I think what got through actually made the story a whole lot better than what we saw in the TV episode. This one of a few times where the novelization was better than the actual episode.
Eh, I felt this was one of the weaker ones actually, aside from the mess hall scene and the implication that sabotage might have been occurring. There wasn't much of a difference between the novel and the script, which made it less interesting and enjoyable to read. If it had been based on an earlier script draft (like STXI's novel) or Carey had expanded on something interesting without the snark, it might've been a good read.