This was everything I had hoped for in an Atlantis story.
I normally don't like reviewing books because I tend to be very picky and don't like to rubbish something even when in my opinion it is rubbish, so I say nothing. But this one is absolutely 'it' in terms of absolutely nailing Atlantis for in depth and revealing characterisations and brilliant storyline.
Rodney's snarkiness totally hit the spot and I found myself laughing pages after he'd made some comment or others, especially after conversations with Sheppard. The whole septicaemia line at the outset set the tone, and the 'crayon' thing with Ford was priceless. This certainly carried the 'setting up' of the storyline at the outset.
I was particularly impressed by the writers treatment of characters like Weir and Beckett, who are laced with insight. Telya in this just blows me away, and of course Sheppard, all of them are very introspective. No superficial cardboard cut-out characters in this story, the entire book is jammed with one-liners that you feel like you want to frame as epitomising who these people are. I think this is crucial in these sorts of novels based on television shows, because its the characters that really drive them. We haven't seen a lot in the show in that, but we get it in this novel, in spades.
I have to say though that the story itself also utterly hooked me. There's a twist in the tale that is classic Stargate at its best, and remarkably well executed, particularly because the novel comes across more like a mega-blockbuster movie than an episode. So there's a great deal of drama and action happening and the twist is subtly woven in from the outset so when it hits, you really do a doubt take. It really is very thought provoking, the moral no-mans land is the sort of thing you would normally only hope to see in a top-notch SF novel.
Don't just skim through this story, it's not a lightweight snack but an intense, well crafted tale. Highly recommended and will definitely sign up for more from these authors.