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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 ChrisAn 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!™, ®, & © 2016 CBS Studios, Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved....

Title : Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain
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Legacies: Book 1: Captain to Captain Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2018-11-26 10:15

    The 50th Anniversary event begins!This novel is the first book in a trilogy event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “Star Trek”THE WOMAN OF MANY NAMES…the Prime Directive exists to prevent us from rushing in and playing God where we don’t belong.Number One is a mysterious Starfleet Officer who appeared in the celebrated non-aired first pilot of Star Trek: The Original Series, which later its footage was used as part of the TV episode “The Menagerie” Parts 1 & 2. (Oh, by the way! She was played by Majel Barret-Roddenberry (wife of Gene Roddenberry, creator of the series))Since then, the imagination of many writers have been captured by her enigmatic charm, trying to figure out her history, but also……her name!She was called “Number One” in the non-aired pilot, mainly because she was First Officer of the USS Enterprise (a custom that a generation later, Captain Picard would also use as his nickname for his first officers: Riker (in TV & Films) and Worf (in the expanded universe books).However, obviously “Number One” wasn’t her name, and since then, everybody has his/her own theory……she has been “Robbins” in Star Trek: Early Voyages comic book series, she may or not being “Morgan Primus” in Star Trek: New Frontier prose book series, and now she is “Una” in this trilogy event.And then again, “Una” isn’t her name, since nowadays she is an alien from Illyrian world (before she was considered human (see, how messy is this?!) and her real name can’t be pronounced by people out of her planet (sneaky writers!).Una is now a captain, in command of the USS Yorktown, but since the starship is under a refitting work, she is visiting her “old vessel”, the USS Enterprise, but……with a secret agenda!A SECRET KEPT BY MORE THAN ONE ISN’T A SECRET…there are times that the whole truth can do more harm than good…The USS Enterprise, the flagship of the Federation, with best crew,……it has a secret (maybe even more than one)……and that secret has been shared by captains and first officers since the times of Captain Robert April.A secret kept hidden from Starfleet and the Federation……for their own good.Something too dangerous to be known by this universe.However, a secret that it’s kept by more than one person……hardly is really a secret.Captain Kirk and Mister Spock will be put in opposite sides against Captain Una (formerly known as the mysterious Number One).In an early mission when Una was still a rookie lieutenant, something went wrong, very wrong, and since then she vowed (in secret) to find a way to amend that terrible mistake……however the path to Hell is paved of good intentions……and maybe this reckless attempt to set things right……can set things even worse!Trusts will be broken (more than once) in an Enterprise with too many dark secrets.And this is only the beginning of the trilogy!!!

  • Alex Bledsoe
    2018-12-02 10:03

    My standard for Trek tie-in fiction is, can I hear the original actors' voices delivering the dialogue? Greg Cox always gets that right, and his plotting and prose are pretty good, too. This is the first volume of a 50th-anniversary franchise-crossing story, and I really enjoyed it.

  • Jarrah
    2018-12-08 10:16

    A great start to this series celebrating Star Trek's 50th anniversary. In Captain to Captain Greg Cox tells the story of the Enterprise (NCC-1701) crew in two time periods, under Captains April and Kirk, linked by the character of Number One. Each period features a suspenseful adventure full of intriguing aliens, diverse and compelling characters, fascinating technology and contemplation of issues like environmental devastation, xenophobia, and the meaning of the Prime Directive. Looking forward to the next two books in the series.

  • Aron
    2018-11-27 05:00

    Solid start to what I hope will be a great trilogy. I've always liked & have been interested in the No.1 character & I'm glad to see her character explored. I've always thought ST lit should do a series centered on Capt. Pike's crew & it's adventures. The vast majority of this book is set in the time period in which Robert April was Capt of the Enterprise, & focuses on the first away mission No.1led as a young Lt. I think Greg Cox did a great job of setting the stage for this trilogy, not to mention the fact that it was a good story & Cox always writes the characters true to themselves. The twist at the end was a nice touch, even though I should've seen it coming i didnt which made it more fun anyway. Looking forward to the next installment with great enthusiasm.

  • Jeff Harris
    2018-12-03 06:05

    The final chapters were intriguing but the bulk of the story was a bit dull. Had to force my way through some parts. The narrator for the audiobook did a great job though.

  • Eric Cone
    2018-12-12 11:23

    Holy shit! What a damn good book! Edge. Of. My. Seat!

  • Kristīne
    2018-12-08 03:04

    oh my that plot twist at the end. I really want to read next book now.

  • Steve
    2018-12-04 06:08

    I found this a somewhat enjoyable fling with parts of the Trek universe that you don't usually see -- and bringing back Number One after The Cage was pretty awesome, but I'm not sure about naming her, since that may cause some issues. I was concerned that this book flies against canon, but surprisingly it checks out. The climax turned up a little late, didn't do much, and there wasn't much resolution at all, but this is the first book in a series, so to be expected.

  • Andy
    2018-12-04 04:59

    It's a good premise for Trekkies to develop a story about Number One. But why is she so annoyingly stupid all the time? With a few minutes left to save the entire Universe, she's bothering the only guy who can do it with irrelevant questions so that he has to tell her to shut up. And this is after she got her whole landing party eliminated because of her incompetence. Why didn't she beam up before getting captured? She has time to run all around the compound and knock on doors and ask people to let her in, and to shoot at things, and to chat with the aliens, but she can't call the ship. All this is particularly annoying because we get told 100 times that she is a Mary Sue as brilliant and self-disciplined as Spock. Oh and she apparently hasn't learned much because 20 years later she manages to put the entire Universe in danger again with her poorly executed, reckless escapades.Also, why does the author have to repeatedly use "proverbial" incorrectly?

  • Linda
    2018-12-09 10:08

    Oh, yeah. Now I remember why I stopped reading professionally published TOS fiction. For every gem like Sarek or Doctor’s Orders, we get a dozen like this forgettable beginning to a trilogy I will never finish. I disliked the premise. If the fate of her crewmates was weighing on her so heavily, why did Una wait 18 years to attempt a rescue? I disliked the fact that three fourths of the book does not include any Enterprise regulars. I disliked the name Una, which brought to mind Unseen University’s Librarian ("Ook!") and an old tire commercial (Uni, Roy, and Al). I found the writing flat, the plot unengaging, and Una’s skills in a first contact situation lacking.

  • Andrew Beet
    2018-12-15 10:00

    loved this book. It was good to see the character from the cage episode come back and I also liked the parts of the book that went back to when Robert April commanded the enterprise. I liked finding out a bit more about him. and the twist which I won't reveal. Greg Cox has done it again with this book and what better way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with the first book of the legacies trilogy. looking forward to reading book 2

  • Matthew Rushing
    2018-12-15 11:13

    2.5 Stars

  • David Palazzolo
    2018-11-21 09:28

    Greg Cox penned an intriguing start to the Legacies Trilogy, which is Pocket Books' 50th anniversary celebration of the Star Trek franchise. As usual, he starts off with a strong concept, backing that up with spot on characterizations of the Enterprise crew and the use of an encyclopedic knowledge of the franchise as a whole to give further depth to the story. As a bonus, we have an extensive flashback to the very first crew of the USS Enterprise under the command of Capt. Robert April, where we witness the first landing party command of Lt. Una, who most fans know as "Number One," Capt. Christopher Pikes first officer. Mostly I really liked the book, especially the focus on Number One (and I think there should at least be individual trilogies focusing on both April's crew as a whole and the life and career of Number One), but it had a two big drawbacks. The first is after the first encounter with the slug-like Jatohr, April was able to keep their Transfer technology a secret, even from Starfleet itself, which I have trouble buying. I can see it if were just the landing party crew that were affected by Transfer, but several bridge crew were also whisked away by that process, never to return. To keep it a secret would require not only finding ways to stop 200-300+ Enterprise crew from letting anything slip over the next 18 years but the falsification of a lot of records including but not limited to professional logs and security monitoring protocols. The disappearances seem like too big an incident to keep under wraps for long. The other thing would be the encounter with the Klingons near the end of the novel. They seemed tacked on to pad the novel a bit and seemed dumbed down enough so they would be easily escaped from. The shuttle craft Shimizu should have never been able to leave the atmosphere of the planet Usilde let alone escape the solar system with THREE Klingon cruisers in orbit. It should have been no problem for the Klingons to either destroy the shuttle or wear down it's shields to capture Kirk and Spock. However the twist ending was very nice and made up for the above issues. I won't give that away here, even though this review is hidden, but trust me, it's good. I can't wait to read the next volume.

  • Kristina
    2018-11-24 05:26

    A great read that ties together a lot of threads in a believable way. The Transfer key is very suggestive of the Tantalus field and that gives a wonderful new insight into the Mirror universe. The story involves events from Robert April's stint as captain but this book is firmly focused on Kirk's time as captain. Plenty of drama and a cliffhanger ending that begs you to read the next book in the series.

  • Zachary
    2018-11-19 09:08

    This book is great example of what can happen over time to these sorts of mega-franchises. Somehow, someone (probably lots of someones) decided the best way for Pocket Books' Star Trek line to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original television series - a series whose enduring quality is based on focused, idea-based, self-contained, storytelling - would be to launch a trilogy of linked novels starring a supporting character from the un-aired original pilot as the main character, and sidelining Kirk and Spock etc for hundreds of pages. The mind boggles. It's like hanging a giant "keep out" sign to anyone who might be curious about the books given the 50th PR push. "You like Star Trek? Well, here's 350 pages about a completely irrelevant minor character you've certainly forgotten all about, if you ever knew she existed in the first place!" Star Trek really knows how to capitalize on a moment.That said, this is a professional bit of adventure storytelling. Certainly more fun if you know who Number One and Captain April are beforehand. I'm enjoying the 50th Anniversary campaign and I'm doing a re-watch on the Original Series, so I'll probably read the next ones too.

  • Finch
    2018-12-11 07:26

    A Book for the Mirror Mirror TOS Fans.As with most Star Trek books, there isn't great Depth here, but that isn't a bad thing if your look for a Popcorn read.A great if slow start to the consequences of the The Mirror Mirror Episode of Star Trek The Original Series.As long as you go into this understanding this is what I call a Popcorn Read, more about the ride then the depth and challenge then you will enjoy this book. A must for Fans of the Mirror Mirror Episode of ST TOS. This is a Trilogy and the ending of the book had me looking forward to book 2. There are times when you will find it slow and padded but I expected this in a Star Trek Trilogy. So I give this a "YES" buy if you are a fan of ST TOS or the Mirror Mirror Plots. If neither of these things interest you then I would say this is a "SKIP"

  • Eric Allen
    2018-12-13 03:24

    I'm surprised there isn't more going on in the nerdiverse over the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. I only just heard of this book trilogy, which was released for the anniversary. I mean, Paramount could have milked the hell out of it in their advertising for Star Trek: Beyond, and they didn't even mention it in a single ad. Anyway, the first book of this trilogy has a pretty interesting premise, it's generally well written, and it was entertaining. I do wish that it had focused more on Kirk and Spock, rather than Una, a character I've never heard of before, but it was still a lot of fun.

  • Dan
    2018-12-05 09:28

    A little unfocused, Captain to Captain nonetheless does a competent job of setting up the Legacies trilogy. While the bulk of the story is not quite as attention-grabbing as the first book in a trilogy should be, this novel does redeem itself with a cliffhanger ending that has me hooked. Limited "screen time" for Kirk and company makes this a bit of an odd one for a 50th anniversary celebration of The Original Series, but I'm sure they will get ample attention in the follow-ups.Full review:

  • Aaron
    2018-12-02 03:09

    It's been a while since I last read an original series book. I was completely blown away at how good this book was. Been a long time since I could not put a book down! And the cliffhanger??? Enough said!!!Looking forward to the next two in this trilogy!

  • Moncho
    2018-11-24 04:11

    Great, bring the next one!

  • Aaron Hubble
    2018-12-12 04:59

    Enjoyable and fast paced.

  • RumBelle
    2018-11-21 10:02

    This is the first Star Trek book I have read in a while, and it was wonderful! I love the series, in all its incarnations, but I can't always get into the books. Not the case with this one. I was intrigued by it, firstly, because it featured Number One, a character I was always fascinated about. The premise was incredibly inviting as well, a secret, passed down from Captain to Captain on the Enterprise, a secret Starfleet didn't even know about, and the cause for Number One's perilous mission. I liked the dual timeline aspect as well, seeing Number One as first, a Lt. on April's crew, than later as a first rate, albeit very enigmatic, Captain in her own right. I did find one thing a little curious though, we are told when we first meet Number One, in Kirk's time, that she is very well respected by Mr. Spock for her intellect, reserve and directness, she is smart, does not let emotion guide her and has good judgement. Why then, when she went back to the planet to rescue her crewmen and friends, was she just as reckless, and cocky as she was the first time. That struck me as a little out of character. It is a very small thing, and does not really impact the novel, but sometimes little things bug me. The writing, and plot, were very fast paced. This book moved, which I really liked, it was always in motion, embroiled in action. And of course, as always, any book where Kirk, Spock and McCoy interact is always fun and wonderfully amusing. They are three of my all time favorite Star Trek characters. I am looking forward to continuing this trilogy.

  • Mindy
    2018-12-01 11:09

    I've been reading TOS tie-in novels since the 80s. I've read ones I absolutely loved and couldn't say a critical word about them, and others that were so bad I didn't even finish them. Captain to Captain is somewhere on the high side of the middle-of-the-road. I liked the premise of the story, and I was excited at the resurrection of Number One, since I always liked her in The Cage. On the downside, I really didn't like the name Una. I'm not sure why, it just didn't suit the character, and that took away from her parts of the story for me just a little bit. Also, I felt like her sequences on the planet dragged a bit, mainly because the descriptions were just a little over done for my taste. I got really tired of reading about the awful fungus plants. (Seriously, how many times is this mentioned?)However, with those exceptions, I did enjoy the story. The pacing was good, I enjoyed the action and I really enjoyed the way the core characters were written, particularly Kirk and Spock. I thought it was very true to TOS and often felt like I was watching a TOS episode. My favorite part of the story was definitely the plot twist at the end! I completely did not see that coming. Up until then I wasn't sure I wanted to continue the trilogy, but that unexpected development kept me on the hook and I'm excited to find out what happens next.

  • Dale
    2018-11-21 07:59

    A Review of the AudiobookPublished by Simon and Schuster Audio in 2016Read by Robert PetkoffDuration: 9 hours, 40 minutesUnabridgedThis book is part of a series marking the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Captain to Captain features Captain Una, better known as Number One in the original pilot episode of the Original Series ("The Cage") and the regular cast of the Original Series.Captain Una, a legendary Starfleet officer, comes to the Enterprise on a surprise visit for vague reasons and promptly steals a secret object that captains of the Enterprise keep hidden away from even the Federation. Kirk isn't even sure what it is exactly, but he knows it can't fall into the hands of the Klingons, the Romulans and maybe not even the Federation because what he does know is that it is the key to more power than anyone should be able to control. Now Kirk has two questions:Why did Captain Una steal the object?Why is Captain Una heading to the Klingon Empire as fast as she possibly can?Read more at:

  • C. John Kerry
    2018-12-10 05:22

    Interesting book. This is a story that involves a secret that dates back to the first captain of the Enterprise, Robert April, and stretches to the current captain, James Kirk. However the primary focus is on Number One, the first officer in the original pilot episode. Since this is a character who only appeared in two episodes of the original series this makes for a welcome change. We are given far more background on the character than we ever got on the series. The focus of this novel is of Number One going back to a planet where she was the sole survivor of an away team with the intent of making amends for what happened. The Klingons get involved to complicate matters This is the volume of a trilogy and though the action stands on its own there is a lead-in at the end to the next book. Not a bad read at all.

  • Ellen
    2018-11-21 05:01

    What a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Trek, with a story that goes back to the very, very beginning of the Enterprise and tells us more about Pike, April, and especially "Number One." The tiny references tossed in for the fans sent me to Amazon to watch episodes again as a companion to the book.Una, who we knew on the series as Captain Pike's XO, returns to Kirk's Enterprise as an ambassador, but she has a secret mission. She wants to steal the Key, a secret alien device that she knew about from her days as a fresh-faced lieutenant under Captain April. Most of the story recounts those days on a jungle-like planet where she lost her very first away team to an inter-dimensional weapon. Eighteen years later, she is willing to risk it all to rescue those crewmen: her reputation, her career, and even her life.

  • Snogged
    2018-12-06 09:01

    This was a great way to start a trilogy!I absolutely enjoyed Number One's character in "The Cage" (and when we saw her again in "The Menagerie Pts. 1 and 2.) She's stubborn, intelligent, and creative. I was excited to have her return in the book and learn a little bit more about her character. We still don't have a true name for her, but I'm happy to settle for Una.I enjoyed learning about Robert April and his crew. That section had a bit of an Enterprise/Capt. Archer feel.I liked how the Transfer key was sort of like the Tantalus Field in the Mirror Universe.I liked how I could hear the character's voices in my head.I also enjoyed that there was plenty of action to keep the plot moving.I did not expect the twist at the end. I cannot wait to read book 2!

  • Apostolos
    2018-12-06 05:10

    Quite an interesting kick off to the 50th anniversary novel special (if you'd call it that). This story deals with characters that were seen in the original pilot (the one that was never picked up), with Number One (Majel Barrett's character) coming to Kirk's enterprise to take a piece of tech that allow s for interdimentional travel. Why? In order to save her crew (of course) that were (presumably) stranded in another dimension - this happened 18 years ago while the Enterprise was commanded by Robert April, and she was the third in command. Interesting story, interesting characters. I do wonder if we ever get to see "number one" again.

  • T. C.
    2018-12-05 06:03

    I don't normally read Star Trek books but there was some kind of special price for the 50th anniversary and I impulse bought it back in 2016. It was better than I expected. I don't remember any books centering on Majel Barret's Number One back when I was a kid checking these out of the library every week. The story was solid. The characters are true to screen. The author actually gives Chekov and Uhura something useful to do compared to a typical episode of the series. They actually come across as competent officers. I was not a fan of the unnecessary continuity jokes. We get it. You've seen the show and read memory-alpha.

  • Joshua Horvath
    2018-12-07 05:24

    It was okay. I'm not sure how much I liked the characterization of Captain Pike's former first officer, but I really enjoyed reading another novel featuring Captain Robert April. Though this novel fell very short of reaching the heights of Diane Carey's novels Final Frontier and Best Destiny. Another thing that bothered me a little was that some of the writing was a little tacky. Things like characters thinking to themselves things like "I'm going where no Starfleet officer has gone before" or "I don't want to end up in a menagerie" lots of little things like that get old and feel tacky after a while.