This was actually one of the better Star Trek novels I’ve read, covering the hitherto unexplored period of Mr. Spock joining the Enterprise crew (under Captain Christopher Pike). It’s well-written and there are a couple of interesting mysteries and some exploration of Spock’s off-duty life. All of this is great, particularly coming from Dorothy Fontana, one of the people responsible for so much in the original series.
The problem I have with the novel is that all of the interesting mysteries are solved or ended a bit too quickly – the ending of the book seems rushed and not planned out very well. A few more chapters, a few more pages, and maybe everything would’ve jelled together better.
Still, I’d recommend this one to any Trekker.