As we come to book four in the post-Nemesis reading list we shift gears dramatically and for this novel we are treated to a little more West Wing than Star Trek.
Federation President Zife's resignation due to the Tezwa affair has left an opening for a new president. In a hotly contested election Nan Bacco is declared the winner. This story follows her first year in charge & doesn't take place in space or on a ship or have any crew we are familiar with,although we do get a few guest stars! The book is better for it as the story flows along nicely.
A lot of what happens is seeing the events of Nemesis ,The Tezwa affair and other plots that have been the focus of previous novels through different eyes & how the ramifications have played out. It would be an advantage to have read the A Time To.... series but not essential.
One major one is the ship load of Remans heading towards a Federation outpost looking for Asylum. To complicate matters the Romulans and the Klingons aren't far behind.
Nan Bacco also finds out exactly why the previous president had to retire & deal with some of the fallout. Around both of these events there are smaller issues to be dealt with and we get the characters fleshed out very well as we progress.
When I came to read this book I have to say I wasn't looking forward to it. Its not set on a ship we know, central characters we don't know and its overarching political story I thought I was going to dislike it straight away but Keith Decandido's excellent writing, realisation of the characters and not always have the Federation come out on top makes this a wonderful book. Not only is it the best book in the post-Nemesis continuity but the best Star Trek book I've read in a long time.