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Author(s): Peter David
Artist(s): Cintron
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TNG #5
Published: March 1989
Pages: 275
Stardate: Unknown (2365)
Reference(s): ISBN 9993612103 (paperback)
ISBN 0671735160 (November 1990)
ISBN 0671746472 (August 1991)
ISBN 0743412176 (eBook)
ASIN B000FC0V16 (Kindle)

A hidden cache of superweapons – a deadly race to prevent galactic war!

Summary

From the book jacket
Deep in the uncharted regions of the our galaxy, the Kreel, a primitive, warlike race have stumbled upon weapons powerful beyond their wildest imagination. The Kreel have used those weapons to attack their most bitter enemies, the Klingons.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D are called in to mediate the dispute by ferrying diplomatic teams from the two warring races to the source of their conflict, the mysterious planet where the weapons were discovered, in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, and discover the origins of the super-powerful weapons.
Before the galaxy erupts into full-scale war...

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Background Information

Characters

Jean-Luc Picard 
Enterprise-D captain.
William T. Riker 
Enterprise-D first officer.
Data 
Android Enterprise-D operations officer.
Geordi La Forge 
VISOR-sighted Enterprise-D chief engineer.
Katherine Pulaski 
Enterprise-D chief medical officer.
Deanna Troi 
Enterprise-D counselor.
Wesley Crusher 
Acting ensign, Enterprise-D flight controller.
Worf 
Enterprise-D security chief.
Guinan 
Enterprise-D bartender.
Budian 
Kreel.
Aneel 
Kreel.
Tron 
Klingon.
Spyre 
Klingon.
Deni
Klingon commander 
Commander in charge of the Kothulu.
Bobbi Chase 
Named for Marvel Comics editor Bobbie Chase.
Marks 
Lieutenant.
Taka Nagai 
Ambassador
Kobry 
Klingon ambassador.
Kobry's backstory indicates he may be the albino Klingon named Moron (later "Bernie"), seen in Star Trek (DC volume 1) comic book stories penned by Peter David. (KOBRY = KOnom and Nancy BRYce, his Starfleet guardians.)
Westerby 
Admiral
Jaan Baat-Utuul-Bayn-Devin 
A Selelvian "elf".
Gava
Bors
Tom Chafin 
Starfleet ensign who served a relief flight controller on the Enterprise-D. Chafin vocalized a disrespectful comment about Wesley Crusher during a conference on the bridge. Picard took the out-of-turn remark as a sign the ensign needed a change of scenery, and reassigned Chafin to security. Chafin was later tricked by Jaan into abandoning his guard post.
Chafin appeared again as a lieutenant in Vendetta and is named after the author's friend, T.A. Chafin.
Sklar
Derl
Tuttle
LaVelle
Palmeiro
Dykstra
Meyer 
Enterprise-D security.
Boyajian 
Enterprise-D security.
Amy

References

Cantos V
Cognoscente
Daedalus IV
DQN1196 ("Hellhole")
flarg 
Expletive used by the Kreel, as in "How the flarg do we get though there?".
Gamma Origi III
Klingons
IKS Kothulu 
Klingon battle cruiser.
Possibly named for the Cthulhu stories created by horror master H.P. Lovecraft.
Kreel 
The Kreel were a race of humanoids that live in the Alpha Quadrant. They had three fingers, no neck, and a triangular torso. Their mortal enemy was the Klingons. They prided them selves on their bodies and were considered parasites or scavengers.
The Kreel appear again in later novels by David, and are even used by other authors.
Selelvians 
Selelvians appear again in the Star Trek: New Frontier series (see: Star Trek: New Frontier characters).

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