• A Contest of Principles

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • By: Greg Cox
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times best-selling author Greg Cox set during the original five-year mission!

The planet Vok is holding its first free elections after years of oppressive military rule. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise have been dispatched by Starfleet to serve as impartial observers, but remaining neutral proves a challenge, as Kirk confronts a tangled web of scandal, conspiracy, and assassination plots - with the stability of an entire sector at stake. 

To make matters worse, Dr. Leonard McCoy has vanished while on a mission of mercy to Braco, a nearby planet only a system away. With Kirk unable to abandon his vital mission on Vok to hunt for his friend, it’s up to First Officer Spock and Christine Chapel to lead a team in search of the missing doctor, even if it means risking whatever fate befell McCoy. 

Unknown to his friends and crewmates, however, McCoy has been spirited away to another world, Ozalor, where he’s expected to find a cure for a mysterious ailment plaguing a member of the planet’s ruling family. Torn between his Hippocratic oath and his desire to escape, McCoy finds himself at the center of deadly palace intrigues - and a struggle for power that may ultimately consume all three worlds!

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TOP NOTCH CLASSIC STAR TREK!

A-Plus effort! Engaging plot lines, classic capturing of the characters of Captain, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy, and great addition of all other important characters, plus a generous feature of Nurse Christine Chapel. I would love to see this author's handling of the Enterprise Crew in the following 2.5 years after the 5-year mission!

My only regrets: A little more verbal jousting/ friendship of Bones and Spock, and more of an enlightenment of Nurse Chapel deciding to pursue becoming an M.D. herself would have been nice. All-in-all, however, a first-class tribute to The Original Series and it's legendary actors - Far preferable to J. J. Abrams' incarnation, in my opinion! A+ narration, too - Well-worth the listen!

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Good Story

Has a very episodic feel does a good job of showing character growth. The relationship between Mccoy and Spock being one example. Kirk also learns to better utilize his team. It feels like it would've been an episode in season 5 of TOS

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Add another must read book!

Add this to your reading list if your an original Trek fan. It is a story that happens the last year of the original five year mission.

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Perfect example of Original Series Trek done right

I can't recommend this novel enough. It does everything a good Trek story needs to do... offer just enough action and tension without compromising on thought provoking content. considering how recent elections have played out in the US, this book is topical too -- prescient, even, since much of may have been written before or during the recent election. As usual, it is voice narrated by the incomparable Robert Petkoff as well. A real treat for any long-time Trek fan!

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Wonderful

Parts were slow but it was still good. The idea that the Enterprise counted votes in a world-wide election was interesting. But the Spock/McCoy storyline was my favorite.

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Narrator is Great!

The best part of this experience was the narrator...nailed all the voices and really put you in the story, which was a a good one.

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Great story

I enjoyed this book very much. I recommend to original Star Trek fans. it was hard to put down.

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Not my favorite but ok

At first I thought it was a plot from a 70s TV show. Plot points seemed too simple but it does get better. I liked the end and he got the characters right. The aliens kept saying phrases only humans use though. The last quarter of the book is the best part so keep going if you have started. Performance is outstanding, including the voices used for Kirk, Spock & McCoy.

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Excellent story!

Great book. It kept with the tradition of the original series. I truly enjoyed listening to it. Robert Petkoff narration was awesome!!

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Don't waste your credit.

The most boring Star Trek story I've ever listened to. And I love Star Trek. Not much action at all and the pace is slow. The narrator does a great job though.

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Great story with three times the intrigue

This is a great story taking place on three worlds in three different star systems. There are great characters well performed by narrator. It is a book well worth listening to

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