When Quark holds a poker tournament on Deep Space 9, someone from almost every sentient raceKlingons, Cardassians, Romulans, Vulcans, Ferengi—shows up for what is sure to be the highest-stakes game of all time. But when one player is killed, the stakes get higher than even these big-money players had counted on.
With the station rocked by subspace waves that threaten its destruction, Commander Sisko and Security Chief Odo must hunt down the killer in time to save the players, a killer who has information that can save those onboard Deep Space 9 from the invisible enemy they do not even know they face. A killer who holds all the cards…


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GralPaul HigginbothamJim KiserGeordi La ForgeMolly O'BrienWilliam T. RikerJennifer SiskoZind

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Galor-class starship • USS Ganges (Danube-class) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class)
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USS EnterpriseGalaxy-classUSS IdahoUSS MadisonUSS Saratoga


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States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Planetary DefenseBajoran Provisional ForcesFerengi AllianceGhost RidersHouse of DurasStarfleetStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of Planets
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