Deny Thy Father (Star Trek: The Lost Era 2355-2357) Mass Market Paperback – 2003
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 18 2004 by Eric
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 morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by B. Everett
I'm amused by these reviewers who complain that there's no interaction between the two Rikers in this book. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by Bill Williams
_ 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 morePublished on Dec 19 2003
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by P Weyer