when requiring intuitive leaps, and the end cliffhanger with Tiberius making off with the Enterprise will make you glad you have the sequel! :D Brilliant and highly recommended! :D

  17. 4 out of 5

    ***Dave Hill

    Star Trek: Spectre is either evidence that Bill Shatner cannot write, or that he cannot hire a decent ghost writer. On my worst day as an author, at my most ill-plotting and melodramatic and awkward and pretentious (all of which I manage to achieve high levels in when I’m not careful, and sometimes when I am), I don’t come near to the crowning achievements in this novel. Now throw in Bill Shatner doing the narration. And cheesy sound effects. Let’s see — in the first 20 minutes or so of this 2-cas Star Trek: Spectre is either evidence that Bill Shatner cannot write, or that he cannot hire a decent ghost writer. On my worst day as an author, at my most ill-plotting and melodramatic and awkward and pretentious (all of which I manage to achieve high levels in when I’m not careful, and sometimes when I am), I don’t come near to the crowning achievements in this novel. Now throw in Bill Shatner doing the narration. And cheesy sound effects. Let’s see — in the first 20 minutes or so of this 2-cassette abridgement, we have mysterious people declaring that “James … Tiberius … Kirk … will … die!” We have some leaden comedy involving a tree stump and a romantic scene with Kirk’s Klingon wife, we have Jean-Luc Picard and the Enterprise, and we have the return of Voyager. All of it intoned with Shatner’s trademark bombast and smugness. That was enough for me. When Shatner made Riker sound even less interesting than Frakes usually did, I’d had enough. It had moved beyond amusing to just too damned irritating for words. It may be that this turns into a fabulous novel at 30 minutes in or so, but I wouldn’t count on it. The synopsis mentions that we get a return of Spock. And McCoy. And the Mirror Universe folk. No mention of kitchen sinks. The jacket intones: "William Shatner has once again brought his unique blend of talents as actor, writer, director, and producer to continue the saga of Jim Kirk’s remarkable second life, as an insidious menace from his past threatens a new generation of heroes…" “Unique” is doubtless the right word here. “Insidious” also fits, though perhaps not as intended. "An unforgettable saga peopled by old friends and ancient enemies, Star Trek® Spectre propels Kirk on a journey of self-discovery every bit as harrowing as the cataclysmic new adventure that awaits him." “Unforgettable,” alas, yes. “Harrowing” and “cataclysmic” — oh, yeah. Gack. Escape in the life pods while you can.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leo

    This book breaks all the rules given to the authors of Star Trek novels such as: Don't bring back to life characters that are dead or should be dead by know, don't mix classic series characters with Next Generations or the characters of other series, don't bring characters to a timeline when they shouldn't be, don't base your novel on episodes from the TV show, etc. The parallel Universe storyline was kind of over used in the Star Trek Enterprise series and this book came out years before that sho This book breaks all the rules given to the authors of Star Trek novels such as: Don't bring back to life characters that are dead or should be dead by know, don't mix classic series characters with Next Generations or the characters of other series, don't bring characters to a timeline when they shouldn't be, don't base your novel on episodes from the TV show, etc. The parallel Universe storyline was kind of over used in the Star Trek Enterprise series and this book came out years before that show, so at the time it may have sound as an interesting idea, but to me it seemed as the cheapest idea to bring back from the old TV show. The original three books from Shatner that brought Kirk back to life were actually good. At least I liked them better than the idea of the rebook of the classic series in a new alternative timeline for the new Movies. I have to say that I read the book before watching ST Into Darkness and the Shatner verse really felt as Star Trek more than the new movies which were good as Action movies, but were not Star Trek and were not Cannon. I only give this book 3 stars because it was just passable, but it ended in a cliffhanger, so I'll have to read the next two books in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    David

    I'll give it 3 stars for nostalgia's sake. When I first read the book years and years ago, I loved it. Mirror Universe! Goatee Spock! Alternate history/what-if! But upon reading it now, I see it almost as the ultimate "Kirk is better than Picard" story. Spoilers ahead: Picard loses his ship right away. Picard is easily fooled by the bad guys. Picard has to be rescued by Kirk several times. At one point, Picard is even attracted (artificially) to Kirk's girlfriend (?) The plot seems recycled from I'll give it 3 stars for nostalgia's sake. When I first read the book years and years ago, I loved it. Mirror Universe! Goatee Spock! Alternate history/what-if! But upon reading it now, I see it almost as the ultimate "Kirk is better than Picard" story. Spoilers ahead: Picard loses his ship right away. Picard is easily fooled by the bad guys. Picard has to be rescued by Kirk several times. At one point, Picard is even attracted (artificially) to Kirk's girlfriend (?) The plot seems recycled from earlier in the series as well. Kirk is trying to figure out his life and has to go to space to find himself. The other problem I have is his love interest, Teilani. She is introduced in the first book in the series and is written as another one of his "conquests" from the Original Series, when he seemed to have a new woman every episode. I don't get the chemistry between them, so when he decides to destroy a prison camp and kill innocent lives because he thinks she's dead, it just seems over-dramatic. Also, if one more chapter ends with "he faded to the absolute blackness of oblivion" or some similar construction when everyone knows the character is still alive, I might have to throw the book against a wall.

  20. 4 out of 5

    James

    This book reads like fan-fiction in both good and bad ways. (Yes, there are good ways to be like fanfic.) The good ways: It has tons of "OMG! That is so cool!" moments and weaves in a lot of Star Trek lore. There are appearances by lots of characters and/or their mirror-universe duplicates. I am guessing Shatner had a lot of assistance from his co-authors with the Star Trek lore because I don't see him knowing so much about TNG, DS9 or Voyager (all of which are mentioned and used at some way duri This book reads like fan-fiction in both good and bad ways. (Yes, there are good ways to be like fanfic.) The good ways: It has tons of "OMG! That is so cool!" moments and weaves in a lot of Star Trek lore. There are appearances by lots of characters and/or their mirror-universe duplicates. I am guessing Shatner had a lot of assistance from his co-authors with the Star Trek lore because I don't see him knowing so much about TNG, DS9 or Voyager (all of which are mentioned and used at some way during the story). The story is a lot of fun and has a good roller-coaster feel. The book uses the Mirror Universe pretty well. Now for the bad points: All of the TNG crew seem to talk and behave out of character. Again, I get the feel that Shatner doesn't know the TNG characters very well. Kirk is made out to be a little too awesome, while other characters seem to be around to remind us how much in awe they are of him. Kirk's love for the heroine is put on a little too thick. We are reminded at least once a chapter how much he loves her. In general, its a fun and fast read, as long as you can look past its flaws.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matt Pollicove

    So I'm giving the same review to all the books in this part of the "Shatnerverse" I basically enjoyed them, being fans of his co-authors, Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens. The stories were better than average, and the author / editor team, knew their ST history, touching just about every branch established so far in the "Prime" timeline. I don't remember if there were any Archer era references. It was pleasant, it was entertaining, it did the job. The books mostly moved along, woul So I'm giving the same review to all the books in this part of the "Shatnerverse" I basically enjoyed them, being fans of his co-authors, Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens. The stories were better than average, and the author / editor team, knew their ST history, touching just about every branch established so far in the "Prime" timeline. I don't remember if there were any Archer era references. It was pleasant, it was entertaining, it did the job. The books mostly moved along, would have been perfect vacation reads, entertaining, fairly mindless, and some fun moments. What did tick me off was the uneven copy-editing. I got these books as part of a $.99 special from the publisher. I love offers like this since it lets me fill in my collection, and reduce my reliance on paper books, but I digress. The books have been available for years, they undoubtedly came from an electronic catalog, so why are there spelling and spacing errors???? I can get over (barely) the lack of spaces / indicators for scene shifts, but spelling errors are a HUGE issue with me, and I hope it's taken care of. But definitely worth the sale price :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Steven Shinder

    Following the Odyssey trilogy, Star Trek: Spectre continues the adventures of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the twenty-fourth century. This novel takes place in the year 2375. The prologue and first chapter are inconsistent with chronology (the events of Star Trek: First Contact are said to have taken place a year prior as opposed to 2372 as stated in Star Trek: Avenger, and the virogen crisis in Avenger, which took place 2373, is, at one point, said to have taken place two years before this no Following the Odyssey trilogy, Star Trek: Spectre continues the adventures of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the twenty-fourth century. This novel takes place in the year 2375. The prologue and first chapter are inconsistent with chronology (the events of Star Trek: First Contact are said to have taken place a year prior as opposed to 2372 as stated in Star Trek: Avenger, and the virogen crisis in Avenger, which took place 2373, is, at one point, said to have taken place two years before this novel and then, at another point, one year before this novel). This story sees the return of the Mirror Universe depicted in Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Familiar faces from Star Trek: Voyager and, once again, Star Trek: The Next Generation appear. Unlike Avenger, which ended with closure and seemed to end a trilogy, Spectre, being the first book in another trilogy, ends with a cliffhanger, leading into the events of Star Trek: Dark Victory.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shane Amazon

    Book one of the Shatner Mirror Universe series, William Shatner along with the duo of Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens produce a nonstop action packed galactic size quest of epic proportions. Kirk, Spock, Janeway, Scotty, Bones, who could ask for anything more? Well, we could and they provide. Not only one Spock, not only one Kirk but duplicates galore. With a threat that could very well change his life forever Kirk is forced to rejoin an organization he long ago left behind. An organization th Book one of the Shatner Mirror Universe series, William Shatner along with the duo of Garfield and Judith Reeves-Stevens produce a nonstop action packed galactic size quest of epic proportions. Kirk, Spock, Janeway, Scotty, Bones, who could ask for anything more? Well, we could and they provide. Not only one Spock, not only one Kirk but duplicates galore. With a threat that could very well change his life forever Kirk is forced to rejoin an organization he long ago left behind. An organization that has evolved and left behind Kirk's way of bloody knuckle problem solving opting for a more means-by-committee approach. Disease, violence, and betrayal will line their path to justice and only sheer determination will once again lead the warriors of justice and peace to an epic conclusion. Another great installment from the Shatner & Co. bunch. A good read and lots of fun.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    As always I'm a Trek Fan and this book has what Trek fans are looking to read. The book starts out with Jim Kirk fighting with a tree stump in a field on a planet named Chal. We learn that he is no longer with Starfleet, but with a woman he considers to be his heart. He also has stayed out of the call up for the Dominian/Alliance fight, which he's not sure was a good or bad thing for him. Telilani sends him to a conference on earth h, because she sees the fight that he is having with himself and f As always I'm a Trek Fan and this book has what Trek fans are looking to read. The book starts out with Jim Kirk fighting with a tree stump in a field on a planet named Chal. We learn that he is no longer with Starfleet, but with a woman he considers to be his heart. He also has stayed out of the call up for the Dominian/Alliance fight, which he's not sure was a good or bad thing for him. Telilani sends him to a conference on earth h, because she sees the fight that he is having with himself and from there the adventure begins. Lots of action and parts and pieces of the old Jim Kirk Read and enjoy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    RumBelle

    When I first saw William Shatner was writing books, about Kirk and Picard, I was ecstatic. This trilogy is my favorite of Shatner's. The storylines, and new characters are so inventive and the familiar characters just how you remember them. For anyone who ever wondered what happened to the Mirror Universe Spock after the Original Series episode, this trilogy answers that. That Spock has returned, along with the evil Mirror Universe Kirk. It took real Kirk and Picard and their crews and friends t When I first saw William Shatner was writing books, about Kirk and Picard, I was ecstatic. This trilogy is my favorite of Shatner's. The storylines, and new characters are so inventive and the familiar characters just how you remember them. For anyone who ever wondered what happened to the Mirror Universe Spock after the Original Series episode, this trilogy answers that. That Spock has returned, along with the evil Mirror Universe Kirk. It took real Kirk and Picard and their crews and friends together to stop Mirror Universe Kirk's foul plans.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    This was really well-written, but my suspension of disbelief fell out in the road. It's cool but for a series that lives on unbelievable premises, this is too much for me. It's like when you're eating a bunch of caramel corn with peanuts, and then you switch to caramel corn with almonds and pecans, and then you switch to caramel corn with almonds and pecans and cover it with chocolate--delicious but don't overdo it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Brilliant book. The Star Trek Universe fully realized and Captain Kirk at his finest and most daring. Also Captain Kirk at his worst. In Specter we meet the occupants of the Mirror Universe, a nightmarish world were all the good of the Trek universe we know and love is turned inside out. Has Kirk finally met the one opponent that can defeat him? Good Kirk vs. Evil Kirk in a ultimate Trek showdown.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This is the fourth in a series of six books (actually, two trilogies). This series was my introduction to Star Trek novels, and I very much enjoyed these books. I actually read them out of order by mistake, and then re-read the whole thing in the correct order. Good stuff for the avid Trek fan! (Note: if you think Shatner really wrote these books, you don't know much about publishing. His ghost writers, the Reeves-Stevenses, deserve the kudos here.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    An enjoyable romp through the Trek universe. It isn't great sci-fi writing, and Shatner's ego is very present, but,really, what else would you expect? That's what makes him Shatner/Kirk. He stayed pretty true to the premise of Trek and the characters he wrote about.It ended in a cliff hanger and I am looking forward to the next book! An easy, enjoyable read for any Trekkie.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paxton Holley

    First part of Shatner's Mirror Universe trilogy. This is a rough start to the trilogy. I almost wanted to stop here. As he is written, Kirk is very whiny and not a lot of fun. About 200 pages in the action kicks in and Kirk's character downshifts back into "Kirk". The last 100 pages are GREAT.

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