Star Trek: Failsafe (Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers Book 40)

By David Mack

Whilst a cultural remark probe malfunctions and crash-lands on a pre-warp international, the S.C.E. is shipped in to break it prior to the expertise falls into the arms of a civilization no longer ready for it. regrettably, while Commander Gomez and her crew arrive, they locate that the machine has already been captured through terrorist forces who intend to reverse-engineer the know-how right into a weapon that would switch the stability of energy on their international to lethal impact!
Now it is a race opposed to time for the S.C.E. to discover and spoil the probe sooner than it really is too overdue!

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