As a diehard fan of the original Star Trek series, my favorite episodes of the TNG series are those that involve the characters of the original series. In this episode, Spock is inside the Romulan empire, the leader of a movement to unify the Romulans and Vulcans. The members of the movement are called unificationists and they are considered traitors by the Romulan government. Scotty steals an ancient starship and enters the empire in an attempt to rescue Spock. Admiral McCoy relieves Picard of command of the Enterprise and fouls things up, although in the end his actions rescue the Enterprise from certain destruction at the hands of the Romulan proconsul. Jonathan Frakes is excellent as a reader of the story. He is able to create passable impressions for all of the characters in the tale. I was impressed with his command of the dramatic as he altered his voice to suit the circumstances. I listened to this tape while transporting children to events, and they learned very quickly that I was incommunicado while the tape was playing. It really kept my interest even though I had already read the book.
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Veteran Trek scribe Friedman (All Good Things...) delivers the goods again with the most interesting and ambitious novel to come from this complacent franchise in a while. Friedman assimilates characters from the original TV series into a rollicking adventure/rescue story. Ambassador Spock, still working toward reunification of the Vulcan and Romulan cultures, is captured with several of his proteges by a regional Romulan dictator with delusions of grandeur. Viewing Spock's capture as a security risk, the Federation sends Captain Jean-Luc Picard's Enterprise to negotiate Spock's release, assigning 140-year-old Admiral McCoy to the ship because of his familiarity with Spock. Meanwhile, Scotty steals a starship and engages in his own one-man rescue attempt. The interplay is fast and furious, as is the action, while the political intrigues are sufficiently interesting, if not very complex. Readers will have a fine time second-guessing some of Friedman's claims (Scotty went to the Academy?), while nodding in agreement with most of them. The prose, like several of the rescue attempts, lacks subtlety and grace but is suited to its task of telling a story that stars characters of whom most readers have already formed full and sympathetic portraits. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.