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Author(s): Michael Jan Friedman and Christie Golden
Publisher: Pocket Books
Editor(s): John J. Ordover
Series: Pocket TNG #56
Double Helix #6
Published: August 1999
Pages: 304
Stardate: Unknown (2350)
Reference(s): ISBN 0671032585 (paperback)
ASIN B000FC0VFM (Kindle)

Years before the USS Enterprise-D, a young Picard must prevent a war.

Summary

From the book jacket
An insidious plot for revenge has spanned several years in the life of Jean-Luc Picard, but how did this merciless vendetta get started? Like a double helix, curling back on itself, the final answer lies at the very beginning...
A series of terrorist attacks have heightened tensions between two alien races, bringing an entire sector to the brink of interplanetary war. While Picard, captain of the USS Stargazer, struggles to keep the peace, Lieutenant Commander Jack Crusher must team up with a Vulcan officer named Tuvok to uncover the hidden architect of the attacks, but the outcome of their quest would breed dire consequences for the future.

Excerpts of copyrighted sources are included for review purposes only, without any intention of infringement.

Prologue

Governor Gerrid Thul visits the Thallonian emperor, Tae Cwan. As a general, Thul had previously only entered the throne room during crowded gatherings, but now was invited alone. After being greeted by Cwan, handmaidens emerge and introduce Mella Cwan, sister of the emperor. Thul professes his admiration to the plain-looking woman, and asks for her hand in marriage, which Tae Cwan withholds. Tae Cwan states Thul, as a military man, is below royal standing, and is not trusted. Thul is insulted, but leaves in peace and vows to find a way to increase his standing, and power, in the Thallonian government.

Chapter One

Thul travels to a Reggana City tavern in commoner's clothes and hood.

Background Information

  • The sixth and final novel of the Double Helix series. It is actually a prequel rather than a finale.
  • The concept for the Double Helix series was devised by editor John J. Ordover and author Friedman.
  • Two versions of this book's cover exist, one shows Picard and Beverly Crusher, the other shows Crusher and Tuvok. Both versions are anomalous, as Crusher only appeared on two pages in this book.
  • The novel contained Chapter One of the serialized novel Starfleet: Year One.

Cover gallery

Characters

Jean-Luc Picard 
Captain of the USS Stargazer.
Jack Crusher

Jack Crusher

Jack Crusher 
Lieutenant Commander under Picard's command, second officer of Stargazer.
Tuvok 
Ensign in Starfleet Security.
Gerrid Thul 
Thallonian general.
Gilaad Ben Zoma
Peter "Pug" Joseph
Phigus Simenon
Beverly Crusher 
Wife of Jack Crusher, junior medical officer.
Mendan Abbis
Tae Cwan
Mella Cwan
Karl Broadnax 
Captain of the Wyoming.
M'ketwa 
Stargazer lieutenant.
Cabrini 
Stargazer lieutenant.
Moore 
Stargazer ensign.
Kirby 
Stargazer ensign.
Philip Terrance 
Space captain who made the first survey of Zebros IV.
Possibly named for South Park characters Philip and Terrance.

References

acch'ta 
Substance which floated in the air as smoke in a Reggana City tavern.
Archaidae sector 
Location of Zebros IV.
nightwood 
Material the Thallonian throne had been composed of, preserved since the 14th century.
Reggana City
USS Stargazer

USS Stargazer

USS Stargazer 
Constellation-class starship.
Thallonian 
Humanoid species.
These aliens were created by Peter David for the Star Trek: New Frontier series.
USS Wyoming 
Federation starship commanded by Karl Broadnax.
Zebros IV

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