An all-new Star Trek novel from New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox, taking place in the blockbuster Original Series era!
The year is 2255, not long after the events of the Original Series episode “The Cage.” A young Spock is science officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise, under the command of Captain Christopher Pike, when an outbreak of deadly Rigelian fever threatens the crew. Reviewing the Starfleet medical database, Dr. Phillip Boyce comes up with a highly experimental and untested new treatment that might save the crew. Just one problem: it requires a rare mineral substance, ryetalyn, which is not easily obtained…except on a remote alien colony near the Klingon border. But borders are somewhat blurry in this part of galaxy. Pike will need to tread carefully in order to avoid provoking an armed conflict with the Klingons—or starting an all-out war.
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Interesting story on Pike's Enterprise
The overall story reminds me of the TNG episode "Suddenly Human". The Spock story in the book follows in parallel to the main story arc as Spock decides which of the two,worlds he belongs in, human, Vulcan or somewhere in between charting his own path. I hope we see more books set in this time period of Trek history. The book was an enjoyable read.