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From the book jacket
The Years Are 2355-2357.
Two men. Both defined by the personal tragedy that drove them apart. Both driven by their desire to serve, and their devotion to duty. Both haunted by the past, and uncertain of the future....And both unable to reach across the chasm that separates father and son.
In the wake of the Tholian attack that nearly cost him his life, civilian strategic consultant Kyle Riker becomes the target of an apparent conspiracy within Starfleet Command, forcing him off Earth and beyond Federation territory to evade the attempts on his life. But danger is never far off, even on a backwater world where Kyle's very name brings the promise of death.
At the same time, the Starfleet career of Kyle's estranged son William Riker is under way in earnest, from his turbulent formative years at the Academy to his first perilous missions as an ensign aboard the starship USS Pegasus. And even as Kyle searches for the truth behind the events that have made him a fugitive, Will is pursued as well -- by a family legacy he fears he will never escape.



John AbbottCharlie BenderShinnareth BestorBisbeeHorace BonnerBoonBoothbyMarc BoylenBarry ChamishClantisCarson CookMichelle CulhaneD'EmilioRoss DonaldsonDuganElxentenEstresor FilLars GunnarsonWilliam HallDennis HaynesMaxwell HsuInisKathryn JanewayDrake KimballGeordi La ForgeLeonard McCoyFelicia MendozaKul Tun OsirOwen ParisEndyk PlureErik PressmanKatherine PulaskiPaul RiceKyle RikerRittharWilliam T. RikerTeresa SantangeloSatekBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJennifer SiskoSistekS'K'leeF'lo'kith SmethHasimi ThorpTrbovichSimon Urs-SistalVyrekMarden ZaffosNaghmeh Zand
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Starships and vehicles

air tramhovercraftmonorailMorning StarUSS Pegasus (Oberth-class) • skimmerType-6 shuttlecraft
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USS Al-BataniUSS BerlinUSS EnterpriseExcelsior-classUSS LaSalleUSS LivingstonUSS StargazerUSS Zhukov


AlcatrazCandelar IVCozzenEarthEmbarcaderoFisherman's WharfGolden Gate BridgeHazimotLunaPacific OceanSacramentoSan FranciscoStarbase 311Starfleet HeadquartersTwin PeaksTycho City
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AlaskaArctic CircleArkansasAtlantaBlue HorizonCoit TowerCoridan IIIDaly CityEl SalvadorIamme IVInferna PrimeJupiterJupiter StationMaxia ZetaMcGill's HardwareMyetraNashvilleNew BerlinNew FranceParisPine BluffQuazulu VIIIRichmondRigel VISavannaTaipeiTaurus IITelegraph HillValdezVenusViennaWyoming

Races and cultures

AndorianAurelianBolianCandelaranCoridanianCyrianDeltanHumanInferna Prime nativeKreel'nTholianTrillVulcanZimonianunnamed races and cultures
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States and organizations

CyreIntaglio Shipping and FreightOmega SquadronpoliceStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet SecurityUnited Federation of PlanetsZeta Squadron
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Confederate States of AmericaStarfleet Corps of EngineersTholian AssemblyUnited States of AmericaUnited States Navy

Science and technology

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Ranks and titles

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Other references

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Related stories


The Lost Era novels
The SunderedSerpents Among the RuinsThe Art of the ImpossibleWell of SoulsDeny Thy FatherCatalyst of SorrowsThe Buried AgeDay of the VipersNight of the WolvesDawn of the EaglesOne Constant Star

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