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Captain's Peril is a Pocket TOS novel – the first novel in the Totality trilogy – written by William Shatner with Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in hardback in October 2002.


From the book jacket
The Dominion War is over. The Federation is at peace. What better time for two legendary starship captains to set aside the demands of duty and simply take some well-deserved time off?
But when James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard arrive on Bajor to dive among the ruins of an ancient sunken city, conditions are far from what they had planned. The small group of scientists the captains have joined suddenly find their equipment sabotaged – isolating them from Deep Space 9 and any hope of rescue – as one by one, a murderer stalks them.
Cut off from the people and technology on which they have always depended, Kirk and Picard must rely more than ever on their own skills and abilities, and their growing friendship, to solve the mysterious deaths and protect one of Bajor's greatest living treasures.
At the same time, Kirk finds the events he and Picard struggle with are similar to one of the first challenges he faced as the new captain of the starship Enterprise, less than six months into his first five-year mission.
Now, with time running out for a dying child trapped in the scientists' camp, and Picard missing after a diving disaster, Kirk must search his memories of the past to relive one of his earliest adventures, propelling him into a harrowing personal journey that reveals the beginning of his path from young Starfleet officer to renowned legend, and the existence of a new and completely unsuspected threat to the existence of all life in the universe.

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Background information

  • This is the first of the "Shatnerverse" novels to expressly credit the Reeves-Stevens, who had collaborated with Shatner on the series from the beginning, on the cover.
  • The audiobook version was abridged by George Truett.

Cover gallery


James T. Kirk
Jean-Luc Picard
Mark Piper
John Lewinski 
Captain of USS Monitor. He perished beyond the galactic barrier with his ship and crew.
Captain Lewinski first appeared in The Return.
Sel Terranova 
XO of Monitor.


Deep Space 9
Mandylion Rift
USS Monitor
Starbase 324
Starbase 718

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Errand of Vengeance: River of Blood Pocket TOS
Unnumbered novels
Preserver "Shatnerverse"  Captain's Blood
First novel in series Totality trilogy
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