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Captains Kirk and Sulu must stop an alien war!

War Dragons is a Pocket TOS novel – the first novel in The Captain's Table series – written by L.A. Graf. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in June 1998.


From the book jacket
There's a bar called "The Captain's Table," where those of any species who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story… even beyond the final frontier.
Captain James T. Kirk must join forces with Captain Hikaru Sulu, new commander of the USS Excelsior, to resolve a simmering political situation in a distant star system. For more than twenty years, the ancient enmity between Nykkus and Anjiri has resisted the best efforts of Federation diplomats. Now Kirk and Sulu have one last chance to end the bloodshed – before it erupts into a full-scale interstellar war!

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Background information

  • When approached by Pocket editor John Ordover, L.A. Graf collaborators Julia Ecklar and Karen Rose Cercone were concerned that the shift to a first-person narrative – one of the principal selling points of the series – would not fit their usual method of aligning their differing writing styles to different characters; however, they were able to get around the issue by having both Kirk and Sulu appear. (Voyages of Imagination, pp. 424, 426)
  • The alien species were inspired the pair's leopard geckos. (Voyages of Imagination, p. 426)
  • Deep Space 3 appears and Deep Space 2 is mentioned in the novel.


James T. Kirk
Hikaru Sulu


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