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Summary:

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PART SEVEN OF NINE

 (Yeah... No Jeri Ryan jokes, please...) 

 

Episode 20 - Survival - The U.S.S. Hunter returns to far side of the Romulan Star Empire in search of their missing 1st and 2nd officers...

 

Episode 21 - The Enemy of My Enemy - The U.S.S. Hunter has been captured by the Romulans and taken into the hold of an enormous Romulan Battlegod...

 

Episode 22 - Sacrifice - Justice Minerva Irons must sacrifice everything to prevent war between the United Federation of Planets and the Romulan Star Empire...


Chapters: 48    Table of Contents
Categories: Voyager, Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes, Next Generation
Characters: None
Genre: Action/Adventure, Family
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death
Series: Star Trek Hunter
Completed: Yes    Word count: 51515    Read Count: 22465
[Report This] Published: 18 Jul 2020 Updated: 11 Dec 2020
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 08 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 30: Episode 21.14: The Enemy of My Enemy - Truth Seekers

He does write nice speeches (which means, of course, you write nice speeches) so you've got to give him credit for that. Although, he may have a speechwriter on his staff.

I don't know about the conspiracy angle, but seeking the truth is a very timely topic, unfortunately, with the alarming rise of misinformation. I'd go so far as to say that it is a serious threat to our society today, which means it is absolutely a believable threat to the Federation in the 24th century.

Author's Response:

Really glad you liked this one - I worry about these long speeches droning a little. I used Emory as a mouthpiece a bit in a plea for citizen journalism - which I consider to be the future of journalism.

I'm not a believer in dark conspiracies - they seem to rely on assigning motives to the conspirators that even a comic-book villain would find unbelievably wooden. But for this story, there really is one...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 09 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 31: Episode 21.15: The Enemy of My Enemy - You Are Cordially Invited

A very interesting interpretation of the Romulan people, assuming Sela speaks the truth. Not a given, of course, but why would she lie?

No death penalty and gardening? Feels rather progressive. Except perhaps for the stripping and striping. That could be considered cruel and unusual.

Somehow I wouldn't be totally suprised if Irons decides to fall on this sword for the greater good.

Author's Response:

Sela isn't exactly lying... But she's definitely suger-coating. For "tamed" read "conquered" and for "gardening" read "hard labor..."

Irons does have a penchant for walking into traps...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 11 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 32: Episode 21.16: The Enemy of My Enemy - The Sleep of the Just

This isn't just dark, this is pretty total gloom. Great work on really making it difficult to root for a hero or despise a villain. Life doesn't work that way, it just happens. Yes, there's a plan here but good luck trying to finger the hero or the villain of this story.

Author's Response:

I'm gratified the complexity of the character motivations is coming through - Thanks for the kind words! As for the mood, I have occasionally been reminded that I am more a writer of horror than scifi...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 13 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 33: Episode 22.1: Sacrifice - - The Crew

Time for some administrative details. Really feels like the end of an era for Irons. At least on Hunter.

Author's Response:

My dad told me that when a ship comes back from extended forward deployment, other captains recruit heavily to get experienced crew members, causing a turnover in personnel. Promotions are given to particularly valuable staff to keep them on the boat. He also said that NAVY stands for Never Again Volunteer Yourself. But volunteering for the Navy may well have kept him out of Vietnam.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 13 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 34: Episode 22.2: Sacrifice - - A Little Tune-Up

Nash is hilarious, really liking this character who infuses some much needed humor and levity after a series of dark chapters. Also appreciate the fact that she isn't described as a beauty queen which is common for the female love interests of male protagonists (I've been guilty of this admittedly)

Author's Response:

Im really gratified you keyed in on those things - I really appreciate seeing that come through. Since I'm putting my characters through misery, I want to show them experiencing the wonders that make it all worth it - the giant hexapods of Paleonus V, surfing on Ocean, the great waterbirds, the 15,000 statues of Lin Ling Liu, riding a wild beast through the decks of a giant romulan ship... and kind hearted, hard working, plain faced girls who just want a good time with a nice looking guy...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 15 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 35: Episode 22.3: Sacrifice - - Passengers

A lot of elements in play in this ever more complex story. It still somewhat amuses me that it's this little frigate named Hunter that's caught squarely in he middle of these massive galactic stakes.

Small ship, big impact.

Author's Response:

It's fun that you're enjoying the irony... And the complexity of the story. I wanted a small vessel so that the reader could know everyone onboard - a small, tight-knit community (no random red-shirts.)

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 16 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 36: Episode 22: Sacrifice

How about that Mlady has a doctorate.

Author's Response:

Justice Irons requires every officer on her boat above the level of ensign to have a doctorate (or equivalent) and all officers from ensign up to be licensed by the Federation Tribunal to practice law. It's an absurd requirement and no other captain in Star Fleet could get away with it. But Irons is particularly difficult to say "no" to.

Mlady's doctorate is in bioethics (perfect for a vampire...)

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 16 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 37: Episode 22.4: Sacrifice - Shuttle Diplomacy

Loving the juxtaposition in this chapter. The oldest (former) member of the crew and the youngest. These people should have practically nothing in common and yet their conversation really flows nicely.

I hope Hopper comes out of this okay. Sacrificing somebody this young, just starting out on her adventure feels cruel.

Also really enjoyed the Irons' reasoning for bringing Dolphin on board. Not many captains would admit to that but I can totally see this kinda stuff happening and people just going for their gut instincts on a new crewmember.

Author's Response:

Glad you really liked this - there will be more with Irons and Hopper. Jennifer's youth and vulnerability was one of several reasons Dolphin recruited her for this mission. Irons is perfectly capable of flying the shuttle by herself and not putting another crewmember at risk.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 17 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 38: Episode 22.5: Sacrifice - The Great Waterbirds of Pern

Only on ST: Hunter could we go from a events that may very well determine the future of the known galaxy to a fishing trip with a flock of oversized birds which sing in Vulcan.

What a strange and fascinating ride.

Author's Response:

Part overwrought environmental drama, part madcap campy farce, part Milky Way travelogue... Glad you're having fun with it.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 18 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 39: Episode 22.6: Sacrifice - The Balcony

Okay, so there's definitely another element to this plan I'm not yet seeing. Shouldn't be suprised. Curious how young Hopper figures into this. Her heritage, I assume, will play a role.

Author's Response:

One thing about Irons - she's resourceful... 

The other thing about Irons - she has resources...

Glad you're intrigued - Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 20 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 40: Episode 22.7: Sacrifice - Sweet Madam Blue

"Expect the Unexpected." That should really be Star Trek: Hunter's tagline.

This started off as another pivot I didn't see coming at all before it slowly turned into something I recognized only for you to completely pull the rug out from under my feet again by the end. Nicely done, sir.

Author's Response:

Thanks for the kind words - and that is an appropriate tagline - along with Warning: unapologetically campy...

This scene sets up a running series of time travel gags. Minerva's avatar meets Carerra for the first time. In a later scene, a later incarnation of the avatar turns the tables as he meets her for the first time...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 23 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 41: Episode 22.8: Sacrifice - The Shadowhounds of Aveadega

That's a new spin on the SAR concept. Actually had to go back and double check that acronym as it clearly didn't stand for what I thought it did.

Author's Response:

Means different things for different people. Humans train dogs for rescue. Andorians have other priorities...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 24 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 42: Episode 22.9: Sacrifice - An Imperial Request

I do enjoy the political power play and machinations in this series. Everything here seems to have a carefully planned purpose, including Ivonovic's indignation. Plans are in motion ...

Author's Response:

I'm glad you're enjoying all the political machinations - it's a very complex weave of different plans and I was a bit concerned it would all seem like one giant plan. What I'm trying to show is different smart people taking advantage of what they percieve that other smart people are doing and piggy-backing on that to further their own agendas.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 28 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 43: Episode 22.10: Sacrifice - The Witness

Nice piece of insight into Vulcan (sad), and this "occupation" (interesting). Hopper is a useful plot device here to allow Irons to explain things. It makes sense though, the younger woman seems to be a bit of a pawn in her plans.

Author's Response:

Glad you like my spin on Vulcan. The only thing I liked about Babylon 5 The Crusade (other than Gary Cole) was the idea that the majority of civilizations they encountered were dead - mostly due to destroying their own biospheres...

Jennifer is, admittedly, both pawn and plot device - as young people so often are.

Thanks! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 28 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 44: Episode 22.11: Sacrifice - Buzz Conference

Well, that certainly sounds like plan. Definitely clever.

I can see Checkov doesn't have a great deal of patience or tolerated fools. A most charming man.

I'm glad Red said it, but Doplhin did come across somewhat arrogant in that meeting. Not a very endearing quality.

Also: Suparman Saldana Budi. Another entry into the Awesome Names Hall of Fame.

Author's Response:

I ran a name-generator for Indoneasian male names and there it was... It sounds more like Suparraman with a heavy roll on the r...

Dolphin is aware of his tendency to be arrogant and is usually pretty good about keeping a lid on it. But there is nothing to make a man lose his cool and act up like being around a woman like Red... 

Glad you're enjoying Chekov - he's not at all like his famous grandfather.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 28 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 45: Episode 22.12: Sacrifice - Justice

I like me a bit of court room drama. Although here it feels Irons is firmly in control. At least for now as she retells some of Hunter's greatest adventures. Once again, pretty impressed how you managed to weave such a complex and interwoven narrative.

Author's Response:

Thanks again for the kind words! 

The trial of Justice Irons is kind of an STH clip show... But there is a bit more courtroom drama in the second act.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 29 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 46: Episode 22.13: Sacrifice - David and Goliath

This chapter certainly was off to an unexpected start. Although sudden, unexpected urges aren't anything new on this ship.

This new plan is certainly more sophisticated than throwing rocks. Although I have to admit the simplicity of that plan had a certain charm to it.

Author's Response:

Since an object traveling at warp is technially at rest (it's space that's moving), when it comes out of warp there's no motion to conserve. So to have a warp speed impact, it would have to hit the other ship while still in the warp shell - which means the ship dragging it would have to be flown manually, bypassing every failsafe. By far the highest probability is that the attacking ship would also be anihalated - probably disrupting local spacetime in the process... It sounded like a good idea until the engineers took a look at it...

I had wanted to show Chekov's reaction to learning more about Dolphin's tryst that he ever wanted to, but Hunter just stomped all over that moment with his weird humor, saving Dolphin the embarassment. I'm glad the imoginette character took you by surprise. Dragomut has a few more surpises up his/her sleeve. 

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 30 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 47: Episode 22.14: Sacrifice - One Single Vote

"My name is Emory Ivonovic and I approve this message."

The man sure has lofty ambitions but I can totally see it happening. The attack ads, if there's such a thing in the 24th century, would be vicious though. "Ivonovic was a fugitive from justice and now he wants to be your president. Ivanovic is wrong for Earth, and he is wrong for the Federation!"

It's a credit to your writing that I cannot quite decide if a Predsident Ivanovic will be an extremely scary prospect, or the change the Federatione need.

Author's Response:

It is seriously gratifying that you had precisely the reaction I was trying to evoke for the Ivonovic arc. I really enjoy ambiguous characters.

Since the president is not popularly elected, but rather selected by the Federation Council, I would think instead of attack ads, we would have something more like positive and negative vlogs trying to compete with Ivonovic's vlogging.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 31 Mar 2021 Title: Chapter 48: Episode 22.15: Sacrifice - The Destroyer of Worlds

Yeah, okay, no idea what just happened. But it was pretty cool in a freaky and disturbing kinda sense.

Minerva Irons is now Shiva, or Lady Death if you're naughty. And where exactly is she going?

Author's Response:

Just a little bit of courtroom drama... She did promise Sela a memorable trial..

"Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" is quoted from Oppenheimer when he witnessed the first successful test of his bomb. He was, in turn, paraphrasing the Bhagavad-Gita, 11:32.

Thanks!! rbs

Summary:

PART EIGHT OF NINE

 

Episode 23 - JAG Wars - Now the flagship of a new fleet of ultra-fast Prowler Class patrol vessels, the U.S.S. Hunter and its new captain are on the front lines of growing strife within the Federation...

 

Episode 24 - A Trillian Problem - The U.S.S. Hunter's new captain is about to be tested in back-to-back police actions on the Vulcan and Andorian colonies on Weythan and on Trillus Prime...

 

Episode 25 - I Dream of Shiva - While Captain Dolphin stands trial for his actions on Trillus Prime, a terrifying new religion is taking hold deep within the Romulan Star Empire...


Chapters: 50    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Expanded Universes
Characters: Bashir, Julian, Crusher, Wesley, Doctor, The, La Forge, Geordi, Worf
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Adult Language, Adult Situations, Character Death, Violence
Series: Star Trek Hunter
Completed: Yes    Word count: 49572    Read Count: 22363
[Report This] Published: 16 Dec 2020 Updated: 27 May 2021
Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 05 Apr 2021 Title: Chapter 1: Episode 23.1 - JAG Wars: The Prodigal Sum Returns

So it was all a show. Ha, didn't expect that. Shiva, it seems though, was quite real. Quite an interesting development. And it looks as if this isn't the end of the road for Irons after all, or maybe it is, except that Shiva will go on. But instead of Death, she may be a savior.

Author's Response:

It was a show trial after all... Just not Sela's show... Glad that one came out of left field for you.

Minerva has given up everything - even her name - to become a dedicated Section 31 field agent. 

While STH definitely gets weird, I try to keep it grounded in established astrophysics and ST tech (with the additions of the Dream Weaver and the Recursive Warp/Zip Drive.)

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 06 Apr 2021 Title: Chapter 2: Episode 23 - JAG Wars

That's quite insightful commentary on how JAG functions in your Starfleet. Considering the ominous title of this story I'm sure this is going to be valuable background info.

Author's Response:

Glad you enjoyed this intro - I kind of needed to answer the question "Why is JAG doing this stuff?" But we've never seen any reference to Star Fleet MP.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 06 Apr 2021 Title: Chapter 3: Episode 23.2 - JAG Wars: The Prowler Class

A ship full of lawyers? I'm sure there a joke there somewhere. As we have seen and Dolphin reminds everyone with his all so subtle humility, Hunter is far more dangerous than slapping somebody with a lawsuit.

Author's Response:

Worse - a whole fleet of lawyers. Fleet street in space...

Dolphin can only pretend to be humble. And now he's coordinating a group of sister ships to Hunter...

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 07 Apr 2021 Title: Chapter 4: Episode 23.3 - JAG Wars: Coins and Marks

Glad Hopper made it out in one piece, able to tell the story of the surreal trial.

And she hooked up with a governor? Methinks the young lady isn't quiet that innocent.

Author's Response:

And Dolphin is not above using that kind of connection in pretty much the same way that the sea is not above the clouds...

i'm gratified that Hopper comes across as a character you can care about.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 08 Apr 2021 Title: Chapter 5: Episode 23.4 - JAG Wars: Second Officer

I'm glad Gamor laughed this off but Sage's reaction to her was borderline creepy and potentially disrespectful in a professional setting.

I can't exactly claim a moral high ground here, since I pulled this kinda stuff with DeMara Deen as well, I'm sure, but at least in her case there extenuating circumstances.

Captain Hunter needs to learn some tact, methinks.

Author's Response:

Farm boy from West Virginia - a bit rough around the edges. Gamor can handle him easily.

It's that Rhode Island aristocrat who gets her goat.

Thanks!! rbs

Reviewer: CeJay Signed Liked
Date: 11 Apr 2021 Title: Chapter 6: Episode 23.5 - JAG Wars: The Shadow of Death

I always thought Irons had a dark side to her but this is quite a transformation indeed. She a stone cold killer now.

I think I recall the Romulan and the Cardassian from earlier. Hadn't realized she was Section 31. Wasn't she responsible for busting out Ivanovic and killing an entire ship?

Author's Response:

Irons has been ruthlessly hacking and burning her way through this story, leaving a mountain of bodies. Her son is just as ruthless - the Irons family is part dynasty, part tong. Fiercly loyal to the Federation, but they have a distinctly Chinese way of doing business.

Remma was the top IIC field agent when she attacked the Hunter (Ep 4), destroyed the Challenger and captured Ivonovic (Ep 5, 6). Ivonovic mentions her influence over him to Dolphin, which leads to Dolphin putting Ivonovic out of her reach by getting him onto the Federation Council (Ep 10). Later scenes (Ep 11, 16) show first LeMark, then Remma being telepathically dominated and tortured by Chief Justice Scrivax while Bashir and Vice Admiral Senvol watch. This is a moment in her being conditioned and transformed from Imperial Intelligence Control agent into a tool of Section 31.

Thanks!! rbs