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Summary

An original novel based on the thrilling new Star Trek movies! 

Based on the “Kelvin Universe” movie saga! 

Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise crew escort Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron. They arrive to find this world under siege by creatures that some of the planet’s denizens believe are demons. Sarek orders Kirk to abandon the mission, but the young captain won’t turn his back on people in danger. After a harrowing encounter with the dark-energy “demons”, Kirk’s belief in a rational universe is challenged by a mystic who insists that it wasn’t coincidence that brought Kirk to Akiron, but the alien equivalent of a karmic debt. 

Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, Sarek’s young Vulcan aide L’Nel has a sinister agenda - and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock!

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More beautiful than most...

Another fantastic novel from David Mack and I was able to knock it out in one day. Had a great story and a lot of the characters rang true to the Kelvin versions, especially Uhura. Really enjoyed because it didn’t try too hard, it just played out and was a fun ride. Definitely worth a go.

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Good Star Trek story as usual

This was a good Star Trek story as usual, great story line with many intrigues and good characters. My only problem is that the voices reminded me of the original Star Trek cast and not the Calvin story line cast with maybe the exception of Scott with his colourful use of language.

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  • Travis
  • 14-08-20

one of the best trek books out there!

Now this is how you write for the Kelvin timeline!!! This is the second original book and it feels like the newer movies. The Unsettling Stars was a good book but it was hardly what you would expect in the Kelvin timeline. This book is action packed and makes great use of Star Trek lore and give it a nice twist with this being in an alternative timeline. It was truly fantastic!

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  • Carol Mack
  • 15-09-20

Disappointed

This could have been a good episode, but...T’Pring resurrecting Stonn’s consciousness to place into Spock’s body? I know this is fiction, but I guess I’m getting too old for these books.

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  • Justin
  • 05-10-20

Captures the tone of the films, fun listen.

A fun and entertaining listen. The writer captures the tone of the films. action packed and suspenseful.

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  • Holmes Girl
  • 24-08-20

Great story for the Kelvin universe

The Kelvin timeline is a mixed bag for me. There are elements I like and don't like. The biggest draw for me is the characters & the chemistry between the actors and how they make established players feel so familiar yet new & different. I was excited with no new movies coming out, these novels were finally being released. This book is a great example how to broaden the world of the Kelvin universe & it's main players. David Mack has given us a wonderful action packed tale, that feels like the good old Original Series; but molds it so it perfectly fits in this new universe. He has a firm grasp on the character's personalities and the dialogue & interaction rings true. His story is a seamless, but solid blend & balance of action with excellent character development. The book jacket description of the story is all you need. He explores the concepts of belief & what people believe in. Are science & belief in a higher power at odds? To say much more, might lead into spoiler territory. I will say, there is a huge surprise from the Original Series that all TOS fans will love. It's a well done story. Easy to follow, & a fun read/listen. Robert Petkoff once again knocks it out of the park with his take on these characters. His narration gives an already good story another added dimension. Would recommend!

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  • Jennifer Baratta
  • 24-08-20

Outstanding performance

Robert Petkoff is an outstanding narrator. David Mack is an amazing author. This book takes place in the Kelvin timeline.