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After the end of the EnterpriseTM's five-year mission, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy struggle to establish new lives apart from each other and the starship. The newly-promoted Admiral Kirk is placed in charge of a specially-created Starfleet division and attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who, in the midst of a teaching assignment on VulcaAfter the end of the EnterpriseTM's five-year mission, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy struggle to establish new lives apart from each other and the starship. The newly-promoted Admiral Kirk is placed in charge of a specially-created Starfleet division and attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who, in the midst of a teaching assignment on Vulcan, finds the one thing he least expected; and Dr. McCoy, whose unerring instinct for trouble lands him smack in the middle of an incident that could trigger an interstellar bloodbath....

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Number of Pages : 440 Pages
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The Lost Years Reviews

  • Mike Crate
    2019-03-05 16:36

    So what did happen in the year or so after the Enterprise returned after her first five year mission, much has been speculated in fan fiction but in The Lost Years we get as close to cannon as you can in novel form. Kirk is adamant he will not accept a promotion to the Admiralty and most of the core crew expect to serve with him once again. It comes as a surprise when Kirk is convinced to hold flag rank and Spock and McCoy do not take it well as revealed in the novel. The core narrative focuses initial on the comings and goings of the crew and then concentrates on the three main characters of Kirk, Spock and McCoy who have gone their separate ways but events conspire to bring them back together albeit not in a joyful way. We know from the The Motion Picture that the three are estranged when the Enterprise refit is nearly complete and the novel certainly fills in all the gaps to explain that disturbing situation.I'm not going to go into specifics but all three main character arcs worked very well and the encompassing narrative centered on Vulcan was perfect, no other world really would have been able to set in motion the events that would drive our classic trifecta.The Lost Years gave us some interesting twists, humour and tragedy while staying true to the characters we know and love and still delivered on the promise of the era when the crew were deprived of the all encompassing safety that was their home away from home, Enterprise.

  • Dale
    2019-02-25 17:42

    Originally published in 1989.The idea behind the book is interesting: What happened to the characters from the original Star Trek series between the end of their original five year mission and the events of the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture?But, the follow-through is quite weak.The characters feel like cardboard cut-outs of themselves, especially McCoy. Kirk's decision to become an admiral makes sense. but McCoy's outlandish, petulant, even childish response to Kirk's decision was simply not believable to me. Even worse, the new characters are, at best, one-note wonders.McCoy quits Star Fleet to find a woman from the TV episode "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky." She is the leader of a group of refugees who live inside a giant spaceship that they thought was a planet. They had a romantic spark but when McCoy returns to visit her he finds that she has made a political marriage because her people need her more than McCoy did. McCoy responds by consuming lots and lots of alcohol.The book would have been so much better if it had...Read more at:

  • Chad
    2019-03-16 15:34

    I read this book in high school but forgot how much I enjoyed it. I thought it held up pretty well. This is the first of four books that speculates on what might have happened between the end of the five-year mission and the start of the Motion Picture. The story is good, holding its own with some good pacing and action. Some of the dialogue is a little cheesy and the characters certainly ring at times of somewhat tired ttypes. A semi-romance is shoehorned in that I thought could have been left out. Still, it's a fun read.

  • Jerry
    2019-03-15 15:49

    Mostly good, though a scene involving tarot cards and a weird typo in the edition I had muddled things a bit for me.

  • Rich Meyer
    2019-03-17 20:54

    The Lost Years is one of the first Star Trek novels to address the murky period between the end of the original series and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. People at Paramount must've liked it, since J.M. Dillard replaced Vonda McIntyre at the helm of the prose adaptations of the movies. While it has it's moments, and has a lot of action, it doesn't compare to other examinations of the same period (like the first two books of the Crucible series). The coup for me in this book was bringing back Kevin Riley, a featured player on two of the original series episodes ("The Naked Time" and "Conscience of the King"), but he's brought back as such a simpering wretch, you'd almost rather the author hadn't bothered. We also have Spock's father, Sarek, and are introduced to a number of new characters that sort of meld into the background like furniture, no matter if Kirk is having sex with them or not. Spock's characterization is completely off in this one, as he comes off annoyed, miffed, and even pissed at Kirk. So much for all that Vulcan training and such controlling his emotions.And the antagonist in this one is basically a super-villain; he has amazing, deadly powers that he uses to kill creatures all over the place. Give him a fancy costume and he could fight the X-Men; it was a bit too four-color for a proper Star Trek adventure.While it was an interesting effort, the whole equation adds up to a lackluster Star Trek novel.

  • Scott
    2019-02-27 14:47

    Good Trek novel with a great premise - have a story that takes place between the end of the original series and the start of the movies. It has three separate stories at the start of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy that eventually intertwine. Kirk is an Admiral and a diplomat for the Federation and finds himself involved in diffusing a civil war, Spock leaves Starfleet to live on Vulcan but is drawn into action (won't ruin it), and McCoy leaves Starfleet for soul searching and plans to reunite with an old flame. It's fun to see the characters out of the series and movies, but Dillard doesn't really take advantage of its potential. The story itself is pretty good (though Kirk's story lapses into some slow sections, McCoy's exciting story is the winner of the three), but not much of an effort is made to tie the story to its place in Star Trek chronology. There's some interesting bits at the start with the Enterprise's last days and the emotions of the main characters, but then it's all abandoned to tell the main story. Instead of enhancing the series or movies with more depth by looking at the years between, Dillard has instead constructed a decent Trek adventure with not much of a connection to anything. Worth reading, to be sure, but not the epic that it could have been.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2019-02-25 16:48

    "The Lost Years" is the first installment in a four book series wich tells us the tale of the crew of the original Enterprise in the years between the original five year mission and "The Motion Picture". The novel is very well written by Jean Mary Dillard and contains great characterization, but lacks somewhat in terms of plot developement.The biggest problem with this novel is the fact that almost all characters involved in the story just happen to be the familiar characters of the Enterprise crew who are connected to the plot via ridiculously unbeliavable coincidences. Mix that with two-dimentional additional characters, magic, Tarod reading and prophesies, you get an entertaining novel with no credibility to back it off.

  • Anja Braun
    2019-02-22 20:03

    This book was pretty awful to me. The characters did not sound like themselves. I have read better books. This also had too many characters that I didn't care about and frankly didn't know..I read to page 53 and gave up. Scotty doesn't have his scottish accent well then pretty much it's lost something. I have read William Shatner's Ashes to Eden and The Return..In Both books the characters talk like themselves and it's believable. This pretty much has everyone talking in the same way, nothing of their personality comes through..Just didn't work for me..

  • Cristina
    2019-03-12 15:02

    Meh. None of the characters did things that were believable, the plot was difficult to follow, and it introduces a new villain that is too dumb to have more than 200 pages of fame, apparently. I'm not against the mystical elements per se since the Original Series has a ton of that, but McCoy is a scientist; he wouldn't have been that buddy-buddy with an Earth psychic unless she was really pretty.

  • Oleta Blaylock
    2019-02-18 16:52

    In many ways this is a very depressing story. I knew that Kirk, Spock and McCoy went their separate ways at the end of their first five year mission, however I didn't realize that it could have been for such a devastating reason.This story picks up as Enterprise is coming home after its five year mission in space. The crew is considering what they are going to do while Enterprise is in space dock for refit. She will be there for at least 18 to 24 months. There are parties and everyone says their farewells. They all scatter to the four winds. It isn't long before a series of events bring Kirk, Spock, and McCoy together again. The tragedy at the end is the final straw that forces Spock to withdraw from his friends and family. I am surprise that the High Master of the Kolinahr even allowed Spock to take this step. It is a guilty conscious that drives him to try to give up all emotion. Kirk finds someone that he cares about and McCoy decides to make something better of his life after a friends sacrifices herself to save McCoy and Spock. Scotty is the only one that doesn't leave the Enterprise.So the we start the period between the end of the television series and the first movie STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE.This is probably the hardest of these books that I have read. I hated seeing everyone breaking away to do other things. It is like a good friend moving away and you don't know that you will ever see them again. I know logically that they all come back and reform their bonds of friendship but this book doesn't end with any kind of hope that will happen.

  • Anne-Marie Whisnant
    2019-03-02 17:40

    This was my first Star Trek novel. I've been a fan of the original series and Next Generation for years, but have only just now gotten around to reading any of the books. I enjoyed it very much. The characters were well fleshed out, and it did homage to the original series by honoring the characters. The story was good as well. It ends a bit abruptly, but considering the plot, that doesn't seem odd, I think I'll keep reading the series books, if they are all this engrossing,

  • Glen
    2019-02-18 14:40

    Ever wonder why Spock had secluded himself? Why Kirk accepted a desk job? Why McCoy left the fleet? This book connects the dots and gives a bonus. We learn some more about the Kolinharu. I enjoyed the interAction as the three get slowly driven apart. My one criticism is the amount of time spent developing the Dwen character. It wasn't enough. The end would have been more effective had the author spent a chapter on making her more substantial. In all it was a good read.

  • Jeremy Yoder
    2019-02-28 20:54

    Enjoyable story fills the gaps between TOS and Star Trek: The MovieI enjoyed this take on the time between TOS and the first Star Trek movie as Admiral Kirk and company confront an ancient Vulcan threat while adjusting to their new post-Enterprise lives.

  • Julieanne
    2019-03-06 18:01

    While not the most memorable book I enjoyed it. It was interesting to see how things were falling apart around Kirk, McCoy, and Spock.

  • Teresa Cervera
    2019-03-12 17:43

    2.5 stars. Story picks up a bit towards the end but the writing is very dry

  • M. Milner
    2019-03-04 19:53

    A fun novel set in the period between the show's end and the first movie. Obviously, that's a lot of ground to cover (and ground that's been covered in other novels, like Strangers From the Skies), but this only tries to cover the immediate end of the mission, and the start of something else.Essentially, after the five-year mission ended, everyone went their own ways. Spock went back to Vulcan, Bones started working with a researcher and Kirk, almost reluctantly, became an admiral. The plot here is admittedly kind of crazy - it involves psychics, intergalactic terrorism and an evil Vulcan who's thousands of years old - but it gets points for the adventure, and some novel stuff involving tarot cards. It's very obviously the first part of a series and admittedly not among my fave Trek novels, but all in all, it's as I said up top: a fun read.

  • Charles
    2019-03-05 19:34

    This novel begins at the point where the Enterprise reaches the end of its five-year mission chronicled in the episodes of the original series. Kirk is faced with the loss of command of a star ship and being “promoted” to admiral where he is away from the action. Spock is returning to Vulcan to consider his becoming a postulant in the mental discipline of Kolinahr and McCoy’s plan is to return to Yonada and be reunited with his lost love Natira.In general these plans fail, Kirk is completely opposed to losing command of a starship and McCoy discovers that Natira has done her duty and is married to another on Yonada. Kirk is mollified by being appointed a special Federation troubleshooter, ready to be sent to the grimmest of crises with a fellow female admiral named Ciana.Of course, trouble rises quickly when Ambassador Sarek is kidnapped by one faction in an internal battle on a planet that is threatening to erupt into full-scale civil war. Kirk and Ciana are sent on a moment’s notice to try to resolve the complex issues and keep exterior elements from exploiting the situation. Spock and McCoy coincidentally are on Vulcan when the crisis erupts and the katra of an ancient Vulcan with powerful mental abilities is deliberately transferred to another Vulcan. This entity is capable of killing and transmuting matter with a basic thought. This is a great power sought by others and through an accidental confluence, Kirk, Spock, Uhura and McCoy all end up pursuing different threads of the same operation.The story starts very slow, a necessity for it is not only necessary to wrap up the original series, but the context is being set for this novel as well as what takes place in the film, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.” That is a great deal to ask of one book and Dillard generally pulls it off. The final dramatic showdown between the forces of good and evil lacks some of the intensity found in other “Star Trek” books and the roles that the main Star Trek characters play in that battle are atypical.

  • Benn Allen
    2019-03-04 19:39

    While this was in many ways, a quick, captivating read, "The Lost Years" (which really covers only *one* of the years between the end of the Enterprise's five year mission and "STAR TREK: The Motion Picture" [and more like 7 months of that year, actually]) is a bit problematic. It isn't until half-way through the novel the action begins, the first 190 some odd pages are pure setup, some of which deal with characters J.M. Dillard had created for some of her previous TREK novels. And while I wasn't particularly impressed with Dillard's characters, I did like the first part of "The Lost Years" better than the second half, the action packed half. For one thing, the story's big bad, Zakal, reads like a melodramatic mustache-twirling villain far too often. Too many times his dialog seems a bit too over the top. Then there's Dillard's portrayal of Dr. McCoy. No doubt Bones was not the bravest of STAR TREK's original triumvirate (Kirk, Spock, McCoy), but he never seemed to be the abject coward Dillard writes him to be. It's hard to imagine the McCoy from the TREK ep, "The Empath" and "Shore Leave" (among other eps) would curl up and practically whimper in a corner the way he does in "The Lost Years". It's virtually impossible to believe it's the same character from the TV series and movies. And it's made worse by how in the first half of the novel we're told Bones doesn't back down from authority. But in "The Lost Years", McCoy is spineless and worthless. I'd respect Dillard's version of Dr. McCoy better if he'd've done more to help the outcome of the novel than (barely) get a call out to Admiral Kirk. Still, Dillard's writing is clear, charming and draws you into the story. It definitely keeps your attention. It's just the book has flaws that are too large to overcome the storytelling.

  • Rob
    2019-03-12 13:47

    So this was the final part of an experiment for me. Over the years, in bookstores and librares I've seen countless books which were spinoffs of Star Wars, Star Trek, or various D&D worlds. I'd never read any, but I'd always been curious whether they were interesting guilty pleasures, if you were in the mood for those characters and worlds, or if they were straight up awful. I read the first Dragonlance book, and it was pretty awful. It read like listening in on some 13-year-olds' D&D sessions. I read the Heir to Empire, Timothy Zahn's Star Wars book. It was reasonably competent, but still pretty boring and mediocre space opera. I was beginning to think never having gotten around to reading any of those things was no loss at all. I feel slightly better about this one. I think the types of stories in the Star Trek world are more appropriate for the written word than the other two. I mildly liked the first half of this because I felt like the characters from the show were captured well. But the story was ultimately blah and had very little of the philosophical and anthropological ideas that often elevate Star Trek stories. So this was mediocre. But I want to read more Star Trek books, because I think they could be enjoyable with a better story, and a better writer, especially the James Blish ones.

  • Monty
    2019-02-28 18:55

    Many people have ragged on this book, describing it as weak compared to many of the Star Trek novels that preceded it. I have a different take on the book, considering it a good study of what happens when people retire, transfer, or deal with major transition after a tour of duty, or a long mission. The main goal or purpose of their lives has been finished or accomplished, and everything that comes next will be something less than what has gone before. This is a very difficult and chaotic time for people. The status, prestige, and comraderie that they had enjoyed for several years is past. Technology has changed, circumstances have changed, most things have changed. The next phase of existence is either one of adaptation or withdrawal and retirement. Older folks due tend to become more complaining and petulant when dealing with change. Bones is the oldest crew member and he is behaving like it. If you don't think people change over the course of five to ten years just take a look at veterans returning to civilian life. If they haven't changed...then they must have had a very cushy desk job without much danger,stress,or sacrifice. I found this book to be rather well done and realistic.

  • Tedi31
    2019-03-16 18:59

    Have you ever wondered what events transpired between the end of the Enterprise’s five-year mission and Star Trek: The Motion Picture? These questions are answered in J.N. Dillard’s Star Trek: The Lost Years. Published in 1989, Star Trek: The Lost Years is the first of four books which focuses on the two-and-a-half year period between the end of the first five-year mission and the events chronicled in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. J.M. Dillard book focuses (roughly) on the first seven months the Enterprise crews’ transition to their new assignments. Dillard touches on several crucial points in the lives of the main characters such as Kirk’s appointment to Rear Admiral, the reason behind McCoy’s eventual resignation from Starfleet, and Spock’s wish to be a postulant of the Kolinahr rather than taking on a wife.For more, visit:

  • Wendy
    2019-03-02 16:38

    I don't know as if I care for Dillard's explanations for the character's behaviors during this time. The time period between the end of the series and the beginning of the movies is a cause of consternation for me, mostly because I don't believe anything that The Motion Picture would have me believe the characters did after the series was over. I've sort of discounted it in my head canon. Those scenarios are just too depressing.Since this book embraces those scenarios, it's doomed to be depressing, too. But the adventure itself is pretty interesting, and I enjoyed that aspect of it. I also enjoyed a drunken, listless McCoy who didn't really know what to do with himself and so just wandered off to find Spock--it was fun for a while.

  • Freddie Miller
    2019-02-18 15:00

    Truly awful. J.M. Dillard takes a great concept, discovering what happened in between the end of the historic 5-year mission of the Enterprise under the command of James T. Kirk and the events of the movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and utterly fails. The characters don't behave in a consistent, believable manner. There are tons of peripheral characters, including many we've never even heard of before, who take up altogether too much space. Then you have the uber powerful Sith Lord like main villain Sekar/Zakal, who apparently is so powerful he can melt peoples skin just by thinking about it. Yeah... ok then. Read it once. never again. Can't recommend it. This book is just plain awful.

  • Joy
    2019-02-17 20:50

    I've had the boxed set of "The Lost Years" series forever but had never read it. I'm not sure why. I always enjoyed J.M. Dillard as an author but I don't read a lot of original Trek.This book starts with the Enterprise pulling into Spacedock at the end of the 5 year mission. The crew goes their separate ways. This book focuses on Kirk, Spock and McCoy with a small part by Uhura. Kirk has been promoted to Admiral against his wishes and Spock and McCoy have resigned from Starfleet. When Sarek and Uhura are kidnapped and an old Vulcan katra go missing, things start to heat up.It wasn't a bad book. I must read the rest of the four book set.

  • Nigel S.
    2019-03-05 15:01

    If you're like me, you couldn't give two s---s what Captain Kirk and his cronies did between the television program and the movies, but irregardless that's what this book is about. I guess it's okay though; everyone does pretty much what you'd expect: Bones bitches a lot, Spock does a bunch of logical s---, and Captain Kirk puts the moves on his boss. At least there's no Klingons, but there are "Romulans", which are basically the same thing.More here:

  • Dan
    2019-02-19 15:57

    Always a fan of works that fill in missing periods of Trek history. J.M. Dillard does her usual competent job here. I also appreciated how much she used the history of the Romulans as outlined by Diane Duane in My Enemy, My Ally and especially in The Romulan Way, seeing as I had just read that novel. It was definitely a pleasant surprise!Full review:

  • DW
    2019-02-27 14:37

    I actually read this when I was in middle school (the book was my brother's), but I reread it because I started watching TOS on Amazon Prime.This book isn't going to win any literary prizes, but it was good enough. It was fun to see favorite characters having new adventures. It was nice that they included Reilly, since we don't see too much of him on screen, but it would have been cool to see more of Chekov and Sulu.

  • Aaron Scott
    2019-03-15 18:54

    It seems more like the Lost Months than Years, but I understand there are sequels. It begins with the end of the five year mission and we are given answers on what led to Kirk's admiralty, Spock's pursuit of Kolinahr, and Bones getting out of Starfleet. A really decent read with sharp characterizations that feel like our TV/movie heroes, though some of the secondary characters like Sulu, Scotty and Chekhov are mostly unaccounted for, perhaps they appear more in the sequels.

  • Mark Boszko
    2019-02-28 18:41

    Kind of surprised that other readers have rated it so poorly. Seemed well in line with their on-screen adventures and a nice thread between the series and the first movie. There are three more books that bridge the gap, but I think you could conceivably leave it at this one and surmise fairly accurately where things will lead.First Trek book I've read in a very long time, only previously having had experience with a few of Peter David's TNG books, plus Federation.

  • Jeff
    2019-02-22 19:45

    A story from the classic era of Star Trek TOS spin-off books. What happens to Kirk and his merry band of misfits when their 5 year Enterprise mission is over. Kirk gets a promotion, McCoy retires, Spock goes searching for his pure Vulcan self. The calm can't last for long. Circumstances pull them back together to defeat and ancient enemy they didn't know existed. Sets up some of the coming story in Star Trek - The Motion Picture. A fun read.