A Deadly Game (Star Trek: TOS story)
|Title:||A Deadly Game|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Way of the Warrior #2.
"After Spockʼs rendezvous with a female agent, Kirkʼs insecurities surface since he is stll unsure of their bond,unsure of his lover since the fal tor pan."
Reactions and Reviews
This story certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of plot and action. In fact at times, the relationship between Kirk and Spock almost gets lost in the plot there is so much happening at once! It starts with Kirk and Spock accompanying McCoy on shore leave and Spock, after a chance meeting with an attractive Vulcan woman in a restaurant, apparently spending the night with her. From there the plot literally takes off, with everything happening at once including murder, sabotage, kidnapping and espionage!
After this initial incident, the plots switches effortlessly back to the Enterprise where Sulu, Chekov and Uhura have challenged a fellow officer who considers himself a bit of a Sherlock Holmes and the ship's unofficial detective, to find an object which they have hidden with no clues whatsoever. Unfortunately, they choose exactly the wrong object to hide which leads to a chain of events, which affect everyone on board. It was nice for once to read a story which involves all the bridge crew rather than just Kirk and Spock and they are portrayed very well here, and act just the way I expected them to.My only quibble with this particular story is that a lot of the time, the relationship between Kirk and Spock and the problems they have been experiencing, tends to get buried beneath all the other things which are taking place. Nevertheless, I found this an enjoyable tale, and those who like plenty of action in their stories will probably agree. 
- from The K/S Press #156