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A lush and distant world hides a deadly secret!

Belle Terre is a Pocket TOS novel – #90 in the numbered series, and the second book in the Star Trek: New Earth series – written by Dean Wesley Smith with Diane Carey. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in June 2000.


From the book jacket
The Starship Enterprise has embarked on its most ambitious assignment yet: to lead a courageous band of settlers to a far-off planet, to defend the fragile colony from alien threats, and to unravel the mysteries of a brand-new Earth!
A six-month distance from the Federation, the planet Belle Terre offers a new life to more than 30,000 families, pioneers, scientists, expatriates, go-getters, loners, and entrepreneurs, all under the watchful eye of Captain Kirk and his crew. But the would-be colonists have barely settled in the untamed wilderness of their new home when Spock makes a startling discovery: not only does one of the planet's moons contain a rare ore of almost inestimable value, that same moon is also violently unstable. Within months, it will inevitably explode – destroying all life on Belle Terre!

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Background information


James T. Kirk 
Captain of the Hampton Roads


Hampton Roads 
Captain Nickle's Conestoga-class colony ship is destroyed.

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Star Trek: New Earth
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