Set midway through Season Three of Stargate SG-1, “The Barque of Heaven” begins with the team stepping foot on an old, abandoned Goa’uld planet. After the usual checking out of the immediate area, the team find they are unable to dial out, and have accidentally triggered an ancient trial made by Ra in order to test Goa’uld that wish to serve him. They find that they have to gate from planet to planet, completing tasks within a given time. Their only way out is to complete the trial.
I found “The Barque of Heaven” to be very well written, and the familiar SG-1 group dynamic is plain to see. The book is extremely well paced, too. A criticism I have found of other novels is that it takes so long to get into the meat of the story or there are stretches of story which just plod along, but I did not find any of that here. As soon as you start reading you are in the thick of the action.
The fact that each planet they gate to they have a time limit helps keep up the pace, and as they cannot rest, restock or resupply, they become wearier and more exhausted, which makes for great tension too.
If you have never read a Stargate novel before, then I would recommend that you start here!
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