on 2 January 2015
I thought that this was one of the best fan books, although the number of times Shepherd nearly gets killed does get tiresome (over all these novels) and this one adds another two to the count. However, the characterisation and conversation was excellent and the links to the Old Testament stories of angels and deamons was a nice twist. It's definitely worth a read, one of the best.
on 20 January 2008
It's a very interesting book and a must for any Stargate Atlantis or Stargate SG-1 fan. With that said it's not my favourite Stargate novel. Not even in my top three.
The downsides of this book are;
1) The anti-climatic ending which wasn't, in my opinion, terribly well thought out.
2) The fact there are a lot more questions than answers.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2009
Before I even started it, I had come across some not so positive reviews for this book - and I'm glad that I didn't listen to them. The book is really good, you get the usually bickering and team-feeling, everybody's reaction to Carson's death and some exciting space exploration - yes, non-human aliens! A major part of this book takes place on Earth though which was kind of unusual in a SGA book.
The reason why I didn't give it five stars? Dr. Larance was just a barely disguised Mary...more Before I even started it, I had come across some not so positive reviews for this book - and I'm glad that I didn't listen to them. The book is really good, you get the usually bickering and team-feeling, everybody's reaction to Carson's death and some exciting space exploration - yes, non-human aliens! A major part of this book takes place on Earth though which was kind of unusual in a SGA book.
The reason why I didn't give it five stars? Dr. Larance was just a barely disguised Mary-Sue. I mean, I love outsider's POV, so I didn't mind the addition of an original character, but did she really have to be Miss Perfect?
Other than that, a really, really, really good book!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2009
This for me is by far the best I read, though I still have about 4 more off the books to go. I cant see this one being beaten.
The plot is based on earth and in the Pegasus Galaxy and the way the main charactors are split up works well. Its great to see Daniel Jackson involved so you get your SG1 fix as well. Its really mythology based which I liked, its great to see Daniel doing what he does best.
And working closely with Sheppard was cool, its nice to see him out of his element slighty and the way he copes with the situations around and being back in Iraq. He is after all now a Lt Col in the USAF, so its nice to see him having to behave in a more military way, which doesnt sit well with him.
I also liked that this is set after the Return, parts 1 & 2 so that you feel a little of the friction he feels from Gen Landry after he disobyed a direct order. Then theres Wosley, an how he feels about the whole Wraith thing, in the book he doesnt just come across as a bureaucrat, as this is more personal to him and you get a sense of that by the writing.
It was also nice to see the use of other charactors like Lorne and Zelenka more, as they sometimes were left out of the shows. If this had been put into a series of episodes the show WOULD NOT have been cancelled. As the writing far surpasses some of the "so called writers on the show".
Theres action, a very detailed plot and lots of charactors driven writing. I also liked the fact that story uses some moments from the actual show like the planet M1M-316 which was briefly refered to in season one ep 19 The Siege part 1 and an then again a simple mention to the "end of days" by a Wraith Worshiper in season 2 ep 11 The Hive, it may only be a single sentance but it ties it into the show nicely for me.
This is a great read with a new major charactor in the form of Dr Rebecca Larance and she is woven expertly into the plot and sub plot.
This is MUST read book for SGA fans BUT I think even if you were a non fan this would be great sci fi novel, as even if you dont know the charactors theres enough information and story to understand the premise of the novel.
THIS BOOK WOULD TURN INTO AN AWESOME BIG SCREEN MOVIE it has all the elements needed and is SO WELL WRITTEN an researched, Mirror Mirror for me was a great book but this goes straight into a world of its own, its captures sprite of everything that is Stargate, even down to the ethical and moral dilemma at the end of book as usual caused by the IOA.
This is a book you can read over and over and not tire off, its a BRILLANT READ.