loved it, and i'm glad that the first officer of the demeter isnt going to be jettisoned from the series. hopefully we can see his progression, even if several books down the road.
also, i happened to hear the g&t podcast of the shore leave panel with kirsten. it was spot on and dealt with the issues in an even tempered manner. personally, i was glad that sisco was brought back, but it wouldnt have been so bad if he had never returned.
there wasnt a single downside to the book, and now i care about the other ships in the fleet to a greater extent and want to know what happens in their futures...both during the mission and post delta quad mission.
it would be nice to get a picture of the bridge crew of voyager with the new crew members... a la what was done with the new frontier books 5 and 6.
solid kirsten, as weyoun would say 'you keep writing, and i'll keep reading.'