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This Gray Spirit is a Pocket DS9 novel – part of the Deep Space Nine relaunch series and the second novel in the Mission Gamma series – written by Heather Jarman. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in October 2002.
- From the book jacket
- The political intrigue aboard Deep Space 9 escalates when Gul Macet's warship arrives at the station with an unexpected passenger. Cardassian Ambassador Natima Lang has returned to the station on a mission of hope, but it's one that will bring back old wounds and old ghosts. As tensions rise on all sides, Colonel Kira Nerys discovers that the line between friend and foe is narrower than she ever imagined.
- Elsewhere, the crew of the damaged Starship Defiant forges an uneasy alliance with an unusual alien species – one whose unique biological makeup is the key to the balance of power in that region of the Gamma Quadrant. As the crew becomes ensnared in a web of deceit, Lieutenant Ezri Dax and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane struggle to stave off a genocidal civil war.
During its continued mission in the Gamma Quadrant, the USS Defiant becomes ensnared in the sensor webbing of the Cheka. As nanobots invade the ship, causing systems to fail, an alien vessel arrives, and contact is made with the Yrythny.
Back on Deep Space 9, Colonel Kira Nerys is disturbed by a message from Gul Macet of the Cardassian vessel Trager. Macet is bringing Ambassador Natima Lang to the station, and they want a meeting with First Minister Shakaar. Shortly after receiving Macet's message, Kira finds Lieutenant Ro Laren examining religious artifacts outside her quarters. The station's chief of security suspects some sort of religious uprising, and Kira believes it could be related to a schism forming in the Vedek Assembly, something that has been brewing since her Attainder.
As Commander Vaughn and Lieutenant Nog work to make a defense against the nanobots, Lieutenant Ezri Dax works with the Yrythny to end the dispute between the Houseborn and the Wanderers of their society and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane searches for the secret of their genetic code in hopes of saving his own people. He ultimately succeeds in discovering genetic reasons for a unification of the Houseborn and the Wanderers.
On the station, an exhibit of late Tora Ziyal's artwork serves as a message from a victim of war to bring hope of a new peace between the Bajorans and the Cardassians; however, peace talks are all of a sudden suspended, and while Kira first thinks that this is all minister Asarem Wadeen's work, she is shocked to find out that Shakaar Edon, current Bajoran prime minister, is behind it. In the midst of the suspension, Thriss, Shar's bondmate, having no news from Shar and thus assuming that he would never come home, commits suicide.
Background information Edit
- This is the first Star Trek work by author Heather Jarman.
- While most of the station-based storyline was set out in advance by Pocket editor Marco Palmieri, it was Jarman who decided to use Ziyal to provide the anchor for the theme of the storyline. Her Gamma Quadrant story was "an attempt to tell a big exploration story that couldn't be told on a series because it was too complex and/or expensive in terms of effects and design". (Voyages of Imagination, p. 261)
- The novel was heavily influenced by the events of September 11 – Jarman noting that "it impacted me emotionally and spiritually in a way that forced me to confront a lot of conflict inside me and to overcome the very real horror playing out daily on my TV" – and by Jarman's younger brother, who passed away during the writing of the manuscript. (Voyages of Imagination, pp. 261-262)
- Andor is listed on the title page as the location of one of Pocket Books' offices.
- Cover art was done by Cliff Nielsen.
- 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 Mission Gamma characters.
Regular and recurring characters Edit
- Elias Vaughn
- Starfleet commander, the CO of Defiant.
- Kira Nerys
- Colonel, CO of Deep Space 9. Kira's upload of the Ohalu texts (see Avatar, Book Two) apparently had impact on some people, who are not followers of the Vedeks and the traditional Bajoran faith any more.
- Shakaar Edon
- Prime minister of Bajor
- Admiral Akaar
- Starfleet admiral
- Charivretha zh'Thane
- Andorian member of the Federation council, zhavey (mother) of Thirishar
- Thirishar ch'Thane
- Ensign aboard DS9 and the Defiant
- Prynn Tenmei
- Ensign aboard DS9, daughter of Elias Vaughn
- Chief engineer on DS9
- Kasidy Yates
- Wife of the Emissary of the Prophets
- An Orion dabo girl (see Demons of Air and Darkness)
- A dabo boy
- Ro Laren
- Chief of Security on DS9
- Julian Bashir
- Chief medical officer on DS9
- Ezri Dax
- Second in command on the Defiant
- Sam Bowers
- Tactical ops
- Gul Macet
- Captain of the Trager
- Natima Lang
- Cardassian ambassador
- Asarem Wadeen
- Bajoran minister
- Shar's bondmate. The two had a very close relationship, closer than to any of the other two bondmates – something which is unusual and considered unacceptable in Andorian culture.
18th century; 2370s; Alpha Quadrant; Andoria; Andorian; Bajor; Bajoran; Cardassia; Cardassian; Casperia Prime; Deep Space 9; Dominion; Ferengi; Gamma Quadrant; Khitomer Accords; Krem; United Federation of Planets; Vedek Assembly
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