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.
Diane Carey (born 1954) is an author of historical fiction and science fiction who is perhaps best known for her work in the Star Trek franchise. She is the co-creator, with John J. Ordover, of the spin-off series, Star Trek: New Earth, and its continuation series, Star Trek: Challenger.
Among her other Star Trek novels are the original series books Star Trek: First Frontier, Starfleet Academy, the Starfleet Academy novel Cadet Kirk, the Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Ghost Ship, and the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novelization of the two-part episode "The Way of the Warrior."
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