Pawns and Symbols by Majliss Larson

A famine afflicts the Klingon Empire, straining relations between it and the Federation and threatening to break out into war. And the flashpoint could well be Kirk's face-off with an old enemy, Kang, who takes an amnesiac Federation scientist hostage, hoping to use her agricultural research to relieve the Klingon starvation. Kang's ruthless methods force Kirk to use his most ingenious strategy to save the hostage scientist without igniting an interplanetary war.

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