Over the past couple of months or so I've been reading the Star Trek: Crucible trilogy. I think it would be best to go in-depth about each book seperately.
McCoy: Provenance of Shadows was the first boook and probably the best of the three. In the episode "City on the Edge of Forever," which the trilogy has a base, McCoy goes back in time to the 1930's and changes history. Kirk and Spock go back to stop him. This book delves into the lives of the McCoy that changed history in the span of the 30's to the '50's and the McCoy who was stopped and brought back to the ship. I liked the fact it had his daughter Joanna in it and explained such things as why he happended to be on the Enterprise-D in "Encounter at Farpoint."
The second, and probably second best, was Spock: The Fire and The Rose. Overall, this was a great book explaining how Spock became an ambassador and how he dealt with Kirk's suppposed death abouard the Enterprise-B. Having him fall in love with a human actually makes more sense in some ways than bonding him to Saavik as some books have suggested so I didn't have a problem with that. The one thing I didn't like was how the author killed off his mother Amanda. A shuttle accident? Come on! One of my favorite books is Sarek by AC Crispin. In that book, she dies of old age with her husband refusing to cut his diplomatic work short. Her death scene was much more powerful with her craving a cheeseburger on her deathbed.(Vulcans are vegetarians so she had adopted her husband's beliefs.)
The third and final book, which I finished just this morning, was Kirk:The Star to Every Wandering. The shortest and least satisfying book. Maybe it was because unlike the other two books, the author had to invent a plot where, in the previous two books, the plot was laid out for him. In this book, to prevent a large portion of the galaxy from being destroyed, Kirk had to basically undo his part in Star Trek: Generations without rewriting history. I contend he actaully did change history if only minorly so. I don't know if you could go without reading this book if you just read the other two or not but I do know you have to read the other two to understand the reasoning behind this one...
Because I was asked by JRRyan to do it: