I didn't care much for this book, and in fact, I almost put it away after the first couple of chapters. However, I plugged on through, and at least it was better than watching bass fishing on TV. The book takes on two stories and tries to mush them together into 255 pages, and does a rather poor job of it. To really understand what is going on, you will need to have seen recently two episodes from the original Trek series, or have incredible memory recall. One of the episodes is Miri, which I disliked, and the other is Requiem for Methuselah, which I don't remember. It's not the worst Star Trek novel I've ever read, but it does rank down there. Of course, your results may vary.