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Series: The Lost Era, No. 6
Author(s): Margaret Wander Bonanno
Publication information
Published: Paperback - February 2004
Pages: 334
ISBN: ISBN 0743464079
Date: 2360


Introduction (blurb)

She was trained to be a killing machine. Abandoned as a child, without home or family, past or future, Zetha survived only by her own cunning in the back alleys of Romulus before being taken by the Tal Shiar and remade into one of its deadliest weapons. But Zetha is about to undertake a mission unlike any in her experience.

The mysterious return of a virulent scourge thought to be long extinct threatens devastation on a scale almost too horrific to contemplate. Zetha's only hope of stopping it is across the Neutral Zone -- among the enemies of Romulus. Now Admiral Uhura, centenarian chief of Starfleet Intelligence, must decide what to do with the knowledge Zetha has risked her life to bring to her. In order to stop the spread of the disease that is already ravaging the Romulan Empire, Uhura must assign a hand-picked team of Starfleet officers to covertly trace the contagion to its source -- and do whatever is necessary to contain it.

But the world awaiting Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko, Lieutenant Tuvok, Dr. Selar, and Zetha herself is a hot zone of secrets, deceptions, and subtle machinations revealing an imminent holocaust beyond anything the away team expected, or what they could hope to combat.


A lethal Romulan-trained agent turns against her paymasters in order to prevent them from unleashing a terrifying biological holocaust. Admiral Uhura of Starfleet Intelligence sends the young Romulan to investigate with a team of special operatives: Dr. Beverly Crusher (Star Trek: The Next Generation), a young Lieutenant Benjamin Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Vulcans, Lieutenant Tuvok (Star Trek: Voyager) and Dr. Selar (Star Trek: New Frontier).




Beverly CrusherLeonard McCoySelarBenjamin SiskoTuvokNyota Uhura • Zetha


Kimara CretakCurzon Dax • Scott Heisenberg • Alidar JarokKovalJames LeytonPardekJake SiskoJennifer SiskoLuther SloanTal • Thamnos/Cinchona • Papavar Thamnos

Referenced only

SarekCarl SaganJoseph Sisko • Taymor • Jekri Kaleh


Starships and vehicles

AlbatrossUSS Okinawa Referenced only: USS EnterpriseIKS K'Tarra


Races and cultures


States and organizations

Altair Information SyndicateListenersRomulan Star EmpireBureau of AnnouncementsStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet IntelligenceTal ShiarUnited Federation of PlanetsFirst Families of Rigel


Cloaking deviceGnawingHolotransmitter • Khitomer Conferences • Subaltern • Tholian silkVulcanoid


  • A reference is made to the use of a holographic doctor for high risk situations by Leonard McCoy who heard rumors of such a project which was secretly in production and would take a decade for a prototype to be made which would be the EMH.


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Deny Thy Father
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Stories by:
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Burning Dreams
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Chapters 11-31
Pocket Next Adventure:
Lefler's Logs
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