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When Doctor McCoy grumbles once to often about the way the Enterprise ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a routine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority.
However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his captain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worse when the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck.
Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly, Dr. McCoy and the Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.



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Starships and vehicles

IKS EkkavaUSS Enterpriseshuttlecraft


1212 Muscae1212 Muscae IV (Flyspeck)
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Races and cultures

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States and organizations


Science and technology

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  • This first contact novel features original alien species created by Duane specifically for the text-based Star Trek computer game, The Kobayashi Alternative.



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Previous novel:
The Pandora Principle
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
Enemy Unseen
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Previous Adventure:
My Enemy, My Ally
Pocket Next Adventure:
Spock's World

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