Iím glad the overabundance of side stories involving forgettable characters and the authorís philosophical musings about warfare that plagued ďBeneath the Raptorís WingsĒ are not in this book.
Totally disagree about this. That's one of the things I liked about Raptor's Wing
- the scope covering multiple characters and storylines. That's part of what made that book really - for me at least - feel worthy of a conflict as big as the Romulan War. The problem for me about this book - on that score at least - is that there wasn't enough time or space to continue that in a way that paid off all the stories.
As for "the authorís philosophical musings"... that's part of being an author. Every writer brings his or her own feelings and thoughts and perspective into their writing. While some of your criticisms are certainly fair, I think you're being a bit overly harsh against Martin in particular. Honestly, he was making the best of a bad situation (having the trilogy cut down by the editors) and I think he did the best he could. It's not my favorite book in the series, and I'm disappointed that it doesn't pay off the promise raised by Raptor's Wing
, but Martin did a creditable job.