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Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from damrhein
Review:
Love the series can't wait to see what happens with the Lucian cartel and destiny.
Review By [damrhein] • Date [22 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from Hyperion
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Excellent story so far, been following and rereading it here and over on the spacebattles.com forum.

For anyone that is interested, two portions of chapter twenty have been put up on the spacebattles forum.

Chapter 20 part 1:

http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/xsgcom-terra-from-the-deep.159403/page-102#post-8307303

Chapter 20 part 2:

http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/xsgcom-terra-from-the-deep.159403/page-106#post-10739772
Review By [Hyperion] • Date [22 Feb 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from Davelister
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Hey, great continuation of this story, would love to see it continued even further, would it be possible to integrate anything from XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Can't wait to see more.
Review By [Davelister] • Date [20 May 13] • Rating [7 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from (Recent Donor)TheDivineDemon
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Update and I shall give you an unlimited supply of win... which you already have for making this... Damn it! anyway, please update. The political side of things is just as interesting as the big booms.
Review By [(Recent Donor)TheDivineDemon] • Date [15 Feb 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from LobsterDan
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I still love this and keep on checking back regularly for the next chapter!!

1. The Tollan are making Stargates, yes? How about giving one to the Mars colony, and also having one on each Earth and Tollan battlecruiser? The crew would leave them "buried" of course so they could decide when to use them. (It took a while for Earth to acquire the smarts to reprogram DHDs for a transported gate, but your storyline is close to that point anyway.)

2. Earth and Pegasus could both use a permanent teleporter installation, if they don't keep a battlecruiser parked there. How many times could some problem have been fixed if only the Daedalus were in orbit?

3. The Aurora's distress signal was activated once the full ZPM was plugged back in. That probably happens sooner in the XSGCOM universe. Could the crew be resuscitated with sarcophagi? (This method is also how I first expected you to have two Weirs running around; get the old one out of the chamber and slowly restore her, which makes having light-colored hair easier to explain. :-D )

4. Once he had Ronon's subspace transponder, McKay found a bunch of other ones. For some reason they never tracked most of down but it seems the kind of thing XSGCOM would do. Especially since one Runner has a short-range teleporter. :>

5. The Tower is potentially a second Lantean city-ship, provided XSGCOM is willing to commit a cruiser with teleporter capabilities to excavating it. Big question is how much of that city ship is still intact.

6. Is the Avalon going to be delayed because Daniel hasn't met Vala yet? If it is, would we still get "Ripple Effect" happening at the same time?

7. It will be cool to see how much Wraith tech XSGCOM recovers from the siege.

I would like to push the writing process forward however I can help. You are probably totally busy with the new X-COM game :-D so I know I'll need patience.
Review By [LobsterDan] • Date [28 Jan 13] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from Stormguard
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Very VERY nice work. I'm not going to be able to be too usefull unfortunately, I definitely got caught up in your story...
Review By [Stormguard] • Date [1 Aug 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from ianquest
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Still a brilliant story; I recently finished re-reading it again & still hope that at some point you'll be sufficiently inspired to return to this enormously entertaining universe.

On a related note, you may be interested to discover that a company is making a new & improved version of the original UFO computer game. Not the 'official' Firaxis remake, which has reduced squad sizes, a single base & other changes, but a proper remake of the game updated for modern PCs & gameplay & retaining the feel & characteristics of the original. The demo & videos look pretty good.

If you're interested, the Kickstarter page (for 'final polishing' funding) is at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/69341191/xenonauts - you can simultaneously pre-order the game & support its improvement! :)

You know Commander Sharp will revoke your XCOM clearance if you don't at least check it out! :)
Review By [ianquest] • Date [8 Jun 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Eleven" from SlickRCBD
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I've only recently been referred to this story, and have been reading it over the last week.
One comment I'd like to make. Not everyone will recognize the song you quoted in this chapter as "The Ballad of Rodger Young" nor know why the Avenger pilots would want to play it in the circumstances. Not everyone has read Starship troopers.

Heck, I myself am currently listening to it via an audio book during my 45-minute (each way) commute to work. I'd just gotten to the chapter where Rico had joined the Rodger Young and mentions about the recall songs the day before. If I'd read this chapter a couple days earlier, the humor would have been lost on me.

Yeah, it's a funny coincidence that I stared Starship Troopers around the same time as Terra From the Deep.

Anyways, you might want to add an explanation to your author's notes since some people won't get the comment on why the Avenger pilots would be playing it. Encourage them to read the book, as I've found it to be a good book so far.
Review By [SlickRCBD] • Date [23 May 12] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from Addlcove
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Have just re-read this entire story, hoping for an update soon :)

still makes me chuckle at times, I love the one-liners you manage to put in especially for O'neill, having him stay "in character" through the entire two stories is really well done.
Review By [Addlcove] • Date [8 May 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from LobsterDan
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Last night I had a dream that the next chapter was published. It was kind of weird, because XSGCOM had the Asuran super-weapon and were using it on the Replicators. But it was still cool.
Review By [LobsterDan] • Date [4 Apr 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from Inoeth
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Well I can honestly say that you've done it again Hotpoint- made an amazing story that is almost too big to handle. Humanity (and their allies) have far too many huge enemies to deal with and are only going to get more with the inclusion of the Ori (Part 3 of this series I imagine).

At least in this series the Tau'ri are in a MUCH better position than they ever were in cannon.

I am worried that much like your BtVS/Angel series, you've bitten off more than you can chew but I do have high hopes that eventually you'll finish this series, the Compelled series and Wesley's Mulligan.

next up on my reading list from your fics are your fallout stories :)

keep it up and update again soon. It should not take you a year to write a chapter (even though they are pleasingly long chapters)
Review By [Inoeth] • Date [27 Feb 12] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from JavPro
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I have read both of these stories at least a dozen times, and they are as good this time as the first. I am waiting patiently for it to continue to a satisfactory resolution. If your muse has lain down to take a break I would suggest you gank her with Commander Sharp's “hockey stick", and then frog march her to the nearest word processor with a L2-A3 until she gets some words written.
Thanks for all your stories.
Review By [JavPro] • Date [15 Jan 12] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter One" from LobsterDan
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This is an awesome series. I would seriously pay money for it.

You have a very good feel for all the characters -- including the ones you've invented. They all feel very real to me and I can hear the tonal inflections of each of them.

My comments (including criticisms) are intended to be completely constructive, since I thoroughly enjoy this series and would love to have it continue:

1. What happened to the Adrian Conrad storyline in this universe?

2. You don't quite follow the Stargate time travel rules. Stargate doesn't use stable timeloops (with the possible exception of "1969," and I could probably explain that if you pushed me). When you travel to the past you can change whatever you want, even killing your own grandfather as a baby, and you don't make a time crisis.

3. I know a big conceit of this storyline is that the characters are supposed to do the smart things, like utilizing SG-1A or the Naqaudah asteroid. I think using the time jumper "smartly" is just a little _too_ powerful, though. Especially having Janus around. He can get them out of dozens of problems with a word.

4. I liked the team warning the Hoffans; their use of the drug at the end of the episode in canon really did doom them. However, merely creating the drug isn't nuts, since it can be distributed to other planets. Imagine what would happen to the Wraith if a random 5% of people throughout the galaxy took it.

5. When the Tollan were phased inside the moon, could they look around their ship? Or did they have to pilot it blind because their whole ship was filled with phased moon? :>

6. I like that you use "sardonically" instead of "sarcastically" when needed, but you seem to use it a lot. Not that I have a better suggestion off-hand. "Wryly" is also a very good description of how some people talk, but that one comes up a lot, too.

7. The rogue NID is allied with Osiris and Loki, right? Why are they attacking the Jaffa now when Loki should want them only worrying about the Replicators?

8. What happened with "Home"? It seems like the kind of place where the Atlantis team would offer to bury the gate for them and fly out in their own ship. Would be nice to have some non-corporeals in the United Worlds, too, wouldn't it? :>

9. What about "The Storm"/"The Eye"? Their one ZPM only had a few hours of life in it at that point. And has the expedition encountered the nanobot menace in "Hot Zone"?

10. When the team starts interacting with alternate realities, will they interact with other XSGCOM realities, or maybe some that are more like SG-1?

Please publish more! Even rough drafts!
Review By [LobsterDan] • Date [30 Dec 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from Fenris
Review:
Hey there Hotpoint!
I´ve read XSGCOM (both) and hope you will continue soon(VERY soon) !
I´ve also read a previous story by you "Hunted Tribes" I REALLY hope you´ll continue that one as well!
You would´nt happen to be swedish by the way since a lot of the in story jokes sounds very swedish to me not to mention some other hints!
PS:OH and keep up the good work!
Review By [Fenris] • Date [27 Dec 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Chapter Nineteen" from WhiteHawk
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Review is intended for the whole duology so-far:

Gods know how I got here. I don't read fan-fics.

However, as a sci-fi lover, an XCom veteran, a Stargate fan, and a voracious reader, when I somehow stumbled upon these XSGCOM stories, I just could not tear myself away - what a fantastic idea for a crossover!

How satisfying is it to finally read a fiction where humans aren't just a bunch of pathetic space-hippies crying that they got slapped by the big bad? I've always imagined humans being far more bloodthirsty and capable in the inter-galactic political and battle field. If we thought and fought like the namby-pamby peace-nicks portrayed in your average sci-fi series throughout history, we'd have been wiped out by the common cold by now.

I am aware that a story loses its sense of peril if the hero is too 'bad-ass', but that's not what happens here. The humans of XSGCOM just don't take it lying down; when your life is on the line, you punch below the belt, gouge the eyes, bite the ears, and fight like an animal; the survivor/victor is going to be the one spitting bits of his opponent's face out, not necessarily the one with the superior technology and skill. This story reflects the truth of human nature - we make the choices needed, devote the resources required, and hit with whatever's to hand if it means staying alive another day. Our protagonist (humanity at large) takes a beating, but gets back up and nuts the aggressor in the face- it's not a Superman tale with silly green rocks representing the only peril, and winning isn't easy no matter how much it make look it when we see a soldier laughing at the holes he just noticed through his torso.

Okay, yes - I like a little grit in my stories. There is no want of it here - just oodles of gratuitous and, let's face it, realistic human behaviour. The characters are well portrayed, the battles well narrated, the interactions sufficiently believable, and the writing competent- and yes, the story is more than a little indulgent (which, I can't help but comment, is what fan-fic all seems to be about).

The whole thing comes together like roast beef and British ale... steak and chips... cheese and ham. XCom and SG1: I'm loving it!

Please, I beg you, don't tell me you've stopped. If there is just a tiny hope that the next chapter is going to appear sooner or later, I can wait.

Bloody well done, HotPoint- you've got a fan who NEVER says he's a fan of anyone (not even Elvis, and I would BE him if I could). Thanks for the ride.

Alright, alright, I AM an Elvis fan, and I don't mind saying it- but I don't make a habit of it.
Review By [WhiteHawk] • Date [14 Sep 11] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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