You, Sci&co are trying very hard to miss the point.
For a person who buys this book from a library, not dedicated enough to conduct internet searches and without intending to collect future star trek novels, this book is garbage.
It does NOT stand on its own; indeed, it fails miserably at this.
And, even within the larger trek lit, it is boring.
There are ways to say you did not like the book without resorting to insults. Also, you miss a major point there. Why would someone buy book ONE of a FIVE book mini-series without intending to buy the others? That's just ludicrous if you think that's how it is.
You could say the same thing about the first Destiny book. It did not stand on it's own. None of the Destiny books stood on their own. They needed all three to be complete.
I am a little over 1/3rd into Dust and Revelation
and so far I am enjoying it. Not every Star trek book has to be earth shaking or move the characters on in some significant way.
And - a 2 page reconciliation with no connection to the so-called plot line of the novel? Or characters just being themselves? Such developments are supposed to make this novel a "superb character study"? Ridiculous.
It's part of the ongoing DS9 plot. So yes, it does have a connection. That plot thread was started in Raise the Dawn
and is continuing here.