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Two friends are divided by a question of life or death!

Constitution is a Pocket TOS novel – #86 in the numbered series, and the second in the My Brother's Keeper trilogy – written by Michael Jan Friedman. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in January 1999.


From the book jacket
Continuing the powerful story of Jim Kirk's lost friend, the man who helped shape a Starfleet captain
Gary Mitchell is dead, killed by his best friend for the sake of his ship. As Captain Kirk returns home in sadness, he recalls the first time he held Gary's life in his hands: Seven years earlier, the two men have been assigned to the USS Constitution, Gary as chief navigator and Kirk as second officer, when the starship comes to the defense of an alien world menaced by ruthless invaders. An early attack leaves both the captain and the first officer in comas, and Jim Kirk must take command for the first time. He finds himself with only one chance to defeat the heavily armed enemy – but the cost may be Gary Mitchell's life!

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Background information

  • On the cover artwork, the assignment patch of the Constitution is shown to be a wedge-shaped variation of the standard Enterprise arrowhead, specifically a version missing the lower point on the right side of the insignia.


James T. Kirk
Gary Mitchell
Captain of Constitution.
Captain of Defiant.
Garrovick (Captain)
Referred to as late captain of Farragut.
Klingon captain of Stormwind.
Enterprise navigator. Lieutenant.


Diagram of USS Constitution

USS Carolina 
Federation starship.
USS Constitution 
Constitution-class Federation starship, commanded by Captain Augenthaler. Kirk serves as second officer, and Mitchell as navigator.


USS Defiant 
Constitution-class Federation starship, commanded by Captain Serling.
Delta Vega 
Planet where Mitchell dies.


USS Enterprise 
Constitution-class Federation starship that Kirk ends up commanding.

Excalibur, Lexington and Potemkin in formation

USS Excalibur 
Constitution-class Federation starship.
USS Farragut 
Constitution-class Federation starship, commanded by Captain Garrovick.
USS Lexington 
Constitution-class Federation starship.
USS Potemkin 
Constitution-class Federation starship.
USS Republic 
Constitution-class Federation starship.
IKS Stormwind (β)
Klingon D7, commanded by Captain Ibrach.

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Numbered novels
My Brother's Keeper
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