Novelization: Star Trek Nemesis by J.M. Dillard (Author), Brent Spiner, John Logan, Rick Berman
Picard, as best man, presides over the wedding reception of Commander Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi. They are scheduled to then take the Enterprise to Betazed for a traditional Betazoid ceremony. One the eve of the wedding of Commander Riker and Counselor Troi (and their reassignment as Riker is scheduled to take command of the U.S.S. Titan), the Enterprise investigates sensor readings indicating positronic activity, and on a distant world the disassembled body of a Soong-type android is found.
When Data assembles his newfound 'brother', it identified itself as B-4, and it turns out to be very primitive indeed - perhaps even an original prototype constructed before Lore. Picard receives new orders from Starfleet Command: Admiral Janeway is sending the Enterprise to begin peace talks with what appears to be a new Romulan government.
When he arrives at Romulus, Picard finds a young human - almost a mirror image of himself - has installed himself as the Romulan Praetor after killing the entire Romulan Senate in a coup. Picard is given proof that Shinzon, the new Praetor, is a young clone of himself. Shinzon claims to have been the remnant of an abandoned project to replace Picard and infiltrate the Federation, but now - with the same drive, ambition and charisma as Picard possesses - he claims to want peace. Picard is concerned by the blood spilled by Shinzon's coup, especially when Shinzon commands a gigantic battleship called the Scimitar.
Troi suffers a telepathic intrusion from Shinzon's Reman Viceroy, and Dr. Crusher discovers something else - thalaron radiation, which, when used as a weapon, completely disrupts living matter at a submolecular level. B-4 also appears to be part of whatever plot Shinzon is hatching, though Geordi and Data discover this in time to prevent the android from passing any sensitive information along to Shinzon. Shinzon kidnaps Picard and beams B-4 aboard the Scimitar - though he doesn't realize until later that he has brought Data aboard instead. Data helps Picard escape after the captain learns of Shinzon's true agenda: to topple not just the Romulans, but the Federation as well. And unless someone makes a supreme sacrifice to destroy it, Shinzon has a weapon more than adequate to the task.
The Enterprise and the Scimitar battle spectacularly, with 2 Romulan ships coming to the aid of the Enterprise. Picard is prepared to sacrifice the Enterprise to destroy the Scimitar and its deadly weapon by ramming the Scimitar. When the Scimitar is not destroyed, Picard transports to the Scimitar bridge to destroy the weapon. Picard battles Shinzon to get to the weapon, killing Shinzon. Data follows Picard to the Scimitar, where he sacrifices himself to destroy the weapon, sending Picard back to the Enterprise just prior to the explosion.
The Enterprise crew get together to fondly remember Data, just prior to Riker and Troi leaving to assume their new assignments.
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