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3 May 1983
Captain Kirk can no longer make decisions, Spock starts to throw temper tantrums, and Chekhov disobeys vital orders. The crew of the "Enterprise" are being driven mad - and the Klingons are responsible.
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Robert E. Vardeman is the author of more than 100 fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as numerous westerns under various pen names (Jackson Lowry, Karl Lassiter). F&SF titles include two Star Trek novels, the fantasy Dark Legacy (Magic: The Gathering tie-in) and sf novel Ruins of Power (Battletech: Mechwarrior tie-in). The reprint of his Star Frontier trilogy was launched with Alien Death Fleet and Genetic Menace. Black Nebula will be published soon. The complete Biowarriors series (The Infinity Plague, Crisis at Starlight, Space Vectors) has been published for the Kindle, as well as the original near future sf novel Moonlight in the Meg.

Fantasy work includes the novelization of Sony Playstation videogame God of War 1 (co-authored with Matt Stover) and the forthcoming God of War 2. All nine titles in the Swords of Raemllyn series have been republished in Kindle format. Additional original short fiction has been published for the Kindle, including "Along the Feathered Road" and "Hammer and Fangs."

In addition to short stories for the Kindle, his collection Stories from Desert Bob's Reptile Ranch covers almost thirty years of writing.

Editorial work includes Career Guide to Your Job in Hell and the spectacular anthology, co-edited with Joan Spici Saberhagen, Golden Reflections.

Vardeman is a longtime resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA graduating from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in physics and a M.S. in materials engineering. He worked for Sandia National Laboratories in the Solid State Physics Research Department before becoming a full time writer.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Klingon Gambit 5 Jan 2003
By Shawn Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While mapping a new planet, the Enterprise receives a top-priority message from Starfleet Command, directing them to a nearby star system, where all life signs aboard the Vulcan science ship T'pau have ceased. The science vessel was ferrying a group of Andorian scientists to the site of an archaeological dig, on a planet where a large pyramid had been found, but no other structures or signs of artifacts. There is also a Klingon dreadnought, a powerful new warship, orbiting the planet. Kirk must investigate the Vulcans' deaths, engage the Klingons without beginning a war, and protect the scientists on the planet. To make matters worse, the crew begins to act oddly; crew members leave their posts, Spock is alternately irrational and coldly logical, McCoy begins to distrust all machines. Fights break out all over the ship, over the smallest provocations. And Scotty scavenges the other ship systems, in attempts to improve the performance of the warp engines. Did the Klingons kill the Vulcans? There is no obvious cause of death. A wrong step will mean a galactic war.
This novel is more of the length of a Bantam series book, about 150 pages. It is difficult to fault Vardeman for his characterizations, because the crew is supposed to be out of character here. Actually, they are supposed to be of heightened character, which doesn't always work. There are elements of the episodes "The Naked Time" and "Shore Leave" here, although this story is not as well handled as those. Vardeman makes one large error when Kirk leaves the conn, not once but twice, to Chekov, when higher-ranking officers, specifically Uhura, remain on the bridge. It is important to his story, but the story could have been changed to a more sensible progression without harming the plotline.
McCoy's back-to-nature kick has been seen before, although it is taken a bit farther here. Other crew members have relatively uninteresting pursuits, and there is little science development. There isn't a lot to recommend this volume, it is merely another book, of interest for series fans but not a strong entry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit fetched and out of character but a good story 6 April 2013
By Mark Myword - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Without getting into too many spoilers let's just say the story involves the crew of the enterprise doing things you've never seen them or rarely seen them do before. The Klingons are their usual obnoxious belligerent selves the crew of the enterprise is also a bit touched by the effects of the force they don't comprehend . I find that some of the comments are so different from the actual person that it's hard to believe they were suppressed feelings so to speak at any rate it was a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is. 20 July 2011
By Stephen A Fender - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a typical ST novel. Typical, meaning this is well written in the style of a typical ST:TOS episode. It was well thought out and had good characters. The Klingons were portrayed well, as well as most of the secondary supporting characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, short but not bad 15 Mar 2011
By buffalo1a - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought the book had all the elements of Classic trek and was not badly written,
but I also felt the story was set before sttmp not after as it was supposed to be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another interstellar conflict avoided 1 Mar 2014
By Paul S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a good book. Character development:true to standard. Problem: Kirk marooned on one planet while enterprise ordered to mining planet to face Klingon. Action flows smoothly.
At one point in the book Scotty and Kirk have something to say about a chief assigned to the engineering section. It has to do with the attractiveness of her butt. The book, at this point, dates itself. Copyright says 1981.. bet if it was written these days a dialogue exchange like that wouldn't pass muster.
There was an interesting story line, no complicated side stories. The Federation's idea of civilized justice wins the day.
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