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STARGATE SG-1: Trial by Fire

STARGATE SG-1: Trial by Fire [Kindle Edition]

Sabine C. Bauer
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On a hidden world...

Tyros – an ancient society teetering on the brink of war. A pious people, the Tyreans are devoted to the Canaanite deity, Meleq. When their spiritual leader is savagely murdered during a mission of peace, they beg SG-1 for help against their sworn enemies, the Phrygians.

Initially reluctant to get involved, the team have no choice when Colonel Jack O’Neill is abducted. O’Neill soon discovers his only hope of escape is to join the ruthless Phrygians – if he can survive their barbaric initiation rite.

As Dr Daniel Jackson, Major Samantha Carter and Teal’c race to his rescue, they find themselves embroiled in a war of shifting allegiances, where truth has many shades and nothing is as it seems.

And, unbeknownst to them all, an old enemy is hiding in the shadows…

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An ear-splitting crack and dust and morsels of shattered stone rained down from the lintel above her head.
"Bloody Nora!" Siobhan Kelly jerked around.
"Do I have your attention now?" That nasty black box of a gun draped across his midriff, he came swaggering towards her like something out of those Rambo fi lms and had the nerve to grin.
"You shot at me!"
"I didn’t shoot at you. If I’d shot at you, you wouldn’t be complaining."
This wasn’t funny. "Of all the –"
"Ah!" A surprisingly elegant hand fl ew up and he took off his sunglasses, hard and angry eyes belying the grin. "In case you hadn’t noticed, Professor, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Carter here explained a few facts to you just now, but maybe you didn’t get the message. So –"
"Oh please! I’ve been conducting excavations since before you were an itch in your daddy’s trousers. Do you have any idea of who I am?"
"One huge honkin’ pain in the mikta. I, on the other hand, am the guy who’s under orders to bring you back in one piece, and if you interrupt me again I’ll gag you. We didn’t get a chance to introduce ourselves, so, for the record, I’m Colonel Jack O’Neill. Colonel means you’ll do exactly as I tell you when I tell you, and if I’m not around, you’ll listen to Major Carter. Are we clear on this?"

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed The Mark 15 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of the tv show Stargate:SG1 I ordered this book with much anticipation given the promises made by Fandemonium Books that this time around Stargate novels would actually read like someone who had watched the show.
I have no doubt Sabine Bauer is a fan, but I found her character depictions somewhat unconvincing, particularly, Dr Siobhan Kelly. The addition of this new character actually detracted from the plot. Odd that a character who was supposed to be quintessentially (read stereotpyically) English had an Irish surname. Siobhan is also an odd name for an English woman of her advanced years and obvious upper class background. It's small details like these that make up the authenticity of any character, and thus, allow us to become immersed in a story. Nevertheless, I gave the book a 'fair go', reading it cover to cover in the vain hope the author would hit her stride.
Carter was reduced to a one-dimensional character who appeared only long enough to insert her apparent response for all occasions -'Holy Hannah'. The character only said this line once in the actual tv series, and that was one time too many. Unfortunately, the character inconsistencies and Kelly's jarring presence were enough to make me lose interest in the rest of the plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a dissapointment 21 Aug 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It took a long time for this book to get interesting. I had to force myself to read it because I spent a lot of money for it. About half way through it got better. Too bad these books aren't available in the US. It would have cost less. Also, the author seems to keep switching back and forth between British English and American English. It was a bit distracting...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was ok 30 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I rather liked it actually, it was one of the better of the series so far, there were some aspects of SG-1s characters, mainly O'Neill which were not true to the TV series in my opinion. I did like it when it got going a bit and there was some action. I would recommend this book to O'Neill fans. Whether you like it or not, its miles better than the original books written when the series first came out, these books are actually written by people who like the series and the characters and are fans of the series. if you go on the stargate book website I think it tells you that fans sent their book ideas in and the best ones were chosen, so atleast you know their hearts were in the right place when they wrote them and allows O'Neill and the rest of the original SG-1 to keep galavanting around the universe without having to worry about being promoted or getting too old or leaving the show.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 9 Dec 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read TV tie-ins for various shows and found most of them somewhere between bland and godawful, I didn't have great hopes for the Fandemonium Stargate SG-1 series. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
"Trial By Fire" is not flawless - in particular, it suffers from the presence of a character who is fully intended to be annoying, but succeeds at it rather too well - but the standard of writing is pretty good and the plot interesting once it gets going. Even better, it does what most tie-ins don't, and actually delves into issues left unresolved by the TV show: in this case Jack's capture by Baal, and Daniel's missing memories from his Ascension.
Despite its flaws, a very readable adventure for SG-1, and far above average for a TV tie-in.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fizzles Out 16 Jun 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As the first in Fandemonium's series of officially licensed Stargate novels, I had high hopes for "Trial by Fire." The novel starts out promisingly with an intriguing mystery that involves Daniel and archeology, the mythology that is the show's bedrock, and the ongoing villains of the series. Sadly, it very shortly goes downhill with the early introduction of an original character - another archeologist - who steps into Daniel's shoes and spends the rest of the novel performing much of Daniel's function at Jack's side as Jack is separated from the team, and the writing takes a turn towards the slow and plodding. Although the set-up of Daniel, Teal'c and Sam desperately trying to find and save Jack while Jack is trying to survive and make his way back to them could have translated into an exciting action/adventure tale and one reminiscent of the early days of the series, in "Trial by Fire," alas, it does not. The original character is boring at best and annoying at her worst. Unfortunately, she spends a lot of time being at her worst. Sam is portrayed as somewhat of a harridan who thinks ill of her team mate Daniel at every opportunity -that isn't really a character who I want to like or admire and I'd rather not see her written that way. Daniel is portrayed as someone who, contrary to the actual canon of the show, stood by while his friend Jack was tortured and did absolutely nothing to help him. I do not know nor accept the characters of SG-1 as they are portrayed in this book. I don't *like* the characters as they are portrayed in this book. The original character is annoying as all get-out and the members of SG-1 do not come off much better. I'm left scratching my head and wondering if the author even *liked* any of the characters she was writing about. Read more ›
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Close but not dialling home -- yet 15 Sep 2004
By slkx
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I hear Samantha Carter say the words "Holy Hannah" one more time courtesy of this author, I think I might fling the good astrophysicist through the stargate without her DHD. That General Hammond at one point actually agreed with her saying this made me want to toss the great bald-headed one after her and slam the iris shut.

Look, Carter said it ONCE on the TV show and the writers later said it was a bad idea and dropped it. After all, she's in the military and not the Girl Guides. Time for the author to get the hint too. It really detracted from my reading pleasure having to butt up against that god-awful line every crisis.
That aside: The characterisations were not bad, although the old English woman grated as appallingly over-the-top; the narrative at times was overlong and not progressing the plot -- more about smelling every petal on every rose than moving on -- but at other times, nicely done and showing lots of promise.
I have come to expect a high standard of published fan fiction, as established by the Star Trek novel authors, and this novel didn't really hit that mark -- for me. Others will doubtlessly disagree, and more power to them if they love it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Its alright, I purchased it used so it was very cheap so I can't complain about being ripped off. But I got half way through it and I just didn't care enough to read on. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Jeff
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining addition to the Stargate world!
I had previously read the Ashley McConnell books and very much enjoyed them, so I thought I would give the Fandemonium ones a go! Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by Louise Roberts
2.0 out of 5 stars What a Shame
This book was a real disappointment, and it is a shame it's the first in the series. If you read the books in order then this one could put you off. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Britfan54
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Digression
Published in 2004, by Fandemonium, `Trial by Fire' is the first book in a new series of Stargate SG-1 novels. Written by long-time Stargate fan, and fan-fiction writer, Sabine C. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2006 by Stegofreak
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasted Potential
I expected quite a bit better from the author, given the characters and the premise, but ended up with an empty, disappointed feeling by the novel's end. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2005
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Although it was a little slow to start with, this was one of my favorite books out of the four that have been released. Read more
Published on 22 May 2005 by A Dorset lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stargate SG-1 book to date!
I went to great lengths to obtain this book, since I live in the USA and had to actually have a friend in the UK buy it for me and send it to me. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2005 by Craython
2.0 out of 5 stars A Trial to Finish
I give this book 2 stars. I would have given it 1 based on the first half of the book. But about halfway through, the book does manage to pick up speed. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last!
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