Finally Stargate Tie-in novels. I read TV tie-ins to relax my brain, I write fan fiction to de-stress from my commercial writing as there are no "expectations" to fulfil. Unfortunately too many TV tie-in writers (Highlander, anyone?) write the novels as if they were writing "just fan-fic" to no expectation of quality and are clearly blinded by $ signs. On saying that, A Matter of Honor is a very good book, though I've given it 4 stars for Sally Malcolm's obvious effort rather than strictly the book's content. Let's hope Fandemonium sensibly retain this author.
The plot of the book is how an opportunity to rescue Major Boyd from the black hole is presented to SG-1. It doesn't go well (hence the sequel). I'm not going to lengthily describe the plot as that would spoil it. Ms Malcolm's SG-1 are finely drawn characters and most importantly she does her best to include those exchanges of dry wit amongst them that make the show so enjoyable. She keeps a good pace and strong dialogue throughout. Some writers use a tie-in as an excuse to be gratuitously graphically gory or macho gung-ho in a way the show won't allow, and Ms Malcolm thankfully avoids this very well. She also doesn't have SG-1 acting in completely uncharacteristic ways, such as in Sacrifice Moon where Daniel is unbelievably willing to risk his friend's lives and friendship with flimsy justification.
Of course there are flaws, mainly that Teal'c is the one who often comes through as stilted. There's an art to writing formal diction (how Teal'c talks) and it's a pain mostly. The main problem is so much of Stargate communicates on the visual level -Teal'c's "eloquent stillness" being the prime example. Watch any given episode and note how Jack & Daniel, Jack & Teal'c, Sam & Daniel, etc., do nothing more than exchange raised eyebrows yet convey 10 minutes worth of conversation. It's hard to convey that on the page without becoming tediously repetitive (I should know, fanfic, remember?)Occasionally this leads Ms Malcolm's SG-1 towards being wooden, but this is entirely forgivable - trust me, as a writer, it's difficult to maintain this balance especially when you are aiming at particular audience (for instance, I dislike the tendency for Rodney McKay in Atlantis to be a 1 dimensional comic character. He said, "My parents hated each other and took it out on me", which indicates at the least mental cruelty and probably beatings received from his parents' fists. So far however this dark edge to the character has been totally ignored). In short, if you are going to "try" a Stargate TV Tie-in, I strongly recommend that you use A Matter of Honor as the gauge of quality, because it's a strong, positive effort.