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A deadly Romulan Warbird leads the Starship Enterprise into a web of treachery!

The Romulan Prize is a Pocket TNG novel – #26 in the numbered series – written by Simon Hawke. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in May 1993.


From the book jacket
Hermeticus 2 – a planet so shrouded in secrecy that few in the Federation even know of its existence. When a Romulan spy learns of the world, it becomes the centerpiece for a far-reaching Romulan plot.
On routine patrol near the border of the Neutral Zone, the Starship USS Enterprise-D discovers an advanced Romulan Warbird prototype drifting lifeless in space. Investigating the vessel, Captain Picard is drawn into a plot that threatens the very foundation of the Federation. Now, with time running out, Captain Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise must stop the Romulans before the deadly secret of Hermeticus 2 overwhelms them all.

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Memorable quotes

"The syrinx makes for an excellent analogy. I am smarter than the syrinx, and I can arm myself with weapons, while the syrinx cannot. Yet if I were to assume that these advantages would give me an easy victory over the syrinx, then at best I would have a disappointing hunt. At worst, I would not survive it."

- Commander Valak, explaining why Humans are adversaries worthy of respect and study

"The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

- Commander Valak, quoting Mark Twain

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

- Commander Valak, quoting Arthur C. Clarke

"Have you no pithy Romulan sayings to quote?"

- Jean-Luc Picard to Commander Valak

Background information

  • The cover of the novel depicts the Enterprise facing off with a D'deridex-class warbird, even though the Romulan ship encountered is stated to be of a new, different design.


Jean-Luc Picard
William T. Riker
Deanna Troi
Beverly Crusher
Ro Laren
Miles O'Brien
Keiko O'Brien
A member of the team that went EVA to get weapons from the Independence
Valak (β
Romulan Commander of the Syrinx, who studies and respects Humans
Valak's first officer, who is continually bested in hand-to-hand combat with Riker
Lord Kazanak 
Son of an influential Romulan politician, the designer and namesake of the D'Kazanak-class of warbirds
First officer aboard the USS Independence


USS Independence (β
Federation Constitution-class starship, presumed destroyed over three decades ago
Hermeticus 2 
An interstellar ark masquerading as a planet, home of the Ambimorphs
Hermeticus class 
A planetary designation, used decades ago to signify a quarantined planet
Romulan sub-commander who gained classified information on Hermeticus 2
IRW Syrinx (β
The first of a new class of the Romulan D'Kazanak warbirds
D'Kazanak-class (β
A new class of Romulan warbirds, designed to be a match for the Galaxy-class ships of the Federation and as a replacement for the D'Deridex-class.

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