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Good Book, But Somewhat Disappointing
am 5. Juli 2000
I eagerly awaited the conclusion to what started in Spectre and Dark Victory, but now wonder if this is chapter three of four (or five). While Preserver is a fine addition to William Shatner's second life of James T. Kirk, it falls short after the build up of the first two books. Following a wonderful opening with some intense action, the story becomes very convoluted as it progresses. This isn't necessary a bad thing, but the ending doesn't bring everything to a satisfying conclusion. There were some superb parts that were top notch Trek, but the ending left me wanting. Of course we are promised James T. Kirk will return at the end, but with no indication how, when, or why. Also, it was evident Shatner's recent tragedy, with the death of his wife, played a role here and that could have been left out in my opinion. Maybe I'm being too critical and the next book will address what was missing here, but this could have been better. Shatner and company should have stayed with the Mirror Universe as a threat to the Federation as opposed to going too far in the direction of this book. Despite the criticisms, it was nice to have some of the Original characters interacting with the Next Generation. Also, the banter between Kirk and Tiberius was very well written and quite amusing at times. I could actually visualize Shatner in both roles and that made this a joy to read despite my problems with the story. Live long and prosper James T. Kirk.