Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (July 27, 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0743491777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743491778

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A Time to Kill

On the cusp of their epic battle with Shinzon, many of Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s long time crew were heading for new assignments and new challenges. Among the changes were William Riker’s promotion to captain and his new command, Riker’s marriage to Counselor Deanna Troi, and Dr. Beverly Crusher’s new career at Starfleet Medical. But the story of what set them on a path away from the Starship Enterprise™ has never been told.


At the height of the Dominion War and unknown to all save those in the highest levels of command, the Federation secretly armed the neutral planet Tezwa with devastating weapons — part of a contingency plan against the Dominion if the front lines collapsed. But Tezwa also lies near the border of the Klingon Empire … making the Federation’s covert strategy in direct violation of their fragile peace treaties, and creating the potential threat of scandal and all-out war.

Now Tezwa’s power-hungry prime minister is all too eager to flex his newfound military muscle, menacing a nearby Klingon border world. Sent on an urgent diplomatic mission, Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew are caught in the crossfire as the crisis quickly escalates. With time running out and billions of lives at stake, only one man can avert the looming disaster — Ambassador Worf, who must choose between his oath to the Federation and his loyalty to Martok, Chancellor of the Klingon Empire….

Reviewers' Comments

"A timely tale of tyrants and sacrifices … a story of all-too-contemporary significance…"

"Mack writes about each team, their struggles, and the hazards presented by operating in various difficult environments with a level of detail that shows he's been as diligent about research as he's been inventive with the dramatic developments…."

"[A] rough and ready novel … harsh, rocky, and good bloody fun."

—Killian Melloy,

"An incredibly powerful, compelling and thought-provoking story."

"Stunning and climactic … a seat-of-your-pants action-adventure story."

Jacqueline Bundy, TrekNation

"Now this is a Star Trek novel that's got a serious edgy bite to it."

"David Mack presents a really grim and ugly situation … [one] that could have easily been ripped from today's headlines or the current techno-thriller novels of Tom Clancy."

"A Time to Kill is an intensely paced page-turner filled with action that leaves you on the edge and wanting more."

—Bill Williams,

"A Time to Kill … weaves together for the reader a complex storyline, enthralling characterizations, deep convictions, and heartfelt emotions.

tour de force … deeply complex … a fast-paced thriller."

—Robert Lyons

“[F]ast-paced and thrilling” … “a departure from a typical Star Trek novel” … “the world-building and character work are … top-notch. The fact that this was David Mack's first novel-length Star Trek story is nothing short of amazing given the quality of the work.”

Dan Gunther, Treklit Reviews