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Its [[five-year mission]] completed, the USS ''Enterprise'' returns to [[Spacedock]] in [[Earth]] orbit. [[Captain]] James T. Kirk is nervous about the fact that he has not yet received confirmation of his next assignment, having requested the captaincy of the [[USS Victorious (23rd century)|USS ''Victorious'']] ten weeks earlier. Kirk encourages Spock to take command of the newly-commissioned [[USS Grissom (NCC-638)|USS ''Grissom'']], but Spock wishes to continue to serve as Kirk's [[first officer]] and [[science officer]] and is displeased that Kirk has not requested that be assigned to the ''Victorious'' with him. Kirk is being pressured to accept a promotion to the admiralty; he contacts [[Admiral]] [[Gregor Fortenberry]], the "Detailer" who directs [[Starfleet]] assignments, who informs him that his request has been put on hold for review by [[Fleet Admiral]] [[Heihachiro Nogura]]. Dr. McCoy tells Kirk that his report as [[Chief Medical Officer]] recommended against Kirk's promotion, and that he has told Nogura the same, threatening to resign from Starfleet if Kirk is removed from field command. McCoy is planning to visit the [[Yonada]]n people, including his love [[Natira]], on their new planet.
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Its [[five-year mission]] completed, the USS ''Enterprise'' returns to [[Spacedock]] in [[Earth]] orbit. [[Captain]] James T. Kirk is nervous about the fact that he has not yet received confirmation of his next assignment, having requested the captaincy of the [[USS Victorious (23rd century)|USS ''Victorious'']] ten weeks earlier. Kirk encourages Spock to take command of the newly-commissioned [[USS Grissom (NCC-638)|USS ''Grissom'']], but Spock wishes to continue to serve as Kirk's [[first officer]] and [[science officer]] and is displeased that Kirk has not requested that he be assigned to the ''Victorious'' with him. Kirk is being pressured to accept a promotion to the admiralty; he contacts [[Admiral]] [[Gregor Fortenberry]], the "Detailer" who directs [[Starfleet]] assignments, who informs him that his request has been put on hold for review by [[Fleet Admiral]] [[Heihachiro Nogura]]. Dr. McCoy tells Kirk that his report as [[Chief Medical Officer]] recommended against Kirk's promotion, and that he has told Nogura the same, threatening to resign from Starfleet if Kirk is removed from field command. McCoy is planning to visit the [[Yonada]]n people, including his love [[Natira]], on their new planet.
   
 
[[Lieutenant]] [[Jonathon Stanger]], ''Enterprise'''s [[Security]] Second-in-Command, has been promoted to the post of [[security chief]] on the ''Victorious'', but is unhappy because his lover, the [[Andorian]] Lieutenant [[Lamia]], has been assigned to the [[USS Exeter (Constitution class)|USS ''Exeter'']]. Stanger and Lamia attend the Security farewell party, hosted by Security Chief [[Ingrit Tomson]]. Kirk and McCoy visit the party, and Stanger tactlessly asks Kirk whether his assignment as captain of the ''Victorious'' has come through yet. Kirk and McCoy then attend the [[Engineering]] party, where [[Willard Decker|Will Decker]] is in attendance. Kirk is stunned when Admiral Nogura enters Engineering, having arrived on board without Kirk's knowledge.
 
[[Lieutenant]] [[Jonathon Stanger]], ''Enterprise'''s [[Security]] Second-in-Command, has been promoted to the post of [[security chief]] on the ''Victorious'', but is unhappy because his lover, the [[Andorian]] Lieutenant [[Lamia]], has been assigned to the [[USS Exeter (Constitution class)|USS ''Exeter'']]. Stanger and Lamia attend the Security farewell party, hosted by Security Chief [[Ingrit Tomson]]. Kirk and McCoy visit the party, and Stanger tactlessly asks Kirk whether his assignment as captain of the ''Victorious'' has come through yet. Kirk and McCoy then attend the [[Engineering]] party, where [[Willard Decker|Will Decker]] is in attendance. Kirk is stunned when Admiral Nogura enters Engineering, having arrived on board without Kirk's knowledge.

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Introduction (blurb)

"The Lost Years" tells the story of Captain Kirk's final hours in command of the USS Enterprise, and how he, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy struggle to establish new lives apart from each other and the starship.

We see the newly promoted Admiral Kirk, in charge of a specially created Starfleet division, as he attempts to defuse a critical hostage situation; Mr. Spock, who in the midst of a teaching assignment on Vulcan, finds the one thing he least expected; and Dr. McCoy, whose unerring instinct for trouble lands him smack in the middle of an incident that could trigger an interstellar bloodbath...

Summary

140005 Vulcan Old Date

The great Kolinahr master Zakal the Terrible is dying of lunglock fever at a retreat in the Mountains of Gol. His old student Khoteth comes to fulfill his long-ago promise to collect Zakal's katra. Zakal is scornful of Khoteth, who has become a follower of Surak and taken the name Sotek. Khoteth wishes to use the knowledge in Zakal's katra to render harmless a rival initiate named Nortakh and his followers. Unwilling to face oblivion, Zakal surrenders his katra as he dies to the vrekatra borne by Khotheth, but with his dying thought swears revenge on Surak.

Stardate 6987.31 (2270)

Its five-year mission completed, the USS Enterprise returns to Spacedock in Earth orbit. Captain James T. Kirk is nervous about the fact that he has not yet received confirmation of his next assignment, having requested the captaincy of the USS Victorious ten weeks earlier. Kirk encourages Spock to take command of the newly-commissioned USS Grissom, but Spock wishes to continue to serve as Kirk's first officer and science officer and is displeased that Kirk has not requested that he be assigned to the Victorious with him. Kirk is being pressured to accept a promotion to the admiralty; he contacts Admiral Gregor Fortenberry, the "Detailer" who directs Starfleet assignments, who informs him that his request has been put on hold for review by Fleet Admiral Heihachiro Nogura. Dr. McCoy tells Kirk that his report as Chief Medical Officer recommended against Kirk's promotion, and that he has told Nogura the same, threatening to resign from Starfleet if Kirk is removed from field command. McCoy is planning to visit the Yonadan people, including his love Natira, on their new planet.

Lieutenant Jonathon Stanger, Enterprise's Security Second-in-Command, has been promoted to the post of security chief on the Victorious, but is unhappy because his lover, the Andorian Lieutenant Lamia, has been assigned to the USS Exeter. Stanger and Lamia attend the Security farewell party, hosted by Security Chief Ingrit Tomson. Kirk and McCoy visit the party, and Stanger tactlessly asks Kirk whether his assignment as captain of the Victorious has come through yet. Kirk and McCoy then attend the Engineering party, where Will Decker is in attendance. Kirk is stunned when Admiral Nogura enters Engineering, having arrived on board without Kirk's knowledge.

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References

Characters

AnabIndira BhuttoPavel ChekovLori CianaWillard DeckerdeRoosAcker EssweinEwuGregor FortenberryKelKhotethJames T. KirkPeter KirkWinona KirkLamiaKeridwen LlewellynLeonard McCoyMorozHarold MorrowNatiraHeihachiro NoguraGeoffrey OlmsteadKevin RileyRrkMontgomery ScottSekarSotekSpockJonathon StangerHikaru SuluIngrit TomsonT'SaiT'SuraNyota UhuraUmulVigelshevskyMartina VorozhZakalZiza
Referenced only 
Christine ChapelMatthew DeckerAmanda GraysonGeorge Samuel Kirk Sr.Jabilo M'BengaNortakhVaughan RittenhouseSarekS'taskSurakQuince Waverleigh

Starships

USS EnterpriseUSS ExeterUSS GrissomUSS StarhawkUSS VictoriousYonada

Locations

AndorArcturus IVDjanaInari Council ChamberEarthSan FranciscoSan Francisco BayStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet HeadquartersStarfleet OperationsInarInar's second moonDjanai baseUllaVulcanMountains of GolShanaiKahrYonada

Species

AndorianArcturanAurelianChanged humanoidCygnusianDjanaid'malluFabriniGalakhiGornHortaIotianHumanInariKlingonRomulanTellariteVulcan

States and Organizations

Border PatrolInari CouncilKolinahruStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other

alcoholasteroidblack teabridgechampagnechronometercoffeecognaccreamDetailerEarl Greyegg saladegg salad sandwichElementsflimsiesHigh MasterkatraKolinahrKolinahr masterKolinahrulewalunglock feverOld LaphroaigpajamasPrime DirectiverealtorRittenhouse ScandalsandwichScotchSecurity loungeservitorshore leaveSpacedockStardatesugarteaThirellian waterturboliftuniformvrekatraWatcherxenopsychologyYonadan

Information

This is the first in the Lost Years series. In the Acknowledgments, J.M. Dillard mentions two other books: A Flag Full of Stars, which was published, and another novel, The War Virus which was canceled. Instead, Traitor Winds was published, and the series ended with Recovery.

Related Stories

Dreadnought! - The events of this novel are referred to as the Rittenhouse Scandal.

Reviews

Connections

Template:LostYearsNovels

published order
Previous novel:
Spock's World
TOS hardcovers Next novel:
Prime Directive
Previous novel:
The Cry of the Onlies
TOS novels Next novel:
The Kobayashi Maru
Previous novel:
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Novels by:
J.M. Dillard
Next novel:
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Captain's Daughter
Chapters 5-12
Pocket Next Adventure:
Traitor Winds
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2271.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
The Romulan Way
Chapter 4
300 AD
Prologue
Next Adventure:
Exodus
Chapters 21, 23 & 25
Previous Adventure:
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
2270
Chapter 1 & 2
Next Adventure:
The End of Night
First and Last sections
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