Stargate Atlantis: Casualties of War: SGA-7 Mass Market Paperback – Aug 16 2007
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This one in particular tugged at my heart, in regards to the character Colonel Sheppard. It revealed a surprising deeper emotional side to John Sheppard that is rarely seen. I was in awe by his courage and struggle as a leader in a fragile situation, and I felt more connected to him than ever before.
The other characters, such as Ronon Dex, were also more developed in terms of their personality which provided a much more personal and closer bond.
The overall story is about the team being caught in the middle of a war between two cities while searching for ancient technology on the planet. Their presence causes an sharp increase in an already tense situation which fuels paranoia and distrust amongst the people. As a result, the team is placed in grave danger.
Even after they discover the awful truth about the technology, they are unable to convince the people to stop using it. Their pleas and intention to help both sides fall on deaf ears. As the team is separated, both John and Elizabeth question their ability to resolve the situation. It nearly tears John apart when he fails to be a strong leader during a volatile mission and he has to search within himself to find a way out.
I loved this novel, I could not put in down. When I did finally finish it, I was very proud of it and thrilled for reading it.
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The overall storyline is gripping and if I did manage to work out a couple of the twists in the tale before they were revealed, I feel that was probably the authors intent... and indeed added to the sense of frustration, and of the implacable, hopeless descent into war and chaos, as I railed helplessly at the characters on the page to work it out too! :) I found the book enjoyable and absorbing - so much so that I read it in one day! The plot was detailed and complex and tension-filled, but the joy of the book, for me, was the pitch-perfect depiction of the characters I enjoy from the TV show... and getting a glimpse inside those characters thoughts, at the fears and the doubts that we rarely get to see portrayed on the show.
Definitely a book I will want to re-read... probably several times! :)
The author writes Rodney spot-on. The personality that David Hewlett gave Rodney is so much fun to watch/read. The author captures him very well! The banter between John and Rodney is so funny:
Rodney: "Oh no."
John: "You know, someday, you're going to have you're very own fable; 'The Boy Who Cried, "Oh no!"' Or, more accurately, 'The Boy Who Cried, "We're Screwed!"'"
Rodney: "You're rarely as amusing as you think you are! And what makes you so sure I didn't just notice an urgent problem, like something about to blow up?"
John: "No abject terror in your voice."
If you want to buy a Stargate Atlantis book, and are unsure about which one to buy, this one is the perfect choice. My other favorite is 'Exogenesis', which the same author co-wrote. I'll leave a review for that one the next time I have a chance!
For me the first 100 pages were a little rough. Although the writing was stellar and the story was progressing well, I found that the author was trying a little to hard to convey that she knew the characters. Also, I found the use of curse words, that can be found within the show, were a little over used and took away any impact of their use later in the story when that kind of language was needed. After the first 100 pages the story and the authors comfort with writing it started to take shape and from that point on the stories brilliance began to come forward.
>>>Some vague and unspecific spoilers ahead<<<
As explorers do, the gang set out to find the treasures of the Pegasus galaxy. While finding a structure with unusual power signatures the team set forth to discover possible weapons or technology to help in their battle against the Replicators. Unbeknownst to them their quest to discover advanced technology will cross the locals strict policy on trespassing.
Although the team are able to settle their differences with the local population in the beginning, as the story progresses their relationship with their new found friends quickly dissolves in to a threat of warfare. In order to advert hostilities between two local groups falling into battle and dragging the Atlantis expedition into conflict it will take the talents and sheer determination to prevent the inevitable bloodshed.
Dr. Elizabeth Weir will be dispatched to the planet in order to negotiate both a peaceable solution to the coming conflict and to, hopefully, garner the new technology discovered on the planet. The author does a fantastic job conveying Weir's abilities as a negotiator and as a leader. As the events of the story tailspin, it is Weir that acts as a stop gap to all out war.
Rodney McKay and John Sheppard, the dynamic duo, continue their usual superhero antics throughout the story. Faced with an enemy as powerful as the Wraith themselves, it is up to both Rodney and the Colonel to find a solution to the coming hostilities while making an attempt to keep the rest of the team alive and well. The story surrounding John and Rodney is both compelling and entertaining. The author keeps with the action and suspenseful threads commonly found within the show and does so with humor and an epic range of events that will stun the reader.
Ronan and Teyla also have compelling storylines too. Elizabeth nails both Ronan's and Teyla's personalities and uses their talents to write a smaller, but as entertaining, story arc within the larger stories scope.
Overall the book is both entertaining and fun. The story is filled with action and is presented on a grand scale with smaller threads coming together to form an epic tale.
Highly Recommended for Atlantis fans and recommended for franchise fans as well. Good book.
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2 star = I didn't like it
3 star = It was okay
4 star = I LIKE IT
5 star = I loved it
I give it a solid 4 stars.
I enjoyed the characters and plot, and it was fun getting to explore more Ancient ruins. The story kept me interested but didn't get so tech heavy or fight scene dense as some of the others do. It was a great balance and I loved it! I hope she writes more of her own books for the Atlantis series!