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“Every bit as exciting, entertaining and humorous as the first volume—Cox has produced a story so dramatic that the reader truly feels as if they are immersed in a Star Trek myth-inspired overview of the political upheavals of the mid-1990s. ... This is a novel not to be missed by even the most casual Star Trek fan.”

—Jacqueline Bundy,
The Trekker Newsletter

“Worth the wait ...
The Eugenics Wars,
Volume Two is an audacious, fast-moving conclusion to the
EugenicsWar
duology, one-upping the considerable dramatic intensity and inventive accomplishment of the first volume, and bringing the story to a remarkably smooth, coherent conclusion, complete with an unequivocal (if surely controversial) moral. ... Cox’s electric, fun-loving style of storytelling is the perfect medium to take the reader into the twenty-first century and beyond ...”

—Kilian Melloy, Wigglefish.com

“Fans of the first
Eugenics Wars
will love this sequel. ...”

—Michelle Erica Green,
Trek Nation

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Contents

Acknowledgments.5

PROLOGUE.9

CHAPTER ONE.16

CHAPTER TWO..23

CHAPTER THREE.28

CHAPTER FOUR..33

CHAPTER FIVE.36

CHAPTER SIX..40

CHAPTER SEVEN..44

CHAPTER EIGHT.49

CHAPTER NINE.52

CHAPTER TEN..54

CHAPTER ELEVEN..60

CHAPTER TWELVE.62

CHAPTER THIRTEEN..69

CHAPTER FOURTEEN..71

CHAPTER FIFTEEN..77

CHAPTER SIXTEEN..81

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN..84

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN..89

CHAPTER NINETEEN..93

CHAPTER TWENTY..98

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE.105

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO..108

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE.115

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR..116

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE.121

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX..127

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN..131

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT.134

EPILOGUE.136

AFTERWORD..140

About the e-Book.143

Acknowledgments

Thanks, most of all, to my editor, John Ordover, for waiting patiently for the manuscript while I moved my entire life from New York to Pennsylvania. And to the rest of the gang at Pocket Books—Scott, Marco, Jessica, John, and Elisa—for invaluable assistance during the Eugenics Wars.

Thanks to David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang for describing Khan’s flag in their recent Deep Space Nine novel,
Abyss,
and for alerting me to the reference. And to Dayton Ward, whose story in
Strange New
Worlds III,
tying together a few relevant threads of Trek history, appeared in time for me to reference it here. (Let’s hear it for inter-author cooperation and consistency!) And special thanks (since I forgot to mention them last book) to Gene L. Coon and Carey Wilbur, who wrote the original Star Trek episode, “Space Seed,” for creating Khan in the first place, and to Art Wallace and Gene Roddenberry, who created Gary Seven and associates in the episode, “Assignment: Earth.”

Finally, as always, thanks to Karen, Alex, Church, and Henry for moral support on the home front.

“A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study, but war and its organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.”

—MACHIAVELLI,
The Prince

PROLOGUE
Captain’s log, stardate 7004.1.

Our diplomatic mission to the Paragon Colony on the planet Sycorax has erupted into a full-scale crisis—and a potential disaster.

Dr. McCoy and I were visiting Sycorax, home to a unique society of genetically-enhanced men and women, to assess the full implications of the colony’s recent application to join the Federation. Human genetic engineering is, of course, strictly forbidden throughout the Federation, but recently this centuries-old policy has come under review. With humanity being confronted throughout the galaxy by alien races such as the Klingons and Romulans, many of whom are more physically powerful than the average human, Starfleet has quietly begun taking a second look at the potential risks and benefits of modifying human DNA. With this in mind, my own top-secret mission is to develop a firsthand impression of what such practices have yielded on Sycorax.

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