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The characters personalities were altered by aliens. Oh, wow, how original. Worf is aggressive. <yawn> Riker is uncertain, Picard is impulsive, Laforge is bitter, Data is fascinated. Oh how amazing. Oh, and Troi is immersed in her emotions. Of all of them I think Worf's single-dimensional portrayal is the worst aspect...he's chief of security, but he comes across as a complete and utter jerk that nobody can work for or with. And that's BEFORE the alien influence. Afterward, he's pretty much a useless ball of paranoia and anger. And there are the occasional poor instances of science...like human bodies cannot withstand 3Gs. ??? A car crash at 30MPH into a barrier with minimal give generates well over 10G against the passengers, and many people around the world survive such crashes each and every day. The return of Simon Tarses, last seen in "The Drumhead" episode, is nice, but not enough. Oh...and some thinly-veiled Greenie political commentary is also pretty obvious at several points. This is entertainment, not a soapbox. But the writer clearly feels otherwise. I'll give two stars just because I won't say I "hate" it...the plot is consistent and carried through on, the wrap-up is...there...it doesn't shamelessly segue into a sequel by leaving loose ends all over the place. But the sideline stories certainly leave room for other novels to expand on them, should the opportunity arise. T Not the worst book I've read, I mean, I *did* finish it, but I can't recommend it.