Contrary to Shadow, Rogue succeeded to actually show that Section 31 is not simply a bunch of fanatic, narrow minded bad guys who have no conscience, who do anything to protect the Federation. Section 31 is first of all about grey areas, sometimes darker than at other times, but it is never a simple black and white issue what they are doing.
The two authors were very good at it to show us that Section 31 agent Zweller definitely has a conscience, that he is determined to do what is right. I could understand his point of view very well. Contrary to Sloan who I always considered to be a love to hate character, I liked Zweller very much. The authors provided a very complex look at this difficult situation. They did it from different perspectives and angles, just showing us each point of view. I welcomed that. This book does not preach, it leaves it to the readers to decide who is right and wrong. And I am sure, not everyone will draw my conclusions.
What gave this book so much impact is not only because it made me thing, but also because of the characterizations, including personal connections between the characters. This means, you get much more involved and care about what these people think, how they react, how they struggle to find the "right" answers. We already know Corey Zweller and Marta Batanides from the TNG episode "Tapestry". Hawk is known from the movie "First Contact".
Additionally, we quickly learn that Hawk is gay. I could see that Andy Mangels, who is a gay activist, and his co-author provided something important here by writing this gay relationship the way they did. Again, people who read this book are invited to make up their minds. Me personally, I want to say, I enjoyed reading about Hawk and Keru. It is beautifully written, with a lot of feeling behind it.
Rogue is a very intelligent, thought provoking and complex book. I am hoping the authors will write a sequel one day.