“Maybe it was because of all he had been forced to go through. But the James T. Kirk who solemnly greeted Starfleet personnel and civilians alike following the services was not the same man who had steered forth the Starship Enterprise on its most recent voyage. The boldness, the inescapable tendency to impetuosity: All of that was still there, but now it was leavened by a new maturity. It was a strange feeling, but it felt…right.”
I know I may have mentioned this previously, but I really am not a fan of movie novelizations. This is basically because…I’m a book snob. There, I said it. And its true. But this book by Alan Dean Foster has forever changed the way I view books like this. I loved everything about it. The dialogue, the action, the storyline, and most of all the relationships between the characters. Jim, Scotty, Bones, Uhura, Chekov, Sulu, and of course Spock; these guys are the reason I became a fan of Trek in the first place. That amazing camaraderie between these characters just shines through the pages and makes this book even more special than it already was.