Before I actually read the thread and see people's comments, let me just give my one word review: YAY!!!!!
More thoughts later after reading, either as an edit or new post.
ETA: Ok, some more thoughts.
In general: mother of god, I officially want DRG to become to DS9 what Kirsten Beyer is to Voyager. This man gets it
. There were things I was sad about, times I wanted to throw the book across the room because of what certain characters were doing (somebody upthread mentioned "screaming at the screen"), but this book is fantastic.
THEY ACTUALLY BLEW UP DS9?!?!
You know what's funny though, while it was epic and sad I would've been much more upset if we'd lost more major characters - I was actually more upset at the prospect that Vic went down with the station when it was mentioned in the BSC bar than the station itself blowing up. And the new DS9 sounds like a really interesting design, hope to see what it looks like when completed soon.
It's really good to see O'Brien again. I don't think he's appeared in anything since Worlds of DS9: Cardassia? Was somewhat surprised that Dax didn't even make an appearance (ultimately I think I might have preferred her and co. to Picard and co., but no biggie), but ah well; like Sisko and Robinson might end up being she and Aventine are pretty much "general universe show up when needed" characters. The DS9 "cast" as it stands now is a pretty fun mix of tv show (O'Brien, Bashir, Nog, Quark), "first wave" novels (Ro, Prynn, Treir, Cenn) and "second wave" novels (Blackmer, Stinson, Slane, Candlewood, and I'm counting Sarina here). Plus of course whatever role the Siskos play but it sounds like they're leaving Bajor more or less. Now if only we knew what was up with plain, simple Garak...
There's still a lot of questions of course, but things are very well setup for lots more good DS9.