USS Triumphant wrote:
2. The Romulan Star Empire is, well, an empire - and yet, out of all of the probably at least tens of billions of inhabitants of that empire, one specific individual (you know who I'm talking about if you've read the book) just happens to end up involved in the book's goings-on? Really? REALLY?! Even though the ship they were on ended up there at random and out of control, while the (non-fan-service) character specifically introduced to actually have a reason to be there doesn't even show up? REALLY?
There's actually a behind-the-scenes reason for that - specifically some hasty rewriting at the proof stage when somebody noticed they'd approved something they shouldn't have cos it clashed with another book in the pipeline. Originally the character in question had been following the Challenger's mission for a considerable time...
But absolutely it's a fan's tribute to TNG - albeit a fan who's been a pro writer for many years. Maybe it's filled with fanwank, but, hey, wouldn't you?