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To Reign in Hell is the story of Khan's fight for survival on Ceti Alpha V.


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At last – the untold chapter in the history of Star Trek's most notorious villain, KHAN. Searing and powerful, To Reign in Hell masterfully bridges the time period between Khan Noonien Singh's twenty-third-century revival in the Original Series classic episode "Space Seed" and his unforgettable return in the acclaimed feature film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
What truly transpired during Khan's long years of exile on the forbidding world of Ceti Alpha V, before the tyrant escaped to embark on a murderous campaign of vengeance against Admiral James T. Kirk? What horrific trials spawned Khan's insane lust for revenge?
Haunted by the memory of Khan's bitter accusations, Kirk now revisits Ceti Alpha V to discover for himself what ultimately drove Khan to madness. There, buried beneath the desolate surface of a dying planet, Kirk and his allies find the untold story of their greatest foe – and of the woman who loved him: Lieutenant Marla McGivers of Starfleet.
Along with Khan's genetically-engineered followers from the twentieth century, Khan and Marla are left on Ceti Alpha V with the hopes of building a new life together. Although the planet is savage and untamed, full of deadly predators and unexpected hazards, Khan dreams of carving out an empire even greater than the one he once ruled on Earth.
But when catastrophe strikes, laying waste to the entire world, Khan and the others find themselves trapped in a desperate struggle for survival. Now Khan must use every ounce of his superhuman strength and intellect to wage a fearsome battle against the planet, his people... and the growing darkness in his own soul.

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Background informationEdit


Khan Noonien Singh
Marla McGivers
James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Hikaru Sulu
Harulf Ericsson
Leader of the Exiles, seeking to end Khan's rule; former foreign operative of the Great Khanate on Earth during the Eugenics Wars
Astrid Ericsson
Daughter of Harulf and Karyn Bradley, leader of the Exiles c. 2287


Ceti Alpha system
Ceti Alpha V
Ceti Alpha VI

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The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2 The Eugenics Wars  Final novel in series

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