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Author(s): Robert E. Vardeman
Publisher: Pocket Books
Series: Pocket TOS #3
Titan Books #33
Published: October 1981
Pages: 158
Stardate: 4720.1 - 4744.8 (2268)
Reference(s): ISBN 067183276X

Is the Enterprise doomed at last?

SummaryEdit

From the book jacket
When Captain Kirk and his crew are ordered to challenge the deadliest Klingon starship Terror, they think they're ready for anything. The defenceless Vulcan crew of a Federation science ship has been wiped out, and the Klingon battle cruiser has the USS Enterprise in its sights, ready to destroy it...
But Captain Kirk can't seem to make decisions, Spock has started to throw temper tantrums. And Chekov has disobeyed vital orders. The crew of the Enterprise are losing their minds...one by one...all victims of...THE KLINGON GAMBIT...
From the book jacket of another edition of this book
THE KLINGONS ARE HUNGRY FOR WAR ... THEIR TARGET: THE ENTERPRISE!
When Captain Kirk and his crew are ordered to Alnath II to challenge the deadliest Klingon starship Terror, they're ready for anything -- or so they think. But the defenseless Vulcan crew of a Federation science ship has been wiped out. The remaining members of the Alnath II mission have discovered a fabulous ancient city -- but their report doesn't make sense. The Klingon battle cruiser has the Enterprise in its sights, and is ready to destroy it.
But Captain Kirk can't seem to make decisions. Spock has started to throw temper tantrums. And Chekov has disobeyed vital orders.
The crew of the Enterprise are losing their minds ... one by one ... all victims of ...
THE KLINGON GAMBIT

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Memorable QuotesEdit

"I act from the precepts of formal logic. While logic cannot always produce a correct answer, it succeeds more often than it fails. Therefore, it is logical to employ logic all the time. The odds are decidedly in your favor."

- Spock

Background InformationEdit

  • The stardate for this novel would place this story between the events of "By Any Other Name" and "Return to Tomorrow".
  • The peace treaty imposed by the Organians is established to cover a seven-hundred-and-fifty parsec zone.
  • Doctor M'Benga claims his internship on Vulcan, previously mentioned in "A Private Little War", lasted four years.

CharactersEdit

Enterprise crewEdit

James T. Kirk 
Captain.
Spock 
Science Officer.
Leonard McCoy 
CMO.
Montgomery Scott 
Chief Engineer.
Uhura 
Lieutenant.
Hikaru Sulu 
Lieutenant.
Pavel Chekov 
Ensign.
Christine Chapel 
Nurse.
Candra Avitts
Lieutenant.
Heather McConel 
Engineer.
MBenga

Doctor M'Benga.

M'Benga 
Doctor.
Kyle 
Transporter Chief.
Patten 
Lieutenant. Security officer.
Gordon 
Lieutenant

OtherEdit

Kalan 
Klingon. Captain of the IKS Terror.
Kislath 
Klingon officer.
Threllvon-da 
Andorian archaeologist.
Thoron

MentionedEdit

Tackett
Admiral and Starfleet chief of staff.
Sullien 
Vulcan captain of the T'pau.
Kolloden 
Klingon High Lord Admiral.

ReferencesEdit

Altair VI; Andorians; USS Enterprise; Federation; Klingon battle cruiser; Klingon; Organians; Starfleet Command; Treaty of Organia; Vega; Vulcan

Alnath II
Argelius II 
Planet. There is a casino there where Kirk once lost money gambling.
Argelius II was seen in "Wolf in the Fold".
Argelius II

The USS Enterprise in orbit of Argelius II

Delta Canaris IV 
Recently discovered Class-Q planet. Described as similar in appearance to Jupiter and home to civilization of life-forms less than a millimeter thick in length.
USS Dominion 
Federation starship, dreadnought.
This vessel was mentioned previously in Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual.
USS Konkordium 
Federation starship, a dreadnought.
This vessel was mentioned previously in Franz Joseph's Star Fleet Technical Manual.
Starbase 7
Starbase 16
IKS Terror 
Klingon Empire dreadnought.
Although the vessel was described in the book as more advanced than a standard Klingon battle cruiser, the cover pictured a menacing looking K't'inga-class .
T'pau 
Vulcan science vessel
A vessel named T'Pau (NSP-17938) was mentioned as retired in "Unification I" (TNG).

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