I feel that DRGIII was given a very tough job with writing this novel. He was the one charged with kicking of a storyline set over 5 novels, plus setting up two more (the Kira situation, and the thing with Sisko's daughter). But since there will always be people who read this before reading any other Trek, or having not read the other novels in a while, he also need to backtrack and re-tell part of the story. That's simply a necessary evil. Unfortunatly, he got some back critique for that because they insist that every novel in the Fall should be seen as a seperate entity, even though the other novels published sofar have shown us that is clearly not the case.