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For the mythological place, please see Valhalla.

As the Cardassian re-occupation of Bajor seems imminent, the arrival of an alien ship brings more problems for the crew of Deep Space 9.


From the book jacket
Tensions caused by speculation that Cardassia is about to reoccupy Bajor are complicated by the arrival of a strange alien ship. When it's discovered that the crew is dead and the ship is carrying valuable Gamma Quadrant technology, it becomes a sought after prize, which Commander Sisko must fight to keep out of Cardassian hands. Meanwhile, Sisko also finds himself at odds with Major Kira, who believes the ship is Bajoran property.
When the alien ship suddenly seizes control of Deep Space Nine, and the Cardassians move in to try to capture it, Sisko must face off against a shipload of angry Cardassians – and the alien being controlling Deep Space Nine!

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Background informationEdit

  • According to the Author's Note, the events of this book take place before those in Lois Tilton's novel Betrayal.
  • Due to an editing error (because the book was published during the third season of the show) the Defiant is mentioned by Kira on page 5, even though DS9 did not receive the Defiant until a little bit over a year after the events of this book.


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 DS9 characters.

Regular and recurring charactersEdit

Benjamin Sisko 
Starfleet commander, the CO of Deep Space 9.
Kira Nerys 
Bajoran Militia.
Chief of Security, Bajoran Militia.
Julian Bashir 
Jadzia Dax 
Science Officer.
Jake Sisko
Miles O'Brien 
Chief of Operations.

External linkEdit

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