I thought it was a little thick with cameos and it read like a fan's tribute to TNG at first, like an attempt to jam in as many side characters as possible, but I quickly came to highly approve of the story. It was also great when you consider it was Magpie's first trek novel. The story of the second half was exceptionally creative and original, don't you think Triumphant? It was nice to have a book focused so much on exploration and the unknown.
Also, Triumphant, do you think it was any thicker with cameos and "fan wank" than the movies or even some episodes?