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The Devil's Heart by Carmen Carter
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The Devil's Heart is a legendary object of unsurpassed power and mystery. Worlds that believe in magic consider it Darkness's mightiest talisman; and worlds of science consider it a lost artifact of some ancient and forgotten race. Some say the Heart enables its possessor to control people's minds and to amass wealth enough for a dozen lifetimes, while others think it capable of raising the dead, perhaps even changing the flow of time itself. But to all, the location of this fabled object has remained a mystery, until now. An isolated archaeological outpost has suddenly stopped responding to repeated requests for information. Sent to discover why, the U.S.S. Enterprise TM crew finds a devastated outpost and a dying scientist, whose last words fall on disbelieving ears: the Devil's Heart has been found. As the quest for the Heart unfolds, Captain Jean-Luc Picard discovers that beyond all the legends and age-old secrets lies an awful truth: whoever holds the Devil's Heart possesses power beyond imagining.… (more)

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An enjoyable story, but if I had one nitpick it would be that Worf is a bit off in this. ( )
  Ragnell | Mar 30, 2013 |
The mythical "Devil's Heart", a huge gemstone of legendary power, is discovered and comes into Picard's possession. It becomes apparent that the stone really is a source of great power, and is also dangerously addictive to the one who controls it. Picard must choose between keeping the stone for himself and the possibility of the Federation's enemies seizing it. A decent, but unremarkable adventure. ( )
  burnit99 | Jan 4, 2007 |
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