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Author(s): Diane Carey
Artist(s): Keith Birdsong
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TOS
Published: 1 November 1992 (hardcover)
1 November 1993 (paperback)
Pages: 398
Stardate: Unknown (2249, 2293 [framing sequence])
Reference(s): ISBN 0671795872 (hardcover)
ISBN 0671795880 (paperback)
ASIN B000FBJG5O (Kindle)
Audiobook (abridged)
Narrator: James Doohan
Running Time: 3 hours
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published: 1 November 1992
Reference(s): ISBN 0671791036

Returning from Khitomer, Kirk remembers his perilous first journey into space on a vessel named Enterprise, at the age of 16.


From the book jacket
As James T. Kirk prepares to retire from a long and illustrious Starfleet career, events in a distant part of the Federation draw him back to a part of the galaxy he had last visited as a young man – a mysterious world called Faramond whose name takes Kirk on a journey back to his youth.
At sixteen, Kirk is troubled, estranged from his father and has a bleak future. However, a trip into space with Kirk's father George and Starfleet legend Captain Robert April changes James' life forever, when a simple voyage aboard the USS Enterprise becomes a deadly trap. Soon, Kirk and father find themselves fighting a vicious and powerful enemy.
Before the voyage ends, father and son will face life and death together, and James T. Kirk will get a glimpse of the future and his own best destiny.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.


  • This story is a sequel to Carey's previous George Kirk/Robert April novel Final Frontier.
  • The framing story is completely removed from the Audiobook adaptation by the author, leaving only the story of young James Kirk and George Kirk/Robert April.
  • The first page of the book gives the only known, albeit non-canon meaning of the starship registry prefix "NCC", classifying it as meaning "Naval Construction Contract".


James T. Kirk
George Samuel Kirk
Robert April


2249; 2293; Robert April; USS Enterprise NCC-1701; Faramond; Khitomer

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