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Captain Picard engages in a deadly contest of wills with an ambitious Starfleet captain!


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A series of vicious attacks by the M'Dok Empire has devastated the planet Tenara – bringing the USS Enterprise-D and another starship, the Centurion, to the planet's aid. The Centurion captain is Lucius Sejanus – a powerful, magnetic man who favors taking a far stronger stance against the M'Dok than Captain Picard. And as the conflict escalates, Sejanus's instincts seem to be correct... for it appears only extreme measures can stop the murderous raids on Tenara.
Now the people of Tenara must decide which path they will follow – the way of peace, or the road to war. But unknown to any, one of the Centurion officers has made that decision for them – and plans to provoke a full-scale war between the Federation and the M'Dok Empire!

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Background informationEdit

  • Story is set shortly after the TNG episode "Skin of Evil". Given that Captain Lucius Aelius Sejanus had previously encountered Romulans, it is also probable this story takes place after "The Neutral Zone", and is therefore in calendar year 2365.
  • The Roman vessel depicted in the novel is from the same planet seen in TOS: "Bread and Circuses". Set 100 years later, the Romans have now achieved space flight, warp drive, and are on a technological par with the Federation.
  • The M'Dok are carnivorous felinoids, defeated and demilitarized by the Federation in war 200 years earlier – identical to how the Kzinti were introduced.
  • The historical Sejanus, after whom the USS Centurion's captain in this novel is named, was played by Patrick Stewart in the 1976 BBC series I, Claudius. This makes it likely the character's name is an in-joke, especially as it was the role of Sejanus that first made Stewart a notable figure in British television.


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 Pocket TNG characters.

Regular and recurringEdit

Picard, Jean-Luc 
Natasha Yar


Sejanus, Lucius Aelius 
Captain, USS Centurion.
Gaius Aldus 
Centurion first officer.
Appius Cornelius 
Centurion security chief, confronted by Lt. Worf in the storyline.
Jenny De Luz
Hjalmar Foch


USS Centurion 
Federation starship.
USS Farragut
M'Dok Empire


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