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Series: The Original Series
Starfleet Academy, No. 3
Author(s): Diane Carey
Publication information
Published: Paperback - 1 October 1996
Pages: 144
ISBN: ISBN 0671000772


Introduction (blurb)

Before he became the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise...

James T. Kirk was a "by-the-book" Starfleet Academy cadet. Until he had to throw the book away!

It was a simple shuttle trip -- just a quick hop to a nearby planet where renowned computer genius Richard Daystrom will give a lecture. But then a tractor beam forces the shuttle to land at a remote Federation outpost. Medical Intern McCoy, Ensign Spock and Cadet Kirk have been kidnapped by space pirates! They're outnumbered and outgunned. McCoy and Spock simply want to escape and alert the authorities. But Professor Daystrom is the real target, and his shuttle will be entering this region of space soon. For Daystrom's sake, the fiery young Kirk is determined to destroy the pirates' outpost -- even if he has to do it alone.


Cadet Kirk has been assigned the job of transporting Richard Daystrom to a seminar at Colony Cambria as a reward for good grades but at the last minute his orders change and instead he is assigned to transport two ensigns, Spock and Leonard McCoy. On a fly past of the automated Atlantis Station, they are captured by a tractor beam.

Realising that the station is in the hands of hijackers, Kirk brings their ship, the Spitfire, in for a crashlanding. However, Spock is captured when he tries to negotiate with the criminals and Kirk and McCoy are captured attempting a rescue. It transpires that the criminals' leader, Joe Swingle, has been employed by a Klingon commander to kidnap Daystrom for information on a new computer and intends to ransom him back to the Federation afterwards.

Kirk manages to break them out and together the three sabotage the station, with Kirk tricking Swingle's men into destroying the power cable for the tractor beam. They attempt to escape in the Spitfire but find Swingle waiting for them. However, Kirk manages to overpower him.

Swingle's Klingon employers arrive but quickly retreat at the sight of the Enterprise, responding to the Spitfire's distress call. Captain Pike takes Swingle and his men into custody and invites Kirk, Spock and McCoy aboard his ship.







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