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By: Michael Jan Friedman
A routine survey of the planet Alpha Octavius Four
turns disastrous as Spock is attacked
and poisoned by a huge creature and Kirk's
landing party is trapped underground
by a violent earthquake. As Spock fights for his
life in sickbay, Scotty organizes a search
for Kirk and his men. However, rescue efforts
must cease when the USS Enterprise is called
away to the Beta Cabrini system where a mining
colony is under heavy attack.
At Beta Cabrini, the USS Enterprise faces off
against a Marauder named Dreen - a man that
Spock had watched his former captain
Christopher Pike defeat years before. Fighting
the effects of the poison, Spock struggles to his
feet and takes command of the ship. Soon,
Spock and Dreen are locked into a deadly game
of cat and mouse - a game driven by mad
revenge that can have only one survivor!
Captain Pike is in this novel via a flashback story
told by Mr. Spock. Cool. It's interesting to learn
more about Spock's missions with Pike.
It helps when the author really knows the
Star Trek characters and how to write them.
Michael Jan Friedman is an excellent Trek author.
His stuff is definitely worth reading.
He's one of the best in my opinion!