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The final book in a trilogy marking the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, focusing on the character of James T. Kirk.


From the book jacket
... the lives of three men will be forever changed. In that split second, defined paradoxically by both salvation and loss, they will destroy the world and then restore it. Much had come before, and much would come after, but nothing would color their lives more than that one, isolated instant on the edge of forever.
... James T. Kirk, displaced in time, allows the love of his life to die in a traffic accident, thereby preserving Earth's history. Returning to the present, he continues a storied career as a starship captain, opening up the galaxy. But as he wanders among the stars, the incandescence that once filled his heart remains elusive.
... that haunts James T. Kirk throughout his life, he preserved the timeline at the cost of his happiness. Now, facing his own death, the very fabric of existence collapses across years and light years, forcing him to race against – and through – time itself, until he comes full circle to that one bright star by which his life has always steered.

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Background informationEdit


Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Crucible characters.
James T. Kirk 
Starfleet captain.


Enterprise, USS

External linkEdit

Previous novel: Series Next novel:
Errand of Fury: Demands of Honor Pocket TOS
Unnumbered novels
Vulcan's Soul: Epiphany
The Fire and the Rose Crucible  Final novel in series

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