Babylon 5: Accusations by Lois Tilton

Babylon 5: Accusations
Author: Lois Tilton
Publisher: Boxtree
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Science Fiction

BACK COVER BLURB

Friends Like These — He came to Babylon 5 from out of Commander Susan Ivanova’s past. His cryptic, urgent message asked for an immediate meeting, but when Ivanova arrived to meet her old friend, Ortega was dead-murdered — and the word from Mars Colony was that the man had been a terrorist.

Accusations — Dealing with an outbreak of hijacked shipments of morbidium ingots, Ivanova is caught by surprise when EA investigators accuse her of being in league with Ortega, then strip her of her command and threaten Security Chief Garibaldi as well. Now the once and future Babylon 5 loyalists must unravel a mystery of corruption and murder. Fail, and the price will be their careers, or their lives …

WHAT I THOUGHT

Babylon 5 was one of my all-time favourite TV programs back in the day, so when Warner teamed up with publisher Boxtree and invited a number of SF authors to contribute stories to accompany the series, I was there. Sadly, however, I only ever bought the first two books printed, Voices by John Vornholt and Accusations by Lois Tilton. 

While I did read the first book, I really didn’t like it. Juvenile, badly plotted, with terrible characterization. It was one I gave away quite quickly to a friend, who, like me, was not impressed. But still, I didn’t give up hope, these were spin-offs being written early on in the TV series’ long run, so I hoped for the best with book two. 

Happily, I wasn’t disappointed. Accusations is a book that I have hauled all over the planet with me and read at least once a year—and yes, the reason I am writing this is, as you might have guessed, am about to read again. It’s not a great book, but it is a fun, fast read, and Tilton hit the bulkheads running with both a fast, fun plot that has enough twists in it to make it a credible thriller. And boy does she bring Ivonova and G’Kar to life. She really nailed the characters and more, brought out a great deal of that wry humour B5 was quite rightly famous for. 

If you want a good fast read you cannot go wrong with this one. Sadly, however, I believe it is no longer in print, which is a crying shame.

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