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Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from (Past Donor)boo
Review:
I just love this story. Your characters are so well developed and the story is awesome. I can't wait for more!
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're enjoying the story so far.
Review By [(Past Donor)boo] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from GraysonPaladin
Review:
MAD, she's invoking MAD protocols... and I cannot blame her one bit. The war will be over soon
Comments from author:
Perhaps not full scale MAD, but certainly a massive response that'll make even Kharrillion's eyes water.

Thanks for the review
Review By [GraysonPaladin] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from grd
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This is an Empress that if she survives will be one of the truly Great ones. Forged in the fires of battle and adversity. Love how Diana, Joyce, and Dawn have become part of it. Earth will seem very small when they eventually return.
Comments from author:
Assuming she doesn't either crack or turn into a clone of her ancestor - it's a lot of pressure for a sixteen year-old. Earth will seem very small, but if the Tallurans can crack that distance problem? Goa'uld look out!

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [grd] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from HMaxMarius
Review:
Somebody call Sig Hansen and the NORTHWESTERN... That's a KING Crab!


While the call's out, someone find a Technomage and the EXCALIBUR. =D
Comments from author:
After a couple of smart grenades, it's now crab paste...

Unfortunately, the Khkerrikk bioweapon works a lot faster than the Shadow plague. Some parts of the Khkerrikk Empire are likely to end up as radioactive galactic-scale parking lots, as a result.

Thanks for the review - glad you're still sticking with it.
Review By [HMaxMarius] • Date [16 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from lunalurker
Review:
Another intense and exciting wartime update! The saga continues to enthrall, and I can't wait to find out where its all going.
Thanks for writing and looking forward to more of the series. :)
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're still sticking with it!
Review By [lunalurker] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from (Current Donor)Speakertocustomers
Review:
There is a good author called Cordyfan
Who writes as well as anybody can
And ‘Key to the Stars’
Is better by far
Than Battenberg cake topped with marzipan.
Comments from author:
Thanks for your limerick review. I can't rhyme to save myself, but glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [(Current Donor)Speakertocustomers] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from RevDorothyL
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Loved Joyce with the M-4 (as SG1 has so often demonstrated, sometimes there's nothing like good, 'old-fashioned' projectile weapons and explosive rounds to deal with exotic threats), and I'm so relieved that Logan's okay.

But oh, my heart aches for the civilian losses suffered by the Tallurans, and for the hard choices that Drayana now has to make, even if they cause people to compare her to her terrifying ancestress Boudicca.
Comments from author:
Joyce will return from the Vedda Galaxy much more able to look after herself (albeit not patrolling with her daughters on a nightly basis).

Drayana will hate it, but she really has no choice but to retaliate, else she's leaving her people open to similar attacks by others.

Thanks for the review.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from Orion
Review:
Wow. Very well written. This was a great chapter and very much worth the wait.

Thank you for writing and sharing with us.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're enjoying it.
Review By [Orion] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from DarthTenebrus
Review:
Fell Emperor and
Noble Empress cast their spears;
One shall not survive.
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review. Sorry - can't rhyme to save myself.
Review By [DarthTenebrus] • Date [15 Mar 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from Rich
Review:
Yet another shining glory,
a chapter longer than most stories.
action on a galactic scale,
with human interest that never fails.

Cordy in the army's a simple notion
But a million plus words will fill the ocean
For writing epics, you've got the knack
David Weber, watch your back

it's rhyming day and I wish it wasn't
My poetry sucks but this story doesn't
Comments from author:
Thanks for the review - glad you're still enjoying it
Review By [Rich] • Date [14 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from Inoeth
Review:
Great update once again. I found myself amused and entertained by the Indiana Jones types archaeology going on on the planet with the empty city, along with the rather unique species of intelligent moles... Much of that entire scene reminded me also of some of the experiences Buffy (& scoobies) experiences OTL.

While I was not completely surprised that at least one attack made it through to a Talluran planet, tho I was surprised that they didn't try to target more military/industrial bases, or, if they did (and those failed), it simply wasn't mentioned. While the death toll and reaction aren't entirely surprising either, I still had some seriously strong emotional responses from reading about it happening and can only imagine just how Drayana is going to respond. Things are about to get very, very ugly, very fast.

I'm rather curious about what kind of WMD's the Tallurans have that will go far beyond nukes... perhaps opening a black hole in the core of a planet? supernova a star? Or, given the past history of the Tallurans, I wonder if they have their own chemical/biological weapons that are equally nasty... tho, even in anger, I can't see them every actually using those when destroying a planet is a bit more effective- unless they plan on claiming the now dead (but still usable) planet afterwards...

In any case, great update and I look forward to the next one in this story, along with the other stories in this series.
Comments from author:
The empty city obviously has a lot more possibilities, but not sure if I'll get a chance to explore them further.

That was pretty much the extent of the Khkerrikk counter-attack. Without ships of their own close to Talluran space, all they could do was ask Jugrub to steal a few and send crews and nukes to join them, via Stargate. No fancy strategy, Kharrillion just wanted to kill as many Tallurans as possible. By the time they get around to organising a repeat attack, the Tallurans will already have retaliated.

Talluran WMDs are mainly nukes (albeit some very large ones if necessary and they can be simultaneously delivered all over a planet using Asgard transporters, if necessary). No chemicals and bio-weapons, though they do have a very nasty nanotech weapon on the shelf, but probably don't want to let that particular genie out of the bottle at this stage.

Thanks for review - glad you're still enjoying it.
Review By [Inoeth] • Date [14 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War: Counter-Strike" from (Current Donor)Sulien
Review:
Yay! I squeed out loud when I saw the email notification for your update of this story. Yeah, that's pretty much been my standard reaction for a while now, I think.

I very much enjoyed reading about the archaeological expedition, especially the Malhenthia's reaction to Faith. I'm exceedingly curious about the cause of their reaction and why they paid her a tribute of shiny pebbles and hope that you'll return this matter in a future chapter. I have a few speculations on that, but I'm going to keep them to myself and wait to see if I'm even in the ballpark.

It was also great to read that Colonel Logan and the rest of SG-15 are alive and well after their close call. And very, VERY bad to read that Kharrillion's counter-attack succeeded, even if only in part, which was more than enough. It's a pity his own people will pay for his utter stupidity and cowardice and that he can't be made to pay personally (other than dying during the retaliatory strikes) and in person, but that would be rather difficult to arrange.

About the only good thing that is going to come out of Kharrillion's actions will be that we will get to see the Imshai homeworld and that Faith will get an opportunity to make interesting new friends and the same probably goes for the rest of the group. I'm really looking forward to reading the next chapter! A bit more than usual, even. ;)

Sorry about not giving you a rhyming review, you really would not want to be subjected to what would not even amount to doggerel verse if I attempted it . :-p I do hope others give some good and interesting rhymes, though; you deserve them.
Comments from author:
Glad you enjoyed it - and I can't write rhymes, either.

The city has so many possibilities, but I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to explore them further. Glad you like the Malhenthia - I may return to the stones in future.

Kharrillion will pay for it (unfortunately, he won't be the only one who suffers).

I'm looking forward to developing the Imshai and their worlds - one of my favourite species so far. Faith will certainly make new friends...

Thanks for the review
Review By [(Current Donor)Sulien] • Date [14 Mar 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War - The Home Front" from Inoeth
Review:
Another brilliant chapter to this story. I absolutely love how you've built up this entirely original side story that, if you removed/changed the buffy/stargate stuff it could be a scifi story all on it's own- and it really is just that.

I'm very curious as to just how far the Khrricks will fall and if perhaps, it may just break out into civil war, as has happened in the past to civilizations that lose wars. The nasty plot to nuke and whatever else Talluran cities will be very intriguing to follow- and one wonders just how successful the Ch'hanis will be... and what the reaction will be by the Tallurans- regardless of how many (if any) are set off...

Finally, the ending to this chapter with the aliens popping up... it's rather tough to have such a cliffhanger when I know it'll be at least a month and probably a couple of months before this is updated once again...

I assume that the next update will the back on Earth and dealing with Glory, among other issues that Buffy and co. have?

Great stuff and I look forward to more.
Comments from author:
I'm not saying how far the Khkerrikk will fall at this point, but it's a reasonable assumption that they'll be up for a change of leadership...

If the Khkerrikk successfully hit even one or two Talluran cities? The consequences are likely to be somewhat severe.

The aliens popping up? May be aggressive, or may just be curious. Maybe even just a spontaneously growing alien plant... ;-)

I'm likely to post another chapter of FLP before another of Key.

Thanks for the review - glad you're enjoying it.
Review By [Inoeth] • Date [14 Jan 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War - The Home Front" from maxthehobbit
Review:
Dawn, Faith and Dyanna having a memorable night at the concert and the town, but Logan will be lucky to survive his situation and Joyce may be in for trouble on that planet with unknown 'blobs' surrounding her and the group she's with, at least Faith is with her. Not to mention that the Talluran Empire is facing Jugrub's possible use of biological attack on behalf of the lizards they are currently at war with. Next chapter should be filled with adventure and dangerous situations.
I love your writing and your stories, never can guess what you're going to come up with.
Maybe the next Battle ship will be named after Faith, boy would that boggle her mind.
Comments from author:
Logan may or may not survive - not saying at this point... As for Joyce? Not everything alien has to be hostile. It might be, or it might just be inquisitive...
Jugrub's bio-attack? Potentially lethal to a large number of Tallurans and it may get very nasty, but not nearly as nasty as it would be for the Khkerrikk when Drayana channels her inner nasty ancestor...

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed it.
Review By [maxthehobbit] • Date [11 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Diplomacy and the Dogs of War - The Home Front" from grd
Review:
While Buffy and Cordy are having their own adventurers, Joyce and Dawn have their own too. Hope they stay awhile as after exposure to the tech and life of Talluran's may make them feel very strange on Earth. Like moving from urban to rural life. I hope Joyce's paramour survives and becomes "Dad". Your chapters are like a great meal. Savored and enjoyed to the last word. Thank you for another chapter if this grand adventure.
Comments from author:
Joyce and Dawn won't stay for long after Glory's scheduled portal-opening (assuming there's an Earth still around). They'll want to make sure Buffy and Cordy have survived, for one thing. Returning to Earth will be a shock, however, after living amongst advanced technology and a palace lifestyle. Still, there might be a more regular link with the Tallurans in future, who knows...? Logan's future? You'll just have to wait and see.

Thanks for the kind review - glad you're enjoying the story so much.
Review By [grd] • Date [10 Jan 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
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