I found this book to be a breath of fresh air. I feel that many Star Trek fans would be disappointed in this book. The book goes into details of the life of James Doohan (A.K.A. Montgomery Scott of the starship Enterprise).
I found this book refreshing because it gave me an insight as to who James Doohan really is. I found the accounts of his life very interesting. I was also not aware of all of the acting he did before and after Star Trek. I was glad to see that for James Doohan, Star Trek was not everything. The descriptions of his life events were very interesting and he puts closure to many questions such as, "Why don't we ever get to see his right hand in the Star Trek episodes?" or "Where did the name Montgomery Scott originate?" I was also impressed with how professionally he handled some of the negative things he had in his life. This book had little to no "Mud Slinging" about anyone in his life.
As a Star Trek fan I was disappointed however. He did not go into very much detail over his extent with Star Trek. He summed up 3 seasons worth of Star Trek in one chapter. He summed up all of his years of convention going in another chapter and his experiences with the movies in a third. And believe me, these were relatively short chapters in comparisons to his other chapters which detailed his family life and his experiences in WWII.
I was able to start and finish this book on a business trip I took recently to the west coast. It is a pretty easy read and did capture my attention long enough to continue reading it. In some ways I wish that there were more stories about what happened on the Star Trek sets but I was pleasantly surprised at the true life story of James Doohan which he felt was much bigger than Star Trek. The message of the book was very clear and I am glad he wrote it this way. I came away with the feeling of "Gosh, I wish I could meet and be friends with James Doohan."