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Series: Corps of Engineers
Author(s): Glenn Greenberg
Editor(s): Keith R.A. DeCandido
Publication information
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: eBook - May 2007
ISBN: ISBN 9781416549789
Date: 2377


Introduction (blurb)

After the events of The Art of the Deal, former tycoon Rod Portlyn was left destitute, and he's now, a year later, reduced to running archaeological digs. But when he discovers a bizarre artifact, everything changes.

Portlyn sees the deadly device as his means of regaining his wealth and power -- and also getting revenge on the crew of the USS da Vinci. And his first target is Domenica Corsi's father....

Soon, the S.C.E. finds itself in a web of intrigue and revenge, as people close to the crew are killed, with the crew itself the next likely target!


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AdjaniCarol Abramowitz • "Beak-nose" • Patrice BennettP8 BlueNancy ConlonAldo CorsiDomenica CorsiUlrika CorsiErnesh-FlishmoBart FaulwellGris GiernadDavid GoldSonya GomezMaxwell HammettVance HawkinsBront KrieggElizabeth LenseBrilson LodineMcAvennieGavin MoonMosepMartina NemeckovaEugene PalmerPanajiotis ParidesBrenda PhelpsRod Portlyn (alias Benzev Kaz) • Wade PortlynSarjenkaMontgomery ScottAnthony ShabalalaSolomanElliot StabileFabian StevensMor glasch TevDathan ThermTokk
Referenced only 
Roberto CorsiHirenRachel GilmanEdward JellicoJames T. KirkJames T. Kirk (mirror)Geordi La ForgeNeral • Wayne Omthon • Jean-Luc PicardLaura PoynterRha-Teramaet

Starships and vehicles

USS Amazon (Danube-class) • Astral MaidenUSS da Vinci (Saber-class) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • KwolekIRW LomiyaOtwa TandewanPharaonShirleyStellar DreamVulpecula
freighterland roverrunaboutshuttlecraftyacht


Alpha QuadrantArgelius IIBetazedBetrisius Major systemCestus III • "Corporate Corridor" • Dantos VIIDeep Space Station K-2Donrus VIIEarthFahleena IIIGalorndon CoreGalvan VIGamma HydraHanolin asteroid beltHofstrofJorasKinooineMirror universeNimbus IIIOutpost 20Outpost 32Romulan Neutral ZoneRomulusSherman's PlanetStarbase 11Tau OphiucusVemlarVulcan

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Bennett CorporationRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet HeadquartersTerran EmpireUnited Federation of Planets


Alpha Centaurian green potatoAltair waterantacidarchaeologyattorneyBetelgeusian cigarbreakfastcerealcockroachdilithium-cracking stationDominion Wareggfruitholosuiteinterdimensional bridge/nexusIzarian raptor birdKaferian appleKaferian apple juiceKlingon shell squidlatinummilkMorse codeNeet's Placepaintballpipe organpraetorQ'babi juiceRegulusian eel-birdRegulusian eel-bird eggRigellian dagger fishRocky VIII: The Clone FactorSaurian brandyschmendrickScotch whiskySiriex ApparatusSpican flame gemsplatter gunStarlight Casino and Hotelstatic warp bubblesteakswimming poolTantalus fieldTau Ophiucus Grand Theatertessaracttransparent aluminumwarbirdwarp enginewheatwormholeYridian cigar • "Zapper"


Related stories

The Art of the Deal

This story, also by author Glenn Greenberg, introduced the character of Rod Portlyn.

"Q Who?"

This episode featured Ensign Sonya Gomez spilling hot chocolate on Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the USS Enterprise-D. This incident is often referred to as a way to tease Gomez aboard the da Vinci.

Turn the Page

The da Vinci's "recent" mission in the Betrisius Major system took place in this story.

"The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned"

The mentioned deaths of Gold's son and daughter-in-law, Nathan Gold and Elaine Welsh, during the Dominion War, was seen in this story.


The da Vinci's visit to Sherman's Planet following the outbreak of a plague, and Corsi's reunion with Elliot Stabile is featured in this story.

"Mirror, Mirror"

The USS Enterprise's (first) encounter with the mirror universe and the discovery of the Tantalus field was first seen in this episode. Interestingly, the Tantalus field was adapted to work on the ISS Enterprise in The Mirror Universe Saga, but in this story Scotty states that he only ever saw the device used to make people disappear.


  • An interview with Glenn Greenberg about the eBook
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