Shadows on the Sun (Star Trek: The Original Series)
As a young doctor with a beautiful family and a promising medical career, Dr. Leonard McCoy thought he had it all. But when the woman he loved betrayed him, McCoy fled to Starfleet, hoping to lose his pain in the depths of space. Now, more than forty years later, the Enterprise
TMand her crew are ordered to transport a group of mediators to the planet Ssan, a world where a ...more
The story takes place shortly before the retirement of the Enterprise crew (sans Sulu). The novel i ...more
Beyond that, enh. This book isn't BAD, and it tries to do some good things (a lot more depth given to McCoy's history with his ex, Jocelyn), but overall there's too much goofiness ("assassins as a cultural imperative" - no, really) to keep this book held together.
If that didn’t mean anything to you, the rest of my review, and the repeated casual mentions of characters Trekk ...more
McCoy was alw ...more
Like most ST:TOS novels it is likely not everyone's cup of tea but it does have really good characterization and easily paints the scene in the mind.
On the brink of retirement, Bones and the crew of the Enterprise are asked to travel with a pair of diplomats to the planet of Ssan to resolve a conflict between the government and a sect of Assassins determined to revive the tradition of Assassination as their cultural heritage. Bones must revisit his first youthful adventure as a Starfleet doctor on Ssan and reignite his first love when the diplomats prove to be his own ex-wife and the man who destroyed their marriage. Conflict and ...more
Present day Enterprise as it completes it's final cruise (post Undiscovered Country) receives new orders to ferry two diplomats to t ...more
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country has just ended. The crew is off to be decommissioned but there's ...more
The flashback to McCoy as a 'trainee' did drag a bit in places, especially since it was placed right in the middle of the action. There was a bit of whiplash th ...more
And what was Clay doing in the diplomatic corp anyway? He seems to be the *least* diplomatic person in the entire novel. I can only imagine that any successes he had before his wife joined him were either blind luck or coincidence. I kept expecting a reveal that their success as a team was actually ...more
I liked the exploration of the Ssana culture. I couldn't help thinking it had many parallels to the Jidhadist mentality and the Japanese Kamakazi in our present society.
The most infuriating thing is the crappy e-book format—OR LACK OF! There are no spaces or stars or break to signal a change of scene/viewpoint and it’s so annoying. I began highlighting the first word of each new scene in case I ever re-read it.