Agents of Influence

AgentsOfInfluence-CoverStar Trek: The Original Series

For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus.

After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the U.S.S. Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries.

Agents of Influence is my first Original Series novel since my 2016 collaboration with my bud Kevin, Purgatory’s Key. As I’ve recently said elsewhere, this era of Star Trek is my favorite, either while writing Kirk and the gang on the Enterprise or else other tales told in the same general time frame as we did with the Star Trek Vanguard and Star Trek: Seekers books. It’s always fun to return to this period, where Kirk and his crew are in their prime and out there exploring and seeking and boldly going.

It’s also worth mentioning that this is the 22nd Star Trek novel I’ve written and the eighteenth while working under the editorial guidance of Ed Schlesigner and/or Margaret Clark. For the better part of the past decade it’s been both of these folks. They tolerate my antics and my shenanigans and they keep calling me back to write more Star Trek, for which I am and will forever be grateful.

This is also my sixth Star Trek novel to receive an audiobook adaptation. As with the other five titles, this new book benefits from the vocal stylings of the wonderful Robert Petkoff. A self-professed Star Trek fan himself, Mr. Petkoff always brings enthusiasm and passion to these projects, and I simply love listening to him breathe life into my pithy little words.

Agents of Influence is now available at bookstores everywhere, in trade paperback, e-Book, and both digital and CD audiobook editions. If you’re still one of those folks who loves going to an actual store for your reading material, I humbly suggest patronizing your local independent bookseller. If that sort of thing isn’t feasible for whatever reason, then of course we have other options:

Simon & Schuster
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In addition to providing a permanent home for links to find and order the book, this blog 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 SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE FROM THIS POINT FORWARD.

8 thoughts on “Agents of Influence

  1. Just finished this and I loved it (as expected). It was great to see Khatami and the Endeavor crew again, and exploring how espionage works for a utopian culture is always interesting. I also enjoyed the glimpse into the experience of Klingons who aren’t part of the military structure.
    I’m curious about something. You introduced a number of Klingon characters and often gave descriptions of their appearances. But you only rarely note if they are HemQuch or QuchHa’
    What’s your approach to that as you write? Do you have one or the other in mind for the characters as you imagine them, even if you don’t specify it in the text?

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    1. Thanks very much! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      A lot of the time, I catch myself “default imagining” Klingons as they appeared in the films/TNG/DS9/VGR/etc. even when writing a TOS-era story, except for those characters we’ve seen on screen in TOS. At this point in time, we’d established in older novels that it wasn’t uncommon to find both “types” of Klingons working together, and it’s only later that the QuchHa’ became less prominent in the years after TOS/the TOS films.


  2. Got this book a couple of months ago (just decided to visit this website recently so that’s why this is so late after coming out) and I was excited to read it as I had been a fan of the way a couple other books (From History’s Shadow and Elusive Salvation) blended multiple timelines into a seamless tale, and I was interested to see how that would go with a non-time-travel plot. Needless to say, I wasn’t let down in the least. Curious to know how you keep all of your timelines straight.

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    1. Thanks very much! I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      For books like the Trek novels, I work from an outline so I have most of the plot worked out and scenes in the proper order. That’s particularly helpful for the stories with plots running in different time periods. I may end up moving some things around as I go, though, because I think it makes for better pacing, etc.


  3. This was the first of your novel’s I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. It was an compelling story with a great cast in my favorite, less-explored time in Trek history.

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