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Blurb[edit | edit source]

Sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the Enterprise running to evacuate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear: the Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired.

Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimental Klingon warship sets forth on a mission of its own, a warship with hidden - and therefore undreamed of - capabilities, commanded by a warrior who will stop at nothing to bring glory to the Empire - and restore his own lost honor.

The Klingon ship's destination? The planet Dekkanar...

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Enterprise is assigned to evacuate the Federation embassy on Dekkanar: The planet has broken off diplomatic ties under pressure from terrorist groups. However, the ship is placed under General Order Twelve: They are to make no offensive or defensive moves unless clearly attacked.

Meanwhile, Klingon captain Kasak, who has been reduced to taking ships on test runs since being caught up in Kirk's encounter with Koloth on Station K-7, is given charge of Hakkarl, a battle cruiser controlled remotely from a scout ship, Tazhat. He takes it on an unauthorised mission to Dekkanar, intending to provoke Kirk into firing on him, breaking the treaty so the Organians will step in and award the planet to the Klingons.

Kasak first claims to Kirk that he is planning to defect, believing that if he then tries to take the experimental ships away Kirk will attempt to disable them. However, the plan falls apart when a fleet of Klingon ships arrives to take him into custody. Kasak convinces the fleet commander, Korzhan, that the Dekkani terrorists have fired on him in the hope Kirk will defend them but Kirk simply shields their ships and manages to talk Korzhan round.

Kasak's crew surrender to Korzhan, leaving him to challenge Kirk alone. The Enterprise manages to damage Hakkarl's control system and it ends up destroying Tazhat, killing Kasak. Realising that the only alternative is Klingon occupation, Dekkanar resumes ties with the Federation.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

AktazArthagAskelAthendePavel ChekovClaymareNicholas FareyJerry FreemanTodd JohnsonKattaKhalenKhitarKorzhan epetai KenekKasak sutai KhornezhJames T. KirkKrynnMahaseMakhoyMaragColin MatlockLeonard McCoyNarahtGytha NorthSpockMontgomery ScottLarry StewartHikaru SuluHarb TanzerIngrit TomsonNyota UhuraVarn
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AyelborneKolothKorKothM'BengaRandolph H. MorrowNhomaNoguraV'Ger

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS EnterpriseIKV Hakkarl (KL-1017) (K't'inga-class) • USS Sir RichardIKS Tarkan (K't'inga-class) • IKS Tazhat (KL-1018) (B'rel-class) • USS Vanguard
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USS Ivan GroznyyUSS MinskUSS NelsonUSS Potemkin (Constitution-class) • USS Sakharov

Locations[edit | edit source]

4725 CancriDekkanarKlingon Neutral Zonesector 3-39Starbase 12
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Donatu Vmirror universeSherman's PlanetDeep Space Station K-7

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Klingon EmpireStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Other references[edit | edit source]

admiralastrographyBattlecruiser VengeanceBlack Fleetblood pressurecaptainchesschief medical officerchief of recreationChief of Staff (Operations)Chief of Starfleet Operationscloaking devicecoffeecolonelcommunicatorCossackdiplomatic protection groupdoctorThe Final ReflectionGeneral Order 12heartkhest'nklin zhalieutenantM-5midshipmanOrganian Peace Treatypersonal logphaserphoton torpedopokerpopcornrecreation deckRomulan aleshore leavesickbayTlhinganaasetribbletunicvoderzan

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Background[edit | edit source]

The stardate is given as 2213.5; however, since this would put the story during Kirk's first five year mission, the Pocket Books Timeline adjusts it to 7818.1.

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Connections[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous novel:
The Kobayashi Maru
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
The Pandora Principle
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
As Old as Forever
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Name of the Cat

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