Martyr by P-SimonSchuster

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With the fall of the ancient Thallonian Empire, civil war threatens the planet of Zondar. The arrival of the U.S.S Excalibur is greeted with relief and celebration by the anxious populace, and Captain Mackenzie Calhoun, fresh from his cataclysmic escape form the Thallonian throneworld, is acclaimed as their prophesied savior. But one believer's messiah is another's blasphemer -- and a prime candidate for martyrdom.When Captain Calhoun is captured, Lieutenant Commander Burgoyne must find him before an alien fleet launched a holy war against the Federation!

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									Martyr
Star Trek: New Frontier

Author: Peter David
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With the fall of the ancient Thallonian Empire, civil war threatens the planet of Zondar. The arrival of the
U.S.S Excalibur is greeted with relief and celebration by the anxious populace, and Captain Mackenzie
Calhoun, fresh from his cataclysmic escape form the Thallonian throneworld, is acclaimed as their
prophesied savior. But one believer's messiah is another's blasphemer -- and a prime candidate for
martyrdom.When Captain Calhoun is captured, Lieutenant Commander Burgoyne must find him before an
alien fleet launched a holy war against the Federation!
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from The Prologue"Get someone else," said M'k'n'zy."There is no one else," Sh'nab said. "You are the
one. It is the appointed time, M'k'n'zy, and your responsibility. I can't believe that you would want to shirk
it."M'k'n'zy strode back and forth apprehensively within the confines of his fairly modest hut. His long
black hair was tied back, although a few stray strands dangled around the twenty-year-old's face. The
scar that ran the length of his right cheek had flushed bright red, as it tended to do when there was
something truly frustrating facing him.Sh'nab couldn't quite understand what M'k'ntzy's problem was. One
of the tribal elders of Calhoun, Sh'nab had seen M'k'n'zy face down entire troops of Danteri oppressors.
He had seen him command troops of men, send them into battle, fight for his life. He had witnessed
M'k'ntzy dealing with every sort of challenge and problem under the Xenexian sun, and therefore could not
wrap himself around M'k'n'zy's current problem. After all . . ."She's just a woman, M'k'n'zy!" Sh'nab said,
for what seemed to him to be the umpteenth time. "This should not be difficult for you. You are acting as
if...as if . . ." He shook his head in frustration. "I don't know how you're acting. I am frankly not certain
what to make of it.""Why can't D'ndai do it!" M'k'n'zy said, annoyed with the sound of his own voice. He
sounded whining, petulant, and even -- gods help him -- scared."Because," Sh'nab said patiently, "D'ndai
isn't here. You know that. He's on Danter at the moment, paving the way for the peace negotiations with
the Federation overseeing the process. You know this."It was true, of course. He had been there, after all,
when the Federation had first shown up on Xenex in the person of Jean-Luc Picard, the man who had
suggested to M'k'n'zy that he himself consider a career in Starfleet. Considering M'k'n'zy's frame of mind
at that moment, perhaps the thing to do was to find out when the next shuttle was going to be available
and to head straight out as soon as possible. But M'k'n'zy had not made up his mind yet as to whether
Starfleet was the direction that he wanted to go with his life. Never before, though, had he regretted
hesitating over a decision as much as he regretted it now."We can wait until he comes back, then,"
M'k'n'zy suggested.Sh'nab shook his head. "The times are very proscribed for these matters, M'k'n'zy.
Catrine's husband has been gone a year. She has not remarried; she has had no wish to, and that is her
right by tribal law. But she maintains her husband's name, and her husband's fortunes, and she does not
wish the family line to end with her. That is also her right.""But I'm the warlord! I'm not the chief. D'ndai is
the chief!""You are his brother. These responsibilities run along family lines. You know that?""Yes, yes, I
know, I know," M'k'n'zy's purple eyes flickered with frustration. "Sh'nab, will you please stop telling me
things I already know and reminding me that I know them? It's most irritating to me!" He paced back and
forth. "Can she wait until?""We're going in circles, M'k'n'zy! Besides, she?" Sh'nab paused."She
what?"Sh'nab muttered something that M'k'n'zy didn't quite hear, and when asked to repeat it, said, "I
said she asked for you specifically. If she wanted to be flexible, she could likely wait until D'ndai's return,
but it would put her beyond her current fertile cycle and she'd have to wait three months. She said she did
not wish to wait, and she made it quite clear that she found you...
Author Bio
Peter David
Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the
incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including
his acclaimed original novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, and its sequel, The Woad to Wuin.David is also well
known for his comic book work, particularly his award-winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He recently
authored the novelizations of both the Spider-Man and Hulk motion pictures.He lives in New York.

								
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