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Feuertaufe: McCoy - Die Herkunft der Schatten

(Star Trek: Crucible #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  380 ratings  ·  45 reviews
In einem einzigen Augenblick …

werden sich die Leben dreier Männer für immer verändern. In diesem Sekundenbruchteil, der paradoxerweise sowohl durch Errettung als auch durch Verlust bestimmt wird, werden sie die Welt zerstören und sie dann wiederherstellen. Vieles war zuvor geschehen und vieles sollte noch danach kommen, aber nichts davon würde ihre Leben stärker beeinflus
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Published 2011 by Cross Cult (first published 2006)
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Wendy
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, I'm done. I can't take any more of this, I just can't. I know Trek novels are not Great Literature by any stretch of the imagination, but this is bad even for a Trek novel. I will elaborate when I am able to use a real keyboard and not a touchscreen.

Added 13 May, 2014
Okay, here's the elaboration I promised. I hope you weren't expecting paragraphs and paragraphs, because I don't think I have that much to say.

This book is terrible for a couple of very simple reasons. For one, I was on page 39
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Abby
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provenance of Shadows by David R. George III is an interesting Star Trek novel.

At times, I want to say it’s the best of the McCoy-centric novels (at least those that I’ve read), because the exploration of what McCoy’s life would have been if he had been maroon in the past after saving Edith Keeler is well-written, engaging, and occasionally adorable.

As other folks have said in their reviews here on Goodreads, these portions of the novel are slow-paced, but I found that to be the best part. We g
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Taaya
Mar 07, 2019 marked it as abgebrochen  ·  review of another edition
On page 219 I gave up. I felt like the story had not even begun yet. How can something be told in that epic detail? I mean, when I gave up I just read two pages of Kirk working out. Is there any relevance to knowing after which minute he started to sweat? The whole scene could have been done on two sentences. „Kirk had been working out. Although he was resting against the wall, when Spock and McCoy came in, they could see that Jim was sweating.“ Two whole pages condensed in a few words. And that ...more
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
This was the first book in David R. George's Crucible series and takes place right after the events that occur in the Star Trek original series first season episode, The City on the Edge of Forever.

In this book, the story is split into two perspectives although both of them are Leonard McCoy. The first is just as he episode ends, with Edith Keeler dead and Spock, Kirk, and McCoy going back to their own world and time. The second perspective however, assumes that Kirk and Spock did NOT find McCo
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Mariah
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek: The Original Series fans
While I do not read a ton of Star Trek authorized fiction, I have read Star Trek novels across the spectrum of quality. McCoy: The Provenance of Shadows, the first in the Star Trek: Crucible trilogy celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series's first airdate, is by far the best. The writing is superb, and the parallel story lines are masterfully crafted.

Deriving its tale from the number one Star Trek: TOS episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever," the novel follows two d
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Brook
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So first off, the best part of this book was when McCoy broke the hand of a racist guy with a tire iron.

Overall I really did like this book, but the ending was much better than the beginning and middle. The structure of the book is alternating chapters between the past timeline occurring after McCoy went through the Guardian of Forever and the “normal” timeline. Unfortunately, I felt like this book was much longer than it needed to be and dragged in the middle precisely because of this structur
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Lonnie
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't totally dislike this book (otherwise I would have given up on it early on) but honestly it began to feel like a chore at some point after the beginning chapters. It didn't take me long to finally understand why some of the other reviewers complained about flaws such as McCoy being portrayed out-of-character, the pacing issues, too much recapping of episodes and films, and a storyline that seemed straight out of a fanfic -- not to mention the excessive length of the book itself. This boo ...more
Steven
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a trilogy?

Don't get me wrong, David R. George's depictions of the original Enterprise crew is spot-on. I liked how he actually weaved a sense of coherence into the original five-year mission, instead of just the Enterprise wandering from one crisis to another week to week. But given that this novel is easily twice the length of the other two entries, I kind of wonder what else can be told.

I'll admit, I kind of spent most of this novel wondering when the two timelines would intersect, or
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Tommy Verhaegen
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, ebook_en
Nineteen long months it took me to finish this book, that may be a new record. Half of the book consists of a time-line that the reader knows is going to be eradicated by a change in the past (the real star trek timeline), the other half are a lot of short episodes, sometimes filled with some action but always difficult to place because they are so short. At the end, when it is too late, both lines are fused together. A very long psychological story meant to show a different side of Dr. Leonard ...more
Iordanis
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
The first part of the Crucible trilogy covers a period of almost five hundred years exploring two different timelines resulting from the events of the legendary TOS episode "The City on the Edge of Forever". The 'old' timeline during which Leonard 'Bones' MacCoy struggles to emotionally adapt in the tumultuous period of the thirties is by far the most exciting of them although excessively long. On the other side, the standard timeline mostly recaps known episode and movie plots and it is not rea ...more
Greg
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just about to finish this bad boy. Its had its ups and downs, some spine tingingly brilliant moments of pure trek epiphanies but its fair to say the plot hasn't been very obvious and its rambled on at times, like the enterprise when it finds itself adrift in space without any power to its warp nacelles. Feeling generous, i give it four bars of gold pressed latinum. If i was in a bad mood, i would give it three.
David Hamilton
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable story. Almost twice as long as a typical ST novel, but well worth it. Finally, an author who gets into some depth with these characters. The ending brought a tear to my eye. Never thought I'd ever say that about a star trek novel. Ever. I'll be reading this one again.
Alex
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Not for me. Not convincing. Boring. 624 pages of Yuck. I won't be reading the rest of the trilogy.
David
(Copy of review posted on my Facebook page on 3/16/19.) Just finished reading "Crucible: McCoy - The Provenance of Shadows", the first in the "Star Trek: Crucible" trilogy of novels written by David R. George III and released in late 2006 through early 2007 as part of Pocket Books' celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the original "Star Trek" television series' debut in September 1967.

All three books in the "Crucible" trilogy (the other two being "Spock: The Fire and the Rose" and "Kirk: T
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Shannon Luchies
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interestingly this is, in my opinion, the best of the Crucible trilogy. Very good book, both with the time lost version of McCoy and the 'moderrn' one. Strongly recomended.
David King
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provenance of Shadows by David R. George III is the 1st book in the Crucible trilogy of Star Trek novels which were written as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. The story starts off after the events that occur in the Star Trek original series first season episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. From that point on we get to follow two stories from McCoy’s perspective. The first of these is where we see what happened to McCoy in the 1930’s on the assumption that Kirk and Spock didn’t ma ...more
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In 2006 David R. George III received the honor of penning novel trilogy celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Trek. His aim was to write a book about each of the three lead characters, tying their lives together through the most acclaimed episode of the original series, "City on the Edge of Forever". "Provenance of Shadows" is the first book of the bunch and it concentrates on Leonard McCoy, the much-loved country doctor who traversed to the final frontier and beyond.

The story stems from the
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Angela
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God - the end-all, be-all Star Trek (or any tie-in) book for me. Remember that episode when McCoy jumps into the enormous Cheerio of Space and ends up causing Hitler to not-lose and not-die? YOU KNOW. The one where Kirk falls in love with Joan Collins and Spock fashions the Internet out of 1930s junk material (mostly wood). REMEMBER NOW?

Anyway, like all good Star Trek episodes, this one left some MAJOR issues hanging. Such as, umm, the fact that McCoy bifurcated the world line and thus the
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Lindsay Stares
Provenance of Shadows (Star Trek Crucible: McCoy) David R. George III, 2006
These books have been tempting me from the shelf of the local library for a while now, and I finally broke down and borrowed this one. I used to read Star Wars novels, but I haven't read much licensed fiction in a while.

Premise: During the episode “City on the Edge of Forever,” Doctor McCoy went back in time, and created an alternate timeline. Kirk and Spock restored history, but on some level, McCoy both returned to the
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Christopher Valin
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, I rated this book as a Star Trek book, not in comparison to other sci-fi, or books in general. I've never been a big fan of Dr. McCoy, so I wouldn't normally have bought this book. However, I originally picked it up because I had been told on a message board that it explained how McCoy's going back in time and saving Edith Keeler in "City on the Edge of Forever" created the violent Mirror Universe in "Mirror, Mirror." There's actually no indication of this being true that I can see, al ...more
sparrow
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
+ Really enjoyed McCoy's alternate life in 1930s and beyond, save for how it concluded. Why did that even have to finish off like that? What real purpose did it lend for alt McCoy? Especially considering Lynn. A lot of McCoy's issues were on some level addressed and it is Lynn who, at the end, bears it alone

+ I was under the impression that there would be something grand done with the time aspect (the difference in M'Benga numbers due to time travel) -- not to say that identifying another piece
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Rich Meyer
I have to say that this is one of the single best Star Trek novels I've ever read, from any of the various franchises. I'm a TOS man myself, and I've always liked the tales that center on the other crew members besides Kirk and Spock.

This book, featuring Dr. McCoy, covers two versions of the character's life; the actual one that we know from the original series, the movies and the premiere episode of Next Generation, and a second trapped on Earth in the 1930s, after saving the life of Edith Kee
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Chris Williams
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
In the original series episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, McCoy travels back to 1930 Earth and unknowingly altered history. When the Enterprise crew realized time had changed around them, Kirk and Spock traveled back to 1930 and prevented McCoy from making that mistake.

This author tells two previously untold stories. One is the story of McCoy, lost in the past, in the timeline he has altered. Another is neatly and respectfully woven into the original timeline (this trilogy solely acknowle
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Leland
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I'm knocking just one star off this really excellent novel because for most of the novel I kept asking myself just where it was going. The events of McCoy's life are presented in almost painstaking detail. Beginning during the Original Series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever", McCoy: The Provenance Of Shadows explores two stories. In one, McCoy is prevented from saving the life of Edith Keeler and returns to Enterprise just as happened in the episode. In the second timeline, McCoy succee ...more
Thomas Hardiman Jackson Jr
McCoy: The Provenance Of Shadows

This book is amazing , it takes place during the original series episode The City on the Edge of Forever but it is told from the point of view of Dr. McCoy. It takes place in the 1930-1955 and also takes place in the 23rd century. I feel as much I would love to go more in to the plot of the story it would give way to much away.

What I can say is this 1st off , this book is part one of a trilogy . The 2nd book is told from the point of view of Spock and the 3rd fro
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The other John
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I was looking for a book to read on my flight back to the States and picked up this one. It basically has two story lines branching out from the Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever". The first story line follows the life of Leonard McCoy after he saves the life of Edith Keeler and changes history, the second follows the life of Leonard McCoy after Kirk and Spock prevent him from saving Edith Keeler and they all return to the 23rd Century. How can this be? Well, the explanation is a bi ...more
Gmartin
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This is my favorite original series book. excellent!
Nett
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow is all I can say. This was the best Star Trek book I have ever read (and I've read quite a few, to say the least). I read this back in 2007 and I remember rushing home from work to pick up where I left off. I'd read it every time I got a chance. This is a gripping book and I would recommend this to any Trekkers/Trekkies and even those who have never heard of Star Trek.
This book delves into one of Star Trek classic's top voted episode, The City on the Edge of Forever. It takes McCoy through t
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Steve
While this book started off slowly, and was recapping what had occurred on the episode of Star Trek that gave the idea for this series to the author, it soon picked up in a big way, and followed McCoy around in two separate time lines for over 35 years, interspersing the future time line with events from the TV show and movies to place them in context. Overall, it moved at a good pace, and the two story lines that were skillfully added to the future time line made a nice addition.
Zoe Blinko
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic. The deepest motivations, fears and pains of Leonard McCoy are explored thoroughly in an extremely enjoyable plot. Two timelines, branching from the events of The City On The Edge Of Forever, are posed, one with McCoy having to live life in the 1930s and the other, the return to the twenty third century, resulting in some unusual parallel moments. The author seems to tie McCoy's character arc together beautifully in the conclusion, increasing my love for his character.
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