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Series: Deep Space Nine
Miniseries: Mission Gamma, No. 4
Author(s): Robert Simpson
Publication information
Published: Paperback - November 2002
Pages: 266
ISBN: ISBN 0743410246

On their way home, Vaughn and the crew of the Defiant make a shocking discovery. Meanwhile, Kira pursues Shakaar's supposed assassin to Trill, while Ro, Admiral Akaar and General Lenaris investigate why Hiziki Gard assassinated the Bajoran leader.



From The Back Cover:


Chaos erupts aboard Deep Space 9 ™ as the crew begins a desperate search for a killer in their midst, catapulting Colonel Kira Nerys on a dangerous chase into the heart of the Federation. But the crime she seeks to avenge is part of a plot more ancient and far-reaching than anyone suspects, and that secret, if exposed, could divide worlds throughout the Alpha Quadrant.

Meanwhile, as the Starship Defiant makes its way back toward the wormhole and home to DS9, a startling discovery shakes Commander Elias Vaughn to his core and brings to light the truth behind the most tragic mission of his long life. As the crew struggles with the implications of what they've found, their captain's judgment comes into question...and casts doubt on the final outcome of their historic voyage through the Gamma Quadrant.




Leonard James AkaarAsarem WadeenJulian BashirSam BowersTaulin CylEzri DaxEkoshaHiziki GardSeljin GandresGirani SemnaKira NerysLenaris HolemAkellen MacetLirisse MazMornNguyenNogKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienKirayoshi O'BrienMolly O'BrienOdo/WexOpaka SulanQuarkRo LarenJake SiskoJoseph SiskoTaran'atarPrynn TenmeiRuriko Tenmei/Kree Omiturin • Charivretha zh'ThaneThirishar ch'ThaneTreirShakaar EdonElias VaughnWeyounKasidy YatesYevir Linjarin

2340s, 2350s and 2369

MadredSotakT'Prynn • Cren Veruda

Gryphon crew

Benitez • Savitri Bhatnagar • Croth • Grigoryeva • Hallerman • Elaine Mello • Alex Montenegro • Spillane • Mei Ling Xiang


HavaHegel YtrinLankfordJudith SiskoSolok • Gabrielle Vicenti


Candlewood • Beverly CrusherCurzon DaxJadzia DaxRichard DaystromSkrain Dukat • Demarest • Gordimer • Hetik • Hughes • Jalarin • Mikaela LeishmanPerezJean-Luc PicardChristopher PikePresleyGregory Quinn • Richards • RomGerda Roness • Rowatu • Selok • Jason Senkowski • Sh'RaaznNoonien SoongBenjamin SiskoJennifer SiskoRebecca SiskoSarah Sisko • T'rb • Charlie WhatleyWorf, son of Mogh



Deep Space 9
EarthGolden Gate ParkNew OrleansSan FranciscoSisko's Creole KitchenToscana
Gamma QuadrantIdran system
Kora II
VulcanGolMount Seleya
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AshallaBadlandsBajorBajoran wormhole/Celestial TempleBerengaria VIIBourbon StreetBradbury CityCapella IVCardassiaDelta QuadrantDublinEuropa NovaFerenginarGaron IIGemworldIdranMarsMonac shipyardMonac system • Portland • Rondac IIIStarbase 51Trill • Trill system • Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards

Starships and small craft

USS DefiantUSS GryphonUSS PolarisSaganUSS SagittariusUSS T'KumbraUSS T'Plana-HathUSS Valkyrie
Referenced only 
USS BudapestUSS DefiantUSS EnterpriseLi NalasUSS RutledgeTragerUSS Voyager

Starship classes

Akira-classDefiant-classJem'Hadar fighterNebula-classNorway-classPaladin-class
Referenced only 
Borg cubeRunabout


Referenced only 
Bolian • Cheka • Elaysian • Inamuri • KlingonKtarianProphetsRomulanSpecies 8472TholianTzenkethi

States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian GuardCardassian UnionDominionOralian WayStarfleetTrill Defense MinistryTrill Diplomatic CorpsUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Council of the United Federation of PlanetsFerengi AllianceFerengi Commerce AuthorityKlingon EmpireMartian PhilharmonicObsidian OrderOhalavaruOrion SyndicatePathfinder ProjectStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet IntelligenceTal ShiarVedek Assembly


2304 • Alligator • Artificial intelligenceAssimilationAstronomical unitAttainderBajoran religionBaseballBattle of Sector 001Blessed ExchequerBurning Hearts of Qo'noSCalaiah vel D'nai • Cayenne papper • Cloaking deviceCommandant of Starfleet Academy • Crenshaw melon • Denevan cherries flambé • Dominion War • Eelshark salad • The Early Years of BaseballEmissary of the ProphetsFerengi Rules of AcquisitionGrand Nagus of the Ferengi AllianceHolocube • Hull plating • Iced tea • IsoboramineIsolation suit • Jambalaya • Jefferies tube • Jurassic • KanarKligatKudzuMardi GrasNaniteNanoprobeNanotechnologyOccupation of BajorOrb of Unity • Orbital habitat • Pleasure mazePoker • Quadrotriticale baguette • Regeneration alcove • Repair scaffoldServoThe Silmarillion • Spinach frittata • TR-116 • Transponder • TranswarpTranswarp conduitVault of Eternal Destitution • Wormhole relay station • XENO-02884/1


  • The idea for Vaughn's wife to be found alive yet assimilated was an idea Robert Simpson and Marco Palmieri had pitched to the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine writers, with Jennifer Sisko being the one who had been assimilated. (Voyages of Imagination)
  • T'Prynn would later appear as a main character in the novel series Star Trek: Vanguard, set during the time of the the original series.

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