One of the main attractions for me where Trek is concerned is that it takes the better over the more cynical path. While that does indeed eventually happen here, people like Ishan infuriate me. I see enough of these gits and their actions in real life and such individuals frequently get away with all of it. Suppose that's one neat difference between Trek and reality.
Wouldn't really see all that much similarity between fiction and a real-life case personally, I'm wary of making those sort of comparisons.
In a way it's not so much that the book failed to make me care so much as it did.