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Deny Thy Father (Star Trek: The Lost Era 2355-2357) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeff Mariotte
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4.0 out of 5 stars ST - The Lost Era: Deny Thy Father 2355-2357 April 24 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek - The Lost Era "Deny Thy Father" 2355-2357 written by Jeff Mariotte is a two main character book, Kyle Riker and William T. Riker. This is the fifth book of a six book series and starts in 2355, sixty-one years after the presumed death of Captain James T. Kirk aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-B in Star Trek "Generations." The book concludes in 2357, seven years before the launch of the Enterprise-D in "Encounter at Farpoint."
"Deny Thy Father" is a three part book and takes us through William T. Rikers Starfleet Academy days to his first assignment on the U.S.S. Pegasus. As we read on in theis book we get to see what a cadet has to go through to become and officer in Starfleet. The other main character is Will Riker's father Kyle Riker.
"Deny Thy Father" is a look into a failed father son relationship. Where both father and son are too stubborned to realize that working together things would work well but they let their maleness take over and the relationship fails.
"Deny THy Father" is essentially two stories one about Will and the other about Kyle as he trys to cope with someone trying to kill him for something that he might have done. "Deny Thy Father" is a fast read and you'll finish it quickly. The book has some mystery and intrigue as Kyle Riker is trying to figure out who is trying to kill him. And we get to see him try to cope with his situation making for an intresting read.
Will Riker, on the other hand, is making his way through Starfleet Academy in the course of the book and his first years are not really that good and he struggles. We get to read about his friends which aren't the best people in the world as they need to grow-up as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining. Jan. 11 2004
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My expectations for this book, after reading the reviews here and with the Lost Era series being 2 for 4, were not high. I found this to be good reading, though not spectacular. Obviously the book follows two stories, Kyle's and Will's. Will's story is a personal drama, without the dramatic Academy tests or conspiracies that Original Series books set there have. Still, I found it to be a well written, interesting, and entertaining depiction of Will Riker at that time. I don't really like Will Riker all that much as a TNG character, so making him interesting for me was a good achievement on the author's part. The cadets are rather clichéd, but apart from the eternally patient girlfriend I've known people just like them, and they work well as part of Will's story. Kyle's story has much more action in its beginning and end. The descriptions there and overall are very well done. This author understands how to make long descriptive passages interesting. The middle of Kyle's story was essentially filler, as Kyle himself puts it, to prepare him for the end of the story. It was entertaining and well done, but it had almost nothing to do with the central plot of Kyle's story. I would have preferred more time on the conspiracy. I did quite enjoy the resolution of that. It's refreshing, after "Serpents Among the Ruins", to see a murderous conspiracy be viewed by Starfleet Command as something to stop. All in all, I found this to be an enjoyable read. Nothing was spectacularly good, but lately just enjoyable has been too much for some Trek authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book Dec 27 2003
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My purpose is not to reiterate the plot which is already provided by the publisher and several reveiwers. My purpose is to express whether or not, in my opinion, the book is worth trading my hard-earned money for the price on its cover. I thought that "Deny Thy Father" was one of the better Star Trek books published lately.
I agree, to some degree, with each previous reviewer. But I gave the book its full five stars because I haven't particularly enjoyed Star Trek books lately, and I enjoyed this one for its entertainment value--not necessarily for its value to the Star Trek storyline. There is a separation of values here. I read the book as a reader looking for something to read solely for its science fiction entertainment merit, and this story entertained me.
The Star Trek books aren't exactly literary epic novels and I thought this book was very well done for its subject matter. No, we don't really get into the Ryker heads, but we see some action. While I admit growing extremely board with Ryker Sr's life on the run, overall, the story was entertaining.
Would I read a second Star Trek book by Jeff Mariotte? Yes. Did I think the cover price of the book was a fair exchange for its entertainment value? Yes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The History, But Not The Characters... Dec 2 2003
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Pocket Books' Lost Era series, encompassing the time between the beginning sequence in "Star Trek Generations" and the first Next Generation episode, "Encounter at Farpoint", is one of their better recent ideas. Using the various bits of backstory accrued throughout 21 seasons of Next Gen, DS9 and Voyager, the contributing authors have shown various bits of this timeline through the eyes of important characters of the period. On the whole, it has done so very successfully, too. Most have been highly readable and very interesting. It's a shame "Deny Thy Father" is neither.
On The Next Generation, Will Riker's past became a very interesting time for him. Where originally he had a Kirk-like golden-boy past about him, over time he was shown to have overcome any number of moral issues to bring him to where he was then. Among these issues were his drive to succeed and his alienation from his father. Taking the span from the end of his second year at Starfleet Academy to his early weeks of his first posting on the U.S.S. Pegasus, Jeff Mariotte dives into some of these issues of Will Riker's - and his father's.
However, while he has his history down cold, he misses much of what made both characters (Will and his father) so dynamic. Will comes off as shrill and immature while his father is equal parts coward and cold-hearted jerk. Admittedly, these are all traits the characters strive to overcome, but in playing up these character flaws he loses the voice of the characters.
Also problematic is Starfleet Academy, where much of the action takes place. Starfleet Academy has been problematic for writers throughout Star Trek's history, but few mangle it so badly as Mariotte.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I had three hands I'd give this one three thumbs up!
The Tholians are back, which in itself is reason enough to want to read this book. But, aside from the action and brilliant space opera of the story, the very fact Will Ryker's... Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but disappointing
I was very disappointed with this novel. It was not a terrible novel and I recommend that Star Trek fans-Riker fans in particular-take the time to get through this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by B. Everett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I'm amused by these reviewers who complain that there's no interaction between the two Rikers in this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly average
DENY THY FATHER had the potential to really explore the conflict between Kyle and Will Riker, but it unfortunately winds up as empty as the chasm between father and son. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2004 by Bill Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes it's not good to be true to character
_ Deny They Father _ does a good job of explaining the difficult relationship between Will Riker and his father hinted at in a couple of NG episodes. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull Filler Story
After reading this book, I found myself so bored, that I wondered why I even bothered. This story does nothing to enhance the ST:NG characters or storylines. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by P Weyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
I was very impressed with this novel that gave us not one, but two very good stories. I enjoyed seeing Will's days at the Academy, although I wasn't too impressed with his... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Mary L. Mosholder
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