The Returned, Part I (Star Trek- New Frontier, the Returned) by Peter David

The Returned, Part I (Star Trek- New Frontier, the Returned) by Peter David

Author:Peter David
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub, azw3
Tags: Alien Invasion, Video Game Adaptations, Science Fiction & Fantasy, TV, Movie, Genetic Engineering, Space Opera, Science-Fiction, Star Trek, Science Fiction, Adventure, Military, First Contact
ISBN: 9781476790923
Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek
Published: 2015-07-05T23:00:00+00:00

“Because it was part of a conversation that they had at Bravo Station.”

“And you were present for that conversation?”

“In a manner of speaking,” said Xyon. “I planted a small subcutaneous listening device on one of the individuals who was part of it. It wasn’t all that difficult; she was unconscious when I did so.”

Han was having trouble following what Xyon was telling him. “Why in the world would you do that?”

“Because I was curious about whatever she might have learned about a particular race called the D’myurj. I’m sure you’ve heard of them. They were responsible for the death of my race, so anything she might have to say about them would be of great interest to me.”

“Remarkable,” said Han. His genuine admiration for the way Xyon thought was growing. “And what did she say that was of such interest to you?”

“That there is a wormhole that will lead anyone who goes through it straight to the D’myurj homeworld. And my father is going to do exactly that.”

“And how is he going to accomplish that? How does he plan to enter Thallonian space undetected?”

Xyon leaned forward and smiled. “I anticipated that, actually. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to think the way my father does. The woman whom I attached the listening device to has a cloaking device that they are going to connect to the Excalibur. I planted a tracking device on the Excalibur. Don’t worry, it’s quite well hidden; they will never find it. I can provide you the frequency of that tracking device, and the moment they enter your space, you will be fully aware of it. Cloak or no, you will easily be able to find them. And once you do that . . .”

“We can destroy them!” said Han with great enthusiasm.

Xyon rolled his eyes, not attempting to hide his annoyance. “You’re not much for remembering the plan, are you? No, you don’t destroy the Excalibur. Not immediately. First you convince them to turn the infant over to you. You surround them and inform them that only if they release the baby to you will you let them go.”

“Will that work?” asked Han, genuinely interested in what Xyon had to say.

“Of course it will work. Robin Lefler will not permit the ship and its crew to be destroyed if she can do something to prevent it.”

“And once we have her?”

“Why, then, you can do whatever you wish. Blow Calhoun and the ship out of space if you’re of a mind to. There would be nothing that Robin Lefler could do to prevent it.”

Han tapped the top of his desk thoughtfully. Finally he said, “I must pray on it.”

That was clearly not the response that Xyon was expecting. He tilted his head in curiosity. “I’m sorry? Pray?”

“Thallonians do have gods, son of Calhoun. At times of potential turning points, imminent crises and such, we do turn to them and seek guidance.” He rose from his chair. “Will you remain here?”

“I suspect there are guards outside who would be instructed to have me remain here, so I don’t imagine I have a choice.


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