Star Trek The Original Series: Shell Game written by Melissa Crandall is a story filled with mystry and intrigue as Kirk and crew try to solve the enigma as to why a Romulan space station is a drift in Federation space.
The Enterprise and crew are again on a routine mission like most of the Trek books start, but this time Kirk has to stay behind on the away mission. For Kirk to stay behind chewing at the bit is a hard swallow, but this time it is Spock and McCoy that go on the away mission and find the station and its personell in decay.
Of course, if you have a Romulan spacecraft in your backyard, so to speak, you want to visit it and determine if it can be of use. With a space station, along come the Romulans wanting to know what happened to their station and accuse the Federation of debauchery. Spock and McCoy are wonderfully portrayed in this book and their dilog is spot-on and you feel like they are arguing right in front of you. Kirk is not up to his ininate arrogrance, but is close and you feel the tension build.
Romulans intrigue, mystery, and strange apparitions, the Enterprise falling under the same situation as the space station with no power... whoa Nellie! Romulan accusations, treachery, and suspense, will the Enterprise be destroyed by the Romulans?
This book has ghostly apparitions along with everything else mentioned, but remember this there never is a routine mission for the Flagship of the fleet and her crew... not with James T. Kirk in the Captain's seat.
This is one of the better TREK novels and is worth the money if you can find it.