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Revealed at last, the full story of Jim Kirk's lost friend, the man who helped him become the captain we know....
Stardate 1312.4. -- A young Captain Kirk, early in his legendary career, faces the crisis of his life when he must kill his best friend in order to save the Enterprise. Later, alone in his quarters, he cannot help recalling how he first met Gary Mitchell:
At Starfleet Academy, Gary is reckless and fun-loving while Kirk is driven, ambitious, but awkward around other people -- especially women. Their friendship begins with a fistfight. Then their routine training mission on the U.S.S. Republic is diverted to a planet where centuries of bloody interplanetary conflict are about to end in a ceremony of reconciliation. Assigned to help with security on the planet's surface, Kirk and Gary quickly find themselves in the middle of a life-and-death struggle against terrorists determined to disrupt the ceremony.
With the future of two planets at stake, Kirk and Gary must find a way to work together before a mission of life and peace becomes one of death and despair.



Daniel AldenRollin BannockAr BintorKarl-Willem BrandhorstHogan BrownChan (Cadet)CovaleskiElizabeth DehnerDezagoEisnerPearson EverettJord GorfinkelHagenHiltonIbrahim (Cadet)IshidaJames T. KirkShirod LennaEllen MangioneGary MitchellThomas MitchellTev NallorPerris NodarhMark PiperRodianosSantangeloMontgomery ScottBarbara SmithSpockHikaru SuluMiyko TarschPhelana Yudrin
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AaronsonTev BadrisChiarelloDandridgeSean FinneganBenjamin FinneyGarth of IzarKodosKorrgarMayhar-PerthDana MitchellNakamura (Captain)

Starships and vehicles

USS Carolina (Ranger-class cruiser) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS ExcaliburUSS Republic (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Romulan bird-of-prey (2150s)


Alpha VarangisAxanarBeta Bora system (Heir'atHeir'ochaHeir'tzan) • Delta VegaDonatu VEarth (ChicagoDetroitGermanyIowaNebraskaNew York CitySioux City) • Klingon Neutral ZoneRomulan Neutral ZoneRomulusTarsus IV
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Races and cultures


States and organizations

Heir'ochHeir'tzaStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited States of America

Science and classification




Materials and substances

Food and drink
spaghetti bolognese

Technology and weapons

antennaatomic weapondisruptorhelm monitorintercommonitorphaserphoton torpedostarshiptool

Ranks and titles

cadetcaptainchief engineerCommandant of Starfleet Academycommandercommander in chiefdoctorFirst Minister of Securityfirst officergeneralhelmsmaninstructorlieutenantofficerscience officerSecond Minister of Securitysecurity chief

Other references

anteroomapplecartArabian NightsAxanar Peace MissionBattle of CheronBattle of Donatu Vbootbridgechairchalk powdercitycorridordeathEarth-Romulan WarengineeringFederation Historygamblinggymnasiumhypergravitational aerobicsmilitaryPalm Leaf of Axanarpersonnel filequartersracquetballranksectorself-destructshoeshore leavesickbaysleeveWorld War I






published order
Previous novel:
Assignment: Eternity
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
My Brother's Keeper
Previous novel:
TOS novels Next novel:
My Brother's Keeper
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Track A: Chapter 12
Pocket Next Adventure:
My Brother's Keeper
Chapters 1-3
Previous Adventure:
Where No Man Has Gone Before
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2265.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Cadet Kirk
Chapters 5-20
Next Adventure:
Chaotic Response
Sections 5 and 7

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