chanilover wrote:Mr. Teg wrote:Timeweb by Brian Herbert, 553 pages, hardcover, 2006
The Timeweb series begins with the relationship between Saito Watanabe and his children Noah and Francella, who attacks her father with mercenaries disguised as Noah's own soldiers preventing Noah and Saito from meeting after years of estrangement.
Chapter One, page 7 (actually the first page, second paragraph).
"He had been estranged from his father, Prince Saito Watanabe, for so long that he had never expected to hear from the old tycoon again."
Brian's own relationship with his father.
Chapter One, page 7 (actually the first page, third paragraph).
"Noah considered the unexpected offer of a meeting between them. His initial thought had been to send a scathing response, or to simply ignore his father altogether. But other possibilities occurred to him."
Brian's own feelings.
Chapter Twenty-Three, page 168.
"Noah's fraternal twin <Francella> waved a hand across a pale yellow identity beam..."
Frank had two sons, Brian and Bruce, but the author symbolically the twin, too.
"After a momentary pause, a heavy alloy door slip open with a smooth click, revealing her father's study-a place he called "the inner sanctum." This room had always been off-limits to Francella and her brother when they were growing up, so it gave her special pleasure to be here now."
This is directly from Brian's own description in Dreamer of Dune.
"What he'd <father> failed to notice, though, was her <Francella> dissatisfaction over the way she had been treated in comparison with Noah, and how her resentment had built up over the years into a deep-seated anger. Francella now had an intense and all-consuming need for money, power, and prestige, and wanted to enjoy it all before she grew too old to appreciate such things."
Brian's own feeling and again taken directly from Dreamer of Dune a comment from one of Frank's friends.
Chapter Twenty-Three, page 169.
"Unfortunately, her father still clung to life like an injured spider on a web...It could go on for years, the nervous doctor said...the patient's mind, even in its damaged condition, was making desicisions about whether to live or die. Somewhere in Prince Saito's subconscious he fought on, perhaps out of a powerful desire to be wit his courtesan harlot again..."
Frank's own battle with cancer.
Brian's own feelings regarding Theresa.
"He even had an ultra-high-security treasure room in the villa, where he kept priceless jewels, manuscripts, and artworks. Undoubtedly part of his mind wanted to go in there again, and wallow in his wealth. The way he had it piled up in there..."
Manuscripts or priceless jewels.
"One day the treasure room, like everything else, would belong to her, so she ignored it for the moment. There were easier riches to take."
"Her father had done exceedingly well as a merchant prince; few had ever done better. Francella only had one regret: she wished she could bottle him up and let him continue making business decisions for her-perhaps as a sentient robot that was completely under her control and had her father's mind. Or a disembodied brain that did what she told it to do and just kept making more and more money for her. Yes, that would be perfect."
The Legends of Dune series.
Chapter Twenty-Seven, page 197-198.
"I...I just wanted to offer my condolences for your loss."
Unaffected by the deep sadness on the face of the blonde woman, Francella shouted at her, " You were his whore, but I am his heir. Now get out."
The blonde woman is Theresa.
Francella is of course Brian.
So, so true. If the poor cow was actually famous he'd be airing his family's dirty laundy on Oprah.
I was thinking something similar.
I wonder if Brian would've had the same issues if his father wasn't famous.