A new six-part epic covering thirty years of Star Trek® history, continuing with an adventure that takes place during the historic five-year mission!
Book 1: THINGS FALL APART
Mestiko: a world on the brink of interstellar space travel -- and under covert Federation observation. When the Payav, Mestiko's dominant nation, learns of a rogue pulsar sweeping through their star system and threatening to destroy all life on their planet, the Federation is faced with a daunting choice: stand by and witness the extinction of a thriving civilization, or violate the Prime Directive and mount a desperate effort to protect the planet from total devastation.
The Starship Enterprise, newly under the command of James T. Kirk, is sent to aid the doomed planet. Kirk and his officers -- Spock, Mitchell, Kelso, Scott, Sulu, and Dr. Piper -- must use an experimental, untested technology to save the planet before it's too late!
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
September 22, 2006
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Things Fall Apart by Dayton Ward
First Consul, believe me when I tell you that every living thing on this planet is going to die."
Mino orDresha felt frustration mounting even as she delivered the blunt, harsh statement. Despite that, she still was satisfied at finally getting the reaction she sought from Flen etHamwora, watching as his pale, withered features tightened for the first time into a mask of genuine concern.
"You are absolutely certain, my friend " the first consul asked, his faint and raspy voice one of the more overt symptoms of neplatrenu, the degenerative disease with which he had been diagnosed during the previous season. Acting on the directions of his advisors, Flen had chosen to keep his affliction concealed from the public he had been elected to serve, a course of action that only would have become harder as time passed and his condition worsened.
Not that any of that matters now, Mino mused with only a slight degree of bitterness as she regarded Flen, the first consul's aged, diminutive body seeming even paler than normal and all but swallowed by his high-back chair as he sat behind the simple, uncluttered desk that was his spacious office's prominent piece of furniture. While neplatrenu was not fatal in all cases, it was a virtual certainty that Flen would not survive long enough to see the disease run its course.
"I have checked my findings three times, First Consul," Mino replied. "There is no error. I remained silent while I verified the data, as you directed, but now that it is confirmed we must take action."
"I do not understand," Flen said after a moment, turning in his seat in order to take in the breathtaking view of Yabapmat, the sprawling city that had served as the capital of the Gelta nation-state for thirty-eight generations. "How can something so far away present such an enormous threat "
Mino sighed. Though she had attempted to describe the scope of what the planet faced, she knew that Flen's impatience and inability to grasp the finer aspects of the sciences would only serve to prolong this discussion. "Yes, it is true that the object we detected is a great distance away, and in fact will never actually collide with or pass very close to Mestiko. That is not the issue here, First Consul."
Deep-space telescopes had detected the object three lunar cycles ago, and it had taken nearly every waking moment since then to corroborate what Mino had feared upon her initial analysis of the telescopes' collected data telemetry: The rogue phenomenon ' essentially a compact star moving through space ' was emitting lethal levels of radiation. While the object's path would not bring it into proximity with Mestiko, that did not matter, as the radiation it emitted would wash over the surface of the planet, destroying its atmosphere and inflicting a death sentence upon all life harbored by it.