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She was trained to be a killing machine. Abandoned as a child, without home or family, past or future, Zetha survived only by her own cunning in the back alleys of Romulus before being taken by the Tal Shiar and remade into one of its deadliest weapons. But Zetha is about to undertake a mission unlike any in her experience.

The mysterious return of a virulent scourge thought to be long extinct threatens devastation on a scale almost too horrific to contemplate. Zetha's only hope of stopping it is across the Neutral Zone -- among the enemies of Romulus. Now Admiral Uhura, centenarian chief of Starfleet Intelligence, must decide what to do with the knowledge Zetha has risked her life to bring to her. In order to stop the spread of the disease that is already ravaging the Romulan Empire, Uhura must assign a hand-picked team of Starfleet officers to covertly trace the contagion to its source -- and do whatever is necessary to contain it.

But the world awaiting Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Tuvok, Dr. Selar, and Zetha herself is a hot zone of secrets, deceptions, and subtle machinations revealing an imminent holocaust beyond anything the away team expected, or what they could hope to combat.

Summary[edit | edit source]

A lethal Romulan-trained agent turns against her paymasters in order to prevent them from unleashing a terrifying biological holocaust. Admiral Uhura of Starfleet Intelligence sends the young Romulan to investigate with a team of special operatives: Dr. Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation), a young Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Vulcans, Lieutenant Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager) and Dr. Selar (Star Trek: New Frontier).

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Characters[edit | edit source]

AemethaBoothbyBoraleshKimara CretakBeverly CrusherWesley CrusherCurzon DaxScott HeisenbergAlidar JarokJarquinKlaadKovalJames LeytonLeonard McCoyPardekSekaranSelar/VesakBenjamin Sisko/JacobsJake SiskoJennifer SiskoJoseph SiskoLuther SloanSubharTahirChe'srik TalTaymorCrofter Thamnos/CinchonaPapaver ThamnosThysisTuvok/LevalNyota UhuraZetha
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AzetburGeorge BalanchineNiels BohrCharvanekPavel ChekovJack CrusherAlexander FlemingKaitekJekri KalehJames T. KirkJoshua LederbergNanclusCarl SaganSarekMontgomery ScottSolokSpockRichard StraussHikaru SuluSurakTanclusTyphoid MaryValerisVolskiar

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Albatross (freighter) • hovercarhovercraftUSS Okinawa (Excelsior-class) • shuttlepod
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USS BillingsHMS Bounty (B'rel-class Bird-of-Prey) • Draken multipodUSS EnterpriseIKS K'TarrasubmarineVulcan research vessel (research vessel) • 3x Unnamed Romulan starships

Locations[edit | edit source]

Alpha QuadrantBeta QuadrantBureau of AnnouncementsEarthEarth SpacedockGolden Gate BridgeKi BaratanN'emoth DistrictNew OrleansThe OrchidOutmarchesQuirinusRenagaRigel IVRomulan Neutral ZoneRomulusSan FranciscoSawarSisko's Creole KitchenSliwonSol SystemStarfleet HeadquartersTenjin V
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AsiaCalgaryCamp KhitomerClaren IIIDraken IVEuropeGal Gath'thongGediGemus IVHolberg 917GImago IXKorvatMombasaMount KenyaMutara sectorNarendra IIIPretoriaQant PrefectureRigel IIRigel VSouth AfricaStarbase 23Starfleet Medical HeadquartersTokyo

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Altair Information SyndicateBureau of AnnouncementsFirst Families of RigelKlingon EmpireRenagan Council of EldersRomulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalStarfleet IntelligenceTal ShiarUnited Federation of Planets
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Continuing CommitteeFederation CouncilOrion SyndicateVulcan Academy of Defensive Arts

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

agricultureairlockairantimatteratmospherebloodcarbonchronometercloaking devicecrossbowdatachipDNAearthquakeEmergency Medical Hologramfurholotransmitterhypospraylaser scalpellight yearminutemitochondrionmoleculeorbitoxygenparsecpenicillinphaserplasma weaponreplicatorryetalinshieldssnowsonic showersqueak teststarshipsubspace transmittertractor beamtransportertransporter padtricordervaccinewarp nacelle

Diseases and viruses[edit | edit source]

bacteriaBendii syndromeBlack DeathBubonic plaguecancerCatalystcommon coldEbola virusGnawinghantavirusherpeshiloponHIVpneumoniaRigelian feversmallpoxSpanish fluTuvan Syndromevirus

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

admiralambassadorcaptainchief medical officercitizencommanderC-in-CCommander, Starfleetcommanding officercommunications officerdoctorensigngodmotherHead of Starfleet IntelligencehistorianlieutenantListenersofficerPraetorscience officersecurity officersenatorspysubalternthought admiral

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191820th century21st century2339academic paperarboretumarcheryArt DecoballetBantubasementBattle of Agincourtbirdbloodwinebookbootboritebowlbridgebulkheadbutterflycargo baycatChristmas treecityclass Mcontrol cabincorncrew loungecross-country skisdaydeckdogdom-jotduty shiftEarth-Romulan Waregg plantemilli houndengine roomEnglish languageFederation StandardfishingfoodFrenchgadoliniumgalleygarnetghilikglassgoldgovernmenthaircuthawkhazmat suitherbherringhonor bladehorseh'vartImperial CensusjambalayaJournal of Xenohistology and Interplanetary Epidemiologykal-tohkatraKhitomer ConferenceKolinahrlakelongbowmilkmonthmoonNobel PrizeorchidpaintPandora's boxparkapersonal logplanetpornographypotatoPrime Directivequartersquartzrabbitrankratratatouillered herringRisan massageriverRomulan butterflysausagesedrazserial numbershortbowshuttlebaysickbaysilversnow linesummerSunderingTholian silktitaniumtomatoTomed IncidentTholian silkvegetableveruulVidalia onionVulcan luteVulcan nerve pinchVulcanoidwinteryearyewZee-Magnees Prize

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Backgroun information[edit | edit source]

  • A reference is made to the use of a holographic doctor for high risk situations by Leonard McCoy who heard rumors of such a project which was secretly in production and would take a decade for a prototype to be made which would be the EMH.

Connections[edit | edit source]

The Lost Era novels
The SunderedSerpents Among the RuinsThe Art of the ImpossibleWell of SoulsDeny Thy FatherCatalyst of SorrowsThe Buried AgeDay of the VipersNight of the WolvesDawn of the EaglesOne Constant Star

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