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Fortune's Light by Michael Jan Friedman
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This was a fairly typical Star Trek Novel. There were two main stories. Riker gets called to a planet because years ago he and his friend and colleague Teller helped make an agreement between the planet and the Federation (who the planet picked to trade with over the Ferengi). But then Teller stayed as the liaison and now Riker has been called back because Teller has disappeared with a rare item called Fortune's Light. Riker and a retainer from the planet set about trying to retrieve Teller and the item.

There was also the story of Data playing a part in a Baseball game that Riker created on the holodeck but didn't get to participate in. Data is trying to change the outcome. It was sorta interesting, but I always wonder why Baseball is constantly used in Star Trek. Soccer has more people playing, Football is more popular and the sports that Star Trek has invented are more interesting to hear about. If I want to hear about Baseball I can turn on many channels on the TV. But, seeing Baseball through Data's eyes was definitely different. Still, tell me more about Velocity and Parisses Squares Star Trek, I already know about Baseball.

It was a typical Star Trek Novel. Well written because it was by Michael Jan Friedman, but nothing surprising happened in it. ( )
  DanieXJ | Apr 11, 2017 |
This novel features Cmd. Riker, and less of the rest of the crew. I thought it was enjoyable. ( )
  Karlstar | Jan 20, 2010 |
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As he fed the holodeck computer all the information he had collected, First Officer William Riker found himself smiling-grinning, in fact, like a little kid.
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Riker heard someone shriek - just before he fell. As he slid down the wall of the pit, he ducked and rolled.

A bolt of black lightning struck the dirt wall where he'd been, but by then he was on the other side of the pit, trying to get his balance. The isalt didn't waste any time. it whirled and pounced, a slavering, roiling mass of coal black fury - and this time, Riker couldn't scramble fast enough.

The thing was heavier than it looked - the impact knocked the breath out of him. He fell back against the pit wall, wrestling with the isalk, trying to keep its nightmare of a muzzle away from the soft flesh of his throat ....
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Dante Maxima Seven -- a world known to its inhabitants as Imprima. A world where Madragi -- huge social/economic entities wealthy beyond compare -- control the fate of millions..

Years ago, William Riker was part of the Starfleet delegation that opened Imprima to the Federation. Now the disappearance of an old friend -- Teller Conlon, who also served on that team -- draws Riker and the Enterpriseā„¢ across the galaxy, back to Imprima.

Because the jewel known as Fortune's Light -- one of Madraga Criathis's most priceless possessions -- has been stolen. And Teller Conlon stands accused of its theft. Now Riker must discover the truth behind the disappearance of both his friend and Fortune's Light, no easy task on a world where treachery and intrigue are commonplace...and where even an old friend's embrace may conceal the deadly bite of a dagger's blade.

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A missing jewel may bring war to an entire world, and death to commander Riker.

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