This story is the genesis of some ideas that have popped up over the last few months. Some of them had their start when I began "The Unlikely Road Taken". I apologize to those readers who have waited for the follow-up chapters to that tale. I wholeheartedly promise a return to the story soon. Unfortunately, real-life commitments and distractions precluded me from continuing the story late in 2005. I'm sure many can sympathize with that. The two stories are unrelated, even as some of the characters are the same.
As for this story, if you're looking for a sweeping O'Neill-Carter romance with action, then this is not your cup of tea. I'm not a fan of the SG-1 romance trend in fan fiction. If you enjoy it then more power to you. I just don't find it interesting. As I hope you'll discover, this story will be somewhat gritty, fact-based (as much as sci-fi can be!) and hopefully, realistic. I endeavor as much as possible to depict the government and military not as Hollywood would, but as they really are. The tools are out there to do the research which will make anyone's story that much better. So many clichés about the military and things such as government cover-ups have permeated that it's become an accepted part of society. Those who have served may disagree with such easy acceptance.
I ask those who read this tale to review it if they like. All authors in some way enjoy feedback, whether positive or negative. I am no different. I only hope that you will find this story as enjoyable as the many of outstanding quality.
I state for the record that this is a work for personal enjoyment, not financial profit. Many of the characters are taken directly from the plots of Stargate: SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. All others are creations of the author. No money has or will change hands between parties. I expect no profit from this story. This narrative may be reproduced for personal entertainment use only.
Finally, as you read and hopefully enjoy this story, please remember that there are real soldiers of many nations at this time fighting around the world for your right to read, write and think as you wish. Please keep them in your thoughts.