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

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,801 Ratings  ·  87 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 as

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Paperback, 371 pages
Published 1987 by Grafton (first published 1986)
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marissa
Jun 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa
Apr 12, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, stupid
Excerpt:
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


Review:
This review is particularly
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Bain
Jun 24, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Crate
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Captain James Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise for the first time and is given a "milk run" by the Fleet Admiral both to allow Kirk to get to grips with his new command and to offer Heavy Cruiser support to the Federation/Starfleet interests in the region of space known as the Phalanx.
Kirk hasn't got everything his own way though, he has been lumbered with a Vulcan First Officer and denied the opportunity to be part of a rumored huge expansion in the long rage exploration voyagers so do
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Ladiibbug
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
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Steven
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dustin
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.
Alex
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 Shakespeare...it was all just too much.
Tony
Jul 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the deeper and better written Trek novels. Not one of the "numbered" novels which are merely of a TV episode scope.
Jerry
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at the early years of Spock, Kirk, and crew.
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mallori
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
R. C.
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
RachelvlehcaR
This was a great narration of George Takei and Leonard Nimoy. I recommend listening to the audio version rather than reading the book. They added so much more level to the book. I felt the characters were very well defined and developed in this book but the story and plot not as well as the first Star Trek book I've read. This book is like watching of the classic TV episodes. I enjoyed it but didn't love it.
John Tatum
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael T Bradley
Nov 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dull. Admittedly, I had hoped this was going to be PIKE's first adventure on the Enterprise, but instead it's Kirk's. Singing aliens who don't understand war & therefore "accidentally" made a reality-destroying weap---uhhhh mode of transportation. Spock's cousin or whatever. Yawn.
Justin
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.
Skylar
While the plot does drag a bit in the middle, McIntyre captures the characters well and injects enough humor to keep it interesting.
David King
“Enterprise: The First Adventure” by Vonda N. McIntyre is a Star Trek novel that charts the first voyage of the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Kirk. The interesting aspect of this novel to me was that it was written in 1986 and appears to have been one of the first official attempts at trying to capture an event in the Star Trek Universe that was outside the period of the series or movies that had been released up to that point. Considering the wealth of novels we now have that add ...more
Joel Kirk
Jun 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Adam Stone
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Dustin
Jun 23, 2014 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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Monica
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ben Guilfoy
This has to be the most frustrating "Star Trek" novel I've ever read. The basic premise is sound — the story of Captain Kirk's first mission commanding the Enterprise — but the execution is bizarre and confusing to say the least. It starts out extremely well, with Kirk recovering from an injury on a previous mission and the end of his relationship with Carol Marcus. We're also introduced to young Sulu... but here's where things start to go off the rails. The planet Earth in this "Star Trek" nove ...more
Stephen
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, st-tos
Jim Kirk thought he was going places. Not even thirty, he's been named captain and given the Enterprise, famously captained by Chris Pike. But instead of launching out on an extended five year missions, he's...transporting the circus? Yes, Starfleet in its wisdom has decided to use a top-of-the-line Starship to transport a bunch of jugglers, magicians, and a menagerie of ill-tempered critters that includes a winged horse, on a tour of several starbases. Fortunately for the plot, they encouter no ...more
Zoe Blinko
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"I believed," Spock said, "when I first observed you, that I could not work with you. You are emotional, headstrong, and stubborn. But I have come to understand that these differences between us should be valued, not despised. I realized that working with you would be a valuable, if difficult, experiance."

"Thanks for the compliment," Kirk said dryly.

This book details the first assignment of the USS Enterprise after Captain James Kirk takes over the ship and crew from Christopher Pike. Many of th
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Aman Mittal
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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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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