- Series: Stargate SG-1 (Book 21)
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: Fandemonium Books (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905586604
- ISBN-13: 978-1905586608
- Package Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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STARGATE SG-1: The Drift Paperback – 2012
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Truth and lies… With Earth’s Ancient weapons chair at the center of an international dispute, Dr. Daniel Jackson is sent to Antarctica to sooth diplomatic tensions. Meanwhile, General Jack O’Neill reluctantly takes charge of a radical new weapons chair training program. But when a natural disaster hits Antarctica, the future of the Ancient outpost – and of Earth itself – is thrown into jeopardy. Yet again, Earth’s fate lies in the hands of SG-1, but this time the team are lost and powerless to help. Trapped within a strange reality, SG-1 encounter old friends and enemies as they struggle to escape and stop the Ancient cataclysm that’s threatening to destroy the planet. The Drift “Dial us home, Carter. Now.” Daniel stepped to the edge of the platform. “Jack, what’s going on?” “We’re gating out of here, that’s what.” Jack rushed over to the DHD. “We’ll head to the Alpha site.” “Wait a minute!” Daniel ran down the platform steps. Sam and Teal’c followed close behind. “Don’t we want to figure out where ‘here’ is, first?” “Not really, no.” Jack jabbed a finger in the air. “Someone’s playing games with us and I’m not in the mood.” Someone needed to calm their normally fearless leader fast. Fortunately, Teal’c took the fall. “O’Neill, have you any memory of—?” “Nada. Bupkiss.” Jack’s voice lowered. “Me, either,” said Daniel. “The last thing I remember was…” Sam frowned. “Well, that’s odd.” “Carter?” “Sir, I remember who I am.” She gestured at Jack, then Daniel and Teal’c. “I remember all of you, but—” “Yeah, I’m having trouble, too,” Daniel said. “My long-term memory’s fine, but short-term’s—” “Gone,” Jack whispered.
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This book would appeal most to the Jack fans out there as it really is centered on him. Teal'c, Carter and Daniel have supporting roles and little else.
There are other major characters and you'd have to be familiar with Botsford's first book in this series titled Four Dragons to understand what is happening. Unfortunately these characters get a lot of play time at the expence of SG-1.
I generally do not like books that have multiple points of view from various locations that the author will skip to. I like to stick in the one location with the one set of people - namely SG-1 - but this book had a lot happening and was still enjoyable to read.
This story is set largely in the Antartic region - a place that the author went to personally. Any author willing to literally go to the end of the Earth for a book is worth reading. I feel that the atmosphere given of the region is very realistic because of this research.
Another thing that I didn't like too much was that the team didn't actually get to go off world until nearly the end of the book - and then it was to the world presented in Four Dragons, but I think I can forgive that given the entertainingly spun and creative story. Still, half the reason that I like Stargate is for the 'new and weird worlds' that can be created.
This author really knows the Stargate universe and the characters well - unlike some of the other authors for Stargate.
This is a complicated story with some unexpected twists and turns and is a very enjoyable, plot heavy story. Recommended read for fans, and I hope the author continues to write more novels for Stargate - perhaps with a focus on all of the team members and not just Jack.
Botsford's tale is tightly written from top to bottom. She excels at creating tension on multiple fronts, escalating the action with each new chapter. This plot has all the political wrangling we've come to expect from an episode involving the Antarctic weapons platform, and Botsford handles that deftly. I was really impressed by the way she told the story from multiple POVs in multiple locations, yet managed to weave it all together into a unified whole. It makes for an enjoyable 3D novel that loses none of the action I've come to expect in an SG-1 book.
A MUST read for SG-1 fans. And I recommend reading her "Four Dragons" novel first, though it's not necessary.Stargate SG-1: Four Dragons
As others have remarked, there is sloppy editing aplenty, which I find a little distracting. Nonetheless, The Drift offers longtime SG-1 fans a good meal to read and digest.
O'Neill and Daniel are my favorite characters, and Teal'c - well, he can be a tricky one to write for, more so his "sense of humor". But the author, Diana, seems to understand these characters on a deep, instinctual level. O'Neill is his funny self, and that's a feat to get in itself. The others I believe, are spot on as well. Many characters from the show make an appearance in this book - heck, I even started to get invested in the 'side' characters, which is a rare thing for me.
THANKFULLY I saw no sign of whoever was.... chosen to 'lead' the new 'SG-1' team (I stopped watched the series a little before O'Neill became General). I don't know who he was, but they only had Carter, Teal'c and Daniel from SG'1. I'm a fan of the first half of the series, seasons 1-7 (minus - save for two or three episodes - the season Daniel had "ascended": sorry Jonas...).
A must read for me, since it's right up my alley. Now, if only they would make more adventures with the original SG-1 team....