In typical David Mack fashion, the story in Precipice builds slowly in a chronological sequence of events. But after a while, the dates don’t seem to matter much (at least to me).
Like Deep Space Nine: The Long Mirage, this book courses through multiple story arcs and a couple of interludes. But unlike his counterpart, Mack managed to keep things running at a pace that wouldn’t bore you to bits and gradually tie everything together. Many of the scenes (especially towards the end) seemed tailor made for the big screen.
One thing that stood out is this line from the book that probably quite a few Starfleet officers had been tempted to say at one time or another:
“I ain’t in Starfleet.” He [Quinn] picked up a rifle. “So fuck the Prime Directive.”