Here is another classic example of a book taken from the wrong angle. "Sarek" is the wrong name for this novel. Perhaps it should of been called, "Farewell to Amanda" - but not "Sarek".
With that being said, Sarek started out very slow and at times - dragged on. However, once the plot started to come together - too close to the end for my taste - I started picking up the pace realizing I was not able to put it down.
And as far as the plot went - it was very thought out. [Be warned: You have to be a Star Trek history buff to put a few things together, and to be able to recognize some of the characters.] The story involves several aspects. Most notable: Spock's father Sarek must uncover the origins of a plot to defame the Vulcans - the first step in a plan to destroy the Federation. While Sarek's diplomatic skills are needed to combat the villains, he is torn between doing his duty to the Federation or forsaking his human wife Amanda, who is on her deathbed.
Mixed within the plot were flashbacks of Sarek, Amanda and Spock from many years ago - that are being read from Amanda's journal. It was rather distracting from the story at times, and much could of been edited out. However, it does include much needed character development on Amanda - who is rarely mentioned in other written works.
The main characters, Kirk, Spock, and Sarek, were developed very well and true to form. In fact, one character introduced - who was very unlikable at first - Peter Kirk, turned out okay. He established his presence very well by the end.
Overall, though, if you can not get enough of the Original Series, this book will be a compliment to your library.