The Hive came from another galaxy: billions of alien beings living inside a vast, biological starship. They have already destroyed one planet, converting it into raw material and fuel for their endless voyage through the cosmos. Now the Hive is heading for Bajor and they have given the planet's inhabitants an ominous warning: evacuate in three days or die along with their world.
The Bajorans would rather die than abandon their sacred home, but their hastily assembled military fleet does not stand a chance against the awesome power of the Hive. Unless Captain Sisko can penetrate the Hive's defenses -- and discover their most closely guarded secret -- all of Bajor faces extinction.
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
June 01, 1996
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Excerpt from Objective: Bajor by John Peel
"TARGET COMING in range now, Captain."
Captain Benjamin Sisko nodded. "Thank you, Major." He leaned forward in the command chair of the U.S.S. Defiant and stared intently at the viewscreen. "All weapons to full power. Raise shields."
"All weapons powered." Kira Nerys glanced up from her panel to Sisko's left. There was a gleam of excitement in her eyes, and the-more-than-fleeting suggestion of a smile on her lips. "Ready on your command."
Sisko could understand her feelings perfectly. It had been more than a month since any of them had been off Deep Space Nine at all, and it felt really good to be back in space and back in action. Though commanding DS9 was hardly a simple desk job, it was good to spread one's wings and head out among the stars again. "Hold steady."
"Shields at full, Captain," Chief O'Brien reported from his panel.
"Thank you, Chief." Sisko could feel the thrill of the hunt now. He watched the forward image intently, waiting for the first glimpse of the...
"There she is, Captain," Jadzia Dax said. She was seated at navigation, between Sisko and the screen. Her superior eyesight had caught the briefest flicker of movement that he now belatedly noticed.
"It's a Calderisi raider, all right," added Odo from his station. "Classic configuration. And they've powered up their weapons, too." The shapeshifter was the only one who didn't look eager for this confrontation. That was mostly because he still hadn't mastered the art of shaping his somewhat rudimentary features into semblances of human emotions.
"They can outrun most ships in this quadrant," Sisko murmured. "But they can't beat this one. Open a hailing frequency," he called out.
"Open," Dax responded.
"This is Captain Benjamin Sisko, of the Federation starship Defiant, to Calderisi raider," he said, slowly and clearly. "You are ordered to stand down your weapons and prepare to be boarded. We have reason to believe that you are running illicit weapons to the Maquis." He gestured to Dax for her to terminate the transmission. "Now," he said, "let's see what their reply is, shall we?" He hunched forward in his command chair, feeling the tension building within him.
"They've changed course," Odo announced grimly. "They are now heading directly for us." He shook his head. "Foolish. And typically humanoid. They are also opening fire."
The screen dimmed automatically as twin phaser bolts lanced out from the dart-shaped ship that skimmed toward them. The Defiant trembled slightly as the bolts impacted on the ship's deflectors.
"I think we can take that as a no," Kira commented.
"No damage to shields," O'Brien called.
Sisko raised an eyebrow. He hadn't really expected the Calderisi to surrender. They were a volatile species at the best of times, and he had been certain that they were indeed the gunrunners he was after. Still, he hadn't expected them to do anything as foolish as trying to attack the Defiant. "Even so, I think we had better defend ourselves, Chief." He spun to face Major Kira. "Fire a warning shot across their bow."
"Across?" Kira sounded disappointed.
"Across," he repeated, with a slight smile. "For the first one, at any rate. And... fire!"
Kira obeyed. The Defiant shuddered slightly as the phasers lanced out across the void at the twisting raider.