I thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the new - much improved - series of Stargate novels.
Fortune has a superb grasp of character and her dialogue is sharp. It's easy to visualize and hear our familiar heroes at work in her novel. The plot is tight and well-paced, without an over abundance of tech or cultural detail which often bogs down similiar TV-based novelisations. There's some nice use of humour and banter - inevitably mostly from Jack O'Neill.
I really enjoyed the setting too. Placing this one right at the start of the show - just days after the events of the Pilot and Enemy Within - gave the author an opportunity to work on themes of growing friendship, trust and the team learning about each other and to rely on one another. And she pulls that off marvellously well.
The only small flaw for me among all these riches was the author's inclusion of an incident referred to in the episode Emancipation. From the dialogue given in the episode itself, it's clear that this event happened on a planet and that Jack O'Neill was present. Why the author chose to rework this and not follow this canon, I have no idea. But I found it a shame that she didn't stick to the facts given by the show. It spoiled for me what had otherwise been a meticulously researched novel, perfectly in character and in sync with the show throughout.
But that was a minor disappointment in a novel that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way and filled me with the same warm feeling of spending time with SG1 that I have when I watch the show on screen. I'd recommend this one to any Stargate fan who likes adventure, team-centred stories, strong character interaction and humour.