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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fandemonium Books (Sept. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905586485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905586486
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #481,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I liked this book. Fast paced, the characters do behave like in the TV series, and there are a couple of very original twists. Nice work.

If you know a bit about Chinese history, it will help.
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filled in some blanks for me when watching the TV series
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4133324) out of 5 stars That's what I'm talking about! Sept. 14 2010
By Geonn W. Cannon - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
As people probably could tell by my bad review of the other Stargate novel released with this one, I had to take some time to let the taste wash out of my mouth before I risked reading another novel. I wish I hadn't. This book made up for all the problems in the other one, in spades. It gave us some great character development, good insights into the characters, an interesting exploration into one of the most enigmatic System Lords (he's our friend except when he isn't, except he's kind of friendly then, too).

It was a huge relief when I realized that it was 1:30 in the morning and I didn't want to stop reading. I had to know what happened next. Closing the book to go to bed was like stopping in the middle of an episode.

There were problems with the book, but they were far too minor to pick on here. An occasional typo, possible out-of-character dialogue (there were moments when Jack seemed a little too obnoxious... closer to Gregory House than Jack O'Neill, but his situation could explain that away), but nothing that made me want to drop the book.

This book made me want to break out my DVDs and rewatch every episode she referenced. There were scenes I remembered, but the book made me itch to actually see it again. And in an amazing move, she actually took what could have been considered a plot hole on the series and explained it beautifully.

This is what novels for TV series should do. They should explore the characters who weren't seen on the show and give them a turn under the microscope. Lord Yu wasn't my favorite System Lord, and I was hesitant about reading an entire novel focused on him. But it was a very enjoyable read and I give her a thumbs up for that.

The Stargate Novels crew need more authors like Diana Dru Botsford. The end of this book has mention of a possible continuation of the story in another novel. Unlike the Steven Savile novel, this information made me scan the "upcoming releases" at the back of the book to see when it would be available. I WILL be preordering that novel, and any other book with Diana Dru Botsford's name on it.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa529c9e4) out of 5 stars The Spirit of the Show Lives On. Sept. 12 2010
By zinke - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The television series may be over and a third movie in doubt, but the spirit of the show lives on in the latest Stargate: SG1 novelization, Four Dragons by Diana Dru Botsford.

Still adjusting to Daniel's return from his time amongst the Ancients, SG1 is sent to P3Y-702, where SGC scientists are conducting a survey of newly discovered ancient Chinese ruins. The mission is supposed to be a cakewalk; but it rapidly becomes something more when Daniel is unexpectedly captured by the mysterious System Lord Yu.

Jack, Sam and Teal'c immediately begin planning a rescue. But their efforts are hindered by the arrival of the Chinese Ambassador, who threatens to reveal the existence of the Stargate Program unless SG1 agree to his rather unusual demands.

While SG1 struggles to balance the political, the professional and the personal in an effort to bring their friend home, Daniel finds himself engaged in a bizarre battle of wits with the System Lord that leaves him wondering just what Yu's real motivations may be.

A fast-paced story with plenty of action, Four Dragons also offers revealing glimpses into the characters we've watched and grown to love over the years. Botsford takes the time to explore the impact Daniel's ascension and subsequent return have had on SG1 both individually and as a team - something viewers really didn't get from the television series - while simultaneously weaving those struggles into the larger story being told. Her character voices are spot-on, and their interactions are anything but flat or one-note.

But what makes this story so compelling is the presence of the enigmatic Lord Yu. The only known System Lord not to have adopted the persona of a God, Yu's always been something of a wildcard amongst the System Lords. Using what little scraps of information the show has given, Botsford meticulously builds a believable backstory that is both complex and confounding - just like the System Lord himself.

Though the story itself is anything but, Four Dragons feels familiar, like coming home after a long journey. It incorporates all the essential elements of a great Stargate: SG1 episode and does so with flair and intelligence. All in all a fun and fascinating read that draws you in from the first clink of Jack's Zippo lighter to the last and stresses the importance of memory, history and the things we carry with us - both literally and figuratively - from one day to the next.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa412d66c) out of 5 stars Just like watching an episode Dec 12 2010
By J. Gunnar Grey - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After spending more than a decade immersed in another science fiction show's fan universe, I very carefully steered clear of Stargate, even after the original movie rocked my blocks off. But honestly, if any related novel was going to drag me into the Stargate crew, it would be Four Dragons. The action is non-stop, the characters (even the non-human ones) come across as vividly real, and the situations painted by Diana Dru Botsford's workmanlike writing are compelling.

In the early days of the seventh season, Daniel has just returned from his ascended state and is determined to resume his place on the SG1 team. But Jack isn't so certain, and he's just as determined to sort out his teammember's status on his own terms. At the site of a new archeological dig, where Ancient writing and early Imperial Chinese artifacts are swirled into a mystifying (and for Daniel, a fascinating) hodgepodge, Jack forces Daniel to train rather than dig. But Daniel rebels and escapes to an isolated corner of the site, where transportation rings activate and sweep him away to System Lord Yu's mothership, just as enemy gliders attack the archaeologists and the SG teams evacuating them.

As the search-and-rescue mission for Daniel is organized, obstacle after obstacle is thrown in the SG team's path. A mysterious Chinese ambassador refuses to allow the team to carry lethal weapons and endanger the life of China's most famous emperor. The ambassador also insists the team carry a Goa'uld communications device, so that he can monitor the mission and ensure his demands are followed from the safety of headquarters. (Jack's irritation and subsequent mounting rebellion and sarcasm add to the story's background humor, again and again.) But little by little, the command staff at SG headquarters and the team in the field snuff out the complex layers of mystery surrounding the kidnapping, until the final, surprisingly philosophical answer is revealed.

All too often, the problem with fan fiction is an enthusiastic but sorrowfully incompetent writer. Botsford blows that stereotype across the galaxy. The characters aren't cardboard cutouts but three-dimensional, with the actors' voices saying their lines in my absorbed mind. There are a few errant typos, common now in all published works, but they aren't intrusive as the crisp writing style invites the reader to the next word.

The plot is sound, deep, and robust, with a considered and logically satisfying ending that thankfully screams "SEQUEL!" Not all mysteries are solved, with just enough left dangling to entice the reader to continue playing Botsford's game. And for those Stargate fans salivating at this review, be comforted: she's currently researching that sequel . . . in Antarctica.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa407f024) out of 5 stars SG-1 Four Dragons Sept. 14 2010
By L. Gerling - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fans of the series will be delighted when reading Four Dragons by Diana Dru Botsford. The book has something for every fan. Love Teal'c? His quiet nobility is shown throughout the book. Sam fan? Her tech-savvy intelligence is evident. Like Daniel best of all? His academic intelligence will thrill you as he works his way through the game of Go. Think Jack is the end-all-be-all? His wry sense of humor and heroism has been written just for you.

The book reads like an episode of SG-1. The interplay of characters and point of view make it a fun read. Botsford obviously knows the series and uses her writing talents to share her love of SG-1 with her readers.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa407f240) out of 5 stars A Great Read! Sept. 22 2010
By Bmatchbox - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been too long since Stargate SG-1 finished, "Four Dragons" by Diana Dru Botsford made the series come alive again. Having read a few of the older media tie-in novels, I wasn't sure what to expect. Would the characters seem real? Would the story keep me up at night wondering what was going to happen next? Would I feel as though I was watching one of my favorite episodes? The answer is "Yes!" to all three.

Botsford's dialogue and action are as strong as any you can watch on the DVD's. It's as if the character's dusted off their BDUs and whispered in her ear. Whether the reader is a newbie to the series or has been watching from the beginning, there's enough back story to bring any fan joy while reading. All your favorites are there: the team, Hammond, Frasier, and the ever intriguing Goa'uld Lord Yu.

Daniel feels ready to return to the SG-1 team, but Jack's not so sure. When a set of Chinese ruins appear on P3Y-702, Daniel pleads to return to his roots of digging and sifting. Jack agrees, only on the condition that Daniel trains instead of plays. Jack's plans go awry when Daniel is captured by Lord Yu. Jack and the team must now rescue their friend before he is gone for good.