Voted Excellent, thought the book was overall great.
I loved seeing more of the Romulans; having not read Rihannsu or the first two Titan
books, I wasn't as familiar with some of the stuff but was glad to see them and spend some time with our favorite Star Empire.
I was sad to see the death of Donatra, but I'm not terribly sorry to see the IRS go; fun with acronyms aside, it really did just seem like a silly name and it seemed like things would be too convenient with a "good Romulan/bad Romulan" development. And again not having read the first two Titan
books, I was never really enthused with Donatra having a breakaway nation ruled solely by her as Empress anyway. I didn't make the connection about Kamemor being a return character, but I really liked her and was gratified to see her as Praetor. The ending of the Romulan plot left me feeling like things between the Star Empire and the Federation could be at their best point in... well, ever. Of course, Sela's running around as head of the Tal Shiar now... dlightful.
Watching Tal'Aura play both Spock and Donatra so well was suprising, and she came off as not a mustache-twirler but somebody definitely still interested in her own power.
I thought Spock was just excellently written in this book - somebody upthread mentioned being able to hear Leonard Nimoy, and I agree.
I was really glad to see Kira - Vedek Kira!
- if only briefly; her scene was brief but touching; and enjoyed the tantalizing hints we got about what had transpired in the time jump. Definitely glad to see what happened to Vaughn, that was a well-done couple scenes at the beginning. I really liked the character of Rogeiro - whatever happens with Ben Sisko, I hope we get to see more of him!
So, overall, thanks for a really good book, Dave
! And you should really check out Doctor Who.
First: Things couldn't stay as they were. To put it bluntly, happy endings are boring, and Sisko got one: home, with his family, retired. I have no interest in a Sisko that's just off to the side, occasionally dropping in to throw some prophecy our way. Yes, of course there are possibilities in domestic tension or something like that. But, just like Janeway as an admiral made the character difficult to shoehorn into ongoing stories, Sisko as a retiree would do the same. And for my money, if he's around, I want him to be going somewhere.
I think things could definitely have stayed as they were - happy endings are boring only inasmuch as they're endings, but maintaining happiness shouldn't have to be. I was hoping they'd go the Friday Night Lights route with Sisko and Kasidy - show a healthy, happy couple that really do love each other and are doing their best to raise a child, but showing the real challenges and problems that can bring about. There's really good genuine drama there, especially for a religious icon. Intermix it with general Bajoran stuff, and yeah, make him just an occasional guest character.
But now we have this, and I'm looking forward to seeing how Ben (and Kasidy, I'm sure we're not done with her) deal with this unexpected change in their lives.