I'm at around page 188 or so. I'm enjoying it quite enjoying it, especially the way Martin manages to tell such a far-reaching story -- about Enterprise, the UE Starfleet, the rest of Earth, Andor, Tellar, Vulcan, and the other Human worlds that have become independent of United Earth. I especially like the idea that the Enterprise and its sister ships represent the "Edsel" of the 22nd Century. I'm noticing a lot more typos and other such errors than usual. In particular, the supporting character Haroun al-Rashid has inexplicably become Haroun el-Rashid. I'm wondering if this is the result of all the editorial upheaval during the book's writing. There are a few things in the book that bug me. They're fairly minor, but they irritate me none the less. - As I said before, the changing of T'Pau's office from First Minister to Administrator, with no acknowledgment of the change. - The decision to designate the Daedalus-class ships as "U.S.S. Whatever NCC-whatever." That decision just irritated me. The NX-class ships don't follow that nomenclature, which seemed to be a Federation thing. Why would some United Earth ships get that designation but not others? And why would the Federation Starfleet use it later on? - The decision to call Thomas Vanderbilt the "defense secretary" rather than defense minister. The inconsistent nomenclature just got on my nerve. - This and the "U.S.S." thing are really the same complaint, but I didn't like the idea of putting the Uinted Earth Prime Minister's office in the Place de la Concorde. This probably sounds silly, arguing against fictitious ethnocentrism, but that goes too far for me in the direction of equating Earth with the Federation. It seems to me that they should have established a distinct location for the PM's office, some place that's not Federation-related, so as to establish that the Federation is not just a Human institution.