Re: Star Trek: Cast No Shadow Review Thread Yep, pretty average. Spoiler: The book I too would've preferred a logical, nonredeemable Valeris to what we got. It might also have made Vaughn's emotional arc stronger; realizing a bit more about the evil he wants to spend his life fighting, rather than just giving him a bunch of difficult situations we as readers know he'll get out of. That said, I haven't been as big a fan of Swallow as most; I thought Synthesis was weirdly dark after the conscious return to optimism that Torrent Sea gave us, and I thought Day Of The Vipers was more an 8/10 than the 10/10 people told me to expect. Regardless, I always felt that one thing he was good at was believably portraying damaged people, complex motivations as much from light as from dark (if anything, he was TOO good at that in Synthesis) and so his resorting to cliche here was a little weird, even for me. But it had a couple solid surprises, some great action scenes, and the nice Clancy-esque vibe that I feel like Zero Sum Game was aiming for and missed completely. So, not bad. Not great. Feels like there could've been a lot of weight here, though, if it had gone somewhere else.