Taking Wing by P-SimonSchuster

VIEWS: 11 PAGES: 5

THE BEGINNING OF A NEW STAR TREK ® ODYSSEYAfter almost a decade of strife against foes such as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion, the United Federation of Planets is at the dawn of a new era. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration, diplomacy, and the expansion of knowledge. Among the starships spearheading that endeavor is the U.S.S. Titan, commanded by Captain William T. Riker and manned by the most biologically varied and culturally diverse crew in Starfleet history.But their mission does not begin according to plan.In the wake of Star Trek ® Nemesis, Praetor Shinzon, slayer of the Romulan Senate, is dead. The power vacuum created by his demise has put the Romulan Star Empire, longtime adversary of the Federation, at the brink of civil war. Competing factions now vie for control of their fragmenting civilization, and if the empire should fall, that entire area of the galaxy may destabilize.To restore order to the region, Titan 's long-anticipated mission of exploration is delayed as Starfleet assigns Riker to set up power-sharing talks among the Romulan factions. But even as the first tentative steps are taken toward building a new Romulus, the remnants of the Tal Shiar, the dreaded Romulan intelligence service, are regrouping behind the scenes for a power play of their own. With no other help available, Riker and the Titan crew become the last hope to prevent the quadrant from falling into chaos.

More Info
									Taking Wing
Star Trek: Titan

Author: Michael A. Martin
Author: Andy Mangels
Description

THE BEGINNING OF A NEW STAR TREK ® ODYSSEYAfter almost a decade of strife against foes such
as the Borg, the Cardassians, the Klingons, and the Dominion, the United Federation of Planets is at the
dawn of a new era. Starfleet is renewing its mission of peaceful exploration, diplomacy, and the
expansion of knowledge. Among the starships spearheading that endeavor is the U.S.S. Titan,
commanded by Captain William T. Riker and manned by the most biologically varied and culturally
diverse crew in Starfleet history.But their mission does not begin according to plan.In the wake of Star
Trek ® Nemesis, Praetor Shinzon, slayer of the Romulan Senate, is dead. The power vacuum created by
his demise has put the Romulan Star Empire, longtime adversary of the Federation, at the brink of civil
war. Competing factions now vie for control of their fragmenting civilization, and if the empire should fall,
that entire area of the galaxy may destabilize.To restore order to the region, Titan 's long-anticipated
mission of exploration is delayed as Starfleet assigns Riker to set up power-sharing talks among the
Romulan factions. But even as the first tentative steps are taken toward building a new Romulus, the
remnants of the Tal Shiar, the dreaded Romulan intelligence service, are regrouping behind the scenes for
a power play of their own. With no other help available, Riker and the Titan crew become the last hope to
prevent the quadrant from falling into chaos.
Excerpt

Chapter One: Romulus, Stardate 56828.8"This must be your first visit to Ki Baratan," said the woman
who stood behind the operative.So much for hiding in plain sight, the operative thought, quietly
abandoning his hope that she would pay him as little heed as had the throngs of civilians and military
officers he'd already passed along the city's central eyhon. He turned and regarded her, averting his gaze
momentarily from the graceful, blood-green dome of the Romulan Senate building. The ancient structure
gleamed behind him in the morning sun, reflecting an aquamarine glint from the placid Apnex Sea that lay
just beyond it."As a matter of fact, this is my first visit," the operative said. He smiled broadly, confident
that the woman wouldn't sense how awkward this particular mannerism felt to him. "Before today, I had
seen the greatness of Dartha only in my grandfather's holos."As she studied him, he noted that she was
old and gray. Her clothing was drab and shapeless, her lined countenance stern, evidently forged by
upwards of two centuries of hard life circumstances. He watched impassively as she ran her narrowed,
suspicious gaze over his somewhat threadbare traveling cassock."Dartha?" the woman said, still
scrutinizing him. "Nobody has referred to the Empire's capital by that name since Neral came to
power."The operative silently cursed himself even as he concealed his frustration beneath a carefully
cultivated mask of impassivity. Though his lapse was an understandable one -- roughly akin, he thought,
to confusing Earth's nineteenth-century Constantinople with twentieth-century Istanbul -- he upbraided
himself for it nonetheless."Forgive me, 'lai," he said, using the traditional rustic form of address intended
to show respect to an elder female. "I arrived just today, from Leinarrh. In the Rarathik District."An
indulgent, understanding smile tugged at her lips. "Just what I thought. I took you for a hveinn right away.
A farmer who's never left the waith before."The operative forced his own smile to broaden, reassured that
she found his rural Rarathik dialect convincing. He maintained his caution, however; like him, this
apparently harmless old woman might not be at all what she appeared to be. "At your service, 'lai. You
may call me Rukath."She nodded significantly yet discreetly toward the dome -- and the disruptor-
carrying guards that walked among the green, ruatinite-inlaid minarets that surrounded it. "Then allow me
to give you some friendly advice, Rukath of Leinarrh. Continue gawking so about the Hall of State, and I
might have to call you 'dead.' Or perhaps worse."The operative allowed his smile to collapse, which
actually came as a relief. He feigned innocent fear, per his extensive intelligence and tactical training. "Do
you really think those uhlans over there would actually shoot me? Just for looking?""Just pray that the
cold fingers of Erebus find you too unimportant to snatch away into the underworld," she said with a
pitying shake of the head. "Daold klhu."Tourists, the operative silently translated the unfamiliar Romulan
term as the old woman turned and walked away. "Jolan'tru, 'lai," he said to her retreating back.He turned
back toward the Senate Dome and watched as the guards made their rounds. He counted six at the
moment, marching in pairs, their...
Author Bio
Michael A. Martin
Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He
has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and
numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking
Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space
9 Book Two: Trill -- Unjoined; Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 -- The Sundered; Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Mission: Gamma: Vol. Three: Cathedral; Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31 -- Rogue; Star Trek:
Starfleet Corps of Engineers #30 and #31 ("Ishtar Rising" Books 1 and 2); stories in the Prophecy and
Change, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table anthologies; and three novels
based on the Roswell television series. His most recent novels include Enterprise: The Romulan War and
Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many.His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their
Star Trek Universe subscription card series), Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch, Grolier Books, Visible Ink
Press, The Oregonian, and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several World Almanac Library
of the States nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in
Portland, Oregon.<br/>


Andy Mangels
Andy Mangels is the USA Today bestselling author and coauthor of over a dozen novels -- including Star
Trek and Roswell books -- all cowritten with Michael A. Martin. Flying solo, he is the bestselling author of
several nonfiction books, including Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD:
The Ultimate Guide, as well as a significant number of entries for The Superhero Book: The Ultimate
Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes as well as for its companion volume, The
Supervillain Book.In addition to cowriting several more upcoming novels and contributing to anthologies,
Andy has produced, directed, and scripted a series of sixteen half-hour DVD documentaries for BCI
Eclipse, for inclusion in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD box sets.Andy has written
hundreds of articles for entertainment and lifestyle magazines and newspapers in the United States,
England, and Italy. He has also written licensed material based on properties from numerous film studios
and Microsoft, and his two decades of comic book work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel
Comics, Dark Horse, Image, Innovation, and many others. He was the editor of the award-winning Gay
Comics anthology for eight years.Andy is a national award-winning activist in the Gay community, and
has raised thousands of dollars for charities over the years. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his long-
term partner, Don Hood, their dog, Bela, and their chosen son, Paul Smalley. Visit his website at ...

								
To top