Samaritan "Sam" Bowers was a dark-skinned human male serving in Starfleet in the 24th century. A twenty year veteran, Bowers served aboard starbase Deep Space 9 and the USS Defiant in the late 2370s, then the USS Aventine in the 2380s.
During the Battle of Sector 001, Bowers led a team against several invading Borg drones. Bowers killed two drones before they adapted and was unfortunately unable to stop them from assimilating Captain Sh'Raazn. Bowers and his team later used TR-116 rifles against the Borg and managed to kill them with the weapons. In order to do so, he had to kill the assimilated Sh'Raazn, as well as his friends Jalarin, Hughes, Selok and Perez. (DS9 novel: Lesser Evil)
Deep Space 9 and the Defiant
Exploration of the Gamma Quadrant
Bowers served as tactical officer during the Defiant's three-month exploratory mission of the Gamma Quadrant in mid-2376. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novels: Twilight, This Gray Spirit, Cathedral, Lesser Evil)
Several months later, Bowers accompanied Kira Nerys, Taran'atar and Aleco Vel aboard the USS Rio Grande to rendezvous with the USS Mjolnir where they were to take possession of DS9's new runabout, the USS Yolja. Bowers and Aleco later piloted the ship back to the station. (DS9 - Worlds of Deep Space Nine novel: The Dominion: Olympus Descending)
By 2381, Bowers had become the executive officer of the USS Aventine under the command of Captain Ezri Dax. One of Bowers' requests upon accepting the post was that business on the bridge be carried out in a much more official manner than had been the case on Deep Space 9. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
Bowers and Dax's formal working relationship on the bridge quickly translated to friendship and in was not uncommon for them to use each other's first names behind the closed doors of the Aventine's ready room. During the Borg Invasion of 2381, Bowers was critical in helping Dax find closure from her recent doubts at her command abilities by convincing her to speak with Worf on the USS Enterprise-E while the two vessels worked at the Azure Nebula. Bowers himself upset Worf when he claimed to have the best crew in Starfleet; after a threatening growl, he amended his statement to exclude present company.
After the Aventine started traversing subspace tunnels, hoping to find the staging area of the invading Borg Collective, Bowers recommended against investigating a mysterious debris field. His instincts were proven to be sound, as the graveyard was discovered to be hundreds of Borg vessels, destroyed by an unknown alien presence who wished no contact, but allowed them to live because they were not Borg. As the ships investigated more of the tunnels, Sam began to feel as though they were playing a game of Russian roulette. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)
After Captain Picard convinced the Aventine to not make a run for Earth and throw their lives away, contact was established with the USS Titan; Picard invited all three command crews to the Enterprise for a planning session. Bowers attempted to keep the planning moving, disrupting an emotional moment when Captain Riker revealed he had abandoned wife Deanna Troi on New Erigol in order to escape with his vessel. Along with other senior staff members, they pieced together the information regarding former Earth Starfleet Captain Erika Hernandez and the Columbia, but Bowers was impatient, and wondered what any relevance that had to stopping the Borg. Picard recommended meeting Captain Hernandez, but Bowers confidentially asked Dax what their plan would be if Erika would not assist them.
After the four Captains developed a plan to attack and board a Borg scout in order to secure its vinculum, Bowers oversaw the transfer of additional security and tactical personnel from the Enterprise and Titan, and monitored Captain Hernandez familiarizing herself with their conn. Bowers also reported a visitor - Worf had beamed over in an attempt to talk Dax out of her plan of action; Dax left Sam in charge of the Bridge while she was gone. After they launched their assault squads onto the Borg ship, Dax and Bowers monitored for the signal that the ship had been captured; during this time, Hernandez utilized her catom connection to monitor the battle, witnessing the cold death of a Borg drone, driving her almost to tears. Bowers noticed her discomfort and questioned her, but she brushed it off as nerves. The ship was able to beam over Hernandez and link her into the vinculum, temporarily taking control of the Collective, but the real Borg Queen transferred her presence to the scout craft and attacked the crew and Aventine. Sam coordinated their battle plans, then monitored their damage reports after the short engagement. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)
In 2385 Bowers was still the executive officer on the USS Aventine. Later after Julian Bashir was returned to the Aventine, Dax, along with Simon Tarses and Sam Bowers assisted in getting Bashir to Andor, in defiance of the Federation President, the USS Warspite, and USS Falchion. (ST - The Fall novel: A Ceremony of Losses)
While a teenager, Bowers suffered from anger issues and a short temper. His school counselor recommended he take up martial arts to keep his temper in check. He took up karate and had attained brown belt status before he left home for Starfleet Academy. Although he didn't keep up with the karate discipline while at the Academy, he resumed his studies as a white belt beginner aboard the Budapest under the tutelage of the deputy security chief. He kept his training up until he was transferred off the ship, still not having reached black belt status. After his transfer to the Aventine, Bowers noticed his temper returning so he resumed his karate training, this time on his own as no one aboard offered classes. (ST novel: A Singular Destiny)
|USS Aventine personnel|
|Altoss • S. Bowers • Ch'Maras • E. Constantino • Cupelli • L. D'Odorico • N. Darrow • E. Dax • Dexar • Englehorn • L. Glau • S. Gredenko • G. Helkara • Hockney • T. Kandel • L. Kedair • N. K. Tor • C. Komer • L'Kem • M. Leishman • Loskywitz • Malaya • O. Mavroidis • O. Mirren • G. chim Nak • Navok • P7-Red • Ilar P. • Ravosus • N. Riordan • P. Rhys • Selidok • Simmerith • T'Prel • M. Takagi • S. Tarses • Tharp • Tovak • Ylacam • Yott|
|USS Budapest personnel|
|Sam Bowers • Demarest • Hughes • Jalarin • Perez • sh'Raazn • Selok • Lian T'su|