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RISING SON
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Summary: Jake Sisko journeys through the wormhole in search of his missing father, Captain Benjamin Sisko. Jake’s journey takes him on a voyage with an alien crew to discoveries beyond his wildest imaginings and to find the last thing he ever expected…

Review: The latest in Pocket Books’ re-launch of the “Deep Space Nine” novel series is one of the most ambitious and personal journeys ever for one of the series’ often under-used supporting characters. For those who may not be familiar with the re-launch of “Deep Space Nine”, a quick update is in order…

Set after the conclusion of the “Deep Space Nine” television series, Pocket Books decided to continue the story of the DS9 crew in an all-new ongoing series of novels officially licensed by Paramount Pictures. With a mixture of established characters and new characters created exclusively for the re-launch, the new DS9 novels have further developed the ongoing story, as though the series continued for an eighth season, through multi-part adventures and crossover stories. Like the “New Jedi Order” series of STAR WARS novels, each book stands on its own merit while serving to contribute to the larger and expanding DS9 storyline.

The new novel “Rising Son”, the first stand-alone novel since “A Stitch in Time”, spotlights Jake Sisko on a solo adventure as he travels through the wormhole in search of his father Benjamin Sisko (who disappeared at the end of the series finale “What You Leave Behind”). Since we have never seen Jake in a solo adventure without the benefit of other DS9 characters around him, this is a promising delight to finally see Jake on his own. He must rely on the kindness – and mistrust – of strangers to get him closer to his destination.

At the core of Jake’s journey is a prophecy revealed to him several months before: a Son is destined to voyage into the Celestial Temple of the Prophets and return with a lost Herald who will return to attend the birth of the Infant Herald. Through the Herald’s return, the Avatar is then born. This leads Jake to mistakenly believe that he should look for Benjamin Sisko and bring him back in time for the birth of his child to Kasidy. Much like a spiritual hunger to search for God, Jake leaves the safety of the crew and DS9 behind and travels alone through the wormhole to where he believes his father is. Stranded in the wormhole with no power to his vessel, Jake faces certain death until he is rescued by a rag-tag group of pirates and scavengers.

Over the course of the following four months, Jake travels with the pirates and scavengers through the wormhole and into the Gamma Quadrant in search of adventure. Ultimately, Jake meets the lost Herald – and it’s not his father. Rather, it is the return of a figure known very well to DS9 fans: the Bajoran Kai Opaka, who was left behind in the wormhole as a result of her death and rebirth. Her return in the Gamma Quadrant (at the end of the recent “Mission: Gamma” series) brought her into contact with many new species, and now she awaits her return to Bajor.

S.D. Perry has crafted an amazing adventure that further defines Jake Sisko’s character, as she forces Jake to grow up and rely on himself for the first time in his life. As a child must move forward into adulthood and depend less on his parents for assistance and advice, so must Jake make this journey as well into becoming a man. It’s exciting, adventurous, even a little sad and brutal – but then again, life is that way, isn’t it? Jake can only sit on DS9 for so long, and as he learned in the series during the Dominion War in the seventh season, he must face the issues of life as they happen.

This is an excellent allegory to that painful time in our lives when we must move from adolescence to adulthood and leave the safety net of our parents behind, whether through moving away or through their inevitable eventual absence.

“Rising Son” is part spiritual odyssey, part rousing adventure, and a complex character study that may hit home with some readers – Jake’s decision to move forward with his life after losing his father speaks to many readers - including this one - who have experienced such a defining moment in their lives. This novel shows that like Jake, any of us, must look within to find the strength to move forward.

A fine addition to the “Deep Space Nine” expanded universe. Highly recommended. Coming in April: Benjamin Sisko returns in the next chapter of the DS9 re-launch, “Unity”.

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I agree that "Rising Son" is a wonderful read-it's much more than a 'Jake novel'.

Ms. Perry has a real gift when it comes to crafting fascinating, three-dimensional characters.

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