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The Art of the Impossible is a Star Trek: The Lost Era novel – the third novel in the series – written by Keith R.A. DeCandido. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in October 2003.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
To the Cardassians, it is a point of pride. To the Klingons, a matter of honor. But the eighteen-year cold war between these two empires – euphemistically remembered in later years as the Betreka Nebula "Incident" – creates a vortex of politics, diplomacy, and counterintelligence that will define an age, and shape the future.
What begins as a discovery that would enable the Klingon Empire to reclaim a lost piece of its past becomes a prolonged struggle with the rapidly expanding Cardassian Union, which has claimed dominion over a region of space that the Klingons hold sacred. Enter the Federation, whose desire to preserve interstellar stability leads Ambassador Curzon Dax to broker a controversial and tenuous peace – one that is not without opponents, including Lieutenant Elias Vaughn of Starfleet special ops.
But there are wheels within wheels to the drama unfolding in the Betreka Nebula. Within the shadowy rooms of the Cardassian Obsidian Order, Klingon Intelligence, and even the Romulan Tal Shiar, secret scales are being balanced – and for every gain made for the sake of peace, there will come a loss.

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Background information Edit

  • Raknal V, the disputed planet in this novel, is listed on the title page as the location of one of Pocket Books' offices.
  • Cover design by John Vairo, Jr..

Characters Edit

Corbin Entek
Rachel Garrett 
Commander.
Gi'ral
Vance Haden 
Captain.
Kahlest
Kang
Kell 
Cardassian Legate.
K'mpec
Kor
Koval
K'Tal
L'Kor
Helena Rozhenko
Sergey Rozhenko
Sarek
Enabran Tain
Tokath
Ian Andrew Troi 
Lieutenant
Lwaxana Troi
Capt. Uhura
Worf
General. Ancestor of Worf.
Mogh
Elias Vaughn
Lorgh
Kravokh
Ekron
Monor
Qaolin

References Edit

Battle of Narendra III; Betreka Nebula Incident; Galor-class; Khitomer; Khitomer Massacre; Narendra III; Occupation of Bajor; USS Enterprise-C

External link Edit


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