- Series: Stargate Atlantis (Book 14)
- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Fandemonium Books; 1 edition (July 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905586442
- ISBN-13: 978-1905586448
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,573,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stargate Atlantis: Hunt and Run: SGA-13 Mass Market Paperback – July 16, 2010
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I don't feel my time or money was wasted and that's always a plus.
The Wraith ultimately take a backseat in this story where they should be real major players. They show up two or three times and are easily bested by Ronon and his new Runner buddies making them feel like cartoon villains instead of actual, real threats. Also, the major plot point of these Runners banding together is so contrived and full of holes (why not cut the transmitters out and be done with it?) that it was hard to take seriously. And I found myself wondering if the author actually watched the key Ronon episodes before writing this book because there were some glaring continuity errors. The biggest being that, in this story, Ronon's Wraith tracking implant is placed in his *lower* back where, in the series, it had been implanted in his *upper* back near his neck.
And the author had a great love of exclamation points!
Also, Todd the Wraith is featured on the cover and this could mislead the reader to believe that Todd plays a part in this book. He doesn't. I'm sure Todd is there to represent the Wraith in general but the cover designer should have chosen a more generic Wraith image instead of a character that played a big part in the series.
In the end, this was missed opportunity to fill in the blanks of Ronon's past with a raucus Man vs. Wraith tale. Disappointing.
First, the character of Rodney McKay was poorly written. If you really watch the series you learn quite early that while Dr. McKay can be irritating, and is sort of an egomaniac...he is NOT a coward. I admit he is not the bravest person on the series, but when push comes to shove..he steps up to the plate. The author actually describes him as a coward early in the book. In addition, there is always banter between McKay and Sheppard, and while there was some of that, it sort of missed the mark for me, and as this novel takes place at least 5 years in..(Mr Woolsey is in charge) true fans know that Sheppard, McKay, Ronan and Teyla may argue and gritch but they are actually very close friends.
Second, Ronan's character back-story was poor. As mentioned in a previous reveiw, the tracking device is not in the lower back, it is in the upper back where a runner is unable to reach it. Another serious flaw...Ronan stated in the episode "The Shrine" that he was taught to hunt and track by his grandfather by age 6. In this book...he states he is not a hunter and is taught to hunt and track by another runner...seriously...could this guy not have watched the series? Why would you write a book about something you don't research..and if you are not a fan..why would you want to write a SGA novel...there are too many fans who know the episodes by heart that will pick you to pieces.
I did finish the novel, but admit that at one point I was so frustrated I almost quit. After finishing it, I was able to put things in perspective and overall, the story was imaginative...but true fans will find the inconsistencies frustrating and since SGA was canceled, we are all looking to get our SGA fix...and this was like eating sugar free candy when you are craving sugar.