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By: L. A. Graf
When a covert Elasian mining operation interferes
with a Federation geological expedition, Captain James T.
Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are
dispatched to the planet Rakatan to mediate between the
rival parties. The Elasian Dohlman claims that the planet and
its dilithium deposits are hers. But the geologists
warn that if Rakatan Mons - the galaxy's largest
stratovolcano - should erupt while the Elasians are mining
its flanks, no amount of dilithium will save them.
While Lt. Commander Uhura and a landing party struggle
to determine if the Dohlman's claim is true, Captain Kirk
puts his ship on the line to keep the two sides from each
other's throats. Soon, however, concerns over the planet's
ownership are overshadowed by the arrival of a hostile
Elasian armada and a cataclysmic volcanic
explosion on the surface that threatens all parties
with a deadly shower of destruction . . .
Do you recall the episode "Elaan of Troyius"?
Well, this novel brings back the Elasians.
They're still as arrogant (and annoying) as they were then.
However, the story is well written.
The writing team of L. A. Graf know what they're doing,
but the rating is low because I just can't stand the Elasians.