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10 thoughts on “Prime Directive

  1. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Extraordinary READER S LOG This is one of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read and easily the best one using only the crew of The Original Series, without counting crossovers novels I know that I need to readbooks centering on the original crew, however, this novel Prime Directive will keep a place in the highest levels on my own personal Trek ranking ever A masterpiece written by the couple, Judith and Garfield Reeves Stevens.They crafted an intriguing mystery since the s Extraordinary READER S LOG This is one of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read and easily the best one using only the crew of The Original Series, without counting crossovers novels I know that I need to readbooks centering on the original crew, however, this novel Prime Directive will keep a place in the highest levels on my own personal Trek ranking ever A masterpiece written by the couple, Judith and Garfield Reeves Stevens.They crafted an intriguing mystery since the story began with the careers of the entire crew ruined but you don t know what happened, and along the narrative, you not only get to know what they are doing in the present of the story but also you will starting to get the whole picture of the disaster that happened in the past of the story and why the crew fell from grace.I like a lot not only the scope of the story but also that instead of the usual formula in many of the TV episodes of The Original Series where only Kirk, Spock and McCoy get to do the important stuff, here, the rest of the main crew, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov and even Chapel, have pivotal roles in the developing of the story.The whole crew has an interesting part in the story, not only on the present , but also in the past and of course, in the third act where they going to work together to resolve the mystery behind on the disastrous way that their Starfleet careers ended READER S LOG SUPPLEMENTAL The story is set in the chronology of The Original Series between the end of the first 5 year mission and before the adventures pictured on The Animated Series, so you will get references about key situations and characters along the original run of the series but don t get intimidated if you don t much about it, if you do, you will enjoy it a lot, but if you don t, there aren t references that you need to understand for the current story.A cool real scientific fact is that in the narrative is told about the discovery of fossilized lifeforms on Mars, and five years later of the original printing of this book, some scientists founded evidence of precisely that in an asteroid believed to be from there.Another cool fact but about inside of the franchise is that Robert Orci, one of the writers of the film Star Trek of 2009, used scenes of this book for the process of casting actors, due that it s one of his favorite Star Trek novels One thing that I liked a lot about the form of writing this book is that the authors established that starship wasn t a term that it could apply to any space vessel but a specific term referring only to space cruisers from Starfleet It s something silly and not important but I liked it.So, if you want to read a novel from The Original Series with great character developing of the whole crew in an epic mission, definitely this is your book


  2. Jerry Jerry says:

    I m a longtime fan of the Reeves Stevenses, and it s books like this that made me one Until recently, I hadn t read one of their novels in a while now, I think I need to try out my old favorites again.


  3. Mike Crate Mike Crate says:

    Prime Directive takes the reader on an interesting journey right from the start as we read about the failures of the Starfleet Constitution Starships and their five year missions including the loss of the Enterprise at Talin IV Since this novel is not an alternate reality or mirror universe then you are kinda derailed straight away but as you read the book and learn of the catastrophe then took place in orbit over Ralin IV and the subsequent crippling of the Enterprise it all falls into place Prime Directive takes the reader on an interesting journey right from the start as we read about the failures of the Starfleet Constitution Starships and their five year missions including the loss of the Enterprise at Talin IV Since this novel is not an alternate reality or mirror universe then you are kinda derailed straight away but as you read the book and learn of the catastrophe then took place in orbit over Ralin IV and the subsequent crippling of the Enterprise it all falls into place Prime Directive follows the consequences of what would be Captain Kirk s biggest failure and the ramifications throughout the Federation and Starfleet The crew of the ship are blown to the four corners, some resign, some are charged and some stay within the fleet but at much lower rank Of course Kirk having accepted fault and resigning is working his way back to Talin IV now a restricted system and during his journey reveals the details of the events to his latest employer It is at this time we get to know exactly what was going on and the fact that this final mission of the Enterprise was far from a simple one as it interacted with the activities of the First Contact Office who prepare the Federation for first contact with a developing species on the verge of discovering they are not alone.Prime Directive is many ways isthan an entertaining science fiction story it is an analysis of the politics and ethics of the Prime Directive which has featured to such a degree throughout Star Trek on tv and the movies It s often been seen to be selectively implemented and worked around when required and the plot of this novel asks the question of why the Federation relies so much on what is explained to be a very complex and fluid calculation far beyond the basic explanation we have been given on the big and small screen.I ll be honest and say I wasn t too keen on how this novel started but the hurdles and difficulties the crew of the Enterprise had to cope with really made the novel pay off bigtime I don t believe that the mystery of Talin IV without the fallout amongst Starfleet would have paid off or have been as satisfying I also have to say that the final few paragraphs of the story proper not epilogue had me surreptitiously wiping my eyes as the tears begin to flow, it was a very moving and heartwarming emotion triggered by the events occurring on the planet and the underlying belief that what Star Trek can provide is a template for what humanity should be striving for here on Earth and that if given the opportunity our children will lead our race to the stars and beyond


  4. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    The Enterprise crew gone rogue, always a winner These authors OWN the characters voices, ST canon, and the sensibility of the original series They re even genius at taking the cheese factor from the show and using it in homage Plot holes, Kirk skirt chasing, swashbuckling heroics, laughing on the bridge A pleasure to read.


  5. Clay Davis Clay Davis says:

    I enjoyed the different character s life stories after their mission failed.


  6. Kate Kate says:

    This is hands down one of the best Star Trek novels I have ever read and I think even non Star Trek fans would maybe even like it It s a tight science fiction read that deals with catastrophic consequences but also is a mystery of sorts.Talin IV is in ruins A nuclear wasteland and the crew of the Enterprise is at fault Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Chekov, and Sulu a.k.a The Enterprise Five have all resigned over the disgrace of the events and Mr Scott continues to work to repair the critica This is hands down one of the best Star Trek novels I have ever read and I think even non Star Trek fans would maybe even like it It s a tight science fiction read that deals with catastrophic consequences but also is a mystery of sorts.Talin IV is in ruins A nuclear wasteland and the crew of the Enterprise is at fault Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Chekov, and Sulu a.k.a The Enterprise Five have all resigned over the disgrace of the events and Mr Scott continues to work to repair the critically damaged Enterprise because his resignation requests are being ignored Each crew member knows something isn t right about what happened on Talin IV and all feel they owe the planet something for what events did occur.The Prime Directive is something that we getexploration in later series but you don t get too much richness of it with the TOS crew Here we get a study of the Prime Directive and how it works in Federation policy and politics something this book is really rich in, you get a real feel for the Federation and what normal life can look like and what happens when the Prime Directive is broken It is terrifying and fascinating and even though you know better of course you wonder if Kirk and company can pull themselves out of this mess Kirk and company are on their own but are working together even if they don t know it too Each crewmember gets their moment and their own story You have Kirk hopping from job to job dealing with his own guilt over the events but also his desire to do right, Spock s insanity and dramatics I won t even get into here but they are fabulous, Chekov and Sulu are together as always doing their own work as pirates, Uhura s saga being imprisoned just shows a lotof Uhura then we usually get from her and McCoy s first appearance in the book in conversation with a kid is really, really eye opening You actually learn a lotabout everyone in many ways.It s a tight story, really really tight, and you will tear through this thing if you re left alone with it I would have gotten through it faster if I hadn t left it at home by accident when I went on vacation It is a fabulous Star Trek novel Mystery, politics, friendship teamwork, humour it is perfectly placed to in a book that is so severe in subject matter , adventure Everything to love about Star Trek is here


  7. Reading In The Dark Reading In The Dark says:

    So far, this is my favorite Star Trek novel It s really that good Sad to imagine how many years the paperback was just lying in a box under my parents house waiting to be read It is great for the following reasons 1 Based on some good, hard sci fi ideas.2 Couched in a great in universe Trek plotline that ought to be exploredoften the prime directive.3 The classic characters are absolutely intact and authentically rendered.4 Entertaining, easy, well paced read.5 The story is epic So far, this is my favorite Star Trek novel It s really that good Sad to imagine how many years the paperback was just lying in a box under my parents house waiting to be read It is great for the following reasons 1 Based on some good, hard sci fi ideas.2 Couched in a great in universe Trek plotline that ought to be exploredoften the prime directive.3 The classic characters are absolutely intact and authentically rendered.4 Entertaining, easy, well paced read.5 The story is epic and inspiring without being cheesy, and captures the most charming aspects of what made classic Trek and its characters special.The hard science fiction aspect of this book relates directly to a grander,philosophical conceit, and that deeper philosophical concept is pretty fascinating It s also one that s fraught with spoiler i ness, so I ll try to be vague here The book raises questions about a demoralizing truth of human nature our tendency toward political friction and military solutions to problems, especially violent ones Where does the intrinsic human desire for violence end, and the devil s handiwork begin The book s answers are both troubling and a source of comfort These concepts all function on multiple levels, both in universe and real world, as all good sci fi should.On a specific, Trek specific level, the story is also quite special for how it deals directly with the time honored ideal of the so called Prime Directive, usually referred to as the most important aspect of Starfleet s General Order One In this novel, the crew of the Enterprise is forced to interfere with a relatively primitive society on a planet called Talin VI with the best of intentionswith unthinkably disastrous results At the start of Prime Directive, Kirk and his entire bridge crew have been forced to resign from Starfleet in disgrace.The story is told in parts, the first part being the sad aftermath of the tragedy at Talin IV, during which we see the main characters ambling around in shame and righteous indignation at how the episode has been dealt with by Starfleet and the Federation Council The second part is, in effect, a flashback wherein Kirk recalls the events that led him to his forced resignation and humiliation Part three sees the crew reunited fighting for the truth, wraps up the mystery and answers important questions A very brief fourth part functions as a sort of denouement.Dealing with the Prime Directive is a lofty endeavor and this book is extremely successful in doing so It highlights the most extreme indictment of the Directive s potential short sightedness an inclination to passively look on as a sentient race is in distress and dying, all under the guise of following orders To pit Kirk and company against it is a match made in heaven, since Kirk as a character has always been synonymous with spontaneity and proactive humanitarianism, sidestepping bureaucratic niceties like rules and regulations when necessary to save lives, and his crew has always been famously loyal to him If anyone is gonna get in trouble for ignoring the Prime Directive, Kirk s the guy Facing the likelihood of an entire planet s destruction is an effective argument for calling Starfleet s golden rule into question, and it bolsters the validity of the impulsive decisions captains like Kirk are prone to making while also raising some interesting questions about charity and humanitarianism in our own world.The characters in this novel are extremely true to their most canonical portrayals throughout Trek, both on television and in film Getting these iconic heroes just right is often my biggest complaint with Trek tie ins, but Judith and Garfield Reeves Stevens know them like family, and each and every one speaks in a voice that feels consistent and authentic It s easy to image Shatner, Nimoy, Kelley, Doohan, Koenig, Takei, and Nichols speaking these lines and living out these scenarios.The writing is, on the whole, serviceable if not exactly inspiring I ve yet to read a Trek novel with a high standard for beautiful prose, as lyrical language is not really a priority for these novels but it would be nice if it were There are some anachronisms, like the mention of people running around with stacks of paper documents to sign, and an unfortunate use of the phrase oriental woman But that said, the Reeves Stevenses are muchadept at painting a picture and getting into the minds of their characters than some other Trek novelists out there cough cough, L.A Graf, cough , and the pacing is good I thought the various story threads were woven together well and the action was fun to read, easy to envision It s always a good time when reading a Trek novel to get scenes depicting zero gravity, as that sort of thing was generally far beyond the limits of what could be accomplished on screen in the first five series.If you were only ever going to read one Trek novel, this would be my pick It contains some intriguing, original, hard sci fi ideas The characters are written as true to canon as could be But perhaps most importantly, it highlights the charisma, empathy, heroism, and camaraderie of the main characters beautifully, in a plot line that is tailor made for celebrating what makes that classic crew so special The breakdown and eventual rebuild of their morale is inspiring, and the framing convention of mankind s instinctual dream of exploring the stars is made romantic and beautiful without seeming maudlin.I would happily recommend this novel to anyone who is an ardent fan of classic Trek, and further to anyone who likes the franchise and enjoys reading I haven t read a huge assortment of them yet, but I ve read a few, and thus far I can say with conviction that Prime Directive is the strongest novel I ve read in the franchise


  8. Jacen Jacen says:

    My first outing with the Star Trek franchise was a fruitful one I ve been hearing about this book for years I finally picked it up In a franchise that literally puts out a novel a month, this books still stands out It had a perfect feeling of balance Humor and actual science fiction Character and action It s a can t miss.


  9. Meg Hannah Meg Hannah says:

    This is one of my all time favorite Star Trek novels I ve read it, oh, maybe 10 times MaybeI savor it every time I love the details and the portrayal of the characters, and the plot s good too.


  10. Leo Leo says:

    This book is my favorite among the Star Trek derivatives It is one that can be read countless times If you are a fan of Star Trek the original series this is a must read.