Commander George Samuel Kirk was aboard the Enterprise under the command of Captain Robert April before his famous son was born. Starfleet has just been founded and the Enterprise has just been built, and is sent on its first mission. The mission takes the Enterprise into the heart of hostile Romulan territory, where cosmopolitical machinations and advanced weapons technology will decide the fate of a hundred innocent worlds.
I am fairly certain that I read this one too
I am fairly certain I read this book but it would have come out a lot earlier than 2013. And I think I enjoyed it, because I seem to remember the pre-TOS books with Kirk's dad and the Captain in the sweater.
Very Clever Story
This is my favorite book in the Star Trek universe. Considering how many there are that's saying something.
The authors ability to present a story that can't possibly mesh with the original TV series and then turn it around in the last couple chapters to mesh perfectly is a delight to read.
The story also captures the intent of the original series that is missing in almost all other science-fiction series, that the human race moves out into space to explore and to handle circumstances as they develop, not that we are forced out into space because of circumstances and are desperately trying to fix something.