Kertrats47 You, Sci&co are trying very hard to miss the point. For a person who buys this book from a library, not dedicated enough to conduct internet searches and without intending to collect future star trek novels, this book is garbage. It does NOT stand on its own; indeed, it fails miserably at this. And, even within the larger trek lit, it is boring. And - a 2 page reconciliation with no connection to the so-called plot line of the novel? Or characters just being themselves? Such developments are supposed to make this novel a "superb character study"? Ridiculous.