Covers and blurbs of three new Star Trek books coming this year have been released and reported on by the Trek Collective. The books include Christopher L. Bennett‘s The Captain’s Oath (original series); Star Trek Discovery: The Enterprise War, by John Jackson Miller; and Greg Cox‘s The Antares Maelstrom, another original series story.
In The Captain’s Oath, “The saga of James T. Kirk’s historic command of the U.S.S. Enterprise is known throughout the galaxy. But one part of the legend has barely been touched upon until now: the story of Kirk’s first starship command and the remarkable achievements by which Starfleet’s youngest captain earned the right to succeed Christopher Pike as the commander of the famous Enterprise. From his early battles with the Klingons to the rescue of endangered civilizations, Kirk grapples with difficult questions: Is he a warrior or a peacemaker? Should he obey regulations or trust his instincts? This thrilling novel illustrates the events and choices that would shape James T. Kirk into one of the most renowned captains in Starfleet history.”
Bennett explained on his blog why he decided to write about Kirk’s first command. “I was more interested in exploring Kirk’s previous command,” he said, “which has hardly ever been explored in the tie-ins. A few stories have given brief glimpses of the beginning or end of Kirk’s first command — it was the Saladin in Mike Barr‘s version, the Lydia Sutherland in McIntyre’s version, the Oxford in Howard Weinstein‘s Star-Crossed in DC‘s ST Volume 2, and the Hotspur in Goodman‘s Autobiography. But it’s still largely a blank slate, so naturally I was drawn to it.”
Due out May 28, The Captain’s Oath can be pre-ordered at Amazon by heading to the link located here, where a paperback copy will cost $12.75. It will also be available as a Kindle book and as an audiobook.
Next up is John Jackson Miller‘s Star Trek: Discovery: the Enterprise War. Due out on July 30, the story is summarized on Miller’s webpage as this: “A shattered ship, a divided crew—trapped in the infernal nightmare of conflict!
“Hearing of the outbreak of hostilities between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire, Captain Christopher Pike attempts to bring the U.S.S. Enterprise home to join in the fight. But in the hellish nebula known as the Pergamum, the stalwart commander instead finds an epic battle of his own, pitting ancient enemies against one another — with not just the Enterprise, but her crew as the spoils of war.
“Lost and out of contact with Earth for an entire year, Pike and his trusted first officer, Number One, struggle to find and reunite the ship’s crew, all while Science Officer Spock confronts a mystery that puts even his exceptional skills to the test—with more than their own survival possibly riding on the outcome!”
Available as a paperback for $16.00, or a Kindle book, readers can pre-order the book here.
Finally, August brings a five year mission era book from Greg Cox. In The Antares Maelstrom, “The final frontier erupts into chaos as vast quantities of a rare energy source are discovered beneath the surface of Baldur-3, a remote planet beyond the outer fringes of Federation space. Now an old-fashioned ‘gold rush’ is underway as a flood of would-be prospectors, from countless worlds and species, races toward the planet to stake their claim. The galactic stampede threatens the stability of neighboring planets and space stations, as widespread strife and sabotage and all-around pandemonium result in a desperate need for Starfleet assistance. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are dispatched to deal with the escalating crisis…which lies on the other side of a famously perilous region of space known as the Antares Maelstrom.”
The Antares Maelstrom will be available as a paperback for $16.00, or a Kindle book for $11.99. To pre-order your copy, head to the link located here.