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(Star Trek: The Original Series #27)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  741 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The tranquil planet of Aritani has suddenly come under attack by a vicious and unknown enemy. The U.S.S. Enterprise rallies to the scene, only to plunge into a deadly nightmare: Spock is found mysteriously injured, his mental powers crippled and weak, and Kirk uncovers an evil Romulan plot-- with a cunning double agent in the middle. Kirk strives to expose the agent, but o ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Pocket Books (first published 1986)
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Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Better than usual for Star Trek Expanded Universe fare.
Edwin Baeyens
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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This is a decent enough Star Trek novel. The story could have been a TV episode. A bit slow in the beginning, but the plot is fairly interesting and the characters are well done.
Mike Crate
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
The Enterprise comes to the aid of the planet Aritani and it's people who have turned their back on technology and love a more pastoral life. Raiders have been destroying crops and slaughtering people yet taking nothing, scans indicate vast mineral deposits which could be the motive for the attacks. Spock receives extensive brain injuries after going on a late night recon and has to return to Vulcan and even when planetary shields are created to prevent cloaked ships from entering the atmosphere ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this story and I was surprised that I finished it in one day. It isn't often that I can read a book in a twenty-four hour period.

While I was upset that Spock was hurt so madly and seemed to not be getting any better I held out hope that he would finally recover and become the Spock we all love so much. There is a lot going on in this book and I was somewhat disappointed that it took Spock recovering his memory so the others would figure out what is g
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
As a kid, I was a big fan of J.M. Dillard's movie tie-ins, especially the ones she did for STAR TREK VI and THE FUGITIVE. But this was my first time to see her put together an original story.
When it comes to giving fans exactly what they expect from a TREK novel, MINDSHADOW ticks all the boxes. Like much of the early TREK fiction written by female authors, we again have a beautiful and highly capable new crewmember who comes aboard and initiates a love triangle with Kirk and another officer befo
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well I can see why J.M. Dillard got to do more Star Trek works after this one. Definitely had a good mystery and I found it kept me guessing a little bit in to what was going on. Spock's story I found to be a good change of pace for what he usually does and McCoy having to deal with his feelings for someone else was good to. I liked the story, I liked the twists, my only complaint is that it took a little bit of time to get its footing and Scotty being accused of another murder? Really? Poor guy ...more
Kieran McAndrew
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Critically brain damaged after a failed mission on the planet Aritani, Spock must return to Vulcan to recover.

Kirk and his crew must struggle to peacefully resolve the political fallout of the disaster while Spock strives to recover the memories of the fateful day which left him brutalized.

Dillard's novel feels right, in that the character actions and interactions appear to have been lifted straight from the screen.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Mindshadow's plot involves the Romulans scheming in order to... you are going to have to read the novel to find out, but it's always fun to find out what the Romulans are yet again up to this time around. Mindshadow is the second novel that I have read by J.M. Dillard (the first being Demons), and I have to admit that I prefer Demons. Demons does a lot to break the characters of The Original Series of Star Trek out of their shells, whereas Mindshadow does little to show new dimensions to the cha ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, star-trek
Mindshadow is a mostly-predictable mashup of a couple TOS episodes, with a poorly-executed twist at the end.
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I am definitely a Trekkie, especially with TOS, but this is the first Star Trek novel I have read. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. The plot made it seem like this could have been an episode that would have aired. Also, the characters were very believable and greatly helped move along the story and keep me interested. I liked that there was actual suspense between the actions and thoughts of the characters, (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
As far as the TOS books of the 1980s go, this is not a bad read. The writing is adequate (and I am only saying this because, sadly, smooth writing is not something one should expect with these books), and while the characters, even the principal ones, sometimes come out rather flat, it's no more so than on the actual TV show. The plot is somewhat involved, if predictable. All in all, this could have been made into a decent TOS episode, but as a book it's a little boring. Still, if you are in the ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
It starts off very promisingly...but eventually, there is just too much plot, and too many machinations happening in such a short book. The result is a number of headaches following who is double-bluffing who, and a sub-plot of Vulcan with a possible love interest for Spock that isn't as successful or convincing as it could have been. That said, the command of the Original Series crew has always been Ms. Dillard's strength, and it carries this novel efficiently to its conclusion.
Kadie Edwards
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book!!
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mediocre genre fiction. If not for the cast of characters, would be unreadable. But, about these Radun race? Is there precedent for these guys? Are they really related to Klingons?
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
another reread. I liked parts of it, but I was picking holes in it all the way through.
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Keen psychological insight and deep characterization make this Trek novel a thought provoking piece of literature.
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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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