I loved every character in this book. I would honestly read an entire novel of just Data, Geordi, Lal, Alice, Moriarty, Regina, Albert Lee, and Shakti just sitting in the same room telling stories at each other. What a wonderful cast of characters! Story was good too, if a little too conveniently neat at the end. All the conflict resolving on some other planet offscreen felt a little unearned, I think. But really: I haven't laughed so hard at Trek dialogue in years. Data, Shakti, and Albert especially. The character arcs were brilliant, the continuity references very satisfying, and the appearances of the Doctor and Vic were perfect. Outstanding. Excluding Beyer's Voyager novels, which are still in a league of their own for me, this is my favorite Trek novel in a solid couple years. Well done, Jeff Lang, and welcome back to the fold! I sincerely hope that Margaret Clark lets you take on the next book after this one; this was a hoot.