I'm only about half-way through but a couple of thoughts:
* I think in this type of story, having the bad guys spell things out that are happening before the good guys figure it out kills any type of suspense.
* It's getting tiresome to watch the Picard do whatever he wants with the Enterprise
on a whim without there ever being any ramifications for those actions from above.
I'm having a far harder time being invested in this story than I did Persistence of Memory.