This didn't work for me I'm afraid. It's not badly written but the 22nd Century stuff drags. I tend to avoid TOS books so I haven't come across the Aegis stuff before and nothing here makes me want to learn more. Just a lot of bland characters going through the motions. It's also unfortunately placed just after Control so we have two 21st Century conspiracy stories in a row and just as Control undermined the forming of a United Earth and Federation this does the same for First Contact and Zefram Cochrane and neither novel seems worth the damage it does. With so much time given over to the 21st Century the TNG characters get short shrift and are stuck in a Star Trek by the numbers run around that's predictable in the extreme. Ward's last two books have progressed the crew quite well, moving towards more integration between old and new but this just stands still with nothing of interest happening. The only character point being Picards weird hissy fit over Taurik. I can't even get excited about the ending leading on from Control as I'd rather forget that book ever happened. Also can Smrhova be given something interesting to do please. I know she had a lot to do in Cold Equations but she's barely appeared in the last few books.