I just started reading this a few days ago, and while I haven't found it utterly unreadable I've already got some issue with it after only 20something pages.
I hear you. Like I said near the beginning of this thread, another Mike Martin novel is just on my shelf collecting dust. Two years, the same can be said of StF. It feels like just another Titan novel, and I don't follow that novel series as regularly as the TNG-R and TP books.