This novel does a great job of fleshing out the characters of Hikaru, Demora, and John Harriman. The flashbacks with Sulu bonding (or not) with his daughter are packed with reality and feeling, and they contrast well to the somewhat fantastic elements of his adventures in the Saharan city and the final escape. Almost all of the elements that make Peter David's work so enjoyable are present. The exception is a worthy antagonist. Taine and his cronies seem to exist only to serve the plot and are not very interesting characters. All in all, this is a decent Trek story, and it gives greater resonance to some elements in Serpents Among the Ruins. 7 out of 10 So, who else here has read the book? What do you think of it?