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|Allegiance in Exile|
Cover by Alan Dingman
|Series:||The Original Series|
|Author(s):||David R. George III|
|Published:||paperback - 29 January 2013|
|ISBN:||ISBN-10: 1476700222, ISBN-13: 9781476700229|
Allegiance in Exile is author David R. George III's twelfth Star Trek novel. It takes place during the final year of Captain James T. Kirk's first five-year mission as commanding officer of the USS Enterprise, and establishes a surprising first contact as well as fleshing out Hikaru Sulu's character.
- A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate . . . a textbook Class M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race . . . and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the USS Enterprise, hoping to get some answers.
- The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport . . . a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged.
- With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?
The Enterprise discovers an uninhabited Class-M planet with a single deserted and ruined city. Kirk leads a landing party to the surface where they discover that the city was destroyed less than a year previous. During the lengthy exploration, automated missiles hidden on the planet fire on both the Enterprise and the landing party, killing seven crewmembers. Kirk has the missile emplacements destroyed. During the incident, Sulu's life is saved by the Enterprise's new A-and-A officer, Ensign Trinh. Not long after, the pair become lovers.
Six months later, the Enterprise comes across a planet with an identical wrecked city. Having determined there are no missiles on the planet, Kirk beams down with a landing party. However, a group of alien ships then appear and fire on the surface. Trinh is badly injured by falling rubble, leaving her paralysed and unlikely to survive more than a year. She returns to her family on Mars and refuses to let Sulu have any further contact with her. Blaming Kirk's decisions for her condition, Sulu requests a transfer and is assigned as second officer to the USS Courageous.
Two months later, a group of ships are detected having passed through the two systems where the destroyed planets were detected. The Enterprise and Courageous investigate but the ships belong not to the attackers but to the colonists, who have settled a third world, Pillagra. After proving their good faith by refusing to retaliate when the less powerful ships attack, Kirk makes first contact with the Bajorans, who are aware of the other two colonies' destruction but do not know why.
During the two ships' visit, the attackers appear and the Federation vessels defend the planet. The Courageous is badly damaged when it is rammed by one of the ships and Sulu is left in command. He takes the damaged ship into the planet's atmosphere to destroy an alien vessel that was attempting to deliberately crashland on the colony before bringing it down to a smooth landing. He then arranges to have the colony evacuated, so no-one is killed when a second ship tries the same tactic. The one remaining ship self-destructs after Kirk briefly speaks to its commander: It is clear the attackers were the only members of a group of Ascendants who came through the Bajoran wormhole by mistake and have been conducting a holy war against them.
Sulu receives the news Trinh was died but the fact that Courageous crewmembers died because of his command decisions leaves him more understanding of Kirk's choices. Kirk offers him the opportunity to rejoin the Enterprise.
- Alitess Lan • Arex Na Eth • Berenson • Michael Caulder • Pavel Chekov • Lori Ciana • Jordan Costley • Daniel Davis • Gan Delan • Vanelia Fessey • Sean Garcia • Garo • Veldaclien ch'Gorin • Bill Hadley • Nora Hardy • Jackson • Josephs • James T. Kirk • John Kyle • Roger Lemli • Jabilo M'Benga • Leonard McCoy • Jeurys Mejia • Elizabeth Palmer • Pearson • Naomi Rahda • Ramsey • Rellan • Riordan • Montgomery Scott • Spock • Roger Stack • Hikaru Sulu • Tejada • Trenna • Jacqueline Trieste • Mai Duyen Trinh • Nyota Uhura • Velura Sant • Viran Stovol • Dawson Walking Bear • Robert Wesley • Zeden Pego
- Referenced only
- Cohen • Charles Dickens • Kodos • Luke • Heihachiro Nogura • Derivon Sanger • Mary Shelley • Teglas • Tyree • Louis Walkowski • Mieke Wass • H. G. Wells • Nguyen Thi Yeh
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- Columbus (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Courageous (Miranda-class) • da Gama (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Lexington (Constitution-class) • Mitrios (Class F shuttlecraft) • workbees
- Referenced only
- USS Algonquin • Christopher (Class F shuttlecraft) • USS Procyon (Antares-class) • R'Tor
- Dengella II • Gelladorn/R-775 I, R-775 • Velat Nol/R-836 II, R-836 • Pillagra/R-855 III, R-855 • Starbase 25
- Referenced only
- Ağdam, Azerbaijan • Allarin • Alpha Centauri III • Bajor • Berengaria VII • Bradbury Township, Mars • Dresden, Germany • Drissana II • Earth • Luna • M-113 • Mantilles, Pallas 14 system • Neural • New Dakar, Ophiucus III • Pacifica • Risa • Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco • Tarsus IV • Tellar • Tholia • University of Alpha Centauri • Vietnam
Races and culturesEdit
- Andorian • Ascendant • Bajoran • Human • Pandrilite • Triexian • Vulcan
- Referenced only
- Ellesant • Gorn • Graym • Hill People • Klingon • Ktarian • M-113 creature • Organian • Remalla • Tellarite • Tholian • True
States and organizationsEdit
- Casualty Notification Department • Federation Department of the Interior • Klingon Empire • Klingon High Council • Romulan Star Empire • Starfleet Academy • Starfleet Command • Starfleet Intelligence • Starfleet Operations • Starfleet Tactical • Tholian Assembly • United Federation of Planets • Vulcan High Command • Vulcan Science Academy
Science and technologyEdit
- cloaking device • communicator • data slate • laser cannon • phaser bank • probe • shields • structural integrity field • tractor beam • transporter • tricorder • turbolift • universal translator • viewscreen • warp nacelle
Ranks and titlesEdit
- A & A officer • admiral • captain • chief engineer • chief medical officer • commodore • commander • Commander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleet • counselor • crewman • doctor • duty officer • ensign • first officer • governor • lieutenant • lieutenant commander • nurse • science officer • second officer • specialist • third officer • vice admiral
- alpha shift • aluminium • asteroid belt • atmosphere • auxiliary control • bridge • bulkhead • burning Eye • city • concrete • David Copperfield • deck • Declaration Red • Denebian liqueur • Fortress • Doctor Frankenstein • gym • hangar deck • gamma shift • kite • landing party • M Class • mess hall • moon • orbit • planet • primary hull • Prime Directive • quarters • red alert • rodinium • Saurian brandy • secondary hull • shark • sickbay • star • star system • steel • Tarsus IV Massacre • transporter room • tritanium • vershaan • War of Martian Independence • The War of the Worlds • water • wood • World War II
- TAS episode & novelization: One of Our Planets is Missing - Commodore Wesley's stint as governor of Mantilles is established.
- TOS novel: The Lost Years - Kirk's promotion to the Admiralty and working relationship with Lori Ciana are from this novel.
- DS9 novels: Rising Son, Warpath - The Ascendants persecution of any race worshiping the True, aka the Bajoran Prophets, is established.