The Cylons’ SecretJuly 21, 2009
My plan was to work my way through the BSG novels. Just by chance, I got them out of the library in reverse order. So somehow I still ended up saving the best one for last.
The Cylon’s Secret by Craig Shaw Gardner is the best of the three, in my opinion. One of those reasons may be that the story is set in the past, before Adama became Commander of the Battlestar Galactica. Generally, I’m not a fan of prequels, but in this case, unexplored territory worked in the author’s favour. Pay no attention to the cover, however, since sexy Six doesn’t even appear in the story.
We meet both Adama and Tigh when they are younger, though still scarred by many years in the military. We also meet Tom Zarek, before he became a political activist. It’s an engaging story. Zarek is part of a pirate crew, salvaging outlying outposts in the wake of the first Cylon war. They come across one planet which seems to be unaware of the outcome of that conflict, one where humans and Cylons still live side by side as they had before the rebellion. At least, the humans on the colony are unaware. The Cylons have a secret.
Here, there are some inconsistencies as well. Like the Cylons have laser guns instead of bullets. Not sure how that one crept past the editors. But these minor details don’t get in the way of your enjoyment of a substantial story. I really enjoyed the exploration of what it must have been like for Capricans the day the Cylons rebelled, and their house servants, dishwashers and nannies all simply walked off the job. I have an image in my mind of a dryer with legs marching out our front door.
This novel had some great characters and a good pace that kept me turning pages. Well worth the read.