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Enterprise: The First Adventure (Star Trek: The Original Series)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,649 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who finds him impetuous; a chief engineer who finds him arrogent; a chief medical officer who finds him trifling; and a helmsman who wants a transfer. But the young crew, which would later become the legendary space explorers, quickly puts asi ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published August 15th 1990 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1986)
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Feb 13, 2012 marissa rated it it was amazing
I first read this book years ago when I was in junior high, and thought it was amazing. I re-read it a couple of weeks ago and found that I still think it's amazing, but for entirely different reasons; it is amazing in same the way as, say, the movie Cool As Ice starring Vanilla Ice. Let me break it down for you:

This book is about the first time Kirk takes command of the Enterprise. Spock misses Captain Pike, Sulu wishes he were on a different ship, Scotty downright hates him, and Janice Rand is
Apr 24, 2010 Melissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi, stupid
James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who finds him impetuous; a chief engineer who finds him arrogent; a chief medical officer who finds him trifling; and a helmsman who wants a transfer.
But the young crew, which would later become the legendary space explorers, quickly puts aside their differences when a monstrous starship appears on their nascent flight path

This review is particularly
Jun 27, 2007 Bain rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: gays
this is one of the worst books by a good writer. THERE IS A FLYING HORSE ON THE ENTERPRISE. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK
Sci Fi

This is the first book in the Star Trek TOS (the original series), where Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov first meet. Kirk and McCoy are already friends.

The early days of everyone's working relationships and friendships is a very rocky road. Kirk, The Federation's youngest ever Captain at age 29, is arrogant, brash, and seems to have limited people skills. From the first meeting, Spock and Scotty dislike the new captain.

The Admiral gives the new captain a mission Kirk dislikes
Jul 25, 2007 Tony rated it really liked it
One of the deeper and better written Trek novels. Not one of the "numbered" novels which are merely of a TV episode scope.
Deranged Pegasus
A wonderful introduction to the universe of Star Trek: The Original Series. The depth of the characters given by McIntyre was exquisite and the background of reminiscence was beautiful as it gave even greater depth to the individuals and their world. More than anything I loved the tiny mentions sprinkled throughout the book of quirks and aspects of alien-ness, such as Mr Spock becoming lightheaded from the lighter gravity of the Enterprise. Even more was the devotion to give an alien race, and o ...more
John Longeway
May 29, 2013 John Longeway rated it it was amazing
This is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting and well written Star Trek novels ever released. Ms. McIntyre is a skilled wordsmith and, in her hands, watching the relationships develop between the main Star Trek cast on their earliest adventure is a joy to behold. Many years after first reading this book, Spock and Kirk dismissing each other on first meeting (Kirk had little use for science officers, who try to provide too much information when time is short and Spock had little use for he ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Steven rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek, reviewed
I didn't enjoy this book when I read it about a year ago. I may give it another chance though. It tells the tale of the Enterprise's maiden voyage, much like the J.J. Abrams's storyline direction, but geared toward the original series' crew. I enjoy reading into these characters, but I feel this book is too relaxed. I remember thinking to myself "Christ! Someone fire a phaser or something already!" I did make it all the way through and there is a deep space encounter later on, I think with the K ...more
Glen Robinson
Dec 14, 2012 Glen Robinson rated it it was ok
I hesitate to write a review on a book I didn't finish, but just the fact that I didn't finish it should say something. Because Vonda McIntyre has a reputation as one of the founding writers of the Star Trek legacy, I suspected that it would be a good story. But I found it plodding, filled with fluff and frankly, boring. I find that my reaction to books and films is often colored by my state of mind on the day or time I read them. And that may be the case here. But whatever. I will consign it to ...more
Joe  Noir
Jan 18, 2016 Joe Noir rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This 1986 novel tells the story of the first mission uniting the crew of the Enterprise. The crew we came to know through the original series. This is a good sized novel, with a greater depth than most of the Star Trek TV tie-ins.

Captain Kirk and his crew find themselves basically carrying a USO show tour around the Phalanx to improve morale at star bases. The show includes a winged flying horse.

Yes, a winged flying horse.

Enterprise is a little slow getting underway. The novel is fairly well wri
Zoe Blinko
Apr 29, 2015 Zoe Blinko rated it really liked it
The first 'Original Series' tie-in book that I have read and it did not disappoint! Although this is part of an old 'lit verse' series of books, and technically has already been replaced with future titles ect., it is still a read of interest for any Star Trek fan.

We see some background development of the major characters as they begin to acclimatize to newly appointed Captain James T. Kirk, freshly promoted after a heroic deed saved his crew on the USS Lydia Sutherland. At first, his treatment
Aman Mittal
Dec 23, 2015 Aman Mittal rated it liked it
Enterprise: The First Adventure is a part of the Star Trek: The Original Series. Star Trek is a fascinating world of its own. Like our world, it represents it consists interesting cultural diversity with characters like Spock who is as emotionally stable as a rock.

Enterprise:The First Adventure is the book about the first time captain James T. Kirk, the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. He takes of the Enterprise for the first time. Spock, Sulu, Scotty, an
Nov 30, 2015 Curren rated it did not like it
Well that was disappointing. I love Star Trek (a lot) and even though I admittedly do not like the original series quite as much as the others, I still enjoy it enough to appreciate a good episode or novel. This book, however, was...dumb. First of all it was short. Granted I did the adapted audiobook version so I believe it was a bit condensed, but even then it was more of a long novella. Second, the plot was silly. You can read other summaries and reviews to get an idea of what I mean, but esse ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Mallori rated it it was ok
Did not finish. It just felt a bit too campy to me with the whole traveling vaudville act being transported by the Enterprise and too mary sue with the act's leader. Apparently the second half of the book gets better, but I just couldn't get interested. I understand this is a "pre-quel" but the characters didn't sound like themselves in the chapters I read, which was why I wanted to read a star trek book. Maybe I will have better luck with the shorter novellas.
Jul 31, 2014 Monica rated it liked it
Shelves: trekkie
This really left me with mixed feelings.
It's very well written in some aspects: all the series characters sound "right".
I especially liked the way Sulu, Kirk and Uhura were portrayed; their characterization ties in nicely with the show.
The author gives them a nice depth, that is sometimes missing in the real show.

The relationships and interactions between the various characters were well done too: I found it very believable, for example, that Scott would find Kirk too young and inexperienced, an
Adam Stone
Jan 30, 2016 Adam Stone rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Apr 25, 2016 Acapulco1922 rated it it was ok
It's goofy as shit- Kirk and his crew take a literal circus aboard the Enterprise and they go around places. The villain is pretty predictable, I think he was a Klingon, and a lot of the story is pretty schlocky. It's not even the first adventure for the enterprise - it's captain kirk's first adventure on the enterprise, which takes place sometime in 2264 probably, before the 5-year mission of the original series. Also, chekhov probably shouldn't be there and they give Yeoman Rand a fucking dumb ...more
R. C.
Mar 30, 2010 R. C. rated it really liked it
Great characterization! This author knows her crew. A refreshing read after the emotional muck of the last movie, especially for a Trekker who prefers the Vulcans that came out of the writers who at least had taken a little logic in high school. The dénouement was kind of long and not the slightest bit Dickensian otherwise. But that's okay; I can watch reruns of the happy parts of the ending.
Bob Holt
Mar 25, 2015 Bob Holt rated it did not like it
I had several issues with this book.

Most of the tension relied on the characters having the emotional maturity of high-schoolers, and building up an angst-ridden love triangle with Kirk. All conflict in the first 200 pages could have been completely eliminated with adults having adult conversations and characters speaking their minds like adults, as you would hope the crew of any kind of ship (sea, star, or otherwise) would be capable of doing.

A needless and juvenile revenge side plot that requi
Joel Kirk
Jun 13, 2014 Joel Kirk rated it did not like it
Enterprise: The First Adventure was a book I've known since it was released - circa 1986 - but I'm just now getting around to reading it.

The book focuses on the first meeting of the crew from the Kirk-era, and the crew getting used to one another prior to command being transferred to Kirk from the previous commander, Christopher Pike.

The book takes its time with the setup as we are introduced to the characters. There is no real plot or story, even though the mission is for the Enterprise to tra
Rich Meyer
Nov 26, 2014 Rich Meyer rated it did not like it
While there are some interesting situations in this particular novel, it pretty much ignores Star Trek canon and most characterizations, much to its detriment. Apparently, the author, normally a fairly good writer, chose to forego proper research for a novel so set in the past of the original series. According to Ms. McIntyre, the events of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and "The Cage" didn't happen in the way we saw them, given her methodology for crewing this "first adventure" with Jim Kirk as ...more
John Tatum
Mar 10, 2013 John Tatum rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps one of the best if not the best Star Trek Original Series novel. Written by one of the "inner circle" authors. First got my hands on it in paperback (I NEVER BUY PAPERBACK), and as soon as I read it about four times and it started falling apart I immediately hunted down a "like new" hardcover to add it to my book collection. It made that sort of an impression on me.
Started out slow, then it got stupid, then it remained stupid for the rest of the novel. The vaudeville act was reminiscent of one of the more awful TOS episodes, the author went way overboard on Scotty's accent, and I never cared at all about the boring "out for revenge" Klingon that every Trek author ever uses.
May 29, 2012 Justin rated it liked it
As a kid, this was one of my favourite books. After re-reading it as an adult, I found it to be fairly idiotic. Weak plot, weak writing, weak connections... I still have wonderful childhood memories of it, so I would say that it is great for a younger audience and leave it at that.
Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enterprise: The First Adventure is a Star Trek novel about the original crew of the Enterprise. It is Jim’s first assignment as the new captain. The beginning of the relationship we have all grown to love between Jim, Spock and McCoy starts to develop here.

The characterization is done well and the storyline is, although not what you would consider really exciting, a good one. It is interesting to see Jim interacting for the first time with the people that will become his good friends. There are
Oct 27, 2014 ABC rated it really liked it
Enterprise was an alright book, similar in my mind to Children of Hamlin mostly because of the singing aliens in the giant spaceship.

Kirk has just received command of the starship Enterprise and instead of going on a deep space mission, they are instead told to escort an entertainment company to far away Starbase 13.

On the way they are met by Stephen, an truly emotionless Vulcan who is seeking for emotion.

While Enterprise was interesting, it didn't seem to wrap up a lot of the plotlines, which
Nov 23, 2014 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant enough re-read of an old Star Trek novel. My original copy from 1986 has the triangular cut-out cover that opens to show the Enterprise above, not a planet, but the Big Three--Spock, McCoy, and Kirk--all much younger and in older-style uniforms. Hadn't remembered much, if any, of the book but the plot combines the ship getting a new Captain, Kirk, carrying a vaudeville troupe, and encountering a first contact with an unknown race. The most annoying thing about the book is the way Vond ...more
Sep 10, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok
I started off thinking that I would like the story, but it became a little too ridiculous to believe. A flying horse, a costumed monkey, a juggling Vulcan, bad was all just too much.
Lee Goldin
Sep 03, 2014 Lee Goldin rated it liked it
In a time where far less was known about the Trek universe, Vonda B. Mcyintire took a crack at the origin story of Jim Kirk's enterprise crew. The author understands these characters extremely well from her previous Trek entries and it shows, especially in her exploration of the oft-ignored secondary and even tertiary characters. The subplot about the vaudeville troupe is aggravating at first but pays off to a certain degree. The concurrent plot lines of Klingon political intrigue and the discov ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Dustin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not a good book. I'm surprised and disappointed. It had a great concept and the overall story was promising.

The problem was the characters. I understand the only source material the author really had to go on was the 3 seasons of the original series. I also understand that this book takes place at the time when Captain Kirk first takes command of the Enterprise. But every character is an asshole. The crew hates and refuses to work with each other.

I find it hard to believe that th
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Vonda Neel McIntyre is a U.S. science fiction author. She is one of the first successful graduates of the Clarion Science fiction writers workshop. She attended the workshop in 1970. By 1973 she had won her first Nebula Award, for the novelette "Of Mist, and Grass and Sand." This later became part of the novel Dreamsnake, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The novelette and novel both conc ...more
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