Starfleet Corps of Engineers
When a new security guard reports for duty, it sets da Vinci security chief Domenica Corsi off in ways that confuse both her staff and her sometime lover Fabian Stevens. When Stevens confronts her, it only makes matters worse -- until Corsi takes Stevens into her confidence ...
Ten years ago, Corsi served on the U.S.S. Roosevelt. On a trip to the Federation world of Izar, Corsi was assigned to work with a local peace officer named Christine Vale to try to solve a multiple homicide. But the trail of evidence leads down a road Corsi refuses to take -- a decision that will have tragic consequences for the young officer.
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
August 01, 2005
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Security by Keith R. A. DeCandido
The crystalline walls sparkled with reflected light as the brown ball shot out arcs of electricity at the nine Starfleet personnel in EVA suits.
A bizarre structure had entered the Artemis system, and the U.S.S. da Vinci had been sent to investigate this unknown technology. While doing so, they found a known one: the brown ball, an Androssi security device.
One of the Starfleet people, a Tellarite officer, broke cover and headed for one of the faceted wall sections that looked like a series of sparkling icicles. Another bellowed, "Tev, what the hell are you doing?"
Two seconds after Lieutenant Commander Tev broke cover, another followed him, this an enlisted security guard, armed with a phaser rifle, which he shot at the brown ball.
"Computer, freeze program."
At the command from Lieutenant Commander Domenica Corsi, the tableau stopped moving. Andrew Angelopoulos sighed. Here it comes.
"All right," the security chief said to the people under her command, gathered in the da Vinci's hololab for a debrief, "who can tell me what Angelopoulos did wrong there?"
Around him, six other enlisted guards raised their hands. Angelopoulos put his head in his.
Standing before them, Corsi, flanked by her deputy, Chief Vance Hawkins, smiled. "Angelopoulos, do you know what you did wrong?"
Venturing a smile, he said, "Yes, ma'am-I shouldn't have bothered wasting my energy defending a stupid officer who doesn't know not to break cover?"
Several chuckles started to form, then died when Corsi's facial expression managed-somehow-to get darker.
"Most officers-particularly engineers, a type of officer we are overburdened with on this ship-are too stupid to know not to break cover. That's why we're here. Now, when Hawkins beamed down with you, Robins, Lauoc, Krotine, and T'Mandra to support Tev, Stevens, and Conlon, you each had a task. Hawkins was in charge, Lauoc and T'Mandra were to secure the perimeter, and what were the rest of you supposed to do, Robins?"
Angelopoulos had opened his mouth to answer, but Corsi had instead posed the question to Madeleine Robins. She had been in security on the da Vinci since the ship was first given over to the S.C.E. six years ago; she even predated "Core-Breach."