Unknown to SG-1, back at Stargate Command, General O’Neill is welcoming a familiar face that has just arrived through the gate and is standing on the ramp. He’s more than surprised as he looks into the face of the visitor, taking in her features and her smile – not because of where she has come from, but more accurately when she has come from. As he begins speaking to General Carter, he knows there is something very wrong but he is clearly after more information.

General Carter briefs O’Neill on some of the investigations and observations that the Asgard has done in Earth’s past. During the briefing, he learns that his own Carter, as well as the rest of SG-1 is trapped in the past and that this elder, wiser, Carter seems to have the answers as to why it has happened.

Now, an operation is worked out that will take a team back into the past using technology recovered during the Atlantis Expedition. General Carter provides the proper coordinates and multiple points in time for the Atlantis Jumper to travel to in order to make the rescue. O’Neill knew it was risky since it involved several different time jumps, starting with the first one in 1947.

On the second leg of the journey through time, the Jumper collides with a spacecraft already in orbit around the Earth causing the rescuers to make a crash landing. Now, it’s a race against time to get to the marooned team before their cave runs out of air.

Appraisal

One of the fascinating things about being a reviewer is that you can take in a work and compare it to other works – past, present or similar – and draw a conclusion that is unique to your own perspective.

What this novel lacks is a sense of continuity to its sister media, namely the two [now three] television series’, that are based on the original Stargate movie. There is definitely a disconnect between the novel and the SG-1 series, which is clearly the basis of this novel.

What may have occurred is the author wasn’t in the ‘loop’ with the studies to know that the Asgard were going to be made extinct and was therefore unable to adjust the storyline to accommodate that significant piece of information since the Asgard are an integral part of the novel’s premise.

Another important thing that would have helped keep the quickened pace of the novel on track would be appropriate proofreading and editing. As much as I wanted to enjoy the novel, at times the grammar and spelling errors were so bad that the action came to an abrupt stop, causing me to lose interest and put the book down too many times.

Overall, the book would be considered a ‘Good Read’, but go into it knowing that it is rife with strategic errors and reads like a ‘B Movie’ with terrible dialogue at points.