Well the series is rumored to be canceled, and since so many of the stories were lackluster, I can't say I'm surprised. A chance to showcase Captians Pike, Sulu, and Harriman were all duds. Pike was depressing, Harriman was inconsistantly written, and Sulu seemed like a re-hash of an old Kirk story. Very little was done to give these "Original" charachters their own voice, or showcase their (never established) crew and ship. So my expectations were fairly low when I heard that Captain Jellico was still coming out in spite of the series being canned. (I mean what do we know about him? He's a jack@$$, and he "replaced" Picard for an episode) So seeing that Kevin DeCandido was writing this book, I thought, "Well he did a good job on the Klingon books" WOW. What a difference a decent writer makes. We get a sense of how life works on Jellico's ship, we get to see how he handles a crisis, we get to meet some of his crew, and we get to see what makes him work. I've got to admit, if I had some sort of "Roddenbery time-travel device" Jellico would be WAY down on the line of Trek Skippers I'd want to shake hands with, but DeCandido takes an original take on the persona of "Starfleet Captian", and makes the book an interesting read. If this is the last book in the series, it's the best of the bunch. If all of the others had been written this well there might have been better sales. If you read one ST:Captain's book, it's Jellico hands down.