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February 1993 Cover Image
By: Melissa Crandall
While on a routine mission to retrieve a
research drone for recycling, the U.S.S.
Enterprise encounters a Romulan space
station adrift within Federation borders.
Exploring the lifeless station, the crew finds
ghostly apparitions flitting at the edges of sight.
Soon the U.S.S. Enterprise is also inexplicably
without power. Captain Kirk and his crew must
now solve the mystery of the strange
apparitions before the starship suffers the station's fate.
The situation becomes desperate when a
Romulan warship arrives looking for the
station, and the Romulan Commander accuses
the Federation of treachery. Before Captain Kirk
can save the Starship Enterprise from complete
destruction, he must avoid becoming drawn
into a deadly shell game - a game that will
leave no winners and no survivors . . .
Interesting . . . A space station just floats away.
And recycling a research drone? The early 90's recycling
craze had an influence on Trek novels too it seems.
Actually, this is a pretty good story. I didn't figure out
what happened to the station before
it was revealed in the story, so it held my interest.
While the crew is exploring the station, you really
get the feeling the place is haunted.
One thing did bother me though:
Kirk stays on the Enterprise throughout the entire novel because
of a recent message from Starfleet stating that captains
should let their first officers and security teams do all the exploring.
Let's keep Next Generation stuff like this out of classic Trek!
Other than that, I enjoyed this story very much!