Whilst I attach Shatner’s Trek books to his egocentric insistence to maintain the life of the character that made him famous, I have to appreciate both the story and writing style of The Ashes of Eden. Shatner expertly blends the two Trek generations into a beautiful story which represents Kirk more truly than most other Trek fiction.
This is actually a lovely romance for Kirk, sometime altogether different from the usual flings we’ve seen him have frequently on the TV series. Kirk here is a man looking for his place in life, struggling with his own legacy and the elements he has sacrificed to become the hero-like figure he assumed.
The Return, Ashes’ sequel, is even better.