In the first of William Shatner's many books, often labeled the "Shatnerverse," Captain Kirk is back for what seems his last adventure, before the movie, Star Trek: Generations. In this book, Kirk is now a teacher at StarFleet Academy after creating a lot of trouble out in space. Feeling depressed that he now has no real purpose, he goes back to StarFleet's leading molecular researcher, Carol Markus, also his ex-wife. Finding no consolation, or advice, he attends a invitational dinner meeting commerating the new Commander and Chief of StarFleet, Admiral Androvar Drake a.k.a. Kirk's nemisis in StarFleet Academy, and his major competition. Feeling like StarFleet doesn't need him, he meets a young Klingon-Romulan woman who needs his help to save her planet from rebels who want to destroy it. Spurred on by a sexual encounter with this woman(not very explicit as is Shatner's style), Kirk agrees to help. In return for his help, she gives him, as a present, the newly decommisioned U.S.S. Enterprise-A, which Starfleet has given her planet as a the first ship in their own planetary defense armada.
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All the while this is happening, Commander Checkov, and Commander Uhura, are deep undercover in the Klingon Frontier searching, for StarFleet, for any Klingon Ships that may have been sold by top Klingon Generals when the peace treaty with the Federation was signed. Their jobs were simple, find the ships, then special services will take over. After being betrayed by the codenamed Jade, special services officer, and stuffed into a non-shielded cargo hold in the bottom of a ship, they are rescued by Captain Sulu and his U.S.S. Excelsior. They now rush to the new Commander and Chief of StarFleet with the news of betrayal. Admiral Drake tells them that former Captain Kirk, is essentially responsible, and Sulu and his crew, along with McCoy, Spock, Checkov, and Uhura, are to apprehend Kirk, or kill him if he resists. Shocked the go on the mission.
Kirk is back on the new planet he is supposed to be saving, and is surprised that no one on the planet ages, and that is just the beginning of the mystery. After beaming into a secure structure in the middle of the only city, he finds out that the people on the planet were bioengineered to be fighting machines if the Klingon or Romulan Empires were to fall to anyone.
The review of this Book prepared by Waleed