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Prime Directive

(Star Trek: The Original Series)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,194 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Starfleet's most sacred commandment has been violated. Its most honored captain is in disgrace, its most celebrated starship in pieces, and the crew of that ship scattered among the thousand worlds of the Federation... Thus begins "Prime Directive", an epic tale of the Star Trek universe. Following in the bestselling tradition of "Spock's World" and "The Lost Years", Judit ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Pocket Books (first published 1990)
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Alejandro
Dec 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary!!!


READER'S LOG

This is one of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read and easily the best one using only the crew of The Original Series, without counting crossovers novels.

I know that I need to read more books centering on the original crew, however, this novel Prime Directive will keep a place in the highest levels on my own personal Trek ranking ever.

A masterpiece written by the couple, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens.

They crafted an intriguing mystery since the s
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Jerry
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a longtime fan of the Reeves-Stevenses, and it's books like this that made me one. Until recently, I hadn't read one of their novels in a while; now, I think I need to try out my old favorites again. ...more
Mike Crate
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Prime Directive takes the reader on an interesting journey right from the start as we read about the failures of the Starfleet Constitution Starships and their five year missions including the loss of the Enterprise at Talin IV.
Since this novel is not an alternate reality or mirror universe then you are kinda derailed straight away but as you read the book and learn of the catastrophe then took place in orbit over Ralin IV and the subsequent crippling of the Enterprise it all falls into place.
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Clay Davis
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the different character's life stories after their mission failed. ...more
Rebecca
Nov 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, read2009
The Enterprise crew gone rogue, always a winner! These authors OWN the characters' voices, ST canon, and the sensibility of the original series. They're even genius at taking the cheese factor from the show and using it in homage. (Plot holes, Kirk skirt chasing, swashbuckling heroics, laughing on the bridge!) A pleasure to read. ...more
Kate
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down one of the best Star Trek novels I have ever read and I think even non Star Trek fans would maybe even like it. It's a tight science fiction read that deals with catastrophic consequences but also is a mystery of sorts.

Talin IV is in ruins. A nuclear wasteland and the crew of the Enterprise is at fault. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Chekov, and Sulu (a.k.a. The Enterprise Five) have all resigned over the disgrace of the events and Mr. Scott continues to work to repair the critica
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Jacen
Apr 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek, read-trek
My first outing with the Star Trek franchise was a fruitful one. I've been hearing about this book for years. I finally picked it up. In a franchise that literally puts out a novel a month, this books still stands out. It had a perfect feeling of balance. Humor and actual science fiction. Character and action. It's a can't miss. ...more
Meg Hannah
Aug 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite Star Trek novels. I've read it, oh, maybe 10 times? Maybe more? I savor it every time. I love the details and the portrayal of the characters, and the plot's good too. ...more
Leo
Sep 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is my favorite among the Star Trek derivatives. It is one that can be read countless times. If you are a fan of Star Trek the original series this is a must read.
Sean Carlin
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What all media tie-ins should aspire to, but so seldom do: Prime Directive doesn't read like a not-ready-for-primetime supplemental installment of a popular television/movie franchise -- a subpar cash-in like the dreadful Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off Slayer (read my review here) -- but a richly realized story in its own right that utilizes and capitalizes on its novelistic medium to boldly go where other iterations of Trek either haven't or can't; that this adventure was written for the pag ...more
Reading In The Dark
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans, sci-fi fans
Shelves: star-trek
So far, this is my favorite Star Trek novel. It's really that good. Sad to imagine how many years the paperback was just lying in a box under my parents' house waiting to be read!

It is great for the following reasons:

1) Based on some good, hard sci-fi ideas.
2) Couched in a great in-universe Trek plotline that ought to be explored more often (the prime directive).
3) The classic characters are absolutely intact and authentically-rendered.
4) Entertaining, easy, well-paced read.
5) The story is epic
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Greg
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant twist on the lives of our heroes with the book opening on James Kirk in disgrace. It takes a while to learn why but stick with it. Its one of Trek Lit’s finest.
Jamie
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Pretty good ST TOS story, and audio narration by James Doohan, AKA Scotty was a nice bonus.
Mariah
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
If the rating system here on Goodreads allowed for half or quarter ratings, I would rate this novel 3.5 stars. I did not want to give it the full four stars, merely because the parts I really liked did not come to fruition until the last fourth of the book.

As stated in other reviews I have written, I love Star Trek fiction. There is something beautiful about expanding and conceiving anew for characters, plot lines, and universes of TV shows, books, and/or movies that have already been establishe
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Heylin
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
One of the best Star Trek TOS novels, this one has a solid plot, well-written characters, and some memorable scenes. What I like most about it is that it's not another generic space adventure, but a heart-touching story about the mysteries of the galaxy and how they are intertwined with our life. I find the second half of the novel especially page-turning, and the unraveling of the nuclear attack is gratifying, for it demonstrates that despite humans' search for knowledge, there are things in th ...more
Ingrid
Aug 04, 2011 added it
I heard a rumor that this might be the plot for the next Star Trek movie. It was excellent! I do not read Star Trek books as a rule, but I'm really glad I read this one. It was actually a really good mystery. The final reveal of what happened on Talin IV was very Star Trek. I would recommend this book! ...more
Love of Hopeless Causes
Solid entertainment, amusing, and well read--if a bit predictable.
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Neil
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second copy of this book - I had originally bought a copy when I was in my 'reading/collecting Star Trek books' phase in the late 80s/early 90s and remember enjoying it the first few times I read it. Then my copy disappeared ['borrowed', loaned out, lost in a move, I don't know what happened to it] and that was that. Until I came across another copy for $1 at Half Price Books. It had been a while since I had read it, so I bought it to give it a shot.

Isn't it funny how sometimes peopl
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Grace
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm not a Trekkie by any means, and I've never seen an entire episode of any of the Star Trek franchises that I know of. All I've seen is the J.J. Abrams set of movies that have drawn in non-Trekkies and discombobulated old-time fans. And yes, not being a Chris Pine fan, I found my first meeting with Capt. Kirk to be impetuous, pouty (he does have full lips for a man, no?), and not particularly bright.

But this book was probably, to date, the best sci-fi book I've read. Not being a long-time read
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Aricia Gavriel
Prime Directive has to be the best classic Trek I’ve read, and I'd readily recommend it, with 4.5 stars. It has an intriguing plot, the authors got the characters pretty close to “true,” and aside from some reservations I have about the story, and a few nits to pick regarding narrative line, the book flies. I won’t pick those nits here, or growl about the storyline, because such points are utterly subjective: one reader’s smoked salmon is another’s pellet of slug killer.

Prime Directive is quite
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Paul Spence
Apr 29, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm really sorry, fellow Star Trek fanse, but these books are turning out to be a real disappointment.
Once upon a time, I enjoyed the James Blish and Vonda McIntyre adaptations, and one really good Diane Duane TNG spin-off, and mainly thanks to Bookbub I keep chasing that memory in discounted Star Trek ebooks, and they keep turning out to be - politely – meh at best.

I ground through this one on the basis of the 5 star reviews, and the fact that it's a depressingly rare thing to find modern Trek
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Oleta Blaylock
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to agree with several of the others that reviewed this book, it is one of the best of the original series. It rates up there with Sarek and Vulcan's Forge. This is story of Captain Kirk being place in a no win situation and taking all the blame. This was a no win scenario from the very beginning. The entire bridge crew is blamed for their actions and all resign. However none of them give up. They continue to look for clues and answers to the disaster and how it could have been prevented. ...more
John Kirk
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is a good book, despite some odd choices. I first read it when I was at school (soon after publication), and re-reading it as an adult there are some aspects that I'd missed the first time around.

This novel is set during the gap between the final episode of the original series and the first movie. However, it was published in 1990, after TNG had started. The start of the novel establishes that the command crew have all left Starfleet after breaking the Prime Directive, but as the audience w
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Bonnie Meche
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, there's nothing quite as satisfying as running into an old flame, or indulging an old habit. Thus my binge-it-all-in-eight-hours session with this Star Trek novel. As an avid fan of the original series - back in the prehistoric times of the late 60's - I have never quite managed to kick my addiction for the liberal and idealistic mindset of Roddenberry and his minions, and this story fits right in with the best of them, featuring much beloved Kirk doing what he always does: fighting h ...more
Daniel Willis
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best of the TOS series I've read so far. The setup was fantastic -- the crew disgraced but the reader does not know why -- and kept me hooked. Thankfully this didn't end up being another "bogus charges" episode like the one with the altered bridge tapes, this failure was real. Every character from TOS gets some limelight here exploring how they personally handle the professional disgrace, which was well done aside from the poor attempt at comic relief with McCoy. The ending (of course the cr ...more
Dan
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek, tos
In many ways, Prime Directive exemplifies the best of what Star Trek novels have to offer. A compelling story with real stakes for our characters, and all brought to life with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens' penchant for crafting a tale that had me turning pages late into the night. A solid 5/5 Trek novel, and quite possibly the best book to give to someone who is interested in reading Trek fiction but has never picked up a Star Trek novel before. Great stuff!

Full review: http://treklit.blog
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Alice
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so great!
Probably one of my favorite Star Trek books, we follow the crew of the Enteprise after something terrible has gone down on Talin IV and they crew was blamed for it and honestly, Judith Reeves-Stevens truly understood what Star Trek is about: the wonder of space exploration. The aliens were interesting, the plot compelling and following all the characters in their own path back to the truth was not only exciting but, in true Star Trek fashion, funny (the space pirates man).
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Lois
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one surprised me - first of all, I liked it. And once again it was still an abridged audiobook, but for once, it didn't feel like it. It felt like I got the whole story. We all know that from the summary, yeah, Kirk didn't violate the prime direction (well, this one time, anyway LOL), so it was a matter of following along to find out the real story - and it was very unexpected, and most welcomed difference. ...more
John (JP)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens when the Prime Directive is violated? This is the premise of the story. Talon 4 is a world much like ours with 2 major and hostile powers armed with nuclear weapons. Star Fleet has a base on its moon to study its inhabitants. But something is odd. The Enterprise is called to investigate. Shortly afterwards the two powers go to war. Is the Enterprise to blame? Is an outside power involved? Read the story and find out.
Christopher Morgan,
Higher rating of the start wasn't a mess

so this book started back.to front. Post event details and the consequences were told first,without the details of how. It made me think I missed a book in a series of connected books it was so badly done.however when it got to how it happened in the book it got better. If the book had of done a proper linear time instead of bumping back and forth I would of liked it more
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