Recovery (Star Trek: The Lost Years, #4)
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Recovery (Star Trek: The Original Series #73)

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The Long Awaited Final Book In The Lost Years Saga!
It began with The Lost Years: the story of what happened to Captain Kirk and the legendary crew of the U.S.S Enterprise when their original five-year mission ended. The saga continued in A Flag Full Of Stars and Traitor Winds. Now, in Recovery, J.M. Dillard brings to an end one of the most exciting chapters in STAR TREK hi...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Pocket Books (first published 1995)
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Stephen Coughlin
I can understand some Trekkies comparing this book to the Original Series episode, "The Ultimate Computer". There are a lot of similarities. As a novel, I found the book to be a fast-paced thriller with a lot of great plot twists and Admiral Kirk stuck in the middle of it all again. This is the 4th and last book in the "Lost Years" series of books that detail the events between the end of the Original Series 5 year mission and the start of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, when they are all reunite...more
This is the final book in a subseries by J.M. Dillard about the "Lost Years", the years between the end of the original Star Trek 5-year mission and the first movie. All of the books in this series have done an at least reasonably plausible job of filling in the blanks for the "Trek History" buffs, and the writing has been quite good. Unfortunately, the period in which the books are set is, by definition, a "down" period in which Kirk is an admiral with a desk job, McCoy and Spock have left the...more
I haven' read this book for about 15 years, and I was a bit reluctant to read it again. Sometimes you remember a book as brilliant (and maybe it really was when you were 15 or 20), but when you read it again years later, you're asking yourself why you ever liked it at all. (Happened to me with Karl May for example.)

Thankfully, this book was as good as I remembered. Taking place after Kirk was made Admiral, there are a lot of original characters, and it's mostly about Kirk and McCoy. There's also...more
Sep 17, 2011 Gerd rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Recovery is difficult to rate for me.
There’s a lot to like about it on hand, but on the other hand it’s often enough the same that made me at times dislike the story.

On the plus side I would put the fact that Recovery is firmly build around one of the classic episodes (“The Ultimate Computer”), constantly referred to as The Daystrom incident. But here’s also already my first problem with the way Dillard tells the story, as much as I otherwise enjoyed the way the author constantly drops little bo...more
Mikael Kuoppala
The last book in the Lost Years series is definitely the worst of the four.

We get a book that- unlike it's predecessors- doesn't use the potential of the characters being out of a starship and in their own separate lives and situations. The plot of "Recovery" might as well have been used for any regular TOS novel. I was also bothered some continuity questions that the book raises by introducing a 100% automated "hospital-ship", that would be a technological marvel even in the era of Enterprise-E...more
Paul Lunger
The finale to the Lost Years Saga, J.M. Dillard's "Recovery" is a book that starts out relatively weak, but finishes strong enough to allow for a decent conclusion to this trilogy. In this final installment, Admiral Kirk is tasked with supervising a simulation involving the U.S.S. Recovery which is an experimental vessel capable of thinking for itself & rescuing entire crews & ships with its transporters. The head of this experimental project is Dr. Myron Shulman who is responsible for d...more
The plot expands on the Tholian race as an enemy of the UFP, and overall the plot works fine. The primary weakness for this book is the 'uber-ship' itself (AKA USS Recovery). To me it's beyond any stretch of imagination that such a massive ship (which is easily the size of a starbase) could exist in the time period the book is set, let alone be an un-manned vessel and completely computer-run.
Four books span the time gap between the end of the original series and the first movie. This is the 4th book.
Daniel F. Panessiti
Another fine effort by J.M. Dillard.
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