We have Rules of Engagement (Star Trek: The Original Series #48) by Peter morwood:
A sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise running to evacuate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear: the U.S.S. Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired. Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimental Klingon warship sets forth on a mission of its own, a warship with hidden– and heretofore undreamed of– capabilities, commanded by a warrior who will stop at nothing to bring glory to his Empire– and restore his own lost honor. The destination of the Klingon ship is Dekkanar.
Does the reader of a Trek novel need to know who Kirk or Bones is? NOPE!
So Peter Morewood just gets the story rolling along. He also gets within the minds of these characters perfectly. The story is a good old-fashioned showdown almost like a Western if you will. As the Enterprise and Klingons engage in a game of brinksmanship over a world caught up in revolution. Throw in an old enemy of Kirk’s with a prototype battleship, and you’ve got the makings of a knock-down, drag-out fight. If you happen to find a copy of this book, get it! It’s a great story and can be read anywhere.