I'm wondering if there are any other book series or authors that follow David's style of writing and fairly good respect to the ST canon?
Well, we've all got our own writing styles, but we're all obligated to respect the canon -- just part of the rules of writing tie-ins -- and a lot of us work tons of continuity references into our books. However, the majority of the novels published in the past decade have had a shared continuity that Crucible
is not a part of, because the decision was made to ground that trilogy solely in the original (and animated) series.
What are the 'out of continuity' elements of the Crucible books ? They are on my to be read pile at the moment.
And why would a a decision be made for a recent novel to deliberately violate continuity ?