Elusive Salvation

ElusiveSalvation-coverStar Trek: The Original Series

The Arctic Circle, 1845: Escaping the tyranny under which their people have lived for generations, aliens from a distant planet crash-land on Earth’s inhospitable frozen wastes. Surviving the harsh conditions will pose a challenge, but over time the aliens will migrate to more populated areas, with decades passing as they work to conceal their presence from their former oppressors, who continue to hunt them at any cost.

San Francisco, 2283: When a mysterious craft is detected entering the solar system, Admiral James Kirk is dispatched by Starfleet to confront the vessel. He meets with an emissary from the Iramahl, a previously unknown alien race who have come in search of their brothers and sisters thought to have gone missing in this area of space centuries earlier. Having recently thrown off the last chains of subjugation by another species, the Ptaen, they now believe their lost people hold the key to saving their entire race from eventual extinction.

New York, 1970: Roberta Lincoln, young protégé of the mysterious agent Gary Seven, is shocked when she receives the oddest request for help—from the future….

An all-new adventure from history’s shadow!

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As the tagline implies, Elusive Salvation is a semi-sorta sequel to my Star Trek novel from 2013, From History’s Shadow. I had a lot of fun writing the first book, and it seemed that most folks liked it. Though I hadn’t intended to revisit any of the characters or storylines I set up in the earlier book, an opportunity to do just that arose so I decided to go for it. I tried to write it so it could largely stand on its own, so while you’ll get more out of this book if you read the first novel, I don’t know that I’d call it “essential” to the enjoyment of this one. Mileage may vary, of course.

Will there be a third trek into the shadows of history? One never knows for certain, but I will say this much: While I didn’t write the first book with an eye toward sequels, if you get to the last page of this one and you don’t want Book 3? I haven’t done my job. All I’m sayin’.

In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this entry also will serve as the book’s “official” Q&A thread. Those of you who want to chat about the book, feel free to post your questions/etc. to the comments section. For those of you who’ve found this page and perhaps not yet read the book, BEWARE THAT SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

27 thoughts on “Elusive Salvation

  1. I really liked this book. Just a technical mistake. I believe a couple of times the word ‘deccelerate’ was used. There is no such word. Actually, deccelerate is a physical impossibility because it does not describe anything, whether in the real world or fiction world. When you are accelerating, you are constantly increasing your speed. There is also negative acceleration where you are decreasing the amount of acceleration over time. For instance, at 1 second, you have been accelerating by 10 km per hour. after 3 seconds, you are still accelerating, but by 5 km per hour. Not as much as before, but still accelerating. I think Dayton meant was ‘to slow down’.


  2. I just finished the book and really liked all the references to Star Trek history and other 80s movies – even a nod to Hunt for Red October!


  3. Thanks for writing such an entertaining book. Well done, sir.


    The Section 31 reference at the end was priceless! I laughed out loud when I read that. Again, well done.

    I do have a question. I caught the Red October reference, but I have to admit I was stumped on the novel that Wainwright was reading in the 70’s. Something about a Vietnam veteran who went up against organized crime. Can you elaborate on the reference?



  4. I just finished, within a couple of weeks, From History’s Shadow followed immediately by Elusive Salvation, both of which I loved. I’ve often thought: if we had had even one season (22 episodes) of the projected Assignment Earth television series — what might they have explored? Now that I’ve read your novels, my advice is: write more adventures involving Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln! Do they have more adventures involving the crew of the Enterprise (TNG didn’t seem to do much time travel to Earth’s past), or DS9, or Voyager or Enterprise? If I could recommend one Star Trek writer to Bryan Fuller and company for the new Star Trek series, it would be you (ok, maybe two, along with Greg Cox). And that last line of Elusive Salvation was a mind-blowing way to end the novel! Many thanks.


  5. I just finished elusive salvation and I enjoyed it. I also read from history’s shadow and enjoyed it to I like the stories with Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln it would have been interesting to see what kind of series that would have been thank you for an enjoyable read hope you write another one.


  6. That was a GREAT ride, I enjoyed all the little extras you wrapped into this tale. I hopefully look forward to more adventures of Miss Lincoln and the Trekverse.


    1. Thanks! Hopefully you also know about From History’s Shadow, which this book follows, along with Greg Cox’s Eugenics Wars books and Assignment: Eternity and even The Rings of Time, which almost fits right in with those earlier books, at least in the broad strokes.

      That’s my story, anyway. 🙂


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