On top of that, we know from "Emissary" that he had a history of wanting to run away from his problems...
But never, not ever no-how, does he abandon his child; even in the depths of his pre-"Emmisary" haze he stayed with Jake.
And unlike the stereotype of the "deadbeat dad," Sisko left Kassidy and Rebecca because he felt he had to do so to protect them, not out of selfishness, drug addiction, or apathy.
You're aware that this excuse is used by actual deadbeat dads too?
Elias Vaughn wrote:
I would like to point out that, without getting too spoilery, Plagues of Night does deal with the issue of Sisko being a 'deadbeat dad' in a not unpleasant way.
. I had a lot of issues with DRG's characterization of Sisko in Rough Beasts
and I'm still not the happiest with him in Plagues of Night...
, but things are much much improved. I mean, DRG's a very good writer after all.
Overall, the book is very good, though I'm... really not sure what to make of the ending other than
I mean, I'm sure things aren't what they seem but it could be that the station's gone, Ro's dead, Kira's dead, Kasidy's dead, Bashir's dead, Sarina's dead, Quark... may be dead though who knows, Prynn's about to be blasted out of the sky, and all the new-new Niners are dead.
Things are looking pretty grim, hopefully Kamemor can figure out and deal with the traitors in her midst and somehow she and Bacco can prevent an all-out war.