Re: What Was Scotty Doing There?
Here's the text in question for anyone who's interested. Credit goes to Christopher for writing this novel:
Christopher L. Bennett wrote:
Kirk could guess what it was about. They weren't the only two in the crew who were grumbling about the decisions made by the "old guard." Most of these people had been picked by Decker, had expected to serve under him, and had then had their command crew shoved aside without warning. And so far, it seemed, they'd found little reason to approve of the change. Kirk heard things, kept abreast of the ship's discussion boards, and so was aware of the various threads that were recurring. "If Decker were here, he would've sent the troops in sooner." "If Decker were here, he wouldn't have sent in the troops at all." "If Chapel were in charge, Spring Rain wouldn't be fighting for her life." "McCoy's too close to Natira--he's swaying Kirk too much to her side." He'd even heard "If Sonak were here"--there were no tangible grounds for finding fault with Spock's investigations, yet some still wondered if a full Vulcan not struggling with a spiritual crisis might have done something differently, seen something Spock had missed--or missed something he had seen, something better left unrevealed.
"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again