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(Star Trek: The Original Series #73)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  351 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1995 by Pocket Books
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Mike Crate
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Recovery by J.M. Dillard is the fourth and final novel in The Lost Years Saga. The novel is still set in the period before the launch of the Enterprise 1701-A and Kirk is finally coming to the end of his tether in regards to being a desk bound Admiral but before he can lay down his ultimatum to Admiral Nogura he is given the assignment to oversee the final trial/simulation of the USS Recovery a fully automated rescue ship capable of beaming ships and buildings intact and providing state of the a ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story starts off a little slow and with a problem that has been unresolved through all four of the Lost Years books. What is that problem you might ask? It is that James T. Kirk should never have accepted a promotion to Admiral. His talents are wasted at a desk and he is terribly unhappy with what he is doing. This is Star Trek after all where everyone is doing what they are best at doing.

Mr Riley finally comes to terms with what he wants to do with the rest of his life. There is a later bo
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read The Lost Years in junior high or so but never managed to get around to reading the third and fourth book of the series. Of the three followup books, this is probably my favorite. It made me think that JM Dillard should have penned all four books in the series, as opposed to the first and last. The other books are entertaining but Dillard's installments are the ones that seem most invested in the overall premise - drawing a connective thread between the end of the tv series and ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came to like some of the minor characters in this miniseries, how they develop to be where they are in the Motion picture and later on. Actually I think it was one of the better things about the series. While the story of Recovery was not a total cliché, it lacked some originality and consistency with up to date technology (super computer run ship, which is virtually unbeatable, why don't we see more of them in the future). Because of these small missteps, I would give 3 stars if it were not f ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was a solid Trek story with a unique premise. I would have liked more of the original crew involved and it didn't feel like much of a conclusion to the Lost Years saga, but those are small complaints
Jeremiah Murphy
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Star Trek novels more than the TV shows or movies. After seeing so much of the show, reading the novels creates an almost psychedelic, immersive experience. Recovery by Dillard was a fun read. As not much harm can come to our favorite Star Trek characters, a lot of the drama stems from the additional characters and the hard choices the regulars face. Recovery has both these elements. I wasn't too familiar with the episodes that are referenced but I was still able to follow the story. It' ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: tausch
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
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
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
Paul Lunger
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Stephen Coughlin
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek-tos
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.
Jul 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Four books span the time gap between the end of the original series and the first movie. This is the 4th book.
Jun 08, 2011 added it
Another fine effort by J.M. Dillard.
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J.M. Dillard is the pseudonym under which Jeanne Kalogridis (b. 1954) publishes her Star Trek novels.

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