By Richard Hatch and Stan Timmons
(The page numbers come from the 1st printing, hardcover edition,
published July 2001)
Using a newly-discovered aspect of the QSE
drive, Apollo orders the fleet to jump from Cylon forces at their
latest stop...and they end up back at the planet Kobol!
Notes from the BSG chronology
References in the book seem to place it as taking place 3 weeks
Warhawk (Starbuck has been in
a coma in the Life Center for 3 weeks since his Viper was struck by enemy
fire during the battle against the Chitain at the end of
Page 7 describes the fact that there are very few
whole family units in the fleet due to parental deaths in the
Cylon attack on the Colonies. The description seems rather
male-centric in stating: "...so many fathers died yahren ago,
during the first Cylon raid, leaving behind women and
children--children grown now to young manhood and the age of
their fathers when they perished..." What about the mothers
and girls who
grew to young womanhood?
Page 7 also describes these children that
grew up without parents "...grew up wrong, and hard, and fast,
and without much respect for anything or anyone." Many wound up
in the prison barge for crimes ranging from theft to assault.
Some became Warriors or disappeared into the hidden world of the
poor and neglected.
On page 8, Apollo muses on the injured
Starbuck sleeping in his med-berth "like a character from some
long-ago children's fairy tale, neither dead nor alive in his
glass coffin..." There are many fairy tales here on Earth which
feature a sleeping character in a glass case such as "The Glass
Coffin" from the collected tales of the Brothers Grimm, and
The book seems to confuse the roles of
Doctors Salik and Wilker. Salik is presented as the electronics
specialist and Wilker as the medical practitioner when, in fact,
they had the opposite roles in the TV series! This confusion
continues in the following novels as well.
On page 11, Cassie seems to know about
Apollo's mental powers. In
Warhawk, it was stated that
the only people outside of he and Athena who knew about them
were Starbuck and Boomer.
On page 24, sitting in the sanctuary of his,
formerly Adama's, quarters, Apollo holds the Star of Kobol in
his hands and it is mentioned throughout the book, even becoming
a protective talisman against Count Iblis later on. This does
not seem to be the same Star of Kobol award which
Commander Adama was to be given by the Council in
and which Commander Kronus of the
Celestra also received in
"Take the Celestra". The novel seems to
imply that the Star of Kobol referred to here is either the
amulet worn by both Adama and Baltar in
"A Death in the Family"
(and which allows them to enter the pyramid tomb of the Ninth
Lord of Kobol) or is the medallion worn at the neck by Commander
Adama throughout the series (and now presumably worn by Apollo
as Commander of the fleet).
As Apollo meditates in the sanctuary, he is
said to refer to a certain level of expansion of consciousness
achievable in this state as "dreamwalking".
On page 31, Apollo grimly muses on his
threatened position as Commander of the fleet, with both Cain
and Baltar pulling at him to make different decisions and how it
might be easier to just go back to his chambers, pull his
sidearm and put the barrel to his temple and pull the trigger.
This is similar to a scene that is later published in issue #1
of the Galactica 1980 comic book reimagining published
by Dynamite Entertainment in 2009 of Commander Adama doing the
same thing for real (except he doesn't quite pull the trigger!).
Page 37 describes the recently awakened
Starbuck as looking like he had taken a few too many brain
crystals, as if the term refers to a recreational drug. But the
glossaries of the previous two books in the series,
Warhawk, suggest that brain
crystals are an outlawed chemical weapon which causes portions
of the brain to harden and wither as if frozen. Of course, there
could also be a recreational drug nicknamed "brain crystal"
after the chemical weapon.
On page 40, Cassie muses on having remarked
to Apollo not long ago that "it's the hardest thing in the world
to watch someone you love fall in love with someone else." She
said this in
Dr. Wilker shows Apollo the
results of DNA tests he and Dr. Salik have run on the primitive
biological brains found in the destroyed Cylons they've had in
storage for some yahrens. Could these be the same Cylons that
were Baltar's pilots in
"War of the Gods" Part 1 and which were deactivated by the
Colonials but briefly returned to life as part of a plan to foil
Baltar's escape in "Baltar's
Wilker and Apollo seem surprised to learn that the Cylons had mixed
human DNA into their own. But this was already discovered in the
records found by Starbuck in
On page 61, Apollo reads the report
regarding the planet Kirasolia, stating that it has no life. But
on just the previous page of the book, Troy scans flora from his
Viper which is surviving the harsh temperatures of the planet. As
in the TV series (e.g.
"War of the Gods" Part 1),
the Colonials here only seem to consider intelligent life to be
The Galactica has holographic
communication technology projected by a device called an S-cube.
What the "S" stands for is not revealed.
Page 68 reintroduces Bojay (called Bo Jay
here), not seen in a
published story since
The Nightmare Machine. It is explained that he was lost
on a reconnaissance mission with another pilot called Jinx at
some point in the past. Bojay tells Apollo that he crashed on
some God-forsaken planet and suffered a head injury that caused
him to lose his memory. He was later found by one of the
Pegasus' patrols and had been living on Poseidon with them
On page 73, discussing women with his
friend, Apollo only half-jokingly remarks to Starbuck, "...let's
be honest--I wouldn't want you dating my sister." But
Starbuck has recently been seeing Athena again as told in
Warhawk! This book seems to
have forgotten that and introduces a subplot in which both
Starbuck and Athena are interested in getting together again.
Similarly, this book has forgotten that Apollo and Sheba became
Warhawk, yet on page 74,
Sheba remarks, "I know things haven't worked out for us, Apollo,
but at the end of the day, I'm still your friend and I always
will be." Did they break up in the span of weeks since the end
This book has Dr. Salik (should be Wilker)
in charge of researching the QSE generators. What happened to
the young scientist Plutarch who was in charge of same in
Page 81 describes the two basestars
encountered by the fleet at Kirasolia as class-four basestars.
Page 77 describes the ships as larger than the typical basestar.
One of them seems to be the Imperious Leader's ship.
The space/time warping capabilities of the
QSE generators used as drives seem to be similar to the temporal
engines given to the fleet by the Beings of Light in the
of Eden BSG comic book mini-series published by Maximum
Press, which takes place a bit later in the chronology.
Page 89 reveals that a SYSOP in the
Galactica's landing bay is capable of remotely taking
control of a Viper in space in order to guide it in for a
landing. SYSOP is an abbreviation of Systems Operator.
On page 90,
after the battle with the Cylons, a support team shuttles
out from the Galactica to rescue pilots from damaged
and drifting Vipers. They also attach fiberline cables
originating on the battlestar to reel in damaged Vipers for
repair or salvage.
Page 99 describes the pedestal of the
Imperious Leader on his basestar as being nine steps high. In
the planet Cylon, the chair of stone and metal used by the
Imperious Leader is said to sit upon a dais sixteen steps above
Page 100 describes the Imperious Leader's
High Seat as being studded with hundreds of sharp points. This
sounds somewhat like the look of the Leader's chambers as he
seems to be undergoing a transformation in
"Search for Sanctuary"
Page 100 also describes the functions of the
three levels of Cylon brain acquisition. The first brain is a
guidance system for the body and assures efficiency of task. The
second brain of Cylon officers provides the skills of analyzing
and interpreting facts. The third brain, awarded only to a
single being at any one time upon its elevation to the position
of Imperious Leader, allows the Leader to deal with matters
beyond mere facts, but with abstract concepts. It is implied
here that Lucifer has two brains and hungers for the third that
will make him Imperious Leader; in the novelization of
Living Legend" it is stated that IL-series Cylons are entirely
inorganic, implying that they have only an electronic brain, not
an organic Cylon one.
On page 103, the rib cage of a human
skeleton seen on Kobol is said to provide a home to a murder of
avions. "Avions" is the Colonial word for "bird". "Murder" is a
reference to the Earth term for a flock of crows.
The book seems to imply that the humans of
Kobol faced the Cylon threat themselves 1,000 yahrens ago. This is
not what has been described in previous stories, most recently
which Adama's recorded message for Apollo tells a different
story of humans warring against each other on Kobol, as humanity
is wont to do. Normally, 1,000 yahrens ago is said to be when
the Cylons began the war against the Twelve Colonies.
On page 112, the archive ship is referred to
as the Cerberus, which is incorrect. It is properly
Cerebus elsewhere in the book however, as first
was the name of the battlestar Adama and Cain were assigned to
as lieutenants in "Baptism of
Page 117 describes the Quorum chambers as
being decorated only with pictographs of the Twelve Colonies.
Page 123 reveals that a massive asteroid
orbits Kobol, itself pockmarked from countless astralon strikes.
The term "astralon" refers to meteoroids and
micro-meteoroids and is borrowed from the Encyclopedia
Galactica, a non-canonical reference source to BSG
published in 1979, and was also used in
"The Infidel Basestar".
On page 127, Apollo pays a return visit to
the same pyramid on Kobol he and his father had entered in
"A Death in the Family",
to find the tomb of the Ninth Lord of Kobol. Here, Apollo opens
the secret door to gain entry by touching a certain sequence of
sigils carved into the stone of the temple, but in the
aforementioned episode, entry was gained by Adama placing his
Kobolian medallion against an identical indentation in the
stone, acting as a key to open the door. Apollo picks up and
lights a pitch-soaked torch to illuminate his way through the tunnels;
but in the episode, there were electric torches set in sconces
in the entryway for use by those entering.
On page 128, Apollo meditates inside the
pyramid, musing that his role in the fleet's journey, despite
Commander Cain's attempts to usurp authority, does not feel
complete, "...as if it were a seventh note introduced into a
passage of music to let the listener know things were not yet
resolved." The seventh note is an actual musical term (often
called the seventh chord); the seventh note introduces a
dissonance that requires resolution.
On page 134, Muffit is briefly mentioned as
Apollo recalls the time when Troy went by the nickname of Boxey
and kept company with his pet mechanical daggit.
On page 136, Starbuck dies.
Starbuck's friends gather for his funeral
aboard the Galactica. No mention is made of Chameleon, so he
must be dead or was never reunited with the fleet after the
events of Surrender
During Starbuck's funeral inside the
pyramid on page 140,
Apollo sees a light "from nowhere and everywhere at once" fill
the temple chamber, but no one else seems to notice it. Apollo
muses that it's like what he saw in this chamber with Adama twenty
yahrens earlier. This is a reference to
"A Death in the Family",
but a number of people saw that light and it was obviously
coming from a slot in the ceiling, the star of Kobol shining
Page 141 reveals that Starbuck's coffin has
been placed inside the hollowed-out cockpit of his favorite
Scarlet Viper. But in
Armageddon, it is stated
that Starbuck had stuck with using his old-time Viper,
preferring it over the new models. True, that Viper was lost
when he was shot down over the planet Ochoa, so he must have
moved on to the latest Scarlet-class, but it doesn't seem like
he would have a "favorite" in such a short time, he's probably
just been using the first one they gave him.
During the feast on Kobol, one of the foods
served is coneth stew with mushies.
Coneth stew is listed in the glossaries of most of the
Hatch novels as being made from bova meat, a bova
being a livestock animal kept in herds. Mushies have previously
been seen in the episodes "The
Long Patrol" and "Fire in Space".
The writer's guide of the original series describes mushies as a
"very tasty health food." Boxey almost seems to consider them a
dessert-like item in "Fire in Space".
In Chapter 11, Apollo and Cassiopeia almost
make love to each other, but Apollo passes out from too much
drink. But the end of the book implies that there is a
fully-blossoming relationship beginning.
Page 165 describes the class-four basestars
as the size of small moons and capable of ripping apart a
planet. This may be a nod to the Death Star of the Star Wars
movies, capable of destroying a planet and which Luke Skywalker
once mistakenly refers to as "a small moon."
Page 166, in the underground city,
references the "indecipherable writings and runes and sigils and
mimms and japps" on the wall of a temple. "Mimms and japps" are
unknown words in either English or Colonial languages.
Presumably they are related to writings and symbols as are the
On page 191, Baltar claims that he never saw
anything in his time with the Cylons to suggest that they were
experimenting with human DNA to augment themselves. The
narrative seems to suggest that he's telling the truth, but we
Armageddon that he was
aware of a new type of centurion that had some of his own DNA
spliced into them, to give their brains a greater ability to
think like a human.
On page 197, Iblis tells his own story of
his past. He states that he and his followers were cast out of
the House of Kobol and exiled to the most hostile and
uninhabitable planet in the galaxy, Cylon, and left to die. They
instead nurtured the planet's dominant life form along the
evolutionary path, intentionally instilling an insatiable hatred for humanity.
Pages 201-202 reveal additional details of Iblis' past,
including that he had a brother with whom he was raised. Iblis
was a scientific genius and his brother held great wisdom,
charisma, and strength of character, but Iblis felt that their
parents had always favored the brother. The final blow for Iblis
was when his brother was awarded the position of Council Head of
the House of Kobol over himself. Iblis had plotted to murder his
brother, but was found out and punished. Later, Iblis
experimented with creating a master race on Kobol and when this
was discovered, he and his followers were banished to the harsh
world of Cylon.
Also on page 197, Iblis states that Apollo
and Athena are the last direct descendants of the House of Kobol
and he is on Kobol now to kill them.
Page 203 reveals that life and hope are
anathema to Iblis "as sunlight is to a vampire." Is the vampire
reference merely a descriptive term for the understanding of the
reader, or do the Colonials have their own vampire mythology?
On page 212, the Cylons deploy a small,
flying attack droid to help track down and attack the humans in
the Kobolian city. The description of the droid sounds much
like the Cylon Raiders of BSG2000: "The attack droid resembled a
Raider, with its disquieting curves and arc-like, forward-swept
wings, and, in lieu of a canopy window, it had the same long,
narrow aperture as the Cylons themselves had, from which emitted
fine, concentrated beams of ruby light."
Page 225 reveals that the Being of Light
called Talen whom Apollo meets on Kobol is actually the
light-body form of Serina.
On page 227, Apollo tells Cain they have
less than 30 microns to clear space before Kobol explodes. But
the normal definition of micron in the TV series (and even in
the Hatch glossaries) is a fraction of a second!
Here, Apollo clearly means "minutes", which should be "centaris"
in the Hatch books.
A couple of times, characters use the epithet
"gull-mongering" to describe the Cylons. In the TV series, the
term used was "galmonging."
The Viper Duet, first seen in
Warhawk, returns, with Troy and
Dalton again piloting. But the Duet is described as being two
Vipers joined in a side-by-side configuration, instead of
belly-to-belly as originally presented.
Page 233 reveals that Lucifer finds the
Chitain repugnant, but less so than humans.
Page 234 reveals that the new class-four
basestars are a combination of Cylon and Chitain technology.
Page 234 also has the Imperious Leader
wondering why Count Iblis has not contacted him about the attack
on the humans on Kobol. But the end of
Warhawk seemed to suggest
that Imperious Leader and Count Iblis were one and the same!
Page 235 reveals that Cylons reproduce
through cloning, which has made females redundant and
On page 235, Imperious Leader muses on how
the Cylons once turned against Iblis ages ago due to his own
breeding of the hatred of humans into them, destroying his body
and taking his brain under their control. But his mind evolved
until he could project his consciousness and a solid energy body
throughout space and time.
As his pilots prepare to fly into battle on
page 236, Apollo remarks, "This is where the felgercarb hits the
numo." In Colonial parlance, "felgercarb" is "bullshit" and "numo"
is a type of air-powered rifle (seen in
"The Lost Warrior"). Page 265
describes the debris from the collision of the Pegasus
with Lucifer's basestar as falling down to the planet Kobol
"like anchor spikes fired from a numon." So "numon" may be
another type of air-powered gun.
On page 236, author Timmons seems to mistake
the Forge as the actual name of the foundry ship, italicizing it
as a ship's name. "The Forge" is just a nickname for the foundry
ship, currently the Adena since the events of
The novel seems to depict Athena in a lesser
position with less experience and authority than the first two
novels in the Hatch cycle. She seems surprised when Apollo gives
her command of the battlestar Daedalus during the
battle of Kobol and one of the bridge officers refers to her as
Captain instead of Colonel.
On page 239, Apollo tells Athena, "We've
come through tighter spots than this," and Athena thinks, We
have? This may be a nod to an exchange between Boomer and
Starbuck in "Murder on
the Rising Star":
we've been in tighter spots.wav
The final couple of chapters of the book
seem to suggest that Baltar is genuinely trying to turn over a
On page 243, Jolly quips about shooting down
Cylon Raiders, "Just like shooting daggits in the pound." Seems
like an awfully callous turn of phrase! I suppose it's meant to
sound like our own English colloquialism, "Like shooting fish in
Also on page 243, a ship of the fleet called
the Dawntreader is destroyed by Chitain Stingers.
Possibly the authors named the ship after the ship called the
Dawn Treader, from the 1952 novel Voyage of the
Dawn Treader, one of the books of the Chronicles of Narnia.
The destruction of the
Dawntreader brings the fleet down to 158 from
159 at the end of
Warhawk. More civilian
vessels are said to have been destroyed on page 244, but a
number is not given; in any event, the fleet is now down to
something less than 158 ships by the end of this novel.
The second paragraph of page 244 describes
Apollo piloting his Viper, but it should be Starbuck, as Apollo
is still commanding the fleet from the bridge of the
Galactica at this point!
Page 249 implies that Boomer was Apollo's
old flight teacher. This seems unlikely since they are about the
same age and
Warhawk reveals that
they attended the Academy together. Author Timmons seems to have
confused Boomer's current status as a flight trainer for cadets
as his having been one during Apollo's youth.
Page 250 seems to suggest that Apollo flies
a different model than the Scarlet Viper. But
that he was the first pilot to receive one of the new Scarlet
Vipers off the line.
On page 251, Apollo and Starbuck notice one
of the Light Ships far above the space battle, observing. Apollo
remarks they must not want to miss the show. Starbuck responds
they better make it a good one, "Wouldn't want to disappoint the
viewing public. I've already been cancelled once, and that's
nothing I want to go through again, any time soon." He is
referring to his death earlier in the novel, from which he was
resurrected by the Beings of Light. But his statement may also
be a joke by the authors about the cancellation of the TV series
after just one season back in 1979.
Page 253 reveals that the Viper canopies are
made of a material called plastiglas. This is probably intended
as a science-fictional name for the clear material used on a
Viper, but there is an actual Earth company called
Plastiglas Industries Ltd. that makes plastic products.
Page 260 implies that Cylon Raiders are
piloted in pairs. But most previous stories in the BSG universe
have established that Raiders are actually piloted by trios of
On page 264, Commander Cain uses the
crippled Pegasus to ram Lucifer's basestar, killing all aboard
Page 272 reveals that the fleet was able to
replenish its Tylium and food reserves before the destruction of
Page 273 reveals that the Thirteenth Tribe
used QSE to travel great distances and suggests they spread the
seed of humanity throughout the galaxies.
Although the Pegasus has been
destroyed by the end of the book, the new battlestar
Daedalus remains with the fleet.
Was Lucifer able to
escape the destruction of his basestar by uploading his
consciousness into a computer and being reborn in a "clone-tank" elsewhere as he did in
Armageddon? He does not
appear in any of the following Hatch novels, though he is seen
in the earlier-published-but-chronologically-later Maximum Press
comic book issues beginning with
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