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by Christie Golden

Soon the torch will be passed to a new generation. But not just yet...

Having saved the Federation one more time in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country®, Capt. James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise™ have finally gone their separate ways. Spock, McCoy, Sulu, and the others are spread out across the galaxy, pursuing their individual destinies -- until an interstellar crisis touches all their lives.

Bored with retirement and ill-suited to teaching at Starfleet Academy, Kirk jumps at the chance to help his nephews colonize an uninhabited planet in a distant corner of the Alpha Quadrant. He even manages to persuade Scotty and Chekhov to come along for the ride.

But Kirk soon discovers that the hardy human colonists are not alone on the planet they call Sanctuary. An alien race, of whom little is known, has also establish an outpost on Sanctuary for its own mysterious reasons. Suspicious, Kirk investigates, only to discover a terrifying threat that strikes at the security of the entire Federation.

Light-years from Strafleet Command, without a ship or a crew to call his own, Kirk thinks he faces the menace alone. yet the bonds of loyalty transcend even the awesome distances of space, bringing together a legendary crew for one final, fantastic adventure.

Download The Last Roundup (Star Trek: The Original Series) epub
ISBN: 0743449118
ISBN13: 978-0743449113
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Science Fiction
Author: Christie Golden
Publisher: Star Trek Books (July 2002)
ePUB size: 1935 kb
FB2 size: 1745 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 474
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Set in the aftermath of "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country", this is an adventure that deals with the crew of the Enterprise as aging, post-Enterprise members of Starfleet, mostly going their own separate ways. If that, and a lot of complaints about aging, aren't your cup of tea, then there is a definite downside to this book. But it IS handled well, so you may find it to be more interesting than you would think even if the idea DOES sound dull.
Furthermore, this is one of those "Kirk & co. save the Federation and civilization as we know it" storylines, but it's handled better than I've ever seen the idea handled before. Most of the threats of that magnitude seem contrived, and the idea that our heroes can stem the tide even more so. But in this story, the threat seemed VERY plausible, and given the nature of it, the solution seemed equally plausible.
One of the best original series "Trek" books I've read in quite a while.
It was good to have an wrap-up in regards to what happened to the crew. The last movie kind of left them hanging.
It has met my expectations
It has been over a decade since the last movie featuring all of the original Star Trek crew, yet since then there have been a number of books claiming to be their last adventure. I am beginning to wonder if any of these authors know what the meaning of the word "last" actually is !!! For my money the best post "ST VI" book is without doubt William Shatner's "Ashes of Eden", but I'm afraid this one doesn't even come close to that. Here we have another writer clearly raised more on modern Star Trek than the original series who writes a largely lifeless tale where all the characters "get in touch with their feelings and get together for a group hug !" - well actually it's not quite that bad but it comes pretty close. I'm sorry but this kind of wimpy, revisionist Star Trek is just not my cup of tea, and in fact is what I blame for sapping the life out of the Star Trek legend. I can't help but be reminded of the Khan novels by Greg Cox from last year and the year before, which also were extremely weak stories inconsistent with established Star Trek fact. Golden is obviously of the same generation of writers, one who takes ideas from the original series but distorts them for the sake of the story she wants to write rather than adding to the overall Star Trek history. I also have to wonder if she is a "Star Wars" fan and this is her revenge on "Star Trek", because I'm sure other readers will note that the character of "Skalli" comes across as this novel's "Jar Jar Binks", with all that this implies. Much of the plot for this novel appears to be cobbled together from a host of Star Trek shows and films and is really just another tired retread, though I guess the reader can always play "now where did I see this before !", but what's the point. Again I find myself shaking my head that so much modern Star Trek has gone this way. If any real fans of the original series are interested and want to read about a planet called Sanctuary (*it really is an overused name in Star Trek !) then I would recommend the book "Sanctuary" by John Vornholt, Star Trek #61, which was published in September 1992, at least that has some excitement and mystery in it. As for this novel, at the end of the day if this is the last roundup I think the cows would have all fallen asleep out of boredom on the trail.
The latest Star Trek hardcover novel, "The Last Round-Up" promises to be the "final" adventure of the origianl series crew. However, instead of sending the crew riding off into the sunset in a blaze of glory, we instead get them slumping to the finish line in a novel that is rather derivative of a lot of things you've read before in Trek fiction.
The story starts out with Captain Kirk, teaching classes at the Acadamy, but not fully satisfied with his life now that he's not commanding a starship (shades of Star Trek II). He is approached by his two nephews about going out to help them start a colony, based upon peaceful principles and doing pure scientific research. Figuring he could use the adventure and to get away from a student who is annoying him (a character created specifically for this book called Skalli, who gets real old, realy fast), Kirk agrees. But it turns out the planet his nephews and company are colonizing isn't all it was advertised to be (imagine that) and before you know it Kirk is up to his neck in a plot that threatens the entire future and stability of the Federation.
Christie Golden's first attempt at writing a classic Star Trek novel comes off as a rather pedestrian affair. It's got the feeling of the been-there, done-that throughout. In a lot of ways, the idea of Kirk heading out to set-up a colony echoes the six-part summer series New Earth from two summers ago. There are some twists and turns, but they are fairly obvious what they will be long before they are revealed in the book.
But for all it's disappointing aspects, the Last Round-Up has a few things to recommend. Golden does a decent job capturing the character of Kirk and she does have an intriguing idea of the Klingons owing him a favor and wanting to repay it after the events of Star Trek VI. However, these two things don't add up to enough to really make this one worth the hardcover price. The Last Round-Up is a fairly quick and then largely forgettable read. If you're really interested, I'd recommend waiting for paperback on this one.