Friday, June 20, 2008

Stargate SG-1: Do No Harm

Here's the review of "Stargate SG-1: Do No Harm" that I just posted on Amazon:

The back cover says "Stargate Command is in crisis -- too many teams wounded, too many dead. Tensions are running high and, with the pressure to deliver tangible results never greater, General Hammond is forced to call in the Pentagon strike team to plug the holes. But help has its price. When the team's leader, Colonel Dave Dixon, arrives at Stargate Command he brings with him loyalties that tangle dangerously with a past Colonel Jack O'Neill would prefer to forget. Assigned as an observer on SG-1, hostility between the two men escalates as the team's vital mission to secure lucrative mining rights descends into a nightmare. Only Dr. Jane Fraiser can hope to save the lives of SG-1 -- that is, if Dave Dixon and Jack O'Neill don't kill each other first..."

This is Karen Miller's second Stargate SG-1 book, the first being "Alliances." At 438 pages, this book is quite a bit longer than Alliances and frankly could have been tightened up just a bit in the late middle. Characters from the TV show who appear in the book are General Hammond, Dr. Janet Fraiser, Cassandra, Dr. Warner, Sam Carter, Jack O'Neill, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, Walter Harriman, and Jacob Carter. The story has great pacing overall, and I found the characters to be pretty well written in speech and mannerisms. There's plenty of medical gore due to the main story line being the yearly plague that hits the planet that SG-1 is trying to negotiate with. Dr Fraiser thus has a nice role and even gets to go off-world. Daniel has a big role throughout the story, while Sam gets comatose pretty quick (very disappointing), followed by Jack. In the mean time, there's plenty of angst over the death of Col. Frank Cromwell from the Season Two episode "A Matter of Time." This novel takes place immediately before the Season Three finale and includes how Daniel gets his appendix removed. The angst in this storyline is that Col. Dave Dixon was Col Frank Cromwell's best friend and wants to hear from O'Neill about Cromwell's death and whether they patched up their relationship before Cromwell died. But Jack's not talking. We get some flashbacks to Jack's time being tortured in Iraq, and Jack's efforts to deal with Cromwell's death. Overall, a good read that I found hard to put down.

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