I really enjoyed the DS9 story, but my enjoyment was brought to a screaming halt every other chapter by the Kira/Keev storyline. I had no interest or no real understanding of it even in it's resolution, which I just found confusing. The whole book reminded me of Spock's World, where two completely different stories were told, and were out of kilter with each other. If I read Spock's World I just skip the historic chapters. If I read this again, I'll do the same as they added nothing for me.
I don't get that at all. The historic chapters were the best
parts of Spock's World
, and the historic chapters of Revelation and Dust
struck me as both well-written and as an obvious set-up for future Kira plot developments.
I guess I like my novels a little more self contained. I laboured through the Kira bits only to see no real payoff apart from setting up future developments. Maybe I'll re-appraise the novel when The Fall is complete. I liked the DS9 parts even though the assassination obviously seemed like a frame job, and to me the discovery at the end felt like it could also be a stitch up. I'm sure the Cardassians will be involved somehow.