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"Babylon 5": A Call to Arms [Paperback]

Robert Sheckley
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9 July 1999 Babylon 5
In this last Babylon 5 title, John Sheridan is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of peace. But the Drakh, once servants of the bloodthirst Shadow, are preparing to launch a devastating interstellar war. In a desperate attempt to warn Earth, Sheridan faces an apocalyptic showdown with the war machine capable of killing an entire world.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree Ltd (9 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752218131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752218137
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,230,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the film and the book was good also. 29 Jan 2013
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Loved the film. Galen is great. Shame that TNT tried to butcher the series and JMS had to cancel it.
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Ex-Babylon 5 Captain Sheridan is now President of the Interstellar Alliance. He starts having dreams. His friends think he is going mad. Is he sane or mad?
The dreams warn him that he has an enemy. Is the enemy the Drakh or the Techno-mages?
Sheridan decides it is time to shot something. This leaves him with a few problems, like picking a target, weapon, allies and side.
This is the pilot of a 5 year TV series. So Sheridan has to miss his target.
Who does he miss? What does he miss? Where does he miss? When does he miss? Why does he miss? Read the book to find out.
Sheridan and co do hit a few things, so there is plenty of adventure in the story.
I enjoyed the story and hope you do too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book with a good plot. 9 Sep 1999
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I think this was a good movie turned into a good tv-movie. The only problem I think is that it need a little more information about the Drakh. Give a little more info I what they have been doing for the past 5 years. Still a good book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The weakest of the B5 movie novelizations 22 Oct 1999
By D. Denesowicz - Published on
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The only reason I decide to read a movie novelization is to see what additional material(internal dialogue, additional scenes) the author injects into the project. Peter David did a great job with "In the Beginning" of expanding on the film and really giving us material that could've been there if not for time constraints.
Sheckley brings nothing interesting into "A Call to Arms" that enhances the story and much of the inner dialogue doesn't even seem like the characters.
You might as well just watch the movie again if the basic story appeals to you.
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing hack job 19 Jan 1999
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Wow, this was bad. Sheckley has written some good stuff in his time, so I can only assume that he needed the money in a hurry and wrote this over a weekend. It's pretty much JMS's shooting script in novel form - there's certainly no character or plot insights (contrast this to Peter David's novelization of "Thirdspace", which was a mediocre TV movie, but a much better book). It's not been carefully edited, either - there are many places where word choice is poor, and a sentence or two that really are redundant. It's about the level of work one might expect from a moderately-talented highschool sophomore.
Collectors of B5 books will want this, but I'd recommend others get the video - it's much better on film.
4.0 out of 5 stars This one was a great read. 11 Jan 1999
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IMO this was the second best of the B5 books (The best being book one of the Psi Corps trilogy.) Besides providing interesting backstories for several of the characters introduced (Anderson, Dueena and others), there were some delightful insights into the lives of Sheridan and Garibaldi at this point in the B5 saga. For me, the chapter where Michael "seeks professional help" to determine the state of Sheridan's mind was worth the price of the book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not quite great 3 Jan 1999
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This novel is solid and workmanlike, with absolutely nothing embarrassing or even mediocre about it. That said -- it left me somewhat cold through its general lack of real style. In that sense it falls short of the standard set by "The Shadow Within", "To Dream in the City of Sorrows", "Dark Genesis", "In the Beginning" and "Thirdspace", the extremely well-written B5 novels that preceded this one.
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