Enterprise: The First Adventure by Vonda N. McIntyre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Captain James Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise for the first time and is given a "milk run" by the Fleet Admiral both to allow Kirk to get to grips with his new command and to offer Heavy Cruiser support to the Federation/Starfleet interests in the region of space known as the Phalanx.
Kirk hasn't got everything his own way though, he has been lumbered with a Vulcan First Officer and denied the opportunity to be part of a rumored huge expansion in the long rage exploration voyagers so does not take too kindly to his new orders or the need to ferry a vaudeville group who are tasked with bringing entertainment to the Starfleet personnel on these isolated bases.
On the journey Kirk learns to compromise and be a little more flexible so when the Enterprise is ripped from warp drive by a huge alien construct he is ready for a first contact of epic proportions.
I enjoyed reading this novel as the careers and lives of the crew of the Enterprise prior to their televised adventures are of immense interest, what made them who they became and how fragile the events were that put each into a place to create a legacy within the Federation and beyond.
Enterprise: The First Adventure is by no means an action packed romp but a story that concentrates on who these people are and more to the point what they would become and in that it was most satisfying. It also has to be said that the inhabitants of the "worldship" are truly one of the best advanced cultures I've encountered in all of Star Trek lore.
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