You have to take the long view when evaluating this book. If you come to this duology expecting a neat, self-contained story, you will be disappointed. However, as the set-up for the DS9 relaunch series, it has me looking forward to reading more. The greatest weakness of this book is that the action of the story is anti-climactic. In Book One we had a spectacular attack on DS9 and the investigation of a spooky abandoned spaceship; in Book Two, the action is mostly restricted to DS9 and the highlight is the pursuit of a rogue Jem’Hadar that really goes on too long. Nevertheless, I was won over because S.D. Perry writes the characters so well. If you are invested in these characters (and if you’re not, why are you even reading this?), then you will find that an awful lot goes on in terms of their interactions. Perry even pulls off the difficult task of introducing compelling new characters to replace figures such as Sisko, Odo, Worf, and O’Brien, who went their separate ways at the end of the series and whom I expect to see return in future books.