The sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Return

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  • Stardate 50808.6
  • Released May 1997

A lethal virus, inimical to all conventional forms of plant life, threatens the entire Federation with starvation and dissolution. With the Federation already on the brink of overpopulation, Starfleet‘s resources are stretched to its limit. Whole worlds and even complete star systems are placed under quarantine, causing interstellar food supplies to run dangerously low, and hostile alien empires to eye the weakened Federation with malevolence. But now, in this moment of Starfleet’s greatest need, Captain James T. Kirk, long believed dead, embarks on a desperate quest to find the true source of the mysterious virus.

Elsewhere in the galaxy, Ambassador Spock, his diplomatic efforts stalled by the spread of famine and chaos, returns to his native world of Vulcan to confront a mystery of a deeply personal nature. Did Sarek, his legendary father, really die of natural causes—or was he murdered? Determined to learn the truth, Spock begins a highly logical investigation that soon leads him to a reunion with a long-lost friend he never expected to see again.

Kirk and Spock, together again, must join forces to save a new generation from an awesome menace unleashed by a ruthless interplanetary conspiracy.

Written by: William Shatner
with Judith Reeves-Stevens & Garfield Reeves-Stevens


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Something new caught Kirk’s eye.

A more subtle detail hidden in the charred pressure suit and flesh of the pilot’s burned arm.

Each crack was marked by a glistening line of green.

Not the green of Orion skin.

The green of copper-based blood.

Christine grunted as she tugged the pilot’s helmet free and let it roll onto the burned vegetation. It carried with it a flap of skin, fused to the melted frame of the visor. But despite the damage to the pilot’s face, the missing skin, the exposed muscles and raw cheekbone, enough remained intact to reveal a pointed ear, an arching brow.

“A Romulan?” Christine asked.

But Barc answered with a growl as he played his tricorder over the pilot’s body. “No. I can’t detect the genetic drift. That’s no Romulan.”

Kirk understood.

The pilot who had tried to wipe out Chal and keep the secret of the virogen from spreading was not the enemy anyone had expected.

Barc looked up from his tricorder. “He’s Vulcan.”

To Kirk, that meant only one thing.

This time, the Federation was under attack from within.

Sunday, September 6th, 2009 Books, Logs, Next Generation, Original Series, Shatnerverse

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