Star Trek Mirror Universe Saga #3: Preserver [NOOK Book]

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For three full decades, on television and in film, actor William Shatner has portrayed one of the legendary heroes of science fiction: James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise™. Although Kirk was believed to have perished at the conclusion of Star Trek® Generations™, his amazing literary resurrection led to an acclaimed trilogy of national bestsellers, The Ashes of Eden, The Return, and Avenger.
Now William Shatner again brings his unique blend of talents as an ...
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Overview

For three full decades, on television and in film, actor William Shatner has portrayed one of the legendary heroes of science fiction: James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the Starship Enterprise™. Although Kirk was believed to have perished at the conclusion of Star Trek® Generations™, his amazing literary resurrection led to an acclaimed trilogy of national bestsellers, The Ashes of Eden, The Return, and Avenger.
Now William Shatner again brings his unique blend of talents as an actor, writer, director and producer to the conclusion of the new trilogy begun with Spectre and continuing with Dark Victory, as two men -- and two universes -- never meant to meet are drawn closer together toward an inevitable and destructive reaction....

PRESERVER
The deadly and tyrannical Emperor Tiberius, formerly captain of the I.S.S. Enterprise, had great success turning captured alien weaponry to his advantage, but his failed attempt to sieze the tantalizing advances of the ancient First Federation has always rankled him. In the more peaceful universe of the United Federation of Planets, Tiberius sees his second chance. And a new ally will help him take it -- the counterpart for whom he has nothing but contempt, the man whose U.S.S. Enterprise™ made first contact with the First Federation: Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk.
Honorable, Idealistic, and decent, James T. Kirk is many things Tiberius is not. But he is also a man deeply in love with his wife -- and Teilani is dying. To save her life, Kirk will compromise his ideals and enter into his most dangerous alliance yet.
Battling Captain Jean-Luc Picard and a new generation of Starfleet heroes, Kirk will guide Tiberius to a long-abandoned First Federation base. There, he expects to find a source of power so great it will enable Tiberius to conquer the mirror universe -- and his own.
But on their journey Kirk will uncover long-hidden secrets about the past that raise the stakes far beyond the mere survival of Kirk's family and friends to nothing less than the continued existence of both universes.
At the heart of their quest, something else is waiting: an object from a civilization whose technology is far more advanced than any Kirk or Tiberius could expect to acquire, placed there for Kirk's eyes only by the mysterious aliens who appear to have influenced life within the galaxy over eons of time -- a message from the Perservers....
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743419550
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
  • Publication date: 12/4/2000
  • Series: Star Trek: All Series , #3
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 236,634
  • File size: 703 KB

Meet the Author

William  Shatner
William Shatner is the author of nine Star Trek ® novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Ashes of Eden and The Return. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Get a Life! and I'm Working on That. In addition to his role as Captain James T. Kirk, he stars as Denny Crane in the hit television series from David E. Kelley, Boston Legal -- a role for which he has won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. More information is available at williamshatner.com.
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Chapter One

Admiral Leonard H. McCoy, M.D., was too stubborn to die. He was 149 years old.

The total mass of implants in his body, including ceramic-composite hips, heart-boosters, and synthetic muscles, easily outweighed his original parts, and he wasn't complaining. He hadn't submitted to these admittedly experimental procedures because he was afraid of death. He'd lost that fear in his first five-year mission on the Enterprise. A few landing parties with Jim Kirk and death was something you came to know on a first-name basis. You also learned how to ignore it.

But after almost a century and a half of fighting the good fight, McCoy could no longer ignore the fatigue of battle. He was just plain tired. Because no matter how many skirmishes he had won, for himself and uncounted others, there was always that knowledge that in the end the war would be decided in the adversary's favor.

Here and now, in one of the most secure medical facilities on the entire Klingon homeworld of Qo'noS, he faced defeat once again. This time, the confrontation and its likely outcome asked more than he could bear.

The woman in the harshly angled stasis tube before him was dying, and with her, her unborn child. And like a black hole reaching out to engulf and destroy all that it touched, her death and the child's would inevitably sweep so many others down into the ultimate darkness.

One especially.

Jim Kirk.

The woman was Teilani of Chal. A deliberate mixture of Romulan and Klingon heritage, created with the genetic capacity to save her people in the event of the unthinkable -- total war between the empires and the Federation.

In time, the threat of that war had vanished, but Teilani did not squander her gift. A by-product of a war that never took place, she brought peace to her own troubled world and led it to full membership in the Federation. Then she brought peace to the Federation by risking her own life to help defeat the Vulcan Symmetrists.

But, most important, Teilani of Chal had brought peace to the tumultuous life of James T. Kirk.

She had been his equal in all that fueled Kirk's life. McCoy himself had seen them race their champion ordovers along the tropical beaches of Chal as if the universe existed for no other purpose than as an arena for their competition. The doctor had watched visual sensor records that showed Teilani sneakily edging past Kirk in the airlock of their shuttle to be the first to jump headlong into space in an insanely difficult orbital skydive.

And McCoy had seen fire of a different sort between the two.

Kirk and Teilani walking those same beaches they had raced across by day. But slowly, quietly, hand in hand, wordlessly sharing the moment of the ocean and the setting suns of the world that was their home.

Kirk and Teilani at one another's side in work as well. In the forest clearing where Kirk had labored to cut and fell the trees that made the walls and roof of their house, Teilani a vibrant force beside him, quick to pull a rope, shove a timber into place, or steal a kiss, tease a laugh.

That clearing on Chal, that hand-built house, that was where McCoy had last seen Kirk and Teilani together as they were meant to be. Embraced by their friends. Embracing each other. Celebrating their marriage and their future. Anticipating the greater blessing to come, in the promise of their unborn child alive in Teilani's swollen belly.

On that day, McCoy had seen in his friend's eyes a fulfillment he had never expected to see there. A peace McCoy had glimpsed only rarely before, whenever Jim Kirk took the center chair of his starship and gave the command to move on, to explore, to discover all that the universe had to offer. Yet command of a starship is a gift given only to a few, and never for long. And when the day had finally come for Kirk to stand down, McCoy had grieved for his old friend, fearing Kirk's life without command would be without purpose, nothing more than a hazy existence of idle distraction.

But that had been before Teilani.

More than a partner, a lover, a wife, or a mother to his child, Teilani caused Kirk's rebirth.

McCoy felt the sting of tears and did not wipe them away, not questioning how after a lifetime of loss, one more death could affect him so.

In all the years McCoy had known Kirk, he had never seen him more alive than he had the night that Kirk and Teilani joined in marriage.

And only hours later, McCoy had never seen Kirk so devastated than when he learned that the reason for his bride's collapse was that she had been deliberately poisoned.

"How much longer?" M'Benga asked.

McCoy wore a small, transparent lens over his left eye. It was an offshoot of the Universal Translator, providing visual translations of the Klingon readouts on the medical equipment. Klingon anatomy McCoy had finally mastered. But the Klingon language was another matter.

"Can't be sure," McCoy said. He knew he sounded as tired as he felt. "No more than twenty hours. Maybe as few as two."

"Can we save the child?" M'Benga asked.

Dr. Andrea M'Benga, great-granddaughter of McCoy's old colleague on the first Enterprise, placed her hand on the faceted observation port of the stasis tube. The gesture pleased McCoy. He thought too many doctors today saw themselves as engineers. Dealt with their patients through machines and computers and manipulative forcefields. But touch was important. Feeling. Understanding. McCoy liked M'Benga. Even if she was crazy.

Now he struggled with the only answer he could give her question. He couldn't save Teilani. The proof of that diagnosis was twisted across her face -- a virogen scar that marred her beauty, though truth be told, Jim never seemed to notice it.

In any other person, any other being, McCoy knew, that scar could be healed, made to disappear without a trace. But because of who Teilani was and the uniqueness of her genetically engineered heritage, that scar was beyond the power of current medicine to remove. That same fierce genetic resistance made her resistant to the medical stasis field, as well.

Immediate treatment had only slowed the deadly action Of the toxin that had poisoned her. Even total stasis could not arrest its spread.

"Doctor?" M'Benga said. Her hand remained on the stasis tube. Through the faceted port, Teilani's image was repeated as if reflected through a broken prism. "Can the child be saved?"

McCoy licked his dry lips. They tasted like some foul combination of cinnamon, lemon, and burnt meat. It came from the scent of Klingon antiseptic, he knew. The Klingons were just as advanced as Starfleet when it came to medical isolation and sterilization fields, but their old battlefield traditions died hard. Klingon physicians, their staff, and their equipment were ritually and regularly bathed in the cloying fermented liquid that killed virtually all bacteria on contact. Just a suggestion of that scent was enough to bring back vivid memories of all of McCoy's earlier visits to this world. He hadn't enjoyed any of them.

"Maybe," he said in answer to M'Benga's question. It was the best he could do. "But we'll have to drop the stasis field and..." He couldn't finish. He didn't have to. M'Benga understood. She lifted her hand from the tube.

Within minutes of the field shutting down, Teilani would die.

"What would he want?" M'Benga asked simply.

McCoy knew precisely whom she meant. Knew what Kirk would want.

Kirk would want to return from his dangerous mission into the mirror universe with the antitoxin that would save Teilani and his child.

He would want to beam in unexpectedly at the very last second and --

"Admiral McCoy!" a Klingon voice barked. "There is an emergency Starfleet communication for you!"

McCoy turned to see Dr. Kron striding toward him, holding a small communicator, heavy boots clanking on the metal floor. Klingon medical facilities tended to be well armored, with low ceilings and thick, metal-clad walls. Tradition again, McCoy knew. Recapturing the feel of the deep-underground military medical facilities built during the Age of Heroes, when worldwide wars had engulfed Qo'noS for generations.

Like that of most Klingon physicians, Kron's armor also spoke of centuries of tradition. Its most prominent feature was a slash of blood-pink gemstones across his heart. And into his belt was thrust a d'ktahg dagger of surgical steel, perfect for performing field phlebotomies. At least on Klingons, McCoy knew phlebotomies did some good -- sometimes.

McCoy took the communicator from Kron's massive hand. He touched his own Starfleet combadge. "Why aren't they using this?"

"We are in a secured facility," Kron rumbled. Even his breath smelled like the antiseptic. "Regular communications channels are jammed ."

McCoy nodded. Klingons were happy only when they expected the worst. He spoke into the communicator. "McCoy here."

"Admiral," a familiar voice replied from the device. "Commander Riker here."

McCoy's pulse quickened with new hope. The Enterprise had returned. Could that mean --

A transporter harmonic grew in the medical lab, drowning out whatever else Riker had to say.

McCoy turned to see a shaft of light take shape, and resolve into --

The wrong captain.

"Admiral McCoy," Jean-Luc Picard said. His eyes studied McCoy's companion as if her presence surprised him. "Dr. M'Benga."

"Where's Jim?" McCoy asked, even though Picard's frown told him the whole story.

"We waited as long as we could," Picard said somberlyHe walked over to the stasis tube, stared down at Teilani. "Until the portal began to close. But he didn't make it back."

"Not even a signal?" McCoy asked.

"Nothing. I'm sorry."

"What portal?" M'Benga asked.

Picard looked up. "That's classified, Doctor."

Starfleet bureaucracy. McCoy had no patience for it. "She knows everything anyway," he told Picard. "Probably more than you do."

M'Benga folded her arms. "Teilani was poisoned by Starfleet operatives."

"That's impossible," the captain said. McCoy enjoyed the way the man almost sputtered.

"They didn't mean to kill her," M'Benga went on. "But they wanted to 'encourage' Kirk to work for them, so they needed something to hold over him."

By now Picard had his reactions under control. He remained silent.

"So Kirk would track down his mirror-universe counterpart," M'Benga continued. "Tiberius." She paused, then added, "And before you ask me what makes me think any of this is true, I should tell you I worked for diem, too. For Project Sign."

McCoy could see from Picard's reaction that he understood the significance of that, but had no intention of discussing it. Instead, the captain looked back at Teilani

"Can anything be done for her?" he asked.

McCoy's eyes held his answer. M'Benga's response spelled it out. "There's a chance we might be able to save the child."

With that, McCoy knew the moment had come. After more lifetimes than any one man could reasonably hope for, James Kirk could not defeat death for his life's partner. There would be no last-minute beam-ins, no brilliant new strategies to turn defeat into victory. Time, the odds, the gods themselves would finally claim the victory that Kirk had always denied them.

Kirk would lose.

Teilani would die.

And Kirk's friend McCoy would try his utmost to pick up whatever pieces he could.

Ignoring Picard, McCoy addressed the Klingon physician who had listened without comment to the grim exchange. "Dr. Kron, prepare to shut down the stasis field."

The Klingon nodded, his heavy brows knit together in the sadness of the moment.

McCoy directed his next words to M'Benga. "We'll have two minutes at most. The Klingon surgical pallets aren't programmed for Chal anatomy, so -- "

"We can beam her to the Enterprise," Picard interjected. "The sickbay is -- "

McCoy cut him off. "I helped design that sickbay. It can't handle Chal physiology any better than this facility can." He turned back to M'Benga. "On Earth, it's called a cesarean section."

"I'm familiar with it," M'Benga said. "I performed two on Chal during the virogen crisis."

"Then get ready to perform your third."

One of Dr. Kron's nurses -- two and a half meters of solid muscle in black leather armor -- slapped a surgical kit down on the equipment tray beside the stasis tube. The metal blades of its various cutting implements clanged.

McCoy frowned. "Can't use protoplasers on Chal flesh."

But his warning was unnecessary for M'Benga. "I know the historical methods, too. Including physical scalpels." She cringed as she said those last words though, as any civilized physician would.

That established, McCoy took a breath to steady his nerves, preparing himself to fight the battle again. "Dr. Kron," he said, forcing himself to keep his voice clear and steady, "shut it -- "

The hum of a transporter harmonic cut off his final word.

M'Benga stared past McCoy, her mouth dropping open with amazement.

Picard's broad grin was one of recognition.

McCoy turned to the figure resolving from the light. But he already knew whom he would see. You'd think I'd know by now, he thought.

McCoy was not disappointed.

James T. Kirk had done it again.

Copyright © 2000 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

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First Chapter

Chapter One

Admiral Leonard H. McCoy, M.D., was too stubborn to die. He was 149 years old.

The total mass of implants in his body, including ceramic-composite hips, heart-boosters, and synthetic muscles, easily outweighed his original parts, and he wasn't complaining. He hadn't submitted to these admittedly experimental procedures because he was afraid of death. He'd lost that fear in his first five-year mission on the Enterprise. A few landing parties with Jim Kirk and death was something you came to know on a first-name basis. You also learned how to ignore it.

But after almost a century and a half of fighting the good fight, McCoy could no longer ignore the fatigue of battle. He was just plain tired. Because no matter how many skirmishes he had won, for himself and uncounted others, there was always that knowledge that in the end the war would be decided in the adversary's favor.

Here and now, in one of the most secure medical facilities on the entire Klingon homeworld of Qo'noS, he faced defeat once again. This time, the confrontation and its likely outcome asked more than he could bear.

The woman in the harshly angled stasis tube before him was dying, and with her, her unborn child. And like a black hole reaching out to engulf and destroy all that it touched, her death and the child's would inevitably sweep so many others down into the ultimate darkness.

One especially.

Jim Kirk.

The woman was Teilani of Chal. A deliberate mixture of Romulan and Klingon heritage, created with the genetic capacity to save her people in the event of the unthinkable — total war between the empires and the Federation.

In time, the threat of that war had vanished, but Teilani did not squander her gift. A by-product of a war that never took place, she brought peace to her own troubled world and led it to full membership in the Federation. Then she brought peace to the Federation by risking her own life to help defeat the Vulcan Symmetrists.

But, most important, Teilani of Chal had brought peace to the tumultuous life of James T. Kirk.

She had been his equal in all that fueled Kirk's life. McCoy himself had seen them race their champion ordovers along the tropical beaches of Chal as if the universe existed for no other purpose than as an arena for their competition. The doctor had watched visual sensor records that showed Teilani sneakily edging past Kirk in the airlock of their shuttle to be the first to jump headlong into space in an insanely difficult orbital skydive.

And McCoy had seen fire of a different sort between the two.

Kirk and Teilani walking those same beaches they had raced across by day. But slowly, quietly, hand in hand, wordlessly sharing the moment of the ocean and the setting suns of the world that was their home.

Kirk and Teilani at one another's side in work as well. In the forest clearing where Kirk had labored to cut and fell the trees that made the walls and roof of their house, Teilani a vibrant force beside him, quick to pull a rope, shove a timber into place, or steal a kiss, tease a laugh.

That clearing on Chal, that hand-built house, that was where McCoy had last seen Kirk and Teilani together as they were meant to be. Embraced by their friends. Embracing each other. Celebrating their marriage and their future. Anticipating the greater blessing to come, in the promise of their unborn child alive in Teilani's swollen belly.

On that day, McCoy had seen in his friend's eyes a fulfillment he had never expected to see there. A peace McCoy had glimpsed only rarely before, whenever Jim Kirk took the center chair of his starship and gave the command to move on, to explore, to discover all that the universe had to offer. Yet command of a starship is a gift given only to a few, and never for long. And when the day had finally come for Kirk to stand down, McCoy had grieved for his old friend, fearing Kirk's life without command would be without purpose, nothing more than a hazy existence of idle distraction.

But that had been before Teilani.

More than a partner, a lover, a wife, or a mother to his child, Teilani caused Kirk's rebirth.

McCoy felt the sting of tears and did not wipe them away, not questioning how after a lifetime of loss, one more death could affect him so.

In all the years McCoy had known Kirk, he had never seen him more alive than he had the night that Kirk and Teilani joined in marriage.

And only hours later, McCoy had never seen Kirk so devastated than when he learned that the reason for his bride's collapse was that she had been deliberately poisoned.

"How much longer?" M'Benga asked.

McCoy wore a small, transparent lens over his left eye. It was an offshoot of the Universal Translator, providing visual translations of the Klingon readouts on the medical equipment. Klingon anatomy McCoy had finally mastered. But the Klingon language was another matter.

"Can't be sure," McCoy said. He knew he sounded as tired as he felt. "No more than twenty hours. Maybe as few as two."

"Can we save the child?" M'Benga asked.

Dr. Andrea M'Benga, great-granddaughter of McCoy's old colleague on the first Enterprise, placed her hand on the faceted observation port of the stasis tube. The gesture pleased McCoy. He thought too many doctors today saw themselves as engineers. Dealt with their patients through machines and computers and manipulative forcefields. But touch was important. Feeling. Understanding. McCoy liked M'Benga. Even if she was crazy.

Now he struggled with the only answer he could give her question. He couldn't save Teilani. The proof of that diagnosis was twisted across her face — a virogen scar that marred her beauty, though truth be told, Jim never seemed to notice it.

In any other person, any other being, McCoy knew, that scar could be healed, made to disappear without a trace. But because of who Teilani was and the uniqueness of her genetically engineered heritage, that scar was beyond the power of current medicine to remove. That same fierce genetic resistance made her resistant to the medical stasis field, as well.

Immediate treatment had only slowed the deadly action Of the toxin that had poisoned her. Even total stasis could not arrest its spread.

"Doctor?" M'Benga said. Her hand remained on the stasis tube. Through the faceted port, Teilani's image was repeated as if reflected through a broken prism. "Can the child be saved?"

McCoy licked his dry lips. They tasted like some foul combination of cinnamon, lemon, and burnt meat. It came from the scent of Klingon antiseptic, he knew. The Klingons were just as advanced as Starfleet when it came to medical isolation and sterilization fields, but their old battlefield traditions died hard. Klingon physicians, their staff, and their equipment were ritually and regularly bathed in the cloying fermented liquid that killed virtually all bacteria on contact. Just a suggestion of that scent was enough to bring back vivid memories of all of McCoy's earlier visits to this world. He hadn't enjoyed any of them.

"Maybe," he said in answer to M'Benga's question. It was the best he could do. "But we'll have to drop the stasis field and..." He couldn't finish. He didn't have to. M'Benga understood. She lifted her hand from the tube.

Within minutes of the field shutting down, Teilani would die.

"What would he want?" M'Benga asked simply.

McCoy knew precisely whom she meant. Knew what Kirk would want.

Kirk would want to return from his dangerous mission into the mirror universe with the antitoxin that would save Teilani and his child.

He would want to beam in unexpectedly at the very last second and —

"Admiral McCoy!" a Klingon voice barked. "There is an emergency Starfleet communication for you!"

McCoy turned to see Dr. Kron striding toward him, holding a small communicator, heavy boots clanking on the metal floor. Klingon medical facilities tended to be well armored, with low ceilings and thick, metal-clad walls. Tradition again, McCoy knew. Recapturing the feel of the deep-underground military medical facilities built during the Age of Heroes, when worldwide wars had engulfed Qo'noS for generations.

Like that of most Klingon physicians, Kron's armor also spoke of centuries of tradition. Its most prominent feature was a slash of blood-pink gemstones across his heart. And into his belt was thrust a d'ktahg dagger of surgical steel, perfect for performing field phlebotomies. At least on Klingons, McCoy knew phlebotomies did some good — sometimes.

McCoy took the communicator from Kron's massive hand. He touched his own Starfleet combadge. "Why aren't they using this?"

"We are in a secured facility," Kron rumbled. Even his breath smelled like the antiseptic. "Regular communications channels are jammed ."

McCoy nodded. Klingons were happy only when they expected the worst. He spoke into the communicator. "McCoy here."

"Admiral," a familiar voice replied from the device. "Commander Riker here."

McCoy's pulse quickened with new hope. The Enterprise had returned. Could that mean —

A transporter harmonic grew in the medical lab, drowning out whatever else Riker had to say.

McCoy turned to see a shaft of light take shape, and resolve into —

The wrong captain.

"Admiral McCoy," Jean-Luc Picard said. His eyes studied McCoy's companion as if her presence surprised him. "Dr. M'Benga."

"Where's Jim?" McCoy asked, even though Picard's frown told him the whole story.

"We waited as long as we could," Picard said somberlyHe walked over to the stasis tube, stared down at Teilani. "Until the portal began to close. But he didn't make it back."

"Not even a signal?" McCoy asked.

"Nothing. I'm sorry."

"What portal?" M'Benga asked.

Picard looked up. "That's classified, Doctor."

Starfleet bureaucracy. McCoy had no patience for it. "She knows everything anyway," he told Picard. "Probably more than you do."

M'Benga folded her arms. "Teilani was poisoned by Starfleet operatives."

"That's impossible," the captain said. McCoy enjoyed the way the man almost sputtered.

"They didn't mean to kill her," M'Benga went on. "But they wanted to 'encourage' Kirk to work for them, so they needed something to hold over him."

By now Picard had his reactions under control. He remained silent.

"So Kirk would track down his mirror-universe counterpart," M'Benga continued. "Tiberius." She paused, then added, "And before you ask me what makes me think any of this is true, I should tell you I worked for diem, too. For Project Sign."

McCoy could see from Picard's reaction that he understood the significance of that, but had no intention of discussing it. Instead, the captain looked back at Teilani

"Can anything be done for her?" he asked.

McCoy's eyes held his answer. M'Benga's response spelled it out. "There's a chance we might be able to save the child."

With that, McCoy knew the moment had come. After more lifetimes than any one man could reasonably hope for, James Kirk could not defeat death for his life's partner. There would be no last-minute beam-ins, no brilliant new strategies to turn defeat into victory. Time, the odds, the gods themselves would finally claim the victory that Kirk had always denied them.

Kirk would lose.

Teilani would die.

And Kirk's friend McCoy would try his utmost to pick up whatever pieces he could.

Ignoring Picard, McCoy addressed the Klingon physician who had listened without comment to the grim exchange. "Dr. Kron, prepare to shut down the stasis field."

The Klingon nodded, his heavy brows knit together in the sadness of the moment.

McCoy directed his next words to M'Benga. "We'll have two minutes at most. The Klingon surgical pallets aren't programmed for Chal anatomy, so — "

"We can beam her to the Enterprise," Picard interjected. "The sickbay is — "

McCoy cut him off. "I helped design that sickbay. It can't handle Chal physiology any better than this facility can." He turned back to M'Benga. "On Earth, it's called a cesarean section."

"I'm familiar with it," M'Benga said. "I performed two on Chal during the virogen crisis."

"Then get ready to perform your third."

One of Dr. Kron's nurses — two and a half meters of solid muscle in black leather armor — slapped a surgical kit down on the equipment tray beside the stasis tube. The metal blades of its various cutting implements clanged.

McCoy frowned. "Can't use protoplasers on Chal flesh."

But his warning was unnecessary for M'Benga. "I know the historical methods, too. Including physical scalpels." She cringed as she said those last words though, as any civilized physician would.

That established, McCoy took a breath to steady his nerves, preparing himself to fight the battle again. "Dr. Kron," he said, forcing himself to keep his voice clear and steady, "shut it — "

The hum of a transporter harmonic cut off his final word.

M'Benga stared past McCoy, her mouth dropping open with amazement.

Picard's broad grin was one of recognition.

McCoy turned to the figure resolving from the light. But he already knew whom he would see. You'd think I'd know by now, he thought.

McCoy was not disappointed.

James T. Kirk had done it again.

Copyright © 2000 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Posted October 7, 2008

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    Great Book

    This is one of the best books that I have read. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    Disappointed

    As a long time Trek fan, and having grown up watching the original series I found this 'novel' weak to say the least. Shallow character development, truly inspiring characters left with little to do but run about and chase a withered Kirk. - There's far too much reliance on ST Technology to jump back and forth across a mirror universe, much like a screen door on a hunting camp. I truly expected much more from a man whom the series is built around. At the very least I expected characters to behave like they've been established. People in this novel throttle 3 million metric tonne star ships around like hotrod kids on a Saturday night. - If you're a die hard trek fan you may be tempted to overlook the shortcomings of this book. Personally I've read much more engaging fan fiction. - Bottom line: amusing if you're a 13 year old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2004

    Kirk Returns Again With Picard In Preserver

    Out of the Shatner Alternate Universe trilogy, this is probably my least favorite. Something about it just wasn't that interesting, even though it was the conclusion of the trilogy. Good beginning, it keeps up with the momentum of the two previous books, but it slowly goes down hill until the sad and happy conclusion. Kirk loses something, yet something is also gained. The main problem I had with it was within the title itself. I just didn't find the Preservers interesting. Like I said, I have read worse, but out of this Shatner trilogy, this is the worst. Not saying it's bad, just not my cup of tea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    just outragous!!!!

    Shatners saga of James Kirk brings back the true Rodenberry feeling of Star Trek. I guess portraying this character for so many years did indeed made it a part of him.Wouldn't it be a great if the Star trek series followed this route of storytelling? The way he blended in all the cast of every star trek series and reshaped so many of the original plotlines made you go back to watch the episodes he was taking about. This was not only a great read but, the twist and turns in the story made you stop and recap the past. How good is your memory? I think I rented 4 videos to feel the true rush of the authors expectation of his series.All in all James T. Kirk is Star Trek!....in any generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    kirk lives

    William Shatner has become Kirk yet again. While I felt that this last book of the three was not as deep as the others, it was still an enjoyable read. I noticed however that the relationship between Kirk & Picard was somewhat strained. But that's probably because 'Kirk' wrote the book and not 'Picard'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2001

    Great beginning, so so ending.

    The story started off great but I think the ending was a little rush and lots of things left un-explained. I had expected more from the confrontation of Kirk and Tiberius and the finding of the Preservers but sadly there wasn't much to them. I was dissapointed although I enjoyed the book entirely and finished it in several hours. Can't wait for the next series or even a continuation?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2001

    Star Trek at its finest!

    Shatner has truly captured the Star Trek spirit here. Kudos to hime and Judith and Garfield for concieving the trilogy. I look forward to more from the trio. My only qualm was with the implied rivalry between Kirk and Picard and Riker. However, the scenes were written exceptionally anyways, so I guess I can't complain. May the new Kirk live long and prosper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2000

    Shatner Strikes Again

    Preserver comes in a close second place to my favorite Shatner and ST book, The Return. Shatner is the only one who can relate to Kirk and Tiberius, and this book actually shadows his recent life events, including the death of his wife. I hope to see more of his work soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2000

    Better and Better

    Like most trek fans I started at a young age, and proceeded to colect al the classic titles on video. As well as collecting all the other books in the Kirk series. I have loved the way that it incorporates so much of the the classic and presents series's. This new book is no exception and weaves the tapestry already built into a much grander scale. I hope Shatner continues with this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    A Wonderful Story by the Man that is JamesT Kirk

    Jim Kirk lives again as only William Shatner can give justice to. Mr. Shatner's series has brought our favorite Captain back, and gives us an insight into the man behind the legend. Just when we expect the worst for Jim Kirk. He changes the rules, and leads us on a glorious adventure. A truly enjoyable sequal to the Avenger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2000

    Great!!! Like other books of William Shatner

    I have loved STAR TREK since I was six years old and now when I am 16 I do the same. The first time I saw Star Trek I believed that this will be our future and everything I wrote were stories about Star Trek. This book is on of the greatest books ever written and you have to read all the other books of William Shatner, they are really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    best yet!

    I must say that this is the best trilogy yet! Exploiting the mirror universe was very creative and exciting to read. Mr. Shatner gets two thumbs up for this achievement, as I'm sure everyone will agree upon reading the final book in the series. I'm very interested in seeing what he and his talented team are up to next. This is Star Trek at it's best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    Outstanding!

    I really enjoyed this series! I think it was Shatner's best work. Once you get past the Shatner/Kirk ego you'll have a great time! You must read the series in order for a really outstanding story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    Mainly for Trek Fans

    Let me start by saying, I did not read the books that came before this. If you are a Trek Fan, which I am, you will enjoy this book. It makes references to many of your favorite episodes,of all the Star Trek shows, although I never thought William Shatner was such a fan of all the spin offs of his original series. It a pretty good read regardless. The negatives are, Kirk is too emotional and less of a leader than he usually is. What I mean is that it was hard to picture him acting and talking the way he did in the book compared to his character on screen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Sweeeeet!

    Awesome book! I've read the whole series so far. This is one of, if not the, best books in the series. Any Star Trek fan will love it. Just remember to start with the first book, Ashes of Eden, and work your way up from there. If you don't, you'll be lost.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    Wonderful!

    Awesome, wonderful!!! I dont know how Shatner does it, but he makes Kirk seem so much more real. Kirk's got more grit, and ruggedness to him now. I guess something that just comes with age and having more confidence in oneself. I dont know if this is a reflection of Shatner himself, or what, but it's wonderful. I also love how, these new Kirk adventures are not like anything that has been done before. Please dont stop writing Mr. Shatner!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2000

    Simply Outstanding

    The only question left is, when will Paramount re-enlist this legendary Captain back into action? This books is an outstanding explanation of previous TOS events with current STNG happenings. Worth the buy? Oh yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    'VICTORY PRESEVER'

    Once again Mr. Shatner takes us to where no Sci-fi fan has gone before 'Back To The Future', mixing both the old and the Next Generation crew's together while at the same time introducing new characters. The producers of the Star Trek movies should consider the team of Shatner/Reeves-Stevens to write their next movie - five books later and I still want more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    Grrrrrr.. I don't wanna wait another year

    This book reads extrememly easy and does a great job of connecting past/present Star Trek. I kinda figured the novel would've ended on a happier note as the other ones had. I suppose events in Shatner's own life were inspirations for the conclusion of the book. I had heard this was the end of the six book series but on the last page it says like it has on the other books 'James T Kirk will return..' I'll have to try and save up another twenty bucks for next July!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    Shatner has done better. What else can I say?

    I've read the other books in the series and this one didn't quite have the climax that I was expecting. The previous books in the ongoing story built it up a lot but everything else just wasn't there. My advice is to chek the book out at your local library if you really must read it. It's not worth buying.

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