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The Romulans turn kidnappers – to shatter the Federation from within!

Dwellers in the Crucible is a Pocket TOS novel – #25 in the numbered series – written by Margaret Wander Bonanno. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in September 1985.


From the book jacket
Warrantors of Peace: The Federation's daring experiment to prevent war among its members. Each warrantor, man or woman is hostage for the government of his native world – and is instantly killed if that world breaks the peace.
Now Romulans have kidnapped six Warrantors, to foment political chaos – and then civil war – within the Federation. Captain Kirk must send Sulu to infiltrate Romulan territory, find the hostages, and bring them back alive – before the Federation self-destructs!

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Background information[]


James Kirk
Cleante al-Faisal
Leonard McCoy
Starfleet lieutenant.
Hikaru Sulu
Ensign who beat Admiral Kirk in a game of five-card stud.
Tolz Kenran
Romulan Centurion.
Heihachiro Nogura
In the early 23rd century, he is remembered as captain of USS Horizon.


Flyer's Pride
Klingon ship.
Romulan ship.
ECS Horizon at warp

J-class Horizon

USS Horizon
Horizon was a J-class vessel, in Starfleet service in the early 23rd century, commanded by Captain Heihachiro Nogura.
This vessel existed after the service of the 22nd century Daedalus-class Federation Starfleet ship Horizon depicted in TOS and DS9, but is the same class as the ECS Horizon seen in ENT. There is a likelihood that the older J-class ship could be pressed in Starfleet service somehow – indicating this might be the 22nd century Horizon that visited Sigma Iotia II, but it is interesting that the Horizon on ENT was the same class as the one depicted in a non-canon source sixteen years earlier.
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