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In an isolated Star Fleet research lab, something has broken loose. Something that hungers…Bloodthirst was the 37th book of Pocket Books's numbered series of Star Trek novels, written by J.M. Dillard. The novel uses elements of classic horror stories in creating a tale of a vampire-like sickness in the Star Trek universe.


A class one medical emergency summons the Enterprise to the Federation Outpost Tanis. There, a grisly surprise awaits them. Two of the lab's three researchers are dead, their bodies almost entirely drained of blood. There are no clues. No records of their research. No remnants of their work.
There is only the outpost's sole survivor, Doctor Jeffrey Adams. A man with a secret that will rock the very foundations of Starfleet… and a terrible, all-consuming hunger that will bring death to the crew of the Starship Enterprise.



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31 October 2269



  • Regarding the story's origins, author J.M. Dillard said: "I was always interested in microbiology and I had often thought about doing some kind of book based on biowarfare, just because I know a little bit about it and I had always thought it was an interesting theme. After reading Dracula and then a little article on the disease porphyria, I said, 'Hey, this would be a great thing to tie it all together.'" (The Official Fan Club Magazine Issue 59: "Where No Man...: Bloodthirst")




published order
Previous novel:
Worlds Apart, Book 2: How Much for Just the Planet?
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
The IDIC Epidemic
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Chain of Attack
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Final Nexus

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