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The Cylons' Secret (Battlestar Galactica) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Ronald D. Moore , Craig Shaw Gardner , Glen A. Larson
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15. März 2007 Battlestar Galactica (Buch 2)
After the devastating Cylon War, the Cylons retreated to parts unknown in deep space, and the twelve human colonies rebuilt that which was destroyed. For twenty years nothing was heard from the Cylons-but sometimes no news is bad news. For the humans, the aftermath of the war has created a new, albeit illegal, profession: scavenger. Tom Zarek is one of these scavengers, scouring the outer settlements for valuable Cylon technologies and artifacts, usually returning empty-handed. But now, he and his crew have found the Omega Station, a secret science facility beyond the edge of charted space, which turns out to be still occupied-by Cylons! The Battlestar Galactica receives the Lightning's distress call, getting the coordinates and a cryptic one-word message: "Cylons." A younger William Adama, just promoted to second in command, is worried. Soon, they will discover the base is full of not just Cylons, but also something much more disturbing...and deadly.

Produktinformation

  • Taschenbuch: 316 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books; Auflage: Rep Mti (15. März 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0765355175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765355171
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 12,1 x 2,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.102.719 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for the "Battlestar Galactica" TV series "An intensely suspenseful journey of survival gripping, scary, and well worth staying home on Fridays to watch TV's most provocative fantasy adventure "--TV Guide "Roush Rave" "Rapidly shaping up to be the most influential Science Fiction series since "Babylon"" 5" and the original "Star Trek"."--"TV Zone" magazine "Serious and sexy, "Battlestar Galactica" is the best sci fi on TV."--"CFQ (Cinefantastique)"" "" this "Battlestar "is smart enough and entertaining enough to win you over."--Robert Bianco, "USA"" Today"" ""With its hot, androgynous heroine leading the remnants of humanity against evil, God-fearing robots, "Battlestar Galactica" is boldy re-creating sci-fi TV."--salon.com"

Synopsis

After the devastating Cylon War, the Cylons retreated to parts unknown in deep space, and the twelve human colonies rebuilt that which was destroyed. For twenty years nothing was heard from the Cylons-but sometimes no news is bad news. For the humans, the aftermath of the war has created a new, albeit illegal, profession: scavenger. Tom Zarek is one of these scavengers, scouring the outer settlements for valuable Cylon technologies and artifacts, usually returning empty-handed. But now, he and his crew have found the Omega Station, a secret science facility beyond the edge of charted space, which turns out to be still occupied-by Cylons! The Battlestar Galactica receives the Lightning's distress call, getting the coordinates and a cryptic one-word message: "Cylons." A younger William Adama, just promoted to second in command, is worried. Soon, they will discover the base is full of not just Cylons, but also something much more disturbing...and deadly.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Good, not bad! 28. April 2010
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The Cylons' Secret is the first standalone-novel based on the Reimagined BSG-Series. The author spins an interesting plot with a fast-pacing story, a lot of action-scenes, good interesting characters and asks a lot of moral questions in the epic scifi-style that's makes the stories in the universes of star trek, Babylon 5 and so on since over 40 years so unique. So the story in itself is a solid when not an outstanding work. Now why I'm rating this novel so bad? The author who wrote a good story seems to ignore all known facts from the history already established back when the book was published. Critical events get mixed up, for example:
His attempts to work events into the backstories of Adama, Tigh, Zarek, and the Colonies that simply don't fit - we're supposed to believe that news of the Cylons lurking about in a Dreadnaught ("close to ten times the size of Galactica") wouldn't leak from the crews of 6 battlestars to the rest of the populace, right after we're told that the Admiral couldn't keep the CIC personnel on the Galactica from blabbing to the rest of the crew. Yet, we're told in the TV series that nobody has seen the Cylons since the armistice - that's a critical backstory element.

On the other hand he tries to create a vivid scenario, cut off from civilization where Cylons and humans work and life in peaceful cooperation and maybe even can exchange feelings? In itself a good concept but the author seriously mixed up with a lot of continuity issues, surly he should have made a better research of what he wants to write about.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Cynical fraudulent tie-in hack job 20. September 2006
Von L. Masco - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is nothing more than a hack job, intended to cash in on the Battlestar Galactica name. The author has no regard for Battlestar Galactica continuity, and violates it left and right.

He attempts to work events into the backstories of Adama, Tigh, Zarek, and the Colonies that simply don't fit - we're supposed to believe that news of the Cylons lurking about in a Dreadnaught ("close to ten times the size of Galactica") wouldn't leak from the crews of 6 battlestars to the rest of the populace, right after we're told that the Admiral couldn't keep the CIC personnel on the Galactica from blabbing to the rest of the crew. Yet, we're told in the TV series that nobody has seen the Cylons since the armistice - that's a critical backstory element.

Cylon Wariors from the period of the war look like the 1978 series' Centurions, not like the more modern versions that Shaw describes.

The Colonial High Command would not have been as lackadaisical about computer control of the Colonial military, had they known that a Cylon Dreadnaught was still out there at the edges of human space - even 20 years after the fact. Especially when they had been concerned enough to send 6 battlestars after it.

I can only guess that this was a manuscipt that the author had sitting around, in which he replaced his own characters with the BSG characters - labelling this as Battlestar Galactica is a fraud. I haven't been this angry about a book in a long, long time - unless you're short of material to burn in a fireplace, avoid this one... you won't know how bad a sucker job you missed. And if you see Craig Shaw Gardner, tell him I want my three hours back.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Misleading at Best 7. Oktober 2006
Von Mr. Robert C. Elsenpeter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Before I get too far, I'd just like to say I only got to page 77 of this book. If it picked up and got better by page 78, then I missed it. Unfortunately, the frst quarter of this book was a snoozer.

If I had picked up a phone book I'd have a better chance of finding people I knew that reading this thing. Set 20 years in the past (ugh) the author tries to make a lot of his own square pegs fit into the BSG round holes . Too bad they just don't fit.

This book seemed more like a rewrite of a 1960s Star Trek episode, trying to be shoehorned into BSG -- 20 years in the past.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen After the First War 30. März 2007
Von Joshua Koppel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an interesting story, but it in no way fits with the show's premises. Twenty years after the first Human-Cylon War, Adama is on the Battlestar Galactica and looking for outposts who lost contact during the war. The find a small outpost and some salvage operators. The salvage operators find the outpost first but meet disastrous results when making contact. The outpost is a scientific research facility meant to examine the relationship between Human and Cylon. That means that there are Cylon's present. But these Cylon's seem to be living in harmony with the few remaining humans but with the arrival of outsiders it would appear they are not as harmless as thought.

The Galactica crew manages to safely land and make contact with the outpost. Slowly they learn something about what has been going on but it is a surviving salvage crew member that discovers some of the hidden secrets on the planet. When more Cylon's show up, the Galactica crew has to remember that there is an armistice and the Cylons are not currently a foe although prejudice runs deep. Things escalate of course and soon the skies are full of Battlestars and raiders looking to stave off or end a possible Cylon threat.

Knowing that the Cylons have been active in Human space and that they have very powerful ships does not seem like something the Fleet would have completely forgotten about by the time of the show's beginning. Having main characters from the show and multiple Battlestars involved just succeed in making sure this story will not fit with the television show. The book also suffers heavily from the Christmas Curse where books put out too close to the holidays do so without benefit of proof reading. I have enjoyed many books by the author and would like to think that he would have had a better polished product. Could it be this was another instance of a draft getting released as a final copy (i.e. NERILKA'S STORY by McCaffrey)? The draft-like nature and the way it fails to fit the show will have disastrous effects on this book's popularity. But despite the two major flaws I did find the story fun to read but most readers familiar with the show will not be able to overcome the discrepancies.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Blegh!! Written for 12-year olds 30. Oktober 2006
Von Harvey Moul - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Utter crap. Reads like the outline to a bad fan-fiction movie, complete with a girl-crush from the plucky young heroine on a young Tom Zarek.

For anyone that seriously enjoys the show, you need to skip this "book" and pretend it doesn't exist. Reading it will be painful and annoying - thankfully it is a very quick read so the torture doesn't drag on too long.

On a more serious note, it is written for preteens with a crude, simplistic plot and nearly non-existent character development. There are gaping plot holes and serious deviations from established canon that are distracting. While it claims to "based upon" the re-imagined series, the word "loosely" should be included in that statement.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen SECRET IS OUT... 20. September 2006
Von B. THOMPSON - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This is the first tie-in novel to the critically acclaimed SciFi re-imagined Battlestar Galactica TV show but I doubt this book will garner such praise. It was just OK, I'd probably grade it a B-.

THE GOOD - The story is a prequel and the setup/reveal chapters describing the Cylon revolt were absolutely terrific. The "Cylon Cuisinart" killing a "June Cleaver" was my favorite part of the book. The Cylon Revolt should have been the main storyline.

THE BAD - The main story is crap. It read like a bad Star Trek episode. Much closer in tone to the 1970s show than the current BSG incarnation. Lots of pages dedicated to characters not in the TV show. As a professed BSG nerd, I felt it broke the established BSG continuity/back-story in several places. I don't know if these novels will be considered canonical or not.

THE UGLY - The Cylons do some nasty modifications to some humans. I won't give spoilers away here but it may somehow tie into Season 3 of BSG.

OVERALL - Worth reading, mildly entertaining but keep your expectations at comic book not Hemingway level.

So say we all! - Brenthrax
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