Despite some flaws this was a really page turner, as evidenced by the fact that I burned through it in 3 hours when I should have been asleep Oops Could have used less of the almost bizarrely out of character first person memoirs Jakes supposed to be a good writer and uh, well, and some of the characters were criminally underutilized Glessin could have been SO interesting but got all of five pages but whatever Still enjoyed it. It feels quite a long time ago, in this sequence of novels about Deep Space 9, that Jake Sisko took the space craft equivalent of an old banger into the wormhole and disappeared In this book we learn that he didn t find the Prophets, but was rescued from a near fatal accident in the gamma quadrant by the crew of a ship called the Even Odds This ship runs a legal salvaging business, and a somewhat less legal venture recovering lost treasures The crew is a bunch of very likeable aliens who take a shine to Jake and want him to join them He has a few months to think about this as their route won t take them back to the wormhole immediately He makes friends with the crew and has some adventures with them which cause him to think a lot about the values he grew up with as the child of Starfleet officers He s a little disturbed to find that nice people, people he likes very much, can still be quite mercenary He s torn between wishing to stay with his new friends and being troubled by their morality.While he is still debating all this, he meets someone from his past, an encounter which changes everything and propels him back towards home. An enjoyable read which finally picks up the long abandoned story of Jake Sisko.After suffering a ship wide systems failure, Jake is rescued by a group of scavengers led by Captain Dez on the mysterious ship Even Odds Jake gradually starts to enjoy his newfound life on the ship, even participating in a daring mission to loot a storage depot on a hostile alien planet Little does he know he s on a collision cause with the results of a bizarre prophecy involving Kai Opaka and a deadly religious war.Ever since the opening Avatar duology, I ve lamented how Jake s story was seemingly abandoned by the authors and the character forgotten about Thankfully, original author S.D Perry returns to the relaunch series with Rising Son , a novel given over in its entirety to filling in the missing gaps Despite an initial reluctance, I quickly became attached to the rag tag crew of the Even Odds, a home to everything from a sentient multipart fungus to a sentient computer program An argument could perhaps be made for overegging the pudding here, but after the frenzied series of introductions to such a diverse collection of beings, I really enjoyed the dynamic that the author establishes Dez is a scoundrel with a heart, and his relationship with Jake quickly takes center stage Jake s role in the series is often minimised so much that you d think Cirroc Lofton was of an infrequent guest star, so I was thrilled to see Rising Son thrust his character so firmly under the spotlight There s a lot of development going on here, and I love the intimate examination of Jake s feelings about his father, the Prophets and living under the shadow of both.The mission to Drang was quite a highlight, but also marks a pivot point in the book After investing so much time getting to know the crew of the Even Odds, I was somewhat disappointed how quickly they were dropped after they arrived at their next destination the trading outpost Ee At this stage, the author virtually drops Dez and crew completely, instead picking Jake up and thrusting him into the second part of the narrative a reunion with long lost Kai Opaka This is all well and good, however such a sudden change made me question the point of spending over half the book getting to know new characters which were destined to disappear.Opaka s story post Battle Lines was well told, and I enjoyed the whirlwind recap of 7 years of history for the character Her encounter with the Ascendant Raiq was especially chilling, and undoubtedly paves the way for a much sweeping storyline to come.As Jake, Opaka, Wex and a wayward Tosk follow their instinct to the Eav oq planet, the story takes a turn for the mystical, as the characters become mired in a pagh hunt which has shades of Indiana Jones at times This section felt rather loosely thrown together, a means to an end rather than a concise effort to resolve plotlines The revelation that the Eav oq share the same gods as Bajor Siblings instead of Prophets is sure to create a stir when the novel line returns to the Alpha Quadrant especially with all the political turmoil which currently plagues the planet, and the newly discovered Conspiracy alien invasion.Some unresolved plot strands Just what was the Wa subdeck At one point I felt that this was going to be a serious plot point that was developed into something else, but now it feels like it was just there for coolness factor Tosk Hunters Why was the language on the Eav oq planet written only so the Tosk could decipher it Rising Son provides a welcome reintroduction to Jake Sisko s story, even though the handling of the substitution of the Even Odds tales for Opaka s reapparance was somewhat choppy and abrupt.Four stars. The story of Jake Sisko is arguably one of the saddest fables ever penned in the history of science fiction The loss of his mother to the Borg at Wolf 359 led to him being raised alone by a starfleet commander based at the very edge of the known universe Add to the mix the discovery of the first ever stable wormhole linking one quadrant of the galaxy to another, the war hungry and militaristic Cardassians, the peace loving and religious Bajorans, the Prophets, Ferengi, the Founders, the Shapeshifters, the Jem H dar and of course the dominion, and you come up with one helluva mess Not to mention one of the best space operas ever made for television But thats the story of ds9, not our Jake And yet Jake Sisko is DS9 Anyway, we all know what happened to the station, as well as the general population who manned her We even know who lived, who died, who laughed, and who cried But RISING SON continues the tale, and it does so in glorious fashion Jake is exploring some ruins in a remote location on Bajor when hes comes across a battered scroll a prophecy if you will, and it doesn t take Jake long to convince himself that it might relate to his lost Father Spoilers prevent me from explaining myself here, but Jake s plans don t end well and this is whwre the book s plot takes control of the situation The reader is soon blessed with the classic and brilliantly realised sense of wonder moment when Ms Perry describes a particular level of the ship Jake finds himself on I must admit to not being a particular fan of the name given to this space craft, but considering her assignexd purpose you may find it appropriate The introduction of Kai Opaka late in the story also brings the book to life, and as she is on the front cover, there is no need for a spoiler warning Revelation follows revelation as you make progress toward the tale s climax, even though it feels a liitle rushed But rewarded, you will be, by reading this book, as even in its final pages it manages a couple of major twists There are no major criticisms from me, and very few minor ones, so i am happy to give it full marks A truly surprising Trek novel and a wonderful science fiction story to go along with. I just have to say, it was about time to have a story focused on the adventures of Jake Sisko, one of the most likable, endearing TV kids of all time When Jake disappeared through the wormhole at the beginning on the relaunch, I was wondering with each book when we would find out what happened I love that he ended up on an alien treasure hunting ship, filled with likable characters, some of whom are very unique alien species that I had fun trying to picture in my mind as I read The story itself was very good, but I especially enjoyed Jake s relationship with the crew The twist at the end was great and had me excited to find out what happens next. Considering that this is a book about one of the least vivid characters on DS9 that s not really a slam, because the show is so packed with vivid characters the comparison is just such a weird one to make , albeit one with a small history of making me cry should we just watch Nor the Battle to the Strong again real quick it won t be quick because the DS9 credits are eight hours long , and, oh, also, practically nobody you know is in this book Well, actually, it was pretty entertaining Also, it did a nice job following up on the promise in the title this is a book about feelings as much as it is about a couple of space heists and a prophecy, particularly Jake s feelings about his dad And that relationship has always been a vivid and persuasive one, and I m happy to see it explored further But, yeah, every time Jake was pondering his decisions I was like, but how will that affect Nog Anyway, yes, still feeling pretty good about my decision to read published Star Trek fanfic, thank for asking. can t fucking believe they made jake sisko goes to firefly and also there s a prophecy a good book but they did A Prophecy Leads Jake Sisko On A Desperate Search For His Missing Father Instead, What He Finds At His Journey S End Is Totally UnexpectedIn The Climactic Closing Episode Of The Final Season Of Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Captain Benjamin Sisko, His Destiny Inextricably Linked To That Of The Alien Entities Known As The Prophets, Was Last Seen Plunging Into The Depths Of The Bajoran Fire Caves, Locked In Combat With Gul Dukat Although He Appeared To His New Wife Kasady Yates And Promised Her That He Would One Day Return, His Son Jake Has Not Seen Him Since In Deep Space Nine Avatar, A Mysterious Prophecy Sent Jake On An Impossible Quest To Trace His Missing Father However, Instead Of Finding His Heart S Desire, Jake Is Thrown Across The Galaxy And Saved By The Unexpected Intervention Of A Strange Ship With An Even Stranger Crew Sharing Their Travels And Their Dangers, He Learns Important Lessons About Dealing With His Father S Loss, And About The Truth Of The Prophecy That Sent Him Here In The Process, He Discovers Much Than He Anticipated A Revelation That Will Change The World Forever For Jake, For Bajor And For Deep Space Nine We finally found out what Jake has been up to all this time The story told here takes place across the months that the past several DS9 relaunch books have covered, from Abyss through to the final Mission Gamma novel.Jake is something of an abandoned character in Star Trek The TV show certainly gave him his own path, but he was always in his father s shadow as he is very aware of in this book To most people, he was always just the son of the Emissary , rather than his own person I always enjoyed him as a character, though, especially once he began to follow writing as his passion.In that regard, it s something of a shame that Rising Son doesn t touch on his writing, and instead turns him into a fortune hunter who falls in with a band of likeable scavengers Not the most obvious fit, but the story is very aware of that and makes his integration gradual There s also a huge amount of new characters to suddenly become familiar with, and the early sections are a bit overwhelming.Perry s capable writing is able to handle this, though The array of characters are all quite unique and alien, with distinct characteristics that let them stay memorable I particularly became a fan of Pif who I couldn t imagine anything but Chase from Paw Patrol and Stessie a VERY unique alien design But having so many characters meant that many didn t really get a look in, and I was very interested in knowing about Glessin, Srral and Brad who teased some really interesting things.The psuedo father son relationship between Dez and Jake was also very well written, and often touching A few parts of the book became surprisingly emotional.The mid to late parts of the novel are all quite exciting and eventually resolve some big mysteries that were left hanging from the TV show It begins to move very fast towards the end and maybe crams too much in, but a longer book may have just been padding things out Still, I would like to have known about the Wa, as it seemed to serve no purpose other than to create a mystery that was never addressed Maybe it will appear again in a later book.Anyway, the timelines and the characters of all the books and stories so far have now aligned together in the same place, so the next book should be thrilling. Essentially two stories.Rising Son starts as an intolerable romp with Jake Sisko as the gormless idiot on a ship full of Star Wars characters, making friends with lovable rogues This half of the book sucks, in part because it has nothing to do with why I care about Star Trek.The second half is about the return of Kai Opaka and how she got off of the planet she was trapped on and her pursuit of something calling to her tied to the Prophets This half of the book Really solid It s actually like the last 20% but this redeems the rest of it and makes this book a firm okay I d read many books about Opaka and her journeys and self discoveries, she s a great character Bajorans are just better than Jake Sisko.
SD Perry Stephani Danelle, by the way, though she prefers SD or Danelle has been writing novelizations and tie ins for most of her adult life Best known for her work in the shared multiverses of Resident Evil, Star Trek, and Aliens, SD is a horror nerd and an introvert Her father is acclaimed science fiction author Steve Perry SD lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
- Mass Market Paperback
- 308 pages
- Rising Son (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
- S.D. Perry
- 06 January 2019 S.D. Perry