THE PRICE YOU PAY by Ashley McConnell #Stargate SG-1 #Bookreview #SciFi #FridayReads

The Price You Pay (Stargate SG-1 #2)The Price You Pay by Ashley McConnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Price You Pay is a companion book to the Stargate TV series and provides a new mission for the SG-1 team. In this book they go to NPR76309 or M’kwethet as the locals call themselves. The gate is in the town square and the team are asked if they are messengers from the Goa’uld.

This planet of people do not fear the Goa’uld, they have chosen to serve them in return for peace. They provide regular amounts of servants and offerings to keep their peace. The planet are in fact preparing the next batch of chosen, when the team from Earth begin stirring up defiance amongst the chosen.

There is one big problem for SG-1, they can’t find a DHD (Dial Home Device) so they are stuck on the planet. O’Neill and Daniel get themselves places on the next chosen group and are taken to Saqqara an Apophis home world. From here they intend to steal a portable DHD and rescue Sam and Teal’c.

This is the third Stargate companion book I’ve read, all by different authors and they vary in their accuracy to replicate the language, mannerisms and actions of the well known SG-1 team. With the level of fan support the TV series has, companion books need to really reflect the well set out and popular characters. This book tried hard, Teal’c was the best likeness to his TV character and Jack O’Neill was fairy good I didn’t think the author grasped the character of Samantha Carter well at all and Daniel was given thoughts that I didn’t think always fitted with the on-screen character. However the storyline was well thought-out and followed a well liked theme.

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THE POWER BEHIND THE THRONE by Steven Savile #Stargate #SciFi #Bookreview

The Power Behind the ThroneThe Power Behind the Throne by Steven Savile
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Power Behind The Throne is a companion book to the popular SciFi TV series Stargate SG-1. This story is about the team getting a mission to rescue a creature called a Mujina before it falls into the hands of the Goa’uld. Called for assistance by a member of the Tok’ra, SG-1 set off to the planet Vasavada. The rescue goes relatively well, but when they try to return home a gate malfunction sends them to an unknown planet.

They find themselves and the Mujina on an inhospitable planet, with no point of origin they can’t dial back home. The Mujina is a dangerous creature it messes with the team’s minds. They are captured by local people and later taken to the planet’s dictator Corvus Keen.

A scientist called Kelkus has been collecting ancient relics on the planet and uses them to release an ancient God. Readers recognise the slithering snake as a Goa’uld, this one is a system Lord called Iblis who prepares to become the planet’s God and then increase his powers and move on to more worlds.

This book didn’t work for me, there were too many long descriptions of the scenes and pondering of the characters which don’t happen in the TV series. It slowed the pace of the storyline. On TV the characters are well defined by their speech, mannerisms and characteristics, fans know how the team work together in a quick paced storyline. The author wrote Teal’c’s character the best, but missed essential traits of the others and failed to make the teamwork a big enough part. A shame because Stargate is about the SG “Teams”.

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SUNRISE – STARGATE SG-1 by J Francis Crane @Sally_Malcolm #SciFi #FridayReads

Sunrise (Stargate SG-1, #17)Sunrise by J. Frances Crane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sunrise is a companion book to the popular TV series Stargate SG-1
This is another mission for SG-1 as seen by the book authors. I found it very authentic, the character nuances, language and mannerisms fitted my images of the on-screen characters. Jack’s wise-cracks, Daniel’s peace-making, Teal’c’s no-nonsense straight observations and Samantha’s technical know-how, even General Hammond’s gruffness all made me re-live the episodes on TV.

In this mission Jack and the team have found reference to a “Shield of the Gods” found on an abandoned planet which appears to be a research outpost. Jack is reluctant to take on the mission to travel to the home world of these new people, but General Hammond has the final say.

The team arrive on Ierna and are met by Ennis Channon, he is Pastor of the Ark, these people speak a Gaelic based dialect. They have a religious TV channel which daily speaks of the “Message of our Lord”. Their history only goes back 150 years, but when Daniel asks about the Sciath De’, he is met with an uncomfortable silence. These people obviously have secrets.

Ennis’s rebellious daughter Rhionna, makes contact and offers SG-1 some answers, she takes them outside of the Ark into the Badlands where outcasts live in poverty and at the mercy of a severe sun. Here lies a trail of answers and more questions. People from the sea-faring Seachrani arrive to trade and worn of a great storm pending. Soldiers from the Ark come and there is a stand-off, Daniel is Kidnapped, Sam and Teal’c arrested and Jack becomes a stowaway.

I enjoyed this mission and read on way into the night to finish the book as I immersed myself in the world of SG-1.

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