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The Enterprise-E runs afoul of a Section 31 operation.


From the book jacket 
They are the self-appointed protectors of the Federation. Amoral, shrouded in secrecy, answerable to no one, Section 31 is the mysterious covert operations division of Starfleet, a rogue shadow group committed to safeguarding the Federation at any cost.
Six months before their battle against the Borg for the fate of Earth, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-E face a very different kind of crisis. A world in turmoil becomes the focal point of conspiracies and betrayal as an unexpected reunion brings with it startling revelations. Old friends become bitter enemies and one young officer reaches a crossroad when he's forced to choose between the greater good of the Federation and the ideals for which it stands.

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Background informationEdit


Jean-Luc Picard 
Captain of the USS Enterprise-E.
Hawk, 2373


Sean Liam Hawk 
Conn lieutenant, significant other of Lieutenant Commander Ranul Keru.
Marta Batanides 
Starfleet admiral, assigned as head of Starfleet Intelligence in the wake of the Pegasus affair.
Cortin Zweller 
Sciences division commander.
Karen Blaylock 
Captain of USS Slayton.
Evelyn Hoffman 
Captain of USS Thunderchild.
Captain of USS Yorktown.
Romulan, commander of warbird Gal Gath'thong
Ranul Keru 
Unjoined Trill assigned to stellar cartography aboard Enterprise-E. He was the life partner of fellow crew member and conn officer Sean Hawk.
Hawk and Keru were possibly the first ongoing gay relationship to have appeared in the Star Trek franchise, after the lesbian relationship depicted in The Best and the Brightest.
Keru later appeared in the Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine book series, performing a role as Trill Guardian on leave from Starfleet. More recently, he has become a character in the Star Trek: Titan series, as USS Titan's tactical officer who ended up being replaced by Tuvok.
Paul Porter
Alyssa Ogawa
Jyme Soule
Kehvan Zydhek
Sallee Huber
Dr Anthony


USS Slayton shuttlecraft.
Bradbury City 
Martian hometown of Sean Liam Hawk's family.
USS Enterprise-E shuttle.
Captured Romulan scout ship.
Gal Gath'thong 
Romulan Warbird of Commander T'Veren.
Enterprise-E shuttle.
Enterprise-E shuttle.
Section 31
USS Slayton 
Federation starship, of Karen Blaylock. Excelsior-class, in Starfleet service in the 24th century.
Named for astronaut Donald K. 'Deke' Slayton.
Thrai Kaleh 
Romulan Warbird.
Possibly named for the thrai animal in Diane Duane's Rihannsu novels.
USS Thunderchild

USS Thunderchild

USS Thunderchild 
Akira-class Federation starship, of Captain Evelyn Hoffman.
USS Tian An Men 
Federation starship.
USS Yorktown 
Federation starship of Captain Kentrav.

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Unnumbered novels
Gateways #3: Doors Into Chaos
Cloak (TOS) Star Trek: Section 31  Shadow (VOY)

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