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When Quark holds a poker tournament on Deep Space 9, someone from almost every sentient raceKlingons, Cardassians, Romulans, Vulcans, Ferengi—shows up for what is sure to be the highest-stakes game of all time. But when one player is killed, the stakes get higher than even these big-money players had counted on.
With the station rocked by subspace waves that threaten its destruction, Commander Sisko and Security Chief Odo must hunt down the killer in time to save the players, a killer who has information that can save those onboard Deep Space 9 from the invisible enemy they do not even know they face. A killer who holds all the cards…

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DS9 has been hit by several power fluctuations and the situation only gets worse, with the station soon being hit by damaging shockwaves from an unknown source. Also damaged by the shockwaves is a Ferengi ship carrying Grand Nagus Zek, but Major Kira is able to transport Zek, Maihar'du and Zek's son Krax aboard the station.

Meanwhile, Quark is about to hold a poker tournament on the station. The players are not exactly known for their respect for the law, with their number including Berlinghoff Rasmussen, Lursa and B'Etor and the Ktaran operative Etana Jol. Also among the players are Romulans, several more Klingons, Humans and other alien races. During a blackout caused by the power fluctuations, the Romulan woman Naralak is murdered.

The commander of a Cardassian ship that was also damaged by the shockwaves soon contacts the station, alleging that DS9 was the source. Sisko tells the commander they were not responsible and are investigating, the Cardassian warns more shockwaves will bring a military response.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Julian BashirBaunB'EtorCarterDanarDarakSergei DavidovichJadzia DaxElim GarakGroukHardingHaurkEtana JolCynthia JonesKinsakKira NerysKraxLitnaL'sthwan (Klar) • LursaMaihar'duMornNamNaralakNogKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienOdoPeraGeorge PrimminQuarkBerlinghoff RasmussenRomSarlakBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoTeppoXatorXiaoZek
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GralPaul HigginbothamJim KiserGeordi La ForgeMolly O'BrienWilliam T. RikerJennifer SiskoZind

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Galor-classUSS Ganges (Danube-class runabout) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class runabout)
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USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS IdahoUSS MadisonUSS Saratoga

Locations[edit | edit source]

Deep Space 9Operations centerPromenadeQuark'sReplimatStation commander's office
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BajorBajoran wormholeEarthHoffman coloniesHowen DesertMiridious BeltOltion IVPatterson BeltRisaSifts IVStarbase 5Titanias IIITokyoVukcevich sectorVulcan

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

BajoranCardassianChangelingEspirituFerengiFreeperyGrabansterHumanHupyrianIritsKlingonKtarianMeepodRomulanSligiloidTotozoidTrillVulcan
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BorgKtaranOltonionPletanionRisanTharethian

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Planetary DefenseBajoran Provisional ForcesFerengi AllianceGhost RidersHouse of DurasStarfleetStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran Children's FundBajoran ResistanceKlingon High CouncilStarfleet Academy Medical School

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

anionic beamcaffeinecloaking deviceenvironmental controlholosuiteinterphase cloaking deviceoperations situation tablephase shifterphoton torpedoreplicatorsolitrium wavestarshipsubspacetractor beamturbolift

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

commanderdabo girlGrand Nagussecurity chief

Other references[edit | edit source]

beercappuccinochesschocolatechocolate cakecoffeedaboDavesian gooseDeluvian coffeeEvarian beerFerengi cigarFederation-Cardassian Treaty of 2366Ferengi Rules of AcquisitionThe First Annual Deep Space Nine Poker Tournamentgrub beetleJapaneselatinumliccie buglingerielogicNorellian twist breadOccupation of BajorpokerRomulan aleRuthvian saladsakisherrysolitrium wavespaghettistoutSturgan vulturetobaccotribbletuxedoUlian wineZileanian Wars

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous novel:
Bloodletter
DS9 numbered novels Next novel:
Fallen Heroes
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Circle
Pocket Next Adventure:
Gambit
Previous Adventure:
The Circle
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
The Siege


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