Well, actually, I nearly burst out laughing, when I read that Chris Metzen apparantly bought it in the Treklit-verse. What did he do to you, KRAD? I thoroughly enjoyed the book, as it was giving me exactly, what I yearned for after Destiny - a detailed survey of the current political and econimic state of both Alpha- and Betaquadrant after the Borginvasion. Seeing Ezri play a big part too, is another thing that I was grateful for, since I really dig her as captain of the Aventine. I've also come to like Kedair alot. The forming of the Typhon Pact makes sense to me. With two of the "superpowers" being severely crippled, its no wonder the smaller powers sense their opportunities. I just hope this won't turn into yet another fullscale war in the near future. I think we've had enough of that after the Dominion and the Borg. Both the Federation and the Klingons have suffered immense losses over the past years, but were given almost no time to replenish their fleets and troops. They can only take so much before my suspension of disbelief fades. Give those guys some air to breathe. Say...10 to 20 years or so. Until then, I'm hoping for a classic "Cold War"-scenario. With the Romulans taking on the role of Germany after World War II this, to me, seemed like the intended direction anyway. One minor nitpick: With Starfleets ressources spread thin, I have a hard time believing, that they would send Titan back on their original misson, especially after they turned Ezris request down (yeah, I know she's got the fastest ship out there). I hope, this gets elaborated on more in Over a torrent sea.