This was a good setup for the series. Not quite as good as his last duology but not bad. I really liked getting to "see" the new station. And its always nice to finally get some more DS9.
I wasn't terribly surprised that they killed off Bacco - I thought she was going to die in the David Mack TNG series, really. Still sad though, I really liked her character.
First chapters are always hard to judge because there are lots of unresolved threads. The payoff is often much more satisfying.