The legendary Starfleet Captain Lucien Murat, a contemporary of Christopher Pike, disappeared during a battle with the alien Tarn. Now, generations later, Captain Picard is conducting delicate diplomatic negotiations with the Tarn when the Starship Enterprise discovers the descendants of Murat and his crew stranded on a desolate planet, still fighting a war that ended decades ago.
The human castaways face destruction, but more than these precious lives are at stake. Unless Picard can find a solution, a lost hero's legacy may ignite a new era of interstellar war!
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Pocket Books/Star Trek
September 01, 2000
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Excerpt from The Forgotten War by William R. Forstchen
Captain Jean-Luc Picard entered the transporter room, tossing a brief backward glance toward his first officer, who had paused a moment in the corridor with a look of curious confusion. "Number One? Have you forgotten the way?"
"Of course not, sir." Riker grinned slightly, an ineffectual attempt to hide from the astute captain the touch of nervousness that now clouded his brow. Picard had been in a strange, almost mischievous, mood earlier that morning. He had asked Riker to accompany him to the transporter room to greet their guests. "I believe you know one member of the team," he had said, smiling enigmatically. And that was the only information the captain would provide about Riker's alleged acquaintance. The conversation took a more serious turn as the two men left the bridge and made their way to the transporter room. Picard's tension was obvious as he checked, for the third time that day, that all was prepared for the Tarn delegate about to beam onto the Enterprise. And for the third time that day, Riker reassured his captain. Now if only he could calm himself down.
"Good morning, Counselor," Picard said in his smooth rich voice. Riker almost did a double take. He was so distracted he hadn't even registered Deanna's presence.
"Captain." She nodded in the direction of Picard. "Good morning, Will.... Is everything all right?"
"Of course," Riker responded absently, without listening.
"Will?" Deanna questioned with a note of slight concern edging her voice. "Something troubling you?"
He tried to turn on his most charming smile. "No, nothing."
Lying to Deanna was definitely a no-win situation; he could see that she had already figured something out.
"Excuse me, Captain," the engineering ensign interrupted apologetically. Riker looked over at him with almost a feeling of gratitude. "The team is ready upon your orders."
"Very well, Mr. Eddies. Beam them aboard."
A few moments elapsed, yielding no sign of the boarding party.
"Mr. Eddies? At your convenience, please?"
"I'm sorry, Captain. There seems to be some kind of disturbance. Sensors read that the team did not transport across."
"That is apparent, Ensign. The question is, where are they?"
"Well, sir, they're still on the Tsushima. It's that problem we've been having with one of the targeting scanners."
"Mr. Eddies, you reported that as repaired earlier today," Picard replied with the slightest tone of admonishment in his voice.
"I'm sorry, sir. We ran the tests, recalibrated the unit, and it looked like it was fine." As the nervous ensign spoke he quickly scanned the system board, waiting for the diagnostic software to evaluate the situation.
"Same unit failed again," he finally replied. "It'll only take a minute, sir."
The ensign made the necessary adjustments.
"She's on-line now, sir. It's safe to transport."