Real World article
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For the in-universe article about the confidence trick see shell game.

Trapped without power, the USS Enterprise crew must race to solve the mystery of a lifeless Romulan space station.


From the book jacket
While on a routine mission to retrieve a research drone for recycling, the USS Enterprise encounters a Romulan space station adrift within Federation borders. Exploring the lifeless station, the crew finds ghostly apparitions flitting at the edges of sight.
Soon the USS Enterprise is also inexplicably without power. Captain Kirk and his crew must now solve the mystery of the strange apparitions before the Starship suffers the station's fate.
The situation becomes desperate when a Romulan warship arrives looking for the station, and the Romulan Commander accuses the Federation of treachery. Before Captain Kirk can save the Starship Enterprise from complete destruction, he must avoid becoming drawn into a deadly shell game – a game that will leave no winners and no survivors.

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Background informationEdit

  • This is the only solo Star Trek novel written by Melissa Crandall, though she was briefly part of the "L.A. Graf" writing team, contributing to the novel Ice Trap.


James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy


USS Enterprise

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