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The planet Nimbus III. A desolate, forbidding world, situated in the heart of the Neutral Zone. Unremarkable, except for one thing: Nimbus III is the site of an unprecedented attempt at co-operation among the galaxy's three major powers. Here, to this "Planet of Galactic Peace", the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Federation have all sent ambassadors, who are working together to develop the planet - an experiment that, if it succeeds, could transform the galactic balance of power.
But now terrorists have seized control of Nimbus III. And when Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise-A attempt a dramatic rescue, they discover a threat unlike any they have ever faced. A threat that will force them to confront their inner demons on their own, secret pasts - and the forbidden secrets that lie at the center of the galaxy itself…


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The story begins in a vast desert, where an unnamed individual is digging in a field full of holes. Then, in the distance, the man spots a man on horseback. He pulls out his rock thrower. The man arrives and uses an odd psychiatric exercise to take all the pain away from the man. The man soon becomes overwhelmed and seemingly enters himself into the servitude of the man. The man then reveals himself to be a Vulcan. Meanwhile, on Earth, Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Doctor Leonard McCoy are enjoying much needed shore leave. Captain Kirk is climbing the tall El Capitan mountain in Yosemite. He almost falls to his death but is saved by Mr. Spock, who is wearing flotation boots. On board the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A, Montgomery Scott and Nyota Uhura encounter a message from Starfleet, calling them all back to duty. Back on the planet, an army lead by the mysterious Vulcan conquers a town called Paradise City and holds the Federation ambassador, St. John Talbot, the Klingon ambassador, Korrd, and the Romulan ambassador, Caithlin Dar, hostage. This prompts Starfleet to send Captain Kirk and the Enterprise-A. Spock notices the Vulcan, whom he identifies as Sybok, the fully Vulcan child of his father, Sarek, and a Vulcan princess named T'Rea. A villainous Klingon named Klaa and his first officer, Vixis, soon set their sights on Captain Kirk. Captain Kirk and his crew, aboard the barely functional Enterprise-A arrive at the planet, Nimbus III in the Neutral Zone. Here, Sybok is able to capture the Enterprise-A, despite the efforts of the crew. Soon, the whole crew, save for Kirk, Scotty, Spock, and McCoy are under Sybok's mental influence. They hide away in an undership compartment. Sybok confronts them, and tells them of his quest to find the planet of Vulcan mythology known as Sha-Ka-Ree, which is the place where God dwells. He believes it lies at the center of the galaxy. He then uses his powers to depict scenes of pain from each of their lives. Spock is shown how, when he was born, his father rejected him as too human. McCoy is shown his ailing father, and how he took him off life support a few days before a cure was found for the disease he was suffering from. He also subjected Kirk to his own painful scenario. The Enterprise-A then arrives at the Galactic Center, when the Klingon Bird-of-Prey under the command of Captain Klaa arrives. The ship is able to defeat the evil Klaa and Vixis and beam down to the planet, where they see a lifeform that attempts to claim godship. When Sybok learns it is not God, he sacrifices himself so the crew can escape. Then, Kirk and his crew set out for the Final Frontier.



Movie characters

Robert BennettPavel ChekovCaithlin DarAmanda GraysonJ'OnnJames T. KirkKlaaKorrdDavid Andrew McCoyLeonard McCoyMorekSarekMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluSybokSt. John TalbotTaragThe OneNyota UhuraVixistsemus
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Christopher ColumbusJohn MasefieldHerman Melville

Novelization characters

ArreedBob CaflischPavel ChekovCaithlin DarAmanda GraysonJeshaJ'OnnJames T. KirkKlaaKorrdKrellKumikoDavid Andrew McCoyLeonard McCoyMorekSarekMontgomery ScottSpockStorelHikaru SuluSybokSt. John TalbotTaragThe OneT'LarT'ReaT'SaiNyota UhuraVixisWeiselHelene Weiseltsemus
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Sarah Susan EckertKamargGeorge Samuel Kirk, Jr.KrugeCarol MarcusDavid MarcusJohn MasefieldHerman MelvilleHarry MuddLiam James O'MalleyPeter PrestonKhan Noonien SinghHosato SuluShimizu Hana SuluSurakGillian TaylorZaara

Comic adaptation characters

Robert BennettPavel ChekovCaithlin DarAmanda GraysonJ'OnnJames T. KirkKlaaKorrdDavid Andrew McCoyLeonard McCoySarekMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluSybokSt. John TalbotThe OneNyota UhuraVixistsemus
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John MasefieldHerman Melville


EarthEdenEl CapitanGanjitsuGolGreat BarrierHalf DomeHall of Ancient ThoughtIshikawaLunaMerced RiverNeutral ZoneNimbus IIINimbus corridorParadise CityQui'TuSha Ka ReeVulcan (planet)Vorta VorYosemite National Park
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AltairAndorAtlantaCapellaCharulhGenesis PlanetHighlandsMount SeleyaRegulusRigelSan FranciscoScotlandSistine ChapelSolStonehengeTamakaValhallaXenar

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Excelsior (Excelsior-class) • CopernicusGalileoIKS Okrona (B'rel-class) • Pioneer 10
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SpacedockUSS EnterpriseUSS Reliant

Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Federation CouncilFederation Diplomatic ServiceGalactic Army of LightKlingon EmpireKlingon High CommandKlingon High CouncilKolinahruOperations CommandRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet OperationsUnited Federation of Planets
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New Cetacean Institute

Titles and ranks

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Science and technology

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Other references

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Related media

The God-impersonating being established in The Final Frontier is identified as The One in The Q Continuum trilogy, which is effectively a prequel and sequel to the god character in The Final Frontier establishing his back story and eventual fate.


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published order
Previous novelization:
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
TOS novelizations Next novelization:
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Previous novel:
Novels by:
J.M. Dillard
Next novel:
The Lost Years
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
To Reign in Hell:
The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh

Chapters 1, 2, 27 & 28, Interlude & Epilogue
Pocket Next Adventure:
In the Name of Honor
Chapters 3-38
Previous Adventure:
To Reign in Hell:
The Exile of Khan Noonien Singh
The Continuing
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
Next Adventure:
In the Name of Honor
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2287.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in three other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chpaters 2 & 3
Next Adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 3 & 4
Previous Adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 4 & 5
Chapter 14 - Spock flashback
Next Adventure:
Chapter 5 - third journal entry
Previous Adventure:
Shadows on the Sun
Book Two
Chapter 14 - McCoy flashback
Next Adventure:
The Cage

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