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Hell's Heart is the first book in the Star Trek: Prey trilogy by author John Jackson Miller. It was released 27 September 2016.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Continuing the milestone 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek—an epic new trilogy that stretches from the events of The Original Series movie The Search for Spock to The Next Generation!
When Klingon commander Kruge died in combat against James T. Kirk on the Genesis Planet back in 2285, he left behind a powerful house in disarray—and a series of ticking time bombs: the Phantom Wing, a secret squadron of advanced Birds-of-Prey; a cabal of loyal officers intent on securing his heritage; and young Korgh, his thwarted would-be heir, willing to wait a Klingon lifetime to enact his vengeance.
Now, one hundred years later, while on a diplomatic mission for the United Federation of Planets, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise are snared in the aged Korgh’s trap—and thrust directly in the middle of an ancient conflict. But as Commander Worf soon learns, Korgh may be after far bigger game than anyone imagines, confronting the Federation-Klingon alliance with a crisis unlike any it has ever seen!

SummaryEdit

As part of an attempt to gain the co-operation of the House of Kruge in negotiating the passage of both Khitomer Accords and Typhon Pact vessels through their space, the Enterprise has been assigned to escort the nobles of the house to a commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Gamaral, presided over by Emperor Kahless. Following Kruge's death with no obvious heir, several relatives tried to claim leadership of the house. However, when a group of Kruge's old officers attempted to gain control of the house themselves, the relatives banded together to defeat them and have controlled the house together ever since.

Picard, Worf and Kahless soon learn however that the truth is less honourable: The nobles sent mercenaries to fight for them. The ceremony is interrupted by black-clad assassins who kill most of the family members and abduct Worf and Kahless. The sole survivor is secretly killed by Galdor, the house's gin'tak, who then reveals to the High Council that he is Korgh, Kruge's old protégé. He produces faked evidence that Kruge adopted him as his son and is made the head of the house. He immediately starts speaking out against the Federation.

Worf realises his captors, the Unsung, are the descendants of Kruge's old officers, who have inherited their ancestors' sentence of discommendation. They travel to their base planet in the Briar Patch where Kahless is treated as a slave. Worf, however, is respected as someone who was once discommended and allowed a certain amount of freedom. He finds the original leader of the officers, General Potok, is now a blind prisoner. The Unsung are led by someone who appears to be Kruge but is actually Cross, a Betazoid con artist and member of the same circle as Ardra, who is working with Korgh.

La Forge discovers the remains of Kruge and Korgh's old bunker on Gamaral and Korgh pretends to have just found evidence of the Phantom Wing, a prototype cloaked ship developed by the House of Kruge, encouraging the Enterprise and Martok to pursue the Unsung. Cross, dressed as one of the Unsung, kills Kahless and transmits the recording. However, Riker spots a message planted by Worf and alerts the Enterprise.

As the Enterprise arrives at Thane, the Unsung begin to evacuate and Valandris, with whom Worf has established a rapport, warns him of bombs set up to kill the new arrivals. Worf manages to alert Picard and the away team are pulled out without loss of life but the Unsung escape and Korgh's involvement remains unknown. However, even Korgh is unaware that Cross used his holo-technology to kill Potok in Kahless' place, keeping the emperor alive for his own reasons.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

USS Enterprise-AEdit

Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

USS Enterprise-EEdit

Abby BalidemajT'Ryssa ChenBeverly CrusherRavel DyganDina ElfikiJoanna FaurMaureen GranadosHaversHegol DenJaeroRennan KonyaGeordi La ForgeAngela MoranJean-Luc PicardBryan RegnisAneta ŠmrhováTavitsWorf

USS Titan personnelEdit

William T. RikerTuvok
Referenced only 
Deanna TroiChristine Vale

Other Starfleet personnelEdit

Referenced only 
Leonard James AkaarJadzia DaxMiles O'Brien

Klingon High CouncilEdit

Martok
Referenced only 
Azetbur GorkonGowronK'mpecKeshUnarrh, son of Unagroth

House of Kruge/Krugeites and alliesEdit

A'chavChorlDaglakJ'borrKershKiv'otaKorgh/Galdor • LorathM'golOdrokPotok • Lady Udakh • Lord Udakh
Referenced only 
DakhKaasKrugeTorav

UnsungEdit

HemtaraNelkorRalleckRaneerSarkenTharasValandrisWeltern

Other KlingonsEdit

KahlessMelk
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AmarBredakChangGaldorK'mtarKahless the UnforgettableKamaragKurnMaltzMoghMorjodSkolarValkrisWorf, father of Mogh

OthersEdit

Buxtus CrossJodenLeotisBuur MalatAlexander RozhenkoT'shantra (N'Keera • Shift) • Tuthar
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AdejArdraBaras RodiryaBaldassare CastiglioneRalph Waldo EmersonHerculesJenksJilaanK'EhleyrKerphestesDavid MarcusWilliam ShakespeareShinzonKhan Noonien SinghArik SoongHenry David ThoreauUtrakVaroneVatrobe

Starships and vehiclesEdit

BlackstonePWV Chu'charq (B'rel-class) • IKS DaqtaghDinskaarUSS Enterprise-A (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • escape podIKS GhanjaqhaulerK'tinga-classKlingon Freighter I (L'chak-class) • shuttlecraftUSS Titan (Luna-class) • IKS V'raak (Vor'cha-class) • workpod
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IKS B'rel/HMS Bounty (B'rel-class) • Cetacean ProbeUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-B (Excelsior-class) • USS Grissom (Oberth-class) • IKS JarinIKS M'raavIKS PaghScimitar

LocationsEdit

Acamar IIIAesisBeta QuadrantBriar Patch/Klach D'Kel BrachtGamaral (Circle of TriumphMount Qel'pec) • Genesis PlanetHyralan sectorJylarno IV (Mercantile District) • Ketorix PrimeNarendra IIIQo'noS (First City (Federation ConsulateGreat HallOld Quarter)) • Son'a sectorThane (Hill of the DeadOmegoq) • Xarantine sector
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Alpha QuadrantBa'kuBajoran wormholeBorethCeti Alpha VCeti Alpha VICygnet IVDeep Space 9Deep Space 9 (II)Earth (Chicago (Chicago Federal Building) • FlorenceSan Francisco (Golden Gate Park)) • Gamma QuadrantGenesis PlanetHyralanGre'thorHellJanalwa (Niamlar Circle) • LimboMutara NebulaMutara SectorNo'Var OutpostPraxisRomulusStarbase 222Sto-vo-korThionogaVulcanYongolor

Races and culturesEdit

BajoranBetazoidBolianCardassianHuman (Czech) • HunterKlingon (Krugeite) • OrionTellariteVulcan
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BajoranBorgCapellanChangelingKinshayaRomulanToskTrillVentaxian

States and organizationsEdit

cha'maH/Mempa TwentyCircle of JilaanFederation Diplomatic CorpsHouse of KrugeKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilPhantom WingSpectacle SpecialistsStarfleetStarfleet Corps of EngineersUnited Federation of PlanetsUnsung/vor'uv'etlh
Referenced only 
DominionFederation CouncilHouse of AntaakHouse of MoghOrder of the Bat'lethScience Institute of Mempa VStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet Ninth FleetTyphon Pact (Breen ConfederacyHoly Order of the KinshayaRomulan Star Empire) • Unification movement

Science and technologyEdit

alpha particleantiprotonartificial gravityatmosphere (stratosphere) • bacteriabio-scannerblue dwarfBok globuleburnerClass R planetcloaking deviceclonecombadgecommunicatorcomputercorrosiondeflector shielddemolition chargedilithiumdiseasedisruption fielddisruptorDNAduraniumenvironmental suitflash grenadeforcefieldforensicsfreight interlock systemGenesis Devicegeologygranitegrenadeholodeckhologramholographyhyposprayimpulse engineinfraredintake manifoldmattermatter streammetaphasic radiationnavigational deflectorocular implantoxygenpaddpainstikphoton torpedophysicsplasmapolymerprobequantum phase distortionradiationrefractionrelay satelliterepeater stationsensorsentry probesite-to-site transportsonometric scannerstellar cartographysubspacesubspace communications relaysubspace emitter padsupernova remnantsubspace transpondersurveillance probetachyontachyon spraytractor beamtranquilizertransparent aluminumtransport inhibitortransporterturboliftuniversal translatorvertarium compensatorviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titlesEdit

advisorcaptaincartographerChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechief engineerchief medical officerchief science officercommanderCommander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleetcon artistcontact specialistcouncillorcounselordancerdiplomatdoctorEmperor of the Klingon EmpireengineerensignFallen LordFederation Ambassador to Qo'noSfleet admiralflight controllergeneralGin'takglinngunnerhigh priestessHigh Wardenhistorianhunterintelligence officerKlingon Ambassador to the Federationladylieutenantlieutenant commanderlordmedicmedical technicianmerchant/vendormonknurseoperations officeroraclepiratepoetprospectorprotégérear admiralregentsculptorsecurity chiefsecurity officershamantactical officertechniciantrusteewarriorwriter

Other referencesEdit

193316th century19th century20th centuryAge of Ascensionakrat'kaapartmentatriumbarrelBattle of GamaralBattle of Klach D'Kel Brachtbazaarbloodwinebok-ratBorg Invasion of 2381boulderbrigcavecentaurchu'charqcoffeecraterd'k tahgdead dropdesignated survivordiplomacyflying campgafgeggaghgarvoonglob flygonggrint houndH'atorian ConferenceHamletHappy Bottom Riding Clubhelmethensylholding cellhumpback whalehutjack-o'-lanternjewelryjinarkhjunglekennelKhitomer AccordsKlingon uniformknifeKobayashi Maru scenarioKolinahrlanding partyThe Last to FalllatinumleechlichenmanaclesMauk-to'Vormay'qochvanmedalmeditationmek'lethmirrormonasterymote flynIb'poHO'megqoqOccam's RazorOraculadeparoleplaying cardsprison/detention facilityprosthetic limbpurmoilrafterragraktajinorecessretreat miningrite of passageRound Tablesabre bearsashscrollsewerspillwaysprezzaturasteelstoolSuus MahnaswampTakedown Incidenttapestrytenttigertiratotorchtransporter roomtreetriagetroughvalandrisVulcan nerve pinchwaterya'nora koryokezikka'gleg

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

2285 
Kruge attempted to steal the secrets of Project Genesis

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
First in series
Star Trek: Prey novels Next novel:
The Jackal's Trick
Previous story:
Takedown
Stories by:
John Jackson Miller
Next story:
The Jackal's Trick
Previous story:
Purgatory's Key
Star Trek novels Next story:
The Jackal's Trick
Star Trek: The Next Generation novels set after Star Trek Nemesis
Death in WinterResistanceQ & ABefore DishonorGreater Than the SumDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Losing the PeacePaths of DisharmonyIndistinguishable from MagicThe Struggle Within‎The Persistence of MemorySilent WeaponsThe Body ElectricThe Stuff of DreamsThe Crimson ShadowPeaceable KingdomsThe Light FantasticTakedownArmageddon's ArrowHell's HeartThe Jackal's TrickThe Hall of HeroesHeadlong FlightHearts and Minds

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