Wesley gets involved with pirates, Picard represents the Klingon emperor, Worf stands for the Federation, Deana for her home planet, Riker tries to keep enterprise safe, and all that for a photon pulse canon capable of penetrating shields with a single shot. Fun, action and an excellent Georgi La Forge.
An interesting plot is let down by the odd plot hole, improbable circumstance and the author making up Rules of Acquisition! Aside from these minor points, this is a very entertaining novel, with a superb plot and a lot to digest ALL THE TIME!
The story is witty and imaginative with a good strong plot line. It really shows how good TNG could have been in relation to how it is. I also liked the ending. I also like how the under used LaForge actually gets some brilliant lines.
This novel does well in capturing the atmosphere and the character representations of the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series. The storyline is interesting in that it gives a nice understanding of the mentalities of the various species that make up the Federation, however if it is action events that you are looking for you may be disappointed. Wesley Crusher plays a huge part in the storyline which adds a bit of variety and the inner workings of the Ferengi mindset is illuminating. A good read overall.