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Summary

From the back cover: As a young doctor with a beautiful family and a promising medical career, Dr. McCoy thought he had it all. But when the woman he loved betrayed him, McCoy fled to Starfleet hoping to lose his pain in the depths of space. Now, more than forty years later, the USS Enterprise and her crew are ordered to transport a group of mediators to the planet Ssan, a world where assassination is a long and time honored tradition.

Dr. McCoy is surprised to learn that his ex-wife, now remarried, is one of the mediators. But before McCoy can begin to face his feelings for his former love, she and Captain Kirk are trapped by a band of deadly assassins. Suddenly, McCoy is in the center of an explosive civil war, where he is the only one with the power to save the woman who once nearly destroyed him. McCoy must now overcome a centuries long tradition of death, and his own past with the woman he still loves, or else lose her for the second time...

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Characters

Shil AndrachisNem AntronicVincent BandoHarn BaraffinThur CambralosMerlin CarverPavel ChekovChoiJoe ChristianoCurleyKimm DathrabinDeLeonDennehyDiazFarissFredricksonGladstoneBud GlavinHilliosZar HolarnisWarren HuangPaco JiminezJonesyJames T. KirkCor LakandirDur ManarbaLeonard McCoyLi MoboronMontoyaPenarthilPetersonArs RondorrinPel SarennosMontgomery ScottMarn SilariotSorensonSpockJanice TaylorClay TreadwayJocelyn TreadwayNyota Uhura
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BernhardDal BiminothBlack KnightChangChristine ChapelConnerNancy CraterSean FinneganGodHippocratesJovanovichEdith KeelerKinshaianGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.LefarnusHordin MandrisSkippy ManwaringCarol MarcusDavid MarcusDavid Andrew McCoyJoanna McCoyMeladionCindy MellonMiramaneeMiriNatiraChristopher PikeSarekHikaru SuluSybokTithranusTyreeZarabeth

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-AhovercarUSS Republic
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air-shuttleUSS ConstellationUSS EnterpriseGalileoUSS IntrepidMars-orbit tugUSS PotemkinshuttleYonada

Locations

Alpha GederixBeta Aurelon IIIFederation Medical Facility OneHall of GovernanceLarolPiturSol systemSouthern ContinentSsanStarbase 12Tanul
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Alpha CentauriAmusement Park planetChadric VIIDelanath IV (Delanath) • EarthEl CapitanFesturGamma Caius VII (Gamma Caius) • Genesis PlanetGeorgiaGoliardh VII (Goliardh) • HeavenHellKansasM-113Magistor VIIMarsMiri's WorldMonfarra CityOmicron Delta regionOrthunRigel XIIRisaRura PentheTierenios IV (Tierenios) • Yarnos VII (Yarnos) • Yosemite National Park

Races and cultures

Human (AsianRussianScot) • SsanaVulcan
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Beta AureloniteChadricanKasseriteKlingonMagistoriM-113 creatureRisanRomulanSaurian

States and organizations

Darnell familyFederation Diplomatic CorpsMcCoy familyMonfarran UnionSsanitation DetailStarfleetTreadway familyUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titles

admiralassassinathletebartendercaptainchancellorchief assassinchief medical officercommodorecommunications specialistconnDervishdiplomatdoctorengineerensigngeneralHigh AssassinHigh Priestessjudgemaster governornursepoetpolice officerpoliticianpsychiatristquartermastersecurity officertraineetransporter chief

Science and technology

Adam's appleadrenal medullaalienanesthesiaantidoteantigrav stretcherappendectomyatombiobedbioscannerbiosigns monitorbloodbloodfirebombbonechronometercoleriumcommunicatordermaplast patchdiagnostic modedilithiumdisruptordrugexoimmunologyexophysiologyfertilizerfeverfiregalaxygravityhearthologram projectorhourhypoheadhyposprayintercominvertebratekilometerlevitation bootslightlobotomymachinemaldiniummedical tricordermedicinemeterminutemirrormonitorneuroscalpelpenthorbalinephaserpyrrhoneuritisradioRusshton syndromesandstormscannersensorsensor beamsnowspacestarstasis recepticlesternumsubspacesunsymbiotethermo-gauntlettransportertricorderturboliftuniversevaccineviruswhite blood cellxenopolycythemia

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23rd centuryAmerican Civil WarangelanteroomaristocracyassassinationAssassin Warsasteroidbladeblanketbloodfire dreambrandybreadbridgebulkheadbullbutterflycaeluceuscafeteriacandlecatfishcatcherry blossomchicken-fried steakchimesclamclosetcoffeecollegecoltcookiecorncottoncourt-martialcrowbardaggerdata mapdaydrivewayduckduraniumelkengagement ringflowerflyfruitgovernmentgrassgymnasiumhammerhatchethigh schoolHippocratic Oathhistoryhomeworldhospitaliced teainchwormironjacksjonquilkatraknifelaboratorylanceleatherlibrarylionliquormarriagemetalmilkmint julepmonographmonthmountainmuseumnickelpeachphilosophyphornicia shellpicnic basketpigeonpillowpoetrypolice barracksPrime Directivepsychologypterodactylpuppyrabbitraccoonrec roomRigellian terrariumroberoller coasterRomulan aleropeSaurian brandyseagullsickbayslugspongeSsani cloud mossSsani legumeSsani silkStarfleet Order Nine-five-sevenStarfleet uniformstinkweedsugarcanetennistennis rackettreeturkeyuterrawallflowerwarwaterweaponweddingwedding anniversarywolfwormyardstickzero-grav gamezoo

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The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2293.
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Vulcan's Glory
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Vulcans
2253
Book Two
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Chapter 14 - McCoy flashback
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