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This book is from Peter Morwood, the sometime writing partner of Diane Duane and while they don't partner on this book, Morwood'ds style is similar to Duane though I don't feel he pulls it off quite as well as the pure Duane books. In this book, the Federation has to evacuate diplomats from a planet that no longer sees being associated withe it as a good thing.but what the Federation doesn't know is that the unrest on the planet has been instigated by Kasak of the Klingon Empire who had ideas of his own about who's sphere of influence the planet of Dekkanar should fall under. But Kasak has motives of his own, especially where Kirk and the Enterprise are concerned. And then there are the Organians to think about as well... ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 4, 2015 |
A not particularly memorable, but well-written Star Trek novel in which Kirk, attempting to evacuate Federation personel from a planet in the throes of revolution, must contend with a renegade Klingon captain who desires to restore his lost honor by defeating the Enterprise. Run-of-the-mill, but entertaining. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 9, 2007 |
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Historian's Note:

This adventure takes place sometime between the events chronicled in The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Kahn.

Readers may wish to consult those two movies, as well as the television/ episode Errand of Mercy as referents.
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This book is dedicated to:
        The Miami Cruisers
                  and
     The Toronto Celebrants

and to walk-on players everywhere
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To: Morrow, Randolph H, Admiral, Chief of Staff (Operations), Starfleet Command

From: James T Kirk, Captain NCC-1701 USS Enterprise, inbound, Starbase 12.

Subject: Border zone 3-39, with special attention to Organian influence, if any.

Sir,
I am pleased to report at the end of the present tour of duty that the Enterprise has completed/ a full exploratory patrol of the above sector without incident.
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Stardate 2213.5:

It appears that whether through Organian or some other influence, such as Klingon imperial policy, this particular are of the frontier corridor is at peace.
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    "SULU, EVASIVE," SNAPPED KIRK.


He watched the Klingon ship Hakkarl heel wildly across the screen as the Enterprise hit a savage combination of yaw, roll, and pitch all at the same time. It worked. Hakkarl's incoming fire seared under and through where they had been less than a second before.

But any satisfaction generated by that evasion was squashed by the way the Klingon snapped around in pursuit.

Whatever impossible maneuver Sulu attempted, Hakkarl matched and exceeded.

Spock looked up from a monitor with a grave expression on his face. "Captain," he said. "there has been a critical overload in the shields, total failure will occur in fifty-seven seconds, unless we are given respite from the constant battering.

In other words, thought Kirk, do something. Or we're all dead.
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Rules of Engagement

A sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise™ running to evacate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear; the U.S.S. Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired.

Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimental Klingon warship sets forth on a mission of its own, a warship with hidden -- and heretofore undreamed of -- capabilities, commanded by a warrior who will stop at nothing to bring glory to his Empire -- and restore his own lost honor.

the Klingon ship's destination? The planet Dekkanar...

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Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to evacuate Federation personnel trapped by a revolution on the planet Dekkanar.A Klingon spaceship with undreamed of capabilities sets out for Dekkanar at the same time.

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