Hot damn, sir, that book (and the whole trilogy, natch) was freakin' AWESOME!!! Just.. wow, it rocks, and rocks hard. I was hoping the ending would live up to the build-up (and that one of those pesky deus ex machina
things wouldn't get pulled out
); not only did it do that, but it did in such a way that I was blown away. As has been stated, the resolution was in the truest Trek tradition. Plaudit!! Plaudit!!
Now, I can't wait to see what comes next.. boldly forward for our heroes, no doubt, but what awaits them?