Just finished. Slight, but I don't seem to mind much. DRG3 used to write giant novels, and now (as Christopher has pointed out a couple times) there aren't really giant Trek novels being written, so it just takes him more novels to get his stories out than it used to. I have a feeling that Kira's stuff is DS9 setup and not The Fall setup (I don't know why, and I'd love to be proven wrong, but I bet we don't see Taran'atar again until the next DS9 event), but even still: I'm willing to be patient. Plagues/Dawn, if nothing else, showed that DRG3's stories are surprising enough that the first third (namely, Rough Beasts) can be essential to a phenomenal narrative, but rather off-putting on its own. I agree this isn't satisfying as a standalone, but I'm also willing to wait for larger stories and judge its worth in hindsight. Certainly, the threads open here - Odo and the Changeling, Cardassian unrest, the Tzenkethi potentially being responsible for Bacco's assassination, Kira's experience, and the return of my very favorite DS9 Relaunch character at the end (can I just get a SQUEE! for just a second? thank you) - are, on the face of it, much more interesting than the threads dangling from the Typhon Pact novels were to me. And he brought those threads all home in style. Despite the obviously slight nature of the plot, here, this had the perhaps counter intuitive effect of making me more excited for DRG3's next DS9 novel (assuming such a thing occurs) than for the rest of The Fall. I'm sure the rest of this miniseries will resolve a couple of those threads I listed, but I get the feeling DRG3 is settling in for a long game here, and the last time he did that, the finale was one of my favorite Trek novels of all time. I'll give him the chance again - no question.