From the embers of his early childhood among Earth's blossoming interstellar colonies, to the terrifying conflagration that led him back to the world of his birth; from the mentor who would ignite young Chris's desire to return to the stars, to the career he blazed in Starfleet that would end in supreme sacrifice -- the path of Pike's astonishing life leads through fire again and again. But even amid the ashes of Talos IV, the forbidden world on which he would live out the remainder of his days, the dreams smoldering still within his aging, radiation-ravaged breast fan the flames of Pike's spirit to accomplish one final task....
Although there is a lot of content there, I did not feel it kept my enthusiam throughout the novel. I enjoyed knowing more of the back story leading up to the events at Talos IV, but there did not seem to be enough 'action' like in some of the good Trek novels I've read.
That is why I rated this as 'ok'.
Definitely worth the read for people interested in other characters beside the original crew.read more