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The Borg and Romulan Empires have joined forces against the United Federation of Planets--and their ultimate weapon is James T. Kirk, resurrected by a mysterious alien science to destroy the Borg's hated enemy: Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the starship Enterprise....

Title : The Return
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ISBN : 9780671526108
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Number of Pages : 371 Pages
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The Return Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-01-28 18:40

    This is one of the best Star Trek novels ever written.KIRK IN OWN WORDSI consider this book the second best Star Trek novel that I have ever read.Even better since it's by William Shatner, who was the original actor who played the iconic role of Captain James T. Kirk. If somebody would resurrect Kirk, should be Shatner. There are people who argue about the validity of the involment of Shatner in the novel. I think that it's pointless to argue about that. Sure, Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens were the writers who helped William Shatner to materialize the book, but I am sure that Shatner has the original idea and key elements of the story, the Reeves-Stevens couple helped with their experience as proper novelists with experience in the field. Also, this wasn't the first rodeo of Bill Shatner, since he did his Tek War book series, years ago. Furthermore, in the Star Trek universe he did a previous novel too, and after this one, he has made several others, even this novels are called "Shatnerverse" in Star Trek since the fact that James T. Kirk is alive again but in the 24th Century is kinda not mentioned in the other Expanded Universe novels of the franchise, BUT they also didn't contradict it.Shatner as written too some biographies and recently (2016) he wrote yet another sci-fi novel, sure, always it's mentioned some collaborator writers, but again......It's like George Lucas when he wrote the original first Star Wars novel that later Alan Dean Foster got credit by the work, no one can deny that Lucas did the main plot, but he didn't the time and proper education as novelist writer to sit for months and do the field work. So, Alan Dean Foster got into the formula. The same with the novelization of Star Trek: The Motion Picture that it's credited only to Gene Roddenberry but I'm sure that Alan Dean Foster helped him with the construction of the proper book. So, what is the point to diminish the merit of William Shatner if he actually wrote or not the novel?......He is Kirk! And you're reading a novel about Kirk, written by William Shatner!Enjoy it! Don't question it! Just enjoy it!HEROES FALL, HEROES RISE AGAINNow, getting over with that.I want to comment my personal experience with the book.I read it in an important moment in my life (1997). At that moment, my grandfather (from my mother's side of the family) passed away. In the process of the wake, I wasn't in the mood of being too chatty, so I focused in the reading of the novel. And I don't know, I guess that being reading a novel about a hero of the past, that died saving lives and returning from the death, helped me in some way to embrace in a better way the idea of that my grandfather was dead. The book helped at that moment of not being sad about death, but celebrating life, even if that life passed away.UNHOLY ALLIANCECommenting about the actual book......It has an impressive and irresistible premise. The events are set after the film Generations, where Captain James T. Kirk died (in the 24th Century) while helping Captain Jean-Luc Picard to save a whole civilization of an alien world. The United Federation of Planets lost a hero, again, since Kirk was considered dead when he disappeared (in the 23rd Century) while saving the Enterprise-B on its maiden voyage in the middle of a rescue mission.He didn't die then, but got trapped in the Nexus, a strange dimension where time is meaningless and where you can be happy forever, if you let it happens.Captain Picard got trapped in the nexus too, but in the 24th Century, but since time has no meaning there, Picard found Kirk and asked him to help him against Dr. Soran. Kirk was a hero once again......and he fell, now for real.But true heroes never die......The Borg Collective and the Romulan Star Empire plot against the greatest threat that both powers ever faced... ...Captain Jean-Luc Picard. And they are choosing an unique "weapon" to kill him. These two powers are forming an unholly alliance to resurrect Captain James T. Kirk, submiting him to brainwash and ordering him to murder Picard. If with this I can't convince you to read this book, I don't know what will do!!!Due the events of this adventure are between Generations and First Contact, there isn't a starship Enterprise on active status, but I can assure that this is one of the best adventures that you will ever read, where Shatner really know how to use the full potential of an unified Star Trek universe.Since you will have characters from Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation and The Original Series and in a certain way that I won't spoil in detail, you can count that Voyager isn't left out of the party.And you can bet that they indeed will......boldly go where no one has gone before!Kirk Lives!

  • Bones Rodriguez
    2019-01-21 19:41

    I can't help it- I LOVE this book.There will be many of the "Redshirt" Star Trekkers who hate this book because Shatner "wrote" it, or because it elevates Kirk into almost super-human status, or just because every character in both TOS and TNG is in it.But that's why I LOVE THIS book.This is one of my all-time favorite STAR TREK experiences. I have told many people that if they read it and don't enjoy it, that I would buy it from them. I have read it three times, and writing this review makes me want to read it again.I WISH they could make this into a movie, and maybe sometimes in the future, technology permitting, somebody will.PUH-LEEZE read this book!

  • Andy
    2019-02-14 17:45

    Great story with some of fictions greatest characters. The chemistry that has worked so well on screen and in book form has been captured here once again. Honestly, I could probably read (or watch) Spock and Kirk talk to each other about the most trivial of things, so this book was a wonderful retreat. I'm not a Trekkie, but I have a undying admiration for the original series characters and the mythology they spawned. If you're just a fan in passing or a die hard Star Fleet academy alumni, you should enjoy this story that not only features all the bells a whistles of the Trek universe, but also the interaction between some of science fictions most iconic characters.

  • Michael
    2019-01-31 18:26

    This is the second in a series of six books (actually, two trilogies). This series was my introduction to Star Trek novels, and I very much enjoyed these books. I actually read them out of order by mistake, and then re-read the whole thing in the correct order. Good stuff for the avid Trek fan!(Note: if you think Shatner really wrote these books, you don't know much about publishing. His ghost writers, the Reeves-Stevenses, deserve the kudos here.)

  • Sean Randall
    2019-01-31 22:19

    "Geordi, I have frozen my eyelids together. I am such a failure!"that hasn't happened in the other 11 trek titles I've read in the last few months. this was Data, of course, and I must say the post-Generations setting of this novel explored some of the consequences of the movie fairly well. It is fascinating to note that Shatner's screen time as Captain Kirk was supposedly quite difficult for the other actors, and yet his novel characterises certain characters particularly effectively. Data and Worf are explored well, I feel; riker and some of the others a little less. It's still very much a Kirk novel, although there are indications that the ego has, if not diminished, made room for the new centuries characters."I'm very familiar with your early exploits and adventures with your Captain, But surely you of all people can understand that the dead cannot return to life?""There appear to be some of my 'exploits and adventures' with which you are not familiar."Spock and Riker don't hit it off in the slightest, but I suppose some antitheses are to be expected. One area at which this novel excels is the plucking out of historical events and fitting them in - This snatch of dialog clearly refers to Spock's tangle with the Genesis planet, for instance. much of Kirk's history is brought up in one way or another (not extensively or in any sort of overblown way, but in an aid to recall and with deft handling so we never feel weighed down by history). What's impossible to miss is the fact that despite Kirk supposedly died, he's back in action and raring to go."Mr. Data, put us on a collision course with the Borg ship. I would like you to pull out at two seconds before collision." "Yes, sir. I believe I would like that as well."There's humour aplenty and action enough for anyone, and if we accept the postulate that Kirk 'had' to come back to make this novel (and the subsequent stories) work, this is a brilliant read. For those who feel Kirk's time is up, this may be a little on the sickly side. Kirk is portrayed as an excellent combatant, deceiver, computer-operator and pilot and it is perhaps a stretch, even for the inviolable kirk fans, that he's mastered decades of technological advancement in what is realistically no time at all. Nevertheless, the captain had a reputation to uphold and there's no getting around the fact that this is extremely well-written, easy-to-read and pleasing to boot. The spirit of this book can be summed up quite well, by a passage on page 116 relating to Captain Picard and his forced interaction with the Borg. To conclude this review, it reads:"Above him, a starship was in danger. Around him, Starfleet personnel looked to him for leadership. And on the thousand worlds of the Federation, an interstellar civilization unmatched in history teetered on the brink of extinction, to be saved or destroyed by what a single individual would accomplish in the next few minutes and hours. In the middle of action, there was no room for doubt. He could not afford it or allow it. He was a starship captain. It was time to make a difference."

  • Hidekisohma
    2019-02-06 18:33

    There is only one word to describe this book. LOVE. First off, Star Trek Generations was one of the most garbagiest things to ever garbage. Not only did it make no sense, but it killed off one of the best characters in fiction. Then, in response to this, Shatner writes his own book about how Kirk comes back. And it is just as fantastic as you think it would be. The Borg and the Romulans team up to bring Kirk back to life so that he can beat up Picard. It's awesome.Another great thing about this book is that since they didn't have to get the actors, the cast is all there. Spock, McCoy, Scottie, and Kirk are all in it alongside the TNG crew. It pretty much writes itself. I have never breathed in relief more from reading a book ever in my life. As far is I am concerned, this is the canon. If Shatner says Kirk is alive, I think he would know better than anyone if he was.However this wasn't just a good book for the subject matter, it also reads extremely well. It's not insanely long, and it flows in a way that makes it easy to understand without too much technobabble thrown at you. It's great to see Kirk up and about again and I would recommend this not just to any Kirk fan, but to anyone who likes Star Trek in general. 5 out of 5.

  • Cherie
    2019-01-25 16:41

    I cannot even think what I think. I'm speachless. I really need to stop writing "I loved it", but it is the only thing I can make my fingers type.To say that this story had everything would be a gross understatement. Yeah, I know, impossible, but true. No Tholians showed up, but I think they were mentioned. Everyone else showed up though.Made me want to have a month long Star Trek bender. Oh, I am already. "Live long and prosper" and read this book if you want to meet just about everyone again.

  • Dale
    2019-02-10 20:28

    It's Star Trek. It's William Shatner. What More Can You Ask For? Published by Simon & Schuster Audio in 1996.AbridgedThe audiobook lasts about 3 hours and is read by William Shatner, who is also one of the authors.I admit, I picked Star Trek: The Return on a whim - the fact that it was read by Shatner himself was a big plus. Shatner is nothing, if not interesting. His book is much like the man himself (at least his well-known public persona) - lots of action, bluster, bravado, noise and Shatner's well-known and unique speaking style.This book takes place immediately after the events of the Star Trek: Generations movie. If you haven't seen the movie lately, don't fret. Shatner uses it as a launching point only and goes on his own way...Read more at:

  • Shelby
    2019-01-25 18:25

    A bit too adoring of Kirk, but what can you expect from William Shatner himself? Overall, an excellent read. One of the best Trek novels I've come across as far as plot & pacing go. Also all the crossovers were delightful and made the book that much more entertaining. Having read the first one in the trilogy (Ashes of Eden), I suspect the Reeves-Stevens had a significantly larger role in the actual *writing* of the book, because, technically speaking, it was worlds better than its predecessor. Sentences were much less choppy, the dialogue stronger, plot less whiplash and better paced. I really enjoyed it. Here's hoping the 3rd one is just as good!

  • Charles
    2019-02-01 22:43

    A very solid, very enjoyable effort. I was surprised that it was so good and it really kept me turning the pages. As you can guess, Kirk returns in this book. He is resurrected by Borg technology to help destroy the Federation. All your favorite Star Trek characters are here, from Classic Trek all the way through Deep Space 9. Good stuff.The book was written with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens and I have no idea how much is their's and how much Shatner's, but the collaboration certainly worked.Highly recommended for Trek fans.

  • Dan Contrino
    2019-02-15 19:26

    I wasn't sure how good a Trek book about the resurrection of Kirk would be but it blew me away. The action is fantastic, the characterizations are thoughtful and logical and this writing team really knows how to write dialogue for existing characters and make it believable. I hear people say that this is non-canon but it alludes to every other canon novel in existence, including graphic novels and film, and I haven't found any discrepancy that was not addressed logically. A great and fast read that will make you want to read the whole series!

  • Michael
    2019-01-29 22:26

    I absolutely loved this book. Shatner, in his infinite ego maniacal way realizes that there is a good story to be had in resurrecting the almighty Kirk for one more story. He writes Kirk as if he didn't play him for years, though, sometimes having him do things that are over the top, even for Kirk. Overall it was well written and engaging. I really got swept away in it and wanted this to be turned into a movie.

  • Tracy Groot
    2019-02-08 17:28

    I'm a proud Trek fan and a fan of good writing, and William Shatner along with co-writers Judith Reeves-Stevens and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, delivers a really great story I had a hard time putting down. I was genuinely thrilled to discover a new team of Trek writers; I hadn't read a Trek book in a long time, and this was truly enjoyable, truly escapist, and made me run back for the next in the series. Hope Avenger is as good.

  • Liza
    2019-01-25 21:26

    Such a great adventure, it could've easily been a Star Trek movie after Generations. Admittedly, I'm a huge fan of OS and NG, which made me love this novel even more. To a fan it has everything you'd want upon seeing the exciting title. To a non-fan, I'm not so sure that the descriptive details of a starship or the intense bond between characters would be of much interest. For me, it was a terrific adventure.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-14 20:27

    Just reread this. I am still surprised at the complexities that William Shatner is able to write about. He is a good story teller. Neil and i find it funny how he writes about 'Captain Kirks' love life. But, have not found it offensive. i enjoyed reading this one so much that i have pulled the whole series out to reread. looking forward to the Movie coming out in May:)

  • Dan
    2019-01-21 19:44

    For the most part, The Return is a wild, enjoyable ride, with a few bothersome details. The Kirk-fawning gets a little old, but then again, the entire Star Trek franchise is occasionally guilty of that one.Full review:

  • Tyler
    2019-01-26 19:22

    Surprisingly, (and with the help of Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), Shatner has provided some of my favorite Star Trek books. Lots of fun.

  • CaroKilia
    2019-01-16 17:43

    3,5/5, actually. The whole premise of the book (a Romulan-Borg alliance + some hero resurrecting) makes it great fun. Some STRONG captain (ahem, well... mostly, Shatner) ego does make its way through, though. While sometimes it provides some over-the-top drama that is endearing (I mean Picard and Kirk had to have a fistfight, obviously.... oh well, why not after all, it's supposed to be a fun book, right? Two generations crossing each other's path, etc.), it also tends to create ridiculous situations where other characters end up being frustratingly obtuse and forcingly suspicious for the sake of over-the-top drama when... you know, they're actually cleverer than that and also are better at diplomacy than that (yes, I'm talking about Spock, Picard and perhaps a bit of Riker as well, although reading him being confused by this galactic mess and also very much tired by some captains' shenanigans was actually very fun). And I have to admit that some scenes did hit home with some well aimed feels. SO yeah. I had fun with this book.

  • Michael T Bradley
    2019-01-23 16:25

    OK, so here's where everything gets silly. As I'm sure most people know, this is the book where they reveal the V'ger/Borg connection. I'm TOTALLY fine with that - it makes so much sense I don't know why none of the televised/filmed stuff hasn't dealt with it. But everything else about this novel is just total fan wank. It's like, oh, look, Kirk's in the future now & he's been brought back to life. Well, even if he is being mind controlled or whatever, let's have him run into all his old friends!This plays out like the Star Wars Ewok Christmas special, where you get to meet THIS SEASON'S CBS lineup of stars! It's just eyeroll after eyeroll as everyone and everything gets name checked and Kirk is made out to be the stuff of legend.Yeesh. Done with the Shatner novels, I think.

  • Carlos
    2019-02-08 16:31

    A good second entry into the Star Trek "Shatner-verse" where Kirk is once again the focus of its adventures. Incorporating themes from the first Star Trek film, Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, the novel manages to balance action with nostalgia with a mix of past and current Trek characters. Interesting connection to this novel and Star Trek the Motion Picture - did not see that twist coming.

  • cardassiana
    2019-02-01 16:28

    Book n 2 of the shatenerverseThis book is a melting pot, Ds9 ,Tng , Tos , Romulans , Borg , Kirk who wants to kill Picard , Picard who wants to kill Spock , Spock who wants to kill anyone! The plot bites off more than it can chew ! I think it’s not only the ugliest of the series , that totally useless . Just read the last chapter and go directly to following one , and you will understand it perfectly!

  • Andy
    2019-01-27 20:24

    For the most part this was a 3 star for me but then they made, what I felt was, a brilliant connection to The Motion Picture. I've read that this is actually the second in a trilogy which is a shame as I think this would have been a fitting end to Kirk's story.

  • Linh
    2019-01-26 21:33

    “And… even as I fell, I knew I wouldn’t die. Because the two of you were with me."

  • Justin Speck
    2019-01-17 19:42

    Took me longer to read than it should have but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

  • Robert
    2019-02-06 20:44

    I started with the "captain" trilogy. I liked that one so much I think that this one pales a little, but northing’s wrong with it. Continues to be a good "mash up" of Star Trek.

  • Chris
    2019-01-26 20:36

    I used to be a big fan of Star Trek but I started to loose interest when "Enterprise" came out. I also did not care for the pervasive humor in the Star Trek movies after Start Trek IV. This book was lent to me by a friend and I was unsure about it especially considering it was authored by William Shatner. I am using the hard-copy where pages are referenced.I will admit that I did not get into this story until I was a least past the first third of the book. Many times a book written by someone famous is actually largely written by the co-authors but I do think William Shatner had significant influence on this work. He clearly understands the characters of James Kirk and Spock. Unfortunately the characterization of Picard frequently did not ring as true as Kirk's character.Also, I found it telling that more than once you find anachronisms like "... he recognized the distinctive blue signature of Starfleet phasers" (page 19). Feel free to correct me if I am wrong but I don't remember seeing blue phasers since the original series. I also found it interesting that there were more than a few significant references to Star Trek V (also authored by William Shatner). At least these point to a William Shatner authorship!The book could have used another proof read too. You can expect to find awkward sentences like: "There're not my conclusions..." (p163) or "...Riker wondered if there such things as ghosts." (p200). Several such occurrences jumped out at me...So if you can get past these issues, the story is engaging! Spoilers Follow![spoilers]I could have done without Data's interest in swearing, it is unfortunate that we don't have Gene Roddenberry's guiding hand anymore, but in Shatner's defense, he isn't breaking any new ground here that wasn't already part of the Star Trek Generations movie. Keeping on the same subject of base humor, I also could have done without Deanna's reference to the cleanliness of Quarks holosuite. Although I love Dr. McCoy and enjoyed many of his lines and observations, it is getting a little hard to admit that he is still alive at this point. One begins to wonder if any of these characters will ever pass in the Star Trek universe. For a character that didn't like the transporter does he strike you as one that would submit to three heart transplants? The new perspective on the Borg was interesting. I liked the idea of each race having its own "Locutus". I liked the V'Ger tie in and the visuals of the Borg assimilation atrocities made this an interesting read!I don’t blame William Shatner for wanting a more fitting final mission for Kirk’s character and in my opinion, this story does a good job in correcting it.[/spoilers]

  • Marie
    2019-01-20 16:38

    (This is set right after the Generations movie.)Hmm. This book has some collaborators with it, apparently, and I think I can see the parts where they had more influence, for the narration rolls along smoothly and engagingly. Otherwise? There are parts where the text. Is like this. Like how Shatner. Spoke as James T. Kirk.I understand that Kirk was the hot-stuff in his time, but in this he comes across as a serious Gary Stu in his ability to do everything and do it awesomely. The appearances of other Star Trek franchises/characters is kind of what spares this book for me, like DS9 and TNG. Data, in my opinion, is amazingly cute in this, still struggling with the influences in his emotion-chip."Do me a favor?" La Forge asked."It shall be my pleasure," Data said grandly."See if you can make it through the next fourteen days without a single curse word?"Data shrugged. "Why the hell not?" Data and La Forge are married, the end. Also, the friendship between Kirk and Spock (and McCoy, to a lesser extent) is painted in very heavy strokes, but I didn't mind that at all."Can you help me?" Kirk asked."Yes," Spock said.Riker saw the look of relief on Kirk's face. Then Kirk glanced at Picard beside him. "Good. Because I don't think I can kill him by myself." Riker raised his phaser again and aimed it at Kirk.Spock moved quickly to stand between Kirk and Picard. "That is not what I meant, Captain."Kirk lifted his hands to push Spock aside. "But, Spock... I have to...""No," Spock said, glancing back at Riker. "You are under the influence of the Borg programming...." That's one of my favourite scenes, because it really summarises what the whole story is about and how Spock is dealing with his confused friend. Not to mention, it includes Riker! I love Riker. His dedication to Picard is legendary and dealt with well.Another fave quote: [Spock:] still hadn't figured out Picard's crew, other than that they worked as a team--and as a team, they seemed unbeatable. I was so proud at that phrase, like I'm part of the TNG's Enterprise.All in all, I'd recommend this book, if you're a Star Trek fan. The ending scenes were intriguing; if you can get over the staccato parts (they're not that much, honest), and you like anything to do with the Borg, and you can come to terms with the fact that Kirk is harder to kill than a cockroach, you'll enjoy this.

  • Richard
    2019-01-22 21:42

    INCLUDES MINOR SPOILER FOR THE 'STAR TREK: GENERATIONS' MOVIE.Although not considered canonical to the Star Trek universe - instead being referred to as part of the aptly named 'Shatnerverse' - The Return is still a thoroughly enjoyable romp with some of Trek's most memorable and lovable characters. Shortly after his death on Veridian III, as we saw in 'Generations', Captain Kirk's body is stolen from his simple grave and soon re-animated by Borg technology and implanted with fake memories. Only they are not the only party interested in his resurrection. The Romulans, particularly one commander Salatrel, granddaughter of the Romulan commander killed in the Original Series season 1 episode 'Balance of Terror' seeks vengeance on the man that shamed her family. A shaky Borg-Romulan alliance has been forged with the main objective of the Romulans most hated enemy - Kirk - being re-programmed to assassinate the Borg's biggest enemy - Jean-Luc Picard - so that the Federation can be destroyed and assimilated.Written by a man who has played this character, as well as acted alongside and opposite the other characters present, gives Shatner an edge on writing something like this where an "outsider", if you will, wouldn't quite capture the same magic. Each character is imbued with the personalities we have come to know and love over the years. You can imagine all the dialogue and body language being played out on-screen, perfectly imitating the characters they represent in text, and it adds a great deal of depth. Right down to describing Kirk's cheesy, hammy, 60s TV-era fighting techniques. Not afraid of a little self-parody, is Mr. Shatner. A working knowledge of Star Trek does help in reading but is not essential. Aside from the nigh-on unpronounceable names of minerals and the odd piece of Klingon, Vulcan and Romulan language, the story is solid, the characters are exactly as you remember and the finale is as grand as only Captain Kirk and William Shatner could make it.

  • Steven Shinder
    2019-01-23 20:43

    After writing The Ashes of Eden, William Shatner, with the help of Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, decided to follow the adventures of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and the crew of the Enterprise-D following the events of Star Trek: Generations. In this volume, the Borg and the Romulans form an alliance against the Federation. The inclusion of the Borg seems appropriate since they were featured in the film Star Trek: First Contact a few months after this novel was released. Settings include Veridian III, Deep Space Nine, and the Borg homeworld. Deep Space Nine characters Quark, Bashir, and Garak make appearances. This novel (possibly set in a universe different from Ashes of Eden when you consider Kirk and Spock's ages) is a bold and worthy delve into the world of Star Trek.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-02-03 16:26

    "The Return"" is the second Star Trek novel written by William Shatner with Judith & Garfield Reeves Stevens. It follows the book "The Ashes of Eden" and isn't necessarily quite as good as its predecessor but comes very close.The writing holds perfectly, once again implying that Shatner might be a far better writer than he is an actor. The plot is also well constructed. The novel is written in a way that makes it feel like a motion picture, a style the writers seems to prefer and they use it damn well. This is one of the reasons I can say that "The Return" is definitely better than the average Star Trek feature film with its complex, even epic proportions and solid character content. The book answeres some questions that have been in the fans' minds for a long time.