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The Price of the Phoenix (Star Trek Adventures #4)

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  449 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
Spock is caught in a deadly game of galactic intrigue the stakes of which are the sovereignty of the Federation--and the life of Captain James T. Kirk.
Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published July 15th 1977 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1977)
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Stephen
A courageous and important book that dares to posit the theory: Kirk & Spock…friends, shipmates, comrades…LOVERS???

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A careful reading of this book makes it obvious that the piercing insight of the authors, Ms. Marshak & Ms. Culbreath, perceived far more deeply than most into the subtleties and nuances of the complicated relationship between Kirk and Spock. In fact, they saw more than many of the most ardent fans of the show may have been willing to notice or even admit. Crazy you say? Ba
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Mark
Jul 09, 2013 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
"We will not sell what makes love possible," the Commander said.
"But THAT is the price of the phoenix," Omne said. He laughed then, darkly. "And you will pay."
- from Chapter XXIII

On paper, this book sounds like it should be pretty good -- it's got an unflappable and suave villain, technology that brings questions about the meaning of life itself to the forefront, and not one but TWO Captain Kirks. It even starts in the middle of the action... in fact, it seems like we've come into the story at
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Astraea
Jan 02, 2014 Astraea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
5 Minute Price of the Phoenix

KIRK: *dies*

SPOCK: Prepare to face thy doom, Omne.

OMNE: I have the technology. I control the horizontal. I control the vertical. I control this entire planet. I can bring him back.

JAMES: Hi!

OMNE: He's yours to have and to hold.. if you give me the Federation.

SPOCK: I left the Federation in my other pants.

ROMULAN COMMANDER: *helps Spock* What makes him think you've got the Federation?

SPOCK: Vulcans are godlike and superior. Of course we own the Fed, Starfleet, NBC and
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Maria
Aug 15, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very aware of this book's limitations, but have given it Five Stars nonetheless. It was one of the very first ST novels I read and I ADORED it! I must have read it 30 times. I rate it highly for nostalgia's sake, and for the fact that it remains the best ST "wallow" I ever read.
Charles
Jul 28, 2010 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This one and "The Fate of the Phoenix" are two of the absolutely best Star Trek novels I've read. The writers really captured the charcters and put them into interesting situations. I've bought every Star Trek book these authors produced, but there weren't enough of them.
John
Sep 28, 2016 John rated it did not like it
I picked this up because I was in the mood for some old-timey STAR TREK and the cover art boasted just the right amount of '70s psychedelia.
I only wish I'd known something about the book's reputation.
First of all, the writing is simply awful. The authors make strange word choices and rely on awkward phrasing in order to sound more poetic. As a result, they come across as a couple of pretentious hacks. To a certain extent, I can live with that. I didn't pick up a 50-year-old STAR TREK novel expec
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Hannah
Dec 07, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can definitely see why this novel in particular is well known in the Kirk/Spock circles, but personally, I don't think they acted out of character at all. Plot-wise, not extremely well thought out and a little too, I dunno, cut and dry? Simple? However, the moral implications were interesting and there were a few moments where I had to take a break and breath because things got intense!

The Romulan Commander, though! What a BABE. Seriously. I’m basically in love with her now and I’m really imp
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Mike McDevitt
Oct 09, 2011 Mike McDevitt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My uncle Spock had a special friend.
They dressed alike. His name was Jim.
I've never seen two friends like them.
They were very, very... friendly men.

(Apologies to Flight of the Conchords)

In all the Kirk-Slash-Spock meaningful words that say so little and reveal so much, I notice the other excellent reviews haven't mentioned something I found most disturbing. The giant unbeatable cowboy villain, Omne, rapes Kirk. The writers don't use the word but several times refer to 'The crime worse than death
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I wasn't sure how to rate this, because it's both a favorite, but a guilty favorite; not exactly the best science fiction, or even Star Trek fiction, has to offer: it's melodramatic and over the top with slashy overtones between Kirk and Spock. But it's very memorable, and I remember eating it up as a teen, back when just seeing a Star Trek work of fiction was novel, and it makes a lot of the later pro fiction, with their reset buttons and requirement to stay within the lines, look rather bland. ...more
Erin
Jul 14, 2016 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved the overwhelming Kirk/Spock relationship in this book. And really, it wasn't anything that wasn't in the show or in the films (which would come out after this book); Kirk and Spock really are each other's 'price'. They'll sacrifice everything for the other and losing one another is the worst that can happen; an end that must be prevented at all costs.

However, I found parts of this book confusing to follow. Also the way that some of the dialogue or thought processes were written in a real
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Chantel
Mar 26, 2013 Chantel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Sooo...this is one of those books that was almost ridiculous but because of that, I absolutely love it. I love the idea of it, it's very interesting. I've read it twice already, reading it a 3rd time as I write this. Maybe I love it because it is so different from any of the others that I've read yet still holds a bit of Star Trek in it...I don't know. But whatever it is, I'm sure I'll be reading it a million times over. :)
Bob
Apr 03, 2011 Bob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one years ago, when I was a pre-teenager. Technically, it's a decent enough book- well-written, characters well developed, etc,etc.
HOWEVER! This book is a strong contender as the first-ever 'slashfic' fanfic written about Star Trek. The women who wrote the book either don't understand men and how we think about ourselves and each other, or they -desperately_ wanted to see Spock and Kirk as gay lovers.
J.D.
Dec 08, 2014 J.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Oh, I love this book! one of the first ST novels I ever read, it remains a fav to this day. I love the plot and the relationships. The doctor's care. And Kirk and Spock moments. What I love about this book is: It was written before mile long rule book of "do and don't" of writing a ST novel comes in to effect! Go and find yourself a copy. One of the best from Bantam Books.
Murray Writtle
Apr 29, 2008 Murray Writtle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first venture into "franchise" fiction. I never did much more but this was a revelatory glimpse into what it could be. I thought it was a very cool exploration of what Kirk and Spock's characters could be. I probably wouldn't give it five stars now but that's how it struck me at the time.
Taaya
Sep 17, 2016 Taaya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The language in this novel is a bit ... off. It feels sometimes as if words are missing so that the sentences themselves make no sense, but the plot altogether is understandable. The novel gains its length through some chapters that only contain unnecessary dialogue like discussing the role of men and women. Other parts that would make it more 'vivid' are missing, like more descriptions of the rooms. Most on the time it is not sure who is in which room with whom and when they change rooms, so it ...more
Anne
Jul 03, 2010 Anne rated it it was amazing
Published fanfiction. Angst. Mush. Serves it's purposes well. Sometimes you just *need* angst and mush. And Spock.
James Sorensen
Aug 02, 2014 James Sorensen rated it liked it
Kirk is dead. Burned to death trying to save a woman and her child on the planet below. An accident? Spock ahs called it murder and has gone planet-side to confront the killer.

Omne is the leader of the planet. A planet of neutrality were the best and the worst come to ply their trade. Could Omne be the most powerful man in the Universe, capable of bringing down the Federation or Romulan Empire. Omne has a surprise: James T Kirk. Or is it Kirk? Omne claims to have the process to reproduce anyone
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Surreysmum
An astonishing book, no less so because it has that same inability to realize concrete detail, the same abstraction of characterization that I have noticed in this pair's other stuff. And the reason for this is absolutely clear - in the first 20 pages, we have things which most writers would shrink from as too strong for a climax - Kirk's death, his resurrection, a deep emotional link, the discovery that he's really a duplicate, the beginnings of a relationship with the Romulan Commander. Even a ...more
Dann Wilhelm
The problem with this book wasn't the interesting premise or the stylized dialogue (very much written to emulate the actors speech patterns on the show), it was the lack of emotional depth. Oh, it tried but for me it got it wrong. I felt no connection to the characters emotions or their struggle to survive. Perhaps because after all these years of reading Star Trek novels, I know the main characters will always ALWAYS survive, so it takes the suspense out of it. The only time a main ST character ...more
Tamara
Right so I've known for YEARS that this is #ICONIC in Star Trek fandom as being a totally unsubtle homoerotic subtext Trek novel. So going into this I knew that but I was not prepared for just how unsubtle it was. SO GREAT. JUST. SO GREAT. I've read several stories in which Kirk is POSSIBLY DEAD!!! So obviously this plot device was nothing new to me but, wOW. What fun this was. WOWIE WOW. If you love your triumvirate fEELs then you gotta read this. I DON'T WANNA SPOIL IT even if it is like, 40 y ...more
Ken
Sep 21, 2014 Ken rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Ha ha ha this book made me laugh hard numerous times. Talk about sneaking a romance novel into a cover that says Star Trek! Easily the worst book that I've ever finished - which means it was worth reading, but I won't be going on to the sequel. The concept is cool - the villain figured out how to use transporter technology to capture both body and mind and effect immortality - but the true thrust of this novel is all about sexual tension and melodrama between the 5 main characters (the villain, ...more
Linda
Jun 16, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading most of the OS PB out there this ST book is by far the best. Along with it's companion Fate of the Phoenix. This book is oaded with the kind of action I would have loved to have seen in one of the movies.
Amanda
May 04, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you can get past the almost incomprehensible writing, this story had a few good moments and a lot of potential. However, that potential was wasted with the confusing writing style.

It's apparent that two different people worked on this story. There would be moments of shining clarity where the story seemed to be wonderful and on point, but large chunks that made little to zero sense. The changes were often easily marked and often happened chapter by chapter.

The phrasing was odd, the metaphors
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Benjamin Plume
Jan 07, 2012 Benjamin Plume rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might be the worst Star Trek novel I have read. (For those of you unfamiliar with these novels, that means it was REALLY BAD)

The book opens with no explanation of where the Enterprise is or why it's there, and stumbles through clumsy plot devices from there. The villain is lazily conceived, with unexplained and inconsistent power. The science gimmick makes equally little sense, and while the concept of a perfect biological double with perfectly duplicated memories has potential, that potent
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Kevin J.
Sep 12, 2010 Kevin J. rated it liked it
Shelves: home-library
Found it a frustrating read. The concept is brilliant, but the story telling relied on a familarity with context and subtext that the authors failed to provide. I don't expect my authors to hold my hand through a story, but this text failed to give enough clues as to just what the hell was going on--especially in the dialog passages. I felt as if there were things I was supposed to already know in order to understand what was being said. That said, I will admit that metaphor has always been a bl ...more
Scott
Mar 14, 2016 Scott rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Trekkies
Recommended to Scott by: Found at Friends of Library 4th used book sale
Shelves: science-fiction
Okay but not as good as the shows or movies.
John
May 12, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
1980 grade D

Classic Trek
Zuzana
Three stars for the LOLs. This is essentially a Spock/Kirk pre-slash fanfic. Nothing wrong with that. I just find it extremely funny that this got published.
Molly Hardee
I have really mixed feelings about this book. I really, really didn't like the writing style. However, the general idea I find GENIUS. Of course, I enjoyed the ultimate bromance part of the story but I felt like it really fell short because the writing just couldn't portray the substance. Definitely a must-red if you're a Spirk fan but don't expect scientific plot-hole-free Star Trek book, here.
Jeff
Aug 01, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first tried to read this book around twenty-five years ago, I couldn't even finish it. A quarter century later, I found it more palatable. The philosophical and metaphysical aspects of the story keep it interesting, despite the sloppy pacing of the plot and the lack of any exposition to bring the reader into the story at the outset.
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