Ex-Machina - You will already have encountered the title when you looked up Mr. Bennett's bibliography. I can tell you that it was one of the novels that the creators of Nu-Trek looked at to inform their portrayal of the characters (this was confirmed by Mr. Bennett in another thread)
Well, we don't really know that. All we know is that screenwriters Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci listed it along with Best Destiny, Prime Directive
, and Spock's World
among their favorite Trek novels:
They never specifically said that they used those books as influences on their script, just that they liked them.