I think I can fairly well let Halliwell's response stand as my own without making my own point-by-point rebuttal. I'll just add two things.
1) An incomplete story (cliff-hanger) is not an incomplete story arc. A story arc can be fulfilled while leaving room for continuation.
2) I think folks here are intelligent. As such, I think you guys can come to your own opinions about how the novels compare in a literary sense. I think, however, that some of you let your fandom get in the way of that. You're so happy to see any
instances of your favorite characters, that you let it blind you to the flaws of the book. You're so happy to see any
Trek books, that you let it blind you to the flaws of the books. The TrekLit lines won't die because you allow yourself to see how flawed they are. They will die, though, if their flaws aren't recognized and fixed before a wider audience is turned off of them.