Hopefully, yes! I have it pre-ordered for both formats but I'm pretty sure the paperback won't get here first unless they send it out super early, as the paperback release date isn't until the 30th here. Though I know that occasionally happens with Treklit; my copy of Full Circle came really early.
I'm going to have to be careful about spoilers, then! I was pretty spoiled for The Eternal Tide but would prefer not to be this time.
(Heh, if I'm being really nitpicky then technically this avatar isn't totally accurate either - she's supposed to be a three-star Admiral, not five. But at least she isn't still a Captain.