I have a vague memory of a Star Trek TOS book I read when I was a child. This was around 1995.
The Enterprise visits a planet. They're unable to beam down, so a landing party goes down in a shuttlecraft. I believe the initial landing party was Kirk / Spock / McCoy, and possibly some redshirts.
The moment that their shuttle touches down, it loses all power. Communicators, phasers, and tricorders also fail to power on.
Eventually a rescue party (possibly more than one shuttle) comes. It too loses power immediately upon touching down. The rescue crew has come prepared and has some relative low-tech equipment to help them survive.
My fuzzy recollection of the ending is that it ends up being a prison planet, and Kirk has to use a hot air balloon to get enough altitude that his communicator starts to work again.
Does that ring any bells for anyone?