Top critical review
Solid episode, weak crossover
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2012
I was torn between 2 and 3 stars, and finally decided that, though it wasn't what I wanted, it was a solid example of what it is. I haven't been reading any of the Trek ship series: I returned to the books for the Typhon Pact storyline, and picked up this one as a crossover.
Fallen Gods reads like an episode of TOS or TNG. Which, if that's what you're looking for, is great. I came for an ongoing storyline of galactic-political intrigue, and felt all the way through like I was reading something I've seen hundreds of times before on Trek episodes.
The alien machine intelligence A story is very, very classic Trek, and solidly done if formulaic. The B story, with Riker caught in the middle of a conflict over the status of his Andorian crew... It was a nice dilemma, again very much in the Trek episode tradition. My only complaint was a technical one: after hundreds of pages of buildup, the solution seemed abrupt and insufficiently grounded. Hints were there, but the end could've been better tied to the middle.
In all, it's much like a summer crossover in comics: however good the main storyline could be, the peripheral stories usually seem crammed in, and driven more by marketing than storytelling.
The next Typhon Pact entry releases at the end of the month; that, I'll be looking forward to.