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By Michael Jan Friedman

Lengthy sooner than Captain Jean-Luc Picard took command of the Starship Enterprise,™ he fell deeply and hopelessly in love with physician Beverly Crusher. Picard by no means acted on his emotions, but he came upon a degree of contentment as Beverly's shut pal, colleague, and day-by-day breakfast accomplice.

while health care provider Crusher leaves to develop into the manager clinical officer of Starfleet, the brightest mild in Picard's existence is taken from him. He has slightly resigned himself to his loss while he learns that Beverly has been declared lacking in motion -- and presumed useless.

Kevratas is a bleak, frozen international at the a long way part of the Romulan impartial sector the place the Federation has turn into the plague-ravaged natives' merely genuine desire. Starfleet has no recourse yet to ship in one other group -- and Picard is the typical selection. serious to the undertaking are colleagues from his former command, the Starship Stargazer: Pug Joseph and health professional Carter Greyhorse. Joseph is a guy with a earlier to stay down, and Greyhorse has served time for tried homicide. they're made up our minds to be successful the place the general practitioner failed.

at the Romulan homeworld, in the meantime, the political vacuum created by way of the death of Praetor Shinzon has been stuffed by way of Senator Tal'aura. yet there are those that oppose her, together with Commander Donatra and the warbirds below her command.

So starts off a determined fight -- not just for the liberty of the long-oppressed Kevrata but in addition for the soul of the Romulan big name Empire. sooner than it is over, destinies could be solid and shattered, the Empire can be shaken to its historical foundations, and Jean-Luc Picard's lifestyles may be changed...forever.

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Ordinarily, it was once the hand of the needy and unsure that prolonged the olive department. background had proven the reality of that again and again. however the extra vital query wasn’t why the praetor used to be pursuing conciliation. It was once even if she might be relied on to proceed in that vein, whilst her predecessors had so frequently confirmed treacherous some time past. Picard had no concept. Neither did the admirals who composed Starfleet Command, which used to be why they have been nonetheless mulling the praetor’s recommendation. the opposite point to be thought of was once the Romulans’ philosophy with reference to imperialism. although their efforts at enlargement have been interrupted through the exigencies of the conflict, they have been by means of nature a species of conquerors—which placed them at odds with the Federation precept of self-determination. yet then, Klingon philosophy usually clashed with Federation ideas, and the Federation had controlled to embody the Klingons as allies. possibly it could possibly disregard the Romulans’ much less beautiful characteristics in addition. “Sir,” acknowledged Rager, “I are looking to thanks. For the advice, I suggest. If now not for you, I wouldn’t have—” Picard waved away the advice. “No thank you are priceless, Sariel. If i used to be doing a person a prefer, it was once Captain Ben Zoma. strong officials are tough to come back by means of. ” Rager checked out him for a second. Then she acknowledged, “I additionally are looking to thanks for . . ” She appeared to have a few hassle discovering the phrases. “For every thing. ” Picard nodded. “You are relatively welcome. sturdy success. and provides my regards for your captain. ” Rager stood there a second longer. Then she left the captain’s prepared room as dozens of others had left it over the past few weeks, each one of them sure for another send or Starfleet facility. And Picard was once left by myself. a little bit greater than 1/2 the uniformed team of workers who had ventured into Romulan territory with him had remained at the firm. The others had both perished within the conflict with Shinzon or approved positions on different vessels. Riker was once one of the latter. Troi besides. although they have been nonetheless having fun with a genuinely-earned honeymoon in the interim, they might quickly be taking the Luna-class Titan on her maiden voyage as captain and counselor, respectively. And previous to the newlyweds left, Riker had requested Picard’s permission to talk with safeguard leader Vale. it sounds as if, Riker sought after her at the Titan as his first officer. clearly, Picard had granted his comrade’s request. If Vale had an opportunity to develop into an exec, who used to be he to face in her manner? Picard sat down in his table chair and sighed. what percentage occasions had he acknowledged goodbye within the final couple of weeks, because the firm was once towed into drydock? and the way many extra instances could he say it earlier than his send lower back to the void? The captain overlooked those that had departed. He overlooked their braveness and their optimism, and the commitment that they had delivered to their paintings. He ignored Shimoda in engineering, who had made the sort of mess of the isolinear chips whilst he was once contaminated with the Psi 2000 virus, and Dean, who was once the one fencer on board able to giving Picard a run for his cash.

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