Just finished the expanded version. Really
I loved getting more details about the slow fulfillment of Spock's plan and liked getting peeks at other areas of the MU.
Narratively, there were a few places that seemed a little...awkward isn't quite the right word. There were just places that I could tell that new stuff was grafted on. But it wasn't so bad as to ruin the book for me. Just something I noticed.
I really hope that Rise Like Lions
sees the light of day someday!