this is star trek as i like it- a good human story about a great character, and one that doesn't singlehandedly refute all but federation view- yes, it allows other species to have their own way of life without being smallminded (unlike, in "shell game"(melissa crandall?): a romulan character says 'honor? from a romulan? hahaha.." or something to that effect.. o pulease...) i mostly agree with what the general reader has reviewed up there. i just want to comment that the title "shadows on the sun" is made VERY clear in the novel..unlike what one reader has complained of above. it refers to a line in Ssani poetry (written by a chief assansin no less) about life and death.. 'sun' is the image of being or the cycle of life; the 'shadows' are individual lives, and by being removed (by way of assasins), the 'sun' is allowed to shine brighter.. .. not to say i agree with this,(lol) or even admire the pseudo philosophy made up by M J friedman.. just to clear up a little misunderstanding up there.