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Title: bortaS ChoQ
Publisher: Orion Press
Author(s): Elizabeth Knauel
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): 2001, 2008
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: online on the Orion Press site
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bortaS ChoQ is a gen Star Trek: TOS novella by Elizabeth Knauel. It has 109 pages. It was reprinted in 2008 in Orion Archives: 2284-2323 Captain Sulu #2.


A mysterious plague on a Klingon colony world; Kor, Koloth and Kang's blood oath; Sarek on a diplomatic mission to that very colony world; the mysterious Captain Kevin Riley; and the Albino himself all contribute to a very trying mission for the captain and crew of the U.S.S. Excelsior as Doctor Cord must beam down to the plague-stricken planet and work with a Doctor Susan Nuress to either develop a cure or die trying.

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Review of Excelsior's log records turns up pictures of a crewman on the bridge - weeks after he was killed. The ensuing investigation of possibilities from time warp to evil twin to imposter to ghost never does solve that mystery, or the mystery of something tampering with the transwarp drive programming, but no matter - plenty else is going on. The Albino tests an engineered plague weapon, first on a few of his co-conspirators and then on a province of planet Korvat. Excelsior, having picked up the ashes of Admiral Yves Gervais of Starfleet Intelligence, who mysteriously "died in his sleep" and was equally mysteriously "cremated according to local custom," is assigned to transport Sarek to Korvat for a Romulan - Klingon - Federation conference called by Azetbur. Kevin Riley, now in Starfleet Intelligence, is behaving very oddly - trying to prevent Excelsior's Dr. Ariel Cord from examining the Admiral's ashes, and failing to inform Sulu of the plague on Korvat. He does, however, send plague expert Dr. Susan Nuress to Korvat to work on the problem, promising her a support team, but not delivering it. When Excelsior learns that they have just transported Sarek onto a plague world, CMO Ariel Cord - former porn star [?! - was this Rick's idea?], current Captain's lover, and immortal granddaughter of Flint - goes down to help, and ends up infected. Fortunately, she had Susan's partially effective vaccine, and her immortal, self-healing body. Meanwhile... Kang has been despondent - and impotent - since the murder of his infant son by the Albino. Mara - who wants her warror husband back - snaps him out of it by trying to kill him. This works admirably, and Kang, Kor and Koloth are in hot pursuit of the Albino when Excelsior shows up per Starfleet orders to protect the shipping around that particular planet, and spoils the plan, allowing the Albino to escape his disguised and self-destructing Orion freighter in a lifepod. It all comes together at the conference - Azetbur is poisoned with plague, but saved by the two doctors' new vaccine, the plot revealed, and the conference goes on - with, as the diplomats say, some progress but no real resolution. This story is full of dangling plotlines, but also fast-paced and a pleasant read with plenty of good scenes. [1]


  1. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex