, ditto on the backgrounders -- they are a little awkward, but I'm grateful for them. It's sometimes years between reads.[/QUOTE
Having some (not too much) background in the books, especially re: what's happened in other books, probably doesn't hurt, especially when one hasn't read all the recent Trek books that concern TET. Even if one was so inclined, for the current 24th century story line, there are a fair lot of books to read for the overall casual or even moderately interested Trek fiction fan (like me, lol).