Star Trek: Crucible — Provenance of Shadows

{5/5} “All McCoy could do now would be to attempt to make this world, this altered Earth, a better place. It would never evolve into the world he had known, but it still existed, right here, right now. He could mourn his former life and the universe he’d once known, but it would do no one any good.”

Star Trek: Crucible — McCoy: Provenance of Shadows by David R. George III, published in 2006

When Dr. Leonard McCoy finds himself in New York in 1930, he’s delusional because of the cordrazine he accidentally injected himself with. Edith Keeler at the 21st Street Mission looks after him until he’s recovered. He hopes that Kirk and Spock will rescue him, but as the days and weeks go by he thinks he’ll have to resign himself to living out his life in the 20th century.

This is the 1st book in the Crucible trilogy, which explores the consequences of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy’s trips through the Guardian of Forever.

This book answers the question: What happened to McCoy when he went through the Guardian of Forever to 1930 before Kirk and Spock went in and changed things?

It alternates between 1930 and what happens on the ship after hey get back. Both storylines cover a lot of ground, and both are brilliant.

It’s about understanding yourself. This is one of the best Star Trek books ever written.

This is the 2nd time I’ve read it.

I’ve read 13 of George’s books. I previously reviewed Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin.

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