The vast majority of the Star Trek/Star Wars books I have read based upon canon characters leave me seeing the characters as they are 'speaking'. All of the characters in this one seem to speak in the exact same style, with the same mannerisms ... stilted and lifeless ... even Data (who is supposed to be less animated) is usually more interesting. Whereas most novels I read in a day or two, I read one chapter of this one and have to put it down to do something else. The last time I stopped in the middle of Chapter nine ... so I have not truly completed the book, to see if it becomes better later on. I can but hope.