Babylon 5 novel The Shadow Within cover


Babylon 5 novel The Shadow Within cover
The Shadow Within

Babylon 5: The Shadow Within ; by Jeanne Cavelos;
Based on the series by J. Michael Straczynski;
New edition: Del Rey; NY; 272 pp.; paperback; $6.99 US, $10.99 Can.
ISBN 0-345-45218-6

Old edition (out of print): Dell; NY; 259 pp.; paperback; $5.50 US, $7.50 Can.
ISBN 0-440-22348-2

Praise for Babylon 5:
The Shadow Within

"The best Babylon 5 book of the batch to date. . . .
I think she's done a bang-up job."

    --J. Michael Straczynski, executive producer, creator/writer of Babylon 5
"A book that's a real book, rather than just a TV tie-in knock-off. . . .
Absorbing and affecting. . . . Excellent."

    --Andy Lane, author of The Babylon File
"From the explosive opening. . . to the chilling ending, The Shadow Within fires on all cylinders. . . . Ms. Cavelos does a wonderful job of deepening the layers of the Babylon 5 universe. . . . A highly enjoyable reading experience with a powerful and chilling ending.
Best of the B5 media novels."

    --The Zocalo
"One of the best TV tie-in novels ever written."
    --Dreamwatch magazine
"Most satisfying. . . . [I] devoured this flashback book (which takes place before the first episode) cover to cover. The plot involves realistic political intrigue, a sparkling interstellar mystery and a sense of doom so thick you can smell it on the pages. Still, the sharply defined characters display so much wit, intelligence and warmth that you root for them to change history anyway. . . .
This is no by-the-numbers knock-off."

    --Captain Comics, The Sunday Telegraph

Back Cover of the New Edition:

The electrifying space epic continues as Anna and John Sheridan battle deadly foes at opposite ends of the universe.

The dedication of the new Babylon 5 Station is fast approaching, and desperate enemies intend to see it end in catastrophe. The fate of the fledgling space alliance lies in the hands of John Sheridan, newly appointed captain of the spaceship Agamemnon. His orders are to stop the attack. Unless he first gets to the bottom of the near-mutinous behavior of the Agamemnon's unruly crew, Sheridan and his spaceship will share Babylon 5's doom.

Time is also running out for his wife Anna, headed to Z'ha'dum aboard the Icarus. Young, beautiful, and brilliant, she was thrilled to be appointed chief science officer of the follow-up mission to this mysterious planet on the edge of the known universe, where artifacts rumored to hold stupendous powers have been discovered. But the offer she could not resist threatens to become a dark destiny she cannot avoid, for an unimaginable horror lies somnolent on Z'ha'dum--and the monstrous consequences of disturbing the sleeping evil will haunt every living thing in the cosmos. . . .

Back Cover of the Original Edition:

Anna Sheridan has two passions--her husband, John, and the mystery surrounding some intriguing artifacts found during a mission on a distant planet called Z'Ha'dum. Now she gets orders to become the science officer on the follow-up mission scheduled for the spaceship Icarus. Happy, young, beloved, and brilliant, never has a woman had so much to live for. Or so much to lose.

While John, recently promoted to the rank of captain, struggles with his new command on the Agamemnon, Anna begins to assemble her science crew...and makes her first mistake. She signs on Dr. Morden, a highly credentialed translator whose heart hides a weakness that can cost Anna her life...or her soul. Her second mistake is to underestimate the danger on Z'Ha'dum. What is awaiting the Icarus near the rim of known space is an unimaginable horror. What is awaiting Anna Sheridan is an explosive destiny...and a dark future that can crush her husband's dreams and a terror that can come back to haunt us all.

A synopsis of "The Shadow Within" on
"The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5" site

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