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The Covenant of the Crown

Rating: The Covenant of the Crown by Howard Weinstein is a Star Trek novel rated */5 by this reviewer
Series: The Original Series #4
Published: December, 1981
Author: Howard Weinstein
Review by: Cmdr. Kali D'or

This is a pretty dreadful book! It is not only not well written, it is really dumb!

OK, lets get this over really fast.

Long time ago, Kirk was on a planet that was having problems. A war was going on that noone could win. Kirk talked the King and his family into leaving, rather that loose the war and get killed. Eventually, some 20 years later, the war is coming to an end, and if the King can come back with the Crown that he took with him and hid, the conflict will probably end.

So of course, Kirk and crew go find the hidden King, who is, after all this time, on his deathbed. But, of course he has a beautiful daughter who can save the day if they can find the crown, retrieve it, and she can change the color of the crystals in it or some such nonsense. So off they go in search of this crown.

The King conveniently dies, McCoy falls for the girl, the guys get captured by a bunch of savage cro-magnon/neandrathal types, Spock saves the dqy, and then they meet the good guys who help find the crown in the middle of an icefield on top of a mountain. Oh come on, sounds like some silly Viking Legend. Maybe the author read something like this in his childhood and hauled it out of his subconscious to fill in the blanks for an easy Trek read.

I had read this one years ago, and had forgotten how bad it was till I picked it up again. Fortunately, I got it at a used book store for $1.25, so it wasn't a really big waste of money. The only reason I would suggest you read the thing would be if you were dead set on reading all the TOS books in order, start to finish and you didn't have to pay for it. Borrow it from someone, and don't waste more than one evening on it.

Title: The Covenant of the Crown
Author: Howard Weinstein
Review by: Cmdr. Kali D'or