Stargate SG1: The Cost of Honor: book 2 (Stargate SG-1: A Matter of Honor) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2005
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Paying the price? In the action-packed sequel to A Matter of Honor, SG-1 embark on a desperate mission to save SG-10 from the edge of a black hole. But the price of heroism may be more than they can pay? Returning to Stargate Command, Colonel Jack O'Neill and his team find more has changed in their absence than they had expected. Nonetheless, O'Neill is determined to face the consequences of their unauthorized activities, only to discover the penalty is far worse than anything he could have imagined. With the fate of Colonel O'Neill and Major Samantha Carter unknown, and the very survival of the SGC threatened, Dr. Daniel Jackson and Teal'c mount a rescue mission to free their team-mates and reclaim the SGC. But, returning to the Kinahhi homeworld, they learn a startling truth about its ancient foe. And uncover a horrifying secret...
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This book sees SG1 trying to sort out the mess they have created by disobeying orders and incurring the wrath of Senator Kinsey, and I especially liked the increased role played by General Hammond, and how he has to cope with the idea of betrayal but his flagship team, and close friends.
Sally Malcolm does not hold back on inflicting more anguish and suffering on her characters, especially Samantha Carter, and the dark secret revealed about the Kinahhi is truly horrific but beautifully articulated, you can feel yourself recoiling against the sights and smells the characters are forced to endure.
I really liked the way this story ended although at times during this book you think there is no way this can end well, but the author has a wonderful imagination and the final solutions are well thought out and not overly clichéd, although personally I would have liked to have seen Kinsey get his comeuppance.
I you buy the fist book then make sure you buy this one at the same time, they have to be read together, and you will not want to leave a gap between them.
I am a Stargate fan, used to watch it all the time with my mom so I am a little bias toward this story but having said that it was quite different from the tv series. It felt more real in a sense. With it being in book format the Author had more chance to flesh out the characters, flesh out the story. Oh boy did she run with it. Was really good.
Very tempted now to read the rest of the books based on the show.
You must read the first book to even begin to understand what's happening in this one as it starts right out where the first left of, jumps into the action and just keeps right on going until the end. The author deals very well with the consequences of the team's actions in the first book and you get a real sense that the two books were actually planned at the same time (and not just a case of the popularity of one spawning another as is often the case in sequels). There are some wonderful little nods to events in the TV series - which is always nice to see in books like this - and the characterisation is, again, well done, Carter being about the only one who I find does and thinks out of character at times. This book has about everything a Stargate fan might want - a smidgen of political intrigue, a lot of action, Daniel being Daniel, Teal'c being stoical and Jack being, well, Jack! There's enough action from minor characters too, and even the new characters that the author has created are well rounded and play important roles.
For those who are fans of the Jack/Sam frission, there's subtext aplenty here - nicely subtle so you don't have to see it if you don't want to, but it's definitely there for those of us who do.
If I had to pick out anything about this book to criticise then I would say the ending was all wrapped up a little too neatly and quickly for my liking. That and the fact that there some honkin' great big and oh-so-convenient deus ex machina moments in there too. Not that it spoiled my enjoyment of the story but I did wonder if there was not a more creative and subtle way of extracting the protagonists from the situation.
A highly recomended read for all Stargate SG1 fans, that makes reading the first installment very much worthwhile. I look forward to other works by this author.
This book is argueably the best out of all the Fandemonium books, and it's well-worth reading.