Ill give it a 7. I finally just read it. hmmm Although R.A. Salvatore was ordered to kill Chewie, and it is supposed to represent the that nobody is safe, I felt it was very unnecssary. I also didnt like when he tried to describe up. Instead of saying Yomin Carr looked up or he climbed up. It would say, Yomin Carr looked up, up, up. What in the blankety blank, is he Superman? Up, up and away. The Vong is an intresting concept, good to get a break from this Empire-vs-Republic scene, it was getting a little old. From what I've seen of the rest of the NJO, the Vong seems to be very Borg like. Too strong with no real weaknesses. Ill reserve judgement for when I read the other books, but it seems to be a bit dark.