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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

(Star Trek: The Original Series #17)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,674 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews

No One On The Enterprise Can Believe That Mr. Spock Is Gone!

As the crew grieves for Mr. Spock, the awesome Genesis Device, now controlled by the Federation, has transformed an inert nebula into a new planet teeming with life. But Genisis can also destroy existing worlds.

The creators of the Device want it given freely to the Galaxy. But Starfleet Command fears that it w

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Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Pocket Books (first published 1984)
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Jerry
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge fan of the movies featuring Kirk; I prefer the television series. However, this book surprised me by drawing me in until the end. It's been a while since I've seen the original flick, but, I still recommend this to all Star Trek fans.
Benjamin Duffy
Sep 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This is what a novelization of a movie should be! It provides supporting detail and backstory, without making the story drag or contradicting the events of the film. Everything McIntyre does here enriches the story, and it's a different experience going back and watching the film again after reading this. It's extremely impressive how well the author fleshes out even minor characters, giving them depth, motivation and unique voices.

This was a rewarding read, as a stand-alone novel or as a compan
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Michael Hanscom
(This review applies equally to Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III The Search for Spock, and Star Trek IV The Voyage Home.)

In a move that (if I remember correctly) was rather unusual for the time, the Star Trek franchise created three films that were direct sequels: each stands alone as its own story, but they also comprise three parts of one overarching story, with all the events taking place over the course of just a few months.

In a wonderful turn of events, author Vonda N. McIntyre
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Lee Sargent
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's all the little extra backstory that makes these books a real pleasure to read. Though some of the sequences are still superior in the film version.
Octavia Cade
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This doesn't quite reach the heights of The Wrath of Khan, but then nothing ever does for me in Star Trek. Still, it's an extremely entertaining follow-up - McIntyre is a reliably excellent writer in this franchise - and this is one of the very few times in the speculative genres that I'm prepared to overlook the reset button and see a beloved character brought back to life. The reset button is an overused trope that I often really dislike... but not here. Yes, it's fickle of me, no I don't care ...more
Craig
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I really appreciated the first 80 or so pages of this book which were pretty much a Star Trek 2.5 as it filled in the events from 2 to 3 for what short period of time it was. Sulu's struggle with losing the Excelsior due to the events of the Genesis Planet was also something I appreciated. I was surprised at the length of the book at first but really enjoyed what was added (or taken away from the film) that gave it that much greater depth to each character (minus Chekov, who was...there) despite ...more
Lutin82
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
cet opus, plutôt malaimé s’avère une bonne pioche en terme de roman, les personnages sont très bien travaillés, cohérents avec la franchise, mais également plus nuancés. Certes, l’action ne défrise pas le lecteur, mais il ne perd pas au change, avec un récit plus profond que la production moyenne. La planète Génésis à l’agonie offre un environnement chaotique digne des romans apocalyptiques. Et pour couronner le tout, Spock est de retour…. pour ceux qui en doutaient!
Rebecca
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
The Search for Spock is my favorite Star Trek movie so I was nervous that I wouldn't like the novelization as much. Fortunately, I was proven wrong. This was one of my favorite of the Star Trek movie novelizations. The parts that were added only served to enhance the story that was told in the movie, and not take away from it at all. It filled in plot holes and made better some issues that were in the movie. Definitely recommend.
Lucy
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-kept
I enjoy nothing more than reading a Star Trek novel! I can just submerge into another world completely!
John
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good story. A blast from the past. Makes me want to go back and watch the original set of m0vies again.
James Blakley
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a Trekkie--or a Trekker (to use the more politically-correct term)--I love just about all of the older versions of the Star Trek series. But my favorite movie (at least from The Old Series) is "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock." Not only did I enjoy the way the script flipped the moral concept of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" (which was the theme of the previous entry "The Wrath of Khan"), but I thought the Star Trek universe itself was expanded. There were 2 new cl ...more
S. J.
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who had questions about the movie
*3 Stars* -though this is one of fav movies in the franchise

*The Gush...and the Rant too apparently*
I finished this days ago and have moved on to other books, so this will not be very extensive. I found the book...adequate. I really thought I'd enjoy it because it is one of my favorite movies but I enjoyed the book of the Motion Picture (which I hated) a 1000 times more. Maybe because the novel of the first movie answered questions and this one just gave me new ones. The only thing that I liked
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Kati
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
It's been years since I saw the movie and I didn't remember anything about it. And so I could enjoy the book on its own merits, not just as a novelization.

The bits I liked? Kirk and how lonely he was without Spock. His determination to get his friend back even if it meant Spock might never remember him, might never know him again, even if it meant he might have to leave him on Vulcan. He just wanted to save his friend, to know he was okay. The twist with McCoy, that was lovely. It made the good
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Surreysmum
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1984, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1984:]. Based on the screenplay by Harvé Bennett. I read this after I saw the movie, so, as with STII, I had the experience of the story being added to, not stripped away. McIntyre has a way with these ST characters, and the details she adds tend to be both convincing and exciting. Sulu, for instance, is in line for the captaincy of the new Excelsior, and that adds great meaning to his sacrifice for the sake of Spock and Enterprise unity. McIntyre rejects some of the in ...more
Tay
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, star-trek
I think I liked the novelization better than the motion picture, which isn't much because The Search for Spock is my least favorite of the TOS movies. Now whether my disappointment in the lost potential of the movie has colored my opinion of the novel, I cannot say. What I can say is that David Marcus is honestly the proto-type for Wesley Crusher. I may have found him to be a mere nuisance in the movie, I almost actively wished for his demise in the book. Where McIntyre was able to make Saavik a ...more
Nicholas
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the best of the movie novelization because of the sheer amount of original content that is not seen in either the movie or the comic book adaption. The novel fleshes out the deep sorrow experienced by all in the aftermath of Spock's death and delves deeper into David's relationship with Saavik (a romantic one) and his father (more contentious then seen onscreen). Scotty gets his own subplot involving a return home to bring his nephew's body to rest, but doesn't find a very welcome affair. ...more
Kristen
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't love it as much as the novelizations of ST:II or ST:IV but my god, the women in this book -- in all these McIntyre novelizations, really -- get to do and be SO MUCH MORE than in the movies. Saavik and David Marcus fall in love even though she has never loved or been loved by anyone ever before. She's also really angry with David for having created the Genesis device and there's this great moment where she tells him she can be angry at him and still love him. Carol Marcus actually contin ...more
Mike Crate
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
Another excellent novelisation from Vonda N. McIntyre taking the basic elements which were in the movie and giving them far more depth and complexity. I'm not a fan of ST III considering it to be very shallow but this novel addresses all my criticisms adding substance and detail to characters who suffered during STII as well as giving far more plausibility to events and relationships which played out on the big screen. We have additional story elements for Peter Preston/Scotty, Savvik/David, Val ...more
J.C.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this four stars. Search For Spock is my favorite Trek film, so when I saw this at a bookstore I HAD to read it. In terms of movie novelizations, the writing was exactly how I expected it to be: flat, with mostly filler and summation to fill all the gaps between the script and the novel. The story holds well in this format however, with at least a dozen scenes not in the final film (one of the reasons i've given this a third star instead of two), which was a pleasant surpr ...more
Shiloh
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I watched the movie just recently, and I found a copy of the book at a local used book store for a $1.00 to I picked it up and started reading it.

I loved it, as it really went into depth the characters and their feelings about the death of Spock, as well as brought in more history of characters which a person saw in the movie. I feel it was much better than the movie, because movies can only portray so much on screen.

I am glad that I read it, because now, I understand the movie better then I eve
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Yaaresse
What can I say? I was an early ST geek. Loved the movies, even the bad ones. Enjoyed the books based on the movies, even the bad ones.

Standard "I read this, but damned if I can remember exactly when or why" disclaimer:
My rating is based on my memory of how much or little I enjoyed the book at that time. In some cases, "at that time" might mean before most Goodreads users were born. OTOH, it could mean a couple years ago.

Your mileage may vary. Heck, given how all our tastes change over the yea
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Gerd
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing leaves much to desired, especially the authors way of going over same events with each change in POV got annoying with time.
On the other hand the book offers scenes and sidelines not found in the movie.

For Trek fans.


Edit after seeing the movie again:
I have to say I prefer how McIntyre presents the Klingons as honourbound warrior caste, over the movies presentation of them as bloodthirsty, cowardly morons.
Mary
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
Very good book. Definitely one of my favorites! I love the interactions.

Unlike most of the other Star Trek movies and novels, The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home must be read/watched consecutively.
Melanie
Jan 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: Public library - withdrawn section
This is the book that introduced me to everything Star Trek: Original Series. And I nearly didn't buy it. 50 cents changed the course of my life.

Typically, I picked up something in the middle of a series. And then had to backtrack. And then keep going.
And then, for better or worse, I was hooked. Movies, series trivia, production history, fiction.

I still, occasionally, binge.
Lynne Stringer
As movie novelisations go, I think Vonda McIntyre does a good job. She is able to flesh out what was seen onscreen, which is a requirement for a good movie to book adaptation. Many simply write only what was onscreen, and I find this rarely hits the mark with me. This one was certainly better than average.
Joseph
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
Much of my review for McIntyre's novelization of Star Trek II holds true for this sequel, as well. McIntyre's writing is uniformly excellent throughout, but it shines even brighter when discussing less obvious aspects of characters like David, Saavik, and Kruge. I look forward to seeing how she handles the next movie.
Jane
May 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One word: booorring! I enjoyed the novel based on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but it mostly stuck to the movie, and the parts that weren't in the movie were small enough they might have been cut. This book has a lot of extra stuff that is not in the movie, mostly about the Klingons (boring), David and Saavik (boring), and Carol Marcus (boring).
Richard Reinhar
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The third installment in the Star Trek movie series. I have to say I enjoyed it as much as the movie itself. Compared to the movies that are coming out today this Star Trek I'd head over heels better. Spock is dead and Kirk and the cree of the Enterprise is mourning. Somehow the planet which Spock's body rests sparks new life. There is a chance that Spock might have come back. 5 out of 5 stars.
June
Jul 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Any Trekkie of any age
Read this one while waiting for daughter to have Gamma Knife surgery. Felt just like the movie! It was a Star Trek novel, for heaven's sake, what more can be said about it? You either love Star Trek or you don't.
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Vonda McIntyre's second novelization isn't "quite" as epic as her work on the previous film...but it does come with some satisfying follow-up, and maintains a powerfully dark atmosphere throughout. A pity the book cover is so abysmal.
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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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