The Klingon Gambit by Robert E. Vardeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The catastrophic loss of telemetry from a Vulcan ship supporting an archaeological dig has the Enterprise warping into the Alnath system to confront a Klingon dreadnought suspected of involvement. Upon arrival the Vulcan ship is found adrift, its crew all dead but with no direct evidence of foul play, further investigation is required amongst the Andorian led scientists and the Klingon warship. Evidence of a very advanced civilization has been found on Alnath but as the mystery deepens the crew of the Enterprise starts to behave in a very peculiar manner.
The Klingon Gambit was a good and traditional Star Trek story, a mystery with a long gone alien race whose technology continues to impact on the races that follow combined with ongoing fall out from the Organian accords. The story also explores character traits many of which have been seen in smaller doses in the tv series and new crew members were added to enhance this effect. Overall a good original series story in character with the television show.
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