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War Drums is a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by John Vornholt. It was published in September 1992, the 23rd book in Pocket Books' series of numbered TNG novels.


The planet Selva—a lush colony world settled by a hardy group of Humans, who found the planet already inhabited by a small gang of young Klingons. When violence erupts between the two groups, Captain Picard and the USS Enterprise are sent to render assistance.
Worf leads a landing party to the planet while the Starship Enterprise is called away on another urgent mission. On Selva, Worf and his party find that the old hatreds and prejudices between Humans and Klingons are revived, and the settlers are out for blood. Now, Worf must prevent a horrible massacre, before all of them fall prey to Selva's deadly secret… and raging fury.



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Starships and vehicles

IKS BaHchuchunDub class freighterUSS Enterprise-DIcarusshuttlecraft


Aretian systemNew ReykjavikSelva
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States and organizations

Klingon EmpireKlingon High CommandKlingon High CouncilStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Starfleet Academy

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Ranks and titles

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