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

Jeff Mariotte
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By Eric
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 estranged father gets thrown into the mix makes for even greater space opera. Definitely get it and add it to such works by other authors as: "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Puppet Masters", "2001", "2010", "Rendezvous with Rama", "Ringworld", all the "Star Wars" books, as well as books as new to the genre as "Advent of the Corps" and others.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but disappointing Jan. 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
Why I was disappointed was that I knew the end. Most of the novel is split between Will Riker and his struggle from the Academy and his father running from his problems with Starfleet and his past. I waited the whole novel to see if they would come together and see them clash. They never did.
One of the other problems was that Jeff Mariotte seemed to work too hard to get cameos from other characters. It seemed contrived that all these people seem to constantly cross paths even in these minimal ways. I do not object to reading and seeing how great characters like Sisko and Janeway grew to who they were but adding them in just to say you used them is a little tactless.
This was a terribly tough review to write. I did not want to sound too critical but still be accurate and honest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Jan. 19 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm amused by these reviewers who complain that there's no interaction between the two Rikers in this book. If they knew their Trek they would know that in the one episode Kye Riker appeared in, it was established that there had been no interaction since Kyle abandoned Will. Given that, I think this author did a good job of showing the effect these two had on each other without having specific interaction--it's a more subtle way to tell the story, but ultimately very effective. The author shows the ties that bind generations of Rikers in a unique and interesting way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly average Jan. 13 2004
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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. Jeff Marriotte has a capable reign of the characters, but this book comes off reading like two separate novels fused together into one, in which neither character interacts with each other, alternating back and forth between father and son chapters. The end result is less than what it could have been. Of the five books in the six-book LOST ERA series I've read to date, this is the weakest entry of them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly entertaining. Jan. 12 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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