I think that the only people expecting that writers to take Countdown into account, are the few people that liked Countdown. The impression (and mind you, this is only my impression) is that the writers have NO intent whatsoever to follow Countdown and make the novel universe tie in with that and/or STO.
I can't even remember what happened in the thing
For me at least the only thing I wanted to be taken account of in treklit is that somehow, someway, data returns
And that's been done. Maybe PAD will give us commodore data at some point again