Just finished. I enjoyed it much more than RBOE but not as much as other recent Trek books. I'm not sure how I rate it, will have to think about it.
I will say that I like how the Bajoran sector is made relevant again after events in this book and I am in much expectation as to where this is going. However, I'm disappointed that it looks like the cold war is heating up and there is a high possiblity of another war.
I can understand what you are saying, but I am looking at this like the Cuban Missile Crisis, we come to the brink of war, only to have it averted.
One of the things that Trek books have to be careful of is having too much galactic war; the Dominion War, then the Borg, it gets to be too much death and not the hope that Star Trek has always stood for. I found that the Praetor was such a great addition to this story because she is different to the other Romulans that we have seen, more interested in peace and stability and not the back-stabbing and conquest of previous leaders. I am hoping to see how peace can win out because of people like her.