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Stargate SG-1: Survival of the Fittest [Mass Market Paperback]

Sabine C. Bauer
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fandemonium Ltd; Mti edition (7 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954734394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954734398
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colonel Simmons is running a secret operation to create human Jaffa warriors to fight the Goa'uld. When Major Carter, Teal'c and Dr Janet Frasier stumble across the operation at an off-world training centre, they are abducted and whisked away. It's left to Colonel Jack O'Neill and Dr. Daniel Jackson to mount a rescue operation.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 24 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Nice to get the team back together, it's even better when it runs with other storylines. Keep up the good work .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Addition to the Fandemonium Series 24 April 2011
By Telaka
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For what it is - an interpretation written by a fan for the fans - this book was an expensive purchase (I paid about £35 for it at the time) ... but despite the cost it was very much worth it. Although I might only recommend it to fellow dedicated fans of the show and the characters of SG-1, I recommend it keenly and with high esteem. Up there with Sally Malcolm's own spectacular offerings to the Fandemonium series (`A Matter of Honour/The Cost of Honour'), `Survival of the Fittest' has everything the fans need from an SG-1 publication; the characters are honed with a fine polish, the dialogue reads as if it were straight from Robert C. Cooper's own pen, and the plot and the otherworldly planets its set amongst are almost regrettably too big and too lush for the real-world show.

Without ever focusing too heavily on just one character, and with a much appreciated larger role for Fraser in this book than often was given on the show, and indeed for Hammond, Maybourne, Simmons and even Siler, it would be just mean of you to be disappointed. The plot is clever, the dialogue is funny, there are some great shipper moments and tonnes of flat out page-turning action to keep you hooked from start to finish. My only complaint is that the book itself went inexplicably out of print.

Fans - buy it, add it to your collection, treasure the fun of it forevermore.
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I've been reading Sabine's Stargate fiction since before she became a professional writer and her stories are always well thought out, detailed, accurate and nail-bitingly intriguing. This book is no exception. Each character in the story plays an equal role and I love the way Sabine uses the less glorified characters such as Janet Frasier who is and was always so under-utelised. All in all, a wonderful read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Featuring Nirrti and her genetic experiments 13 Jun 2008
By Lynellen Perry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Survival of the Fittest" is the second "Stargate SG-1" book that I've read by Sabine Bauer. The first one was "Trial by Fire", and I mention in that review that the story was dark, with detailed torture scenes, and a super annoying character. The Amazon product page for "Survival of the Fittest" doesn't have the back cover text, so here's what that says (note the British spelling, not my typos):

"Colonel Frank Simmons has never been a friend to SG-1. Working for the shadowy government organisation, the NID, he has hatched a horrifying plan to create an army as devastatingly effective as that of any Goa'uld. And he will stop at nothing to fulfil his ruthless ambition, even if that means forfeiting the life of the SGC's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Janet Fraiser. But Simmons underestimates the bond between Stargate Command's officers. When Fraiser, Major Samantha Carter and Teal'c disappear, Colonel Jack O'Neill and Dr. Daniel Jackson are forced to put aside personal differences to follow their trail into a world of savagery and death. In this complex story of revenge, sacrifice and betrayal, SG-1 must endure their greatest ordeal..."

Ok, a few adjectives from that blurb are correct: horrifying, savagery and death. Complex? sure, why not. But it's also boring. The complexity bogs it down and the pace just is too slow. There is a ton of detail in the scene descriptions which I often find fun b/c I can picture the book as a movie. But this storyline is just too slow as-is...it would need some massive editing to become a movie, and even then I'm not sure it would be any good.

This book apparently takes place immediately after the Season 5 episode "Menace" where Reese the human-form replicator is discovered, studied, and killed by SG-1. The death of Reese apparently caused some MAJOR angst between Daniel and Jack, but I sure don't recall seeing it in the TV show. The book chomps onto this supposed angst, stirs in a trap set by the NID to get SG-1 out of the way, adds Nirrti to compete with Frank Simmons for 'most evil bad guy', and flavors with Harry Maybourne, Bra'tak, and General Hammond going on an off-world mission together. We see into the mind/motives of Jack (take the blame in order to protect the team) and we see General Hammond struggle to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder from his tour in Viet Nam. Given that Sabine likes to write about torture (physical and mental), we get a few detailed scenes about that (Jack, Janet, and Sam), we hear language that would NEVER come out of the mouth of Jack and Hammond, and we get to see Sam run around in her undies with every man in sight drooling in sexual paralysis. Roll it all together and its just not a very enjoyable book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars direct opinions 23 May 2007
By Carrie-beth Bazzano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This one was a good one since the time-line took place between the season 5 episodes " The Fifth Guy, Right of Passage,The Menace, and Meridian" so they gave further information on their encounter with another system lord and the NID rep that replaced their biggest enemy in the first 3 seasons. I'd say that the only problem with this one was the need to create a further scape-goat in this one not to mention creating a six-way story line between the main characters and turning Fraiser into the victim was a good idea, but they took that one a little to far by the end of the story and it started getting annoying after a little while. But this was a very good story and I recommend it to any who like the show.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars almost like the show 15 Feb 2013
By MacJack150 - Published on Amazon.com
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I like these books a lot, but the over use of swear words is very distracting. The show was not like that and the books should not be either
5.0 out of 5 stars great SG-1 read 14 Aug 2013
By Joan W. - Published on Amazon.com
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Adds new parts to the characters. Sam in a bikini in the gate room was memorable. General Hammond gates to hell, along with SG-1, Dr. Fraiser, Bratac, Harry Maybourne, and a bunch of Marine's. Getting to know General Hammond brings the characters closer together than ever. Highly recommended read. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Janet to the rescue 27 Feb 2013
By bronwyn parry - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy most Stargate books, but I loved this one. It was good to see our favorite doctor to the fore and doing what she does best, keeping SG1 in line and well. Janet was the human side of the series and so it is here, and it is nice to find her in action again. It is a little touch & go for the team and although you always know things will be fine good writing and good storylines will make you wonder.....and you do wonder! For first time readers remember, it like the series SG1 will always prevail but don't let the fact that you know the outcome from stopping you reading the books. They are nearly always a fun way to waste an afternoon.
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