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Part of Peter David's Star Trek: New Frontier series of novels released by Pocket Books. Book 14


From the book jacket:

Fans of Peter David's best selling New Frontier saga have been eagerly awaiting a new adventure featuring Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, Captain Elizabeth Shelby, and the crews of the Starships Excalibur and Trident. Now at last Calhoun and Shelby return in an exciting page-turner the explores the past of both captains – while simultaneously confronting them with a perilous dilemma in the present.
A crewman has been murdered aboard the USS Trident, and all evidence points to Ensign Janos of the Excalibur. Calhoun is reluctant to accept that Janos, a powerful non-humanoid whom the captain has known and trusted for years, could be a killer an immediately launches an investigation into the crime. But this troubling murder mystery soon escalates into a full-fledged diplomatic crisis that threatens to pit Calhoun and Shelby against the entire United Federation of Planets and the starship Enterprise.
Meanwhile, the turmoil involving Ensign Janos forces Calhoun to recall his own tempestuous past, his rocky relationship with a young Elizabeth Shelby, and a long-ago exploit that may have everything to do with the deadly emergency that now confronts them all.

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Memorable quotesEdit

"I couldn't exactly see myself running a school for gifted youngsters."

- Picard, on Starfleet Academy
This refers to Patrick Stewart's role in X-Men.

"This may take longer than half an hour."

- Captain Calhoun, to Captain Shelby after discovering the body of Lt Cmdr Gleau

Background informationEdit

  • The audiobook version was abridged by George Truett.
  • The first printing of the hardcover came with a CD-ROM containing eBooks of all the New Frontier novels to date.

Cover gallery Edit


Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in New Frontier characters.


Captain Mackenzie Calhoun
Captain Elizabeth Shelby
Robin Lefler
Doctor Selar
Zak Kebron
Soleta, Vulcan.
Si Cwan – Thallonian.
Kallinda Cwan
Kat Mueller



USS Excalibur (NCC-26517-A) 
Galaxy-class Federation starship.
USS Trident (NCC-31347) 
Federation starship.


External link Edit

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