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Star Trek: The Return Book

EmeraldWarrior

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Report this Dec. 24 2007, 4:01 pm

I just finished this book last night. Man was it an awesome book! It was much better than most of the episodes and movies! They should have made this book the Generation movie. This was the first Trek book I have read by William Shatner. I never would have thought he was such a good author. The basic premise:

It takes place directly after the Generations Movie. The Romulans and Borg have gone into an alliance to take down the Federation. The Borg are focused on turning Picard back to Locutus or taking him out to achieve that goal. On the other hand, the Romulans are still seething for revenge against Kirk nearly a 100 years later. They use Borg technology to resurrect Kirk from his grave of stones on Veridian III (where he died in Generations) and brainwash him to assassinate Picard. That way Kirk becomes hated in Federation history, and Picard is out of the way. In return the Borg "agrees" to not assimilate the Romulan Star Empire, because they could study them to better convince species to be assimilated rather than expending energy to assimilate them forcibly. So then it's up to the crew of the Enterprise-D, without the Enterprise since it was destroyed in Generations, to save Picard, Kirk, and the Federation. Spock and a 140-year old Bones join the resuce effort as well.

So many great parts in this book. Seeing Spock, McCoy, and Kirk interact in the 24th Century was great! They also encounter the Borg Homeworld! And as a result of Spock's Mind-Meld with V'Ger in ST: TMP, they realize that the world that V'Ger encountered with Machine Organisms was indeed the same world as the Borg Homeworld. Shatner really uses some cool strategies that the characters implement as well. Starfleet intelligence developed a disguise for Picard to use. They recreated fake implants for Picard to use and a communications device so the Borg would think Picard was Locutus. I just better stop while I'm ahead, I could go on and on about this book. It was awesome! Pick it up!

-Nate-

Trekwolf164

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Report this Dec. 24 2007, 4:12 pm

I love Shatner's books I have read them all except "Colision course" which I will get to.

Great review and I hope you read some of his other books.

NathanielHayes

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Report this Dec. 24 2007, 5:23 pm

Unfortunately, I only have listened to the abridged version on tape, and it deletes all of McCoy stuff.

TheFounder

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Report this Dec. 24 2007, 9:36 pm

To be fair, Shatner's Trek books are co-authored.

Trekwolf164

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 2:29 am

Quote (TheFounder @ Dec. 24 2007, 9:36 pm)
To be fair, Shatner's Trek books are co-authored.

His co authors.
Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Their Bio

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 3:12 am

"The Return" is one of my favorite Trek books.

Captain_Storma

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 11:32 am

Like all Shatner books, this one is IMO only a Shatner-self-praise (that guy is really arrogant).

TheFounder

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 1:07 pm

Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 25 2007, 2:29 am)
Quote (TheFounder @ Dec. 24 2007, 9:36 pm)
To be fair, Shatner's Trek books are co-authored.

His co authors.
Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Their Bio

Thanks, man. I couldn't remember the guy's name and was far too lazy to look it up.

Josh_Lyman

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 2:11 pm

Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 23 2007, 5:12 pm)
I love Shatner's books

Too bad Shatner didn't write them.

Trekwolf164

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 2:56 pm

Quote (Josh_Lyman @ Dec. 25 2007, 2:11 pm)
Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 23 2007, 5:12 pm)
I love Shatner's books

Too bad Shatner didn't write them.

You should check your facts it seems you are incorrect in that assumption. :laugh:
The Return (Star Trek)

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The Return
Author William Shatner
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Publisher Pocket Books (U.S.)
Publication date April 1996 (U.S.)
Media¿type Paperback, hardback, audio cassette
Pages 371 p. (US paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN ISBN 0-671-52610-3 (US hardback edition) & ISBN 0-671-52609-X (US paperback edition)
Preceded¿by The Ashes of Eden
Followed¿by Avenger
The Return is a novel by William Shatner that was co-authored by Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens. It is based on the Star Trek universe, but does not follow the timeline established by other Star Trek novels. The sequel to this book is Avenger (1998). The Return was touted as the official sequel to Generations, in that it directly succeeds the events of Generations and takes place, apparently, before the events of Star Trek: First Contact

EmeraldWarrior

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Report this Dec. 25 2007, 3:21 pm

Thanks for Clueing me in on the sequel's title, The Avenger. I wouldn't have known otherwise, and it sucks searching through the lists of the tons of Star Trek Books to figure it out.

-Nate-

1701TheOriginal

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Report this Dec. 26 2007, 10:39 pm

It was tthe first Star Trek book I ever read, and got me hooked (certainly helped by the fact that they brought back my hero to life :) )

NathanielHayes

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Report this Dec. 27 2007, 8:16 am

What probably happens when Shatner writes a book with the Reeves-Stevens team is he writes the preliminary rough draft of the book, they go back and clean it up, and he then looks over their cleaned up version and makes his changes, and it goes back and forth until the Reeves-Stevens version goes back to Shatner and he reads over it and calls it good.

Trekwolf164

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Report this Dec. 27 2007, 1:09 pm

Quote (Shuttle @ Dec. 27 2007, 6:28 am)
Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 24 2007, 3:56 pm)
Quote (Josh_Lyman @ Dec. 25 2007, 2:11 pm)
Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 23 2007, 5:12 pm)
I love Shatner's books

Too bad Shatner didn't write them.

You should check your facts it seems you are incorrect in that assumption. :laugh:
The Return (Star Trek)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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The Return
Author William Shatner
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Publisher Pocket Books (U.S.)
Publication date April 1996 (U.S.)
Media?type Paperback, hardback, audio cassette
Pages 371 p. (US paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN ISBN 0-671-52610-3 (US hardback edition) & ISBN 0-671-52609-X (US paperback edition)
Preceded?by The Ashes of Eden
Followed?by Avenger
The Return is a novel by William Shatner that was co-authored by Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens. It is based on the Star Trek universe, but does not follow the timeline established by other Star Trek novels. The sequel to this book is Avenger (1998). The Return was touted as the official sequel to Generations, in that it directly succeeds the events of Generations and takes place, apparently, before the events of Star Trek: First Contact

Ah Wikipedia - the bible of all things ?:eyesroll:

You REALLY think Shatner would let someone else take the credit for those books? Try reading some other Judith-Garfield Reeves-Stevens books. Same writing style as these ones. Shatner is just too arrogant to let anyone else take the credit.

Sure, the novel's were probably his idea, but no way did he actually write them.

Bill is very well off financially. I'm sure if he wanted to feed his own ego he could pay his co-authors to write and give them no credit. But he does write the books with them and that is reflected on the cover's of his Trek books.

He has other books out, I believe Tek Wars has no co-authors listed so he has been writing for sometime.

Josh_Lyman

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Report this Dec. 27 2007, 2:14 pm

Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 24 2007, 3:56 pm)
Quote (Josh_Lyman @ Dec. 25 2007, 2:11 pm)
Quote (Trekwolf164 @ Dec. 23 2007, 5:12 pm)
I love Shatner's books

Too bad Shatner didn't write them.

You should check your facts it seems you are incorrect in that assumption. :laugh:
The Return (Star Trek)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Jump to: navigation, search
The Return
Author William Shatner
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science Fiction
Publisher Pocket Books (U.S.)
Publication date April 1996 (U.S.)
Media?type Paperback, hardback, audio cassette
Pages 371 p. (US paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN ISBN 0-671-52610-3 (US hardback edition) & ISBN 0-671-52609-X (US paperback edition)
Preceded?by The Ashes of Eden
Followed?by Avenger
The Return is a novel by William Shatner that was co-authored by Garfield Reeves-Stevens and Judith Reeves-Stevens. It is based on the Star Trek universe, but does not follow the timeline established by other Star Trek novels. The sequel to this book is Avenger (1998). The Return was touted as the official sequel to Generations, in that it directly succeeds the events of Generations and takes place, apparently, before the events of Star Trek: First Contact

Shatner did NOT write the books with his name on them. He allows his name to be used to boost sales in return for part of the profits.

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