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Fortune's Light (Star Trek: The Next Generation Book 15) by [Friedman, Michael Jan]
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About the Author

Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly sixty books of fiction and nonfiction, more than half of which bear the name Star Trek or some variation thereof. Ten of his titles have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. He has also written for network and cable television, radio, and comic books, the Star Trek: Voyager® episode "Resistance" prominent among his credits. On those rare occasions when he visits the real world, Friedman lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons.

He continues to advise readers that no matter how many Friedmans they know, the vast probability is that none of them are related to him.


Product Details

  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (September 22, 2000)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2000
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0ORC
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By R. Spottiswood on January 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This a detective style story: running down leads, sorting true from false clues, and getting shot at or otherwise threatened all along. I usually have various complaints about Friedman's writing style, but not for this one. There is a lot of action, mostly travel and questioning people, with some combat, and all of it is well told. The knife fight is especially good. The descriptions in general are very good, very clear. The characters are vivid and with plenty of depth. Riker's female Impriman partner is a strong, well developed character, not as devious but with more common sense. There is a fair amount of humour, and a couple of scenes are real gems. The plot of the story is interesting and turns out to be surprisingly intricate. The pacing at which the plot is revealed is well judged. In addition, we are given the back story of Riker's original visit to the planet at nicely judged key points in the development of the main plot. All in all, this is a very good and enjoyable story.
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Not all that bad but not all that good either. The worse parts were the endless description of how Riker puts his knee on this rock and grabs on to something with his left hand to push himself.... get on with the story will you? It takes Riker two pages to climb down a hole!

Anyway... I really hate it when an object of great significance is stolen and the event simply cannot go one without it. Ludicrous. How can there be a merger between clans without the fortune's light? Simply unthinkable! Let there be war instead. As I said, ludicrous.

High tech band during carnival. Why? Just to get the story going? I see.

The endless meaningless baseball was SO boring.

Come to think of it, I am going to give it a two instead of a three.
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It's nice to know that we finally get some more information about Riker's past. So far in the series I have gotten a few snip its hear and there but to actually have Fortunes Light about Riker's past makes things easier to understand what he has gone through before he was a Starfleet commander. I highly recommend this book to someone that doesn't know or like Commander Riker. I didn't really care for him very much before I read this book but now I see him in a better light. I am excited to see what else he does. Read on trekkies!
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This book is a very good example of just how far good writing can take a mediocre concept. I was truly unimpressed with either of the plots in this book, yet found myself being drawn into it in spite of myself due to the excellence of the writing.

I suppose it is unfair to actually say that the plots are BAD. They do not, however, resonate with me at all. The primary plot is a detective and mystery fiction plot in which Riker has to unravel a mystery on a planet where a friend of his has disappeared, allegedly after stealing a priceless artifact. I'm not universally opposed to detective fiction, but I generally find that they don't work overwell as Star Trek plots, and I certainly don't see Riker as a viable Sam Spade type. Further, this plot just seemed rather blase, and it truly required exceptionally adroit writing to get me to care about it. In a way, I never did, but in spite of that, I found it difficult to put the book down toward the end, so Friedman must have been doing something right.

Furthermore, the secondary plot involved Data playing "major league" baseball on the holodeck, trying out a program that Riker had written for himself just before being called away on his mission. Again, I don't necessarily object to sports stories; one of my favorites is "If I Never Get Back", by Darryl Brock. But I don't much care for holdeck stories in general, even if they are merely subplots and not the major focus of the story, nor do I generally care for the "Data does something offbeat in an attempt to learn more about what it means to be human, and in the course of doing so, commits many amusingly silly faux-pas" type of story, of which this was certainly one.
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