All of the stuff with Bacco and her diplomatic entreaties was absolutely brilliant. I was concerned about anyone but KRAD playing with those characters, but after seeing the way Mack wrote them, I've decided the Trek book I now most want to see is an AOTF sequel where KRAD and Mack alternate chapters, each attempting to outdo and build on what the other has done. The competition might kill both of them, but we'd get a political novel that could never be topped.
That would be fun to do, but Dave's got enough of that with Ward and Dilmore on Vanguard
And, FWIW, I was incredibly
pleased with how Dave handled Madam President et al.