SciFi Book Review: Star Trek: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain

Star Trek: Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain by Greg Cox

An epic new trilogy begins—a tie-in for the milestone fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series—that stretches from the earliest voyages of the Starship Enterprise to Captain Kirk’s historic five-year-mission…and from one universe to another!

Hidden aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago…

Nearly two decades earlier, April and his crew first visited the planet Usilde, where they found both tragedy and a thorny moral dilemma. Today, the legacy of that fateful occasion will compel Kirk to embark on a risky voyage back to that forbidden world—which is now deep in territory claimed by the Klingon Empire!

When Number One (Una) joins Kirk’s Enterprise, she’s a more than a bit standoffish. And it turns out she has a secret motive that no one suspects. We only briefly saw Number One is the pilot episode of Star Trek, as Captain Pike’s first officer. This story goes back even further to Captain April’s Enterprise in a gripping backstory.

I was excited for this first story in the one-off trilogy, Legacies. I pleasantly surprised with the plot twists and how the backstory of Captain April’s crew ties in to Kirk’s adventure. The story is fast-paced and captivating. New aliens, first contact, and the threat of Klingons make for a novel fans won’t want to miss. Events build to a huge cliffhanger that made me happy that we won’t have to wait long for the next installment. This 50th anniversary arc is a fantastic homage to the original Star Trek and it’s preceding crews. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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