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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: ibooks Inc (19 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743445031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743445030
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By TK-1308 VINE VOICE on 17 Sept. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After the first Galactica trilogy, Rebellion is a very different type of book indeed. Whereas the first three gave us a very grand and sweeping saga like the original series, Rebellion reads like 'an episode set entirely on the ship'.

After the battle of Kobol, the Fleet has made a hyperlight jump using the co-ordinates that both Apollo and Athena received by telepathic communication from an as yet unknown source. However, instead of finding a safe haven for the people, the Fleet becomes trapped in an Ur Cloud, a place where the engines will not function and power is slowly drained away.

With the Fleet facing imminent danger, ships powering down, supplies low combined with the disappearance of their supply vessels, the Quorum stir up a rebellion against the military and try to stage a coup.

The characters of the Quorum are unfortuantely a little two diemnsional, the typical egocentric megalomaniacs but that said they were like that in the series :)

Some elements of the story are a little confusing and the physics of certain things is a little rusty but the highlight of this book (very much like the new series) is Baltar. The dialogue between him and Apollo is excellently written and lays the ground for some rather disturbing plotlines yet to come about the Cylons. The ending of the book jumps ahead to the middle of the next novel Paradis as a taste of what's to come and the true nature of Cassiopia's baby is both chilling and disturbing.

All in all, Rebellion isn't a bad book, it's like the calm before the storm but a must have for those great Baltar moments.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Bondar on 30 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
The anticipation for this book has been so great since finishing the last one. Richard Hatch's series of books have been getting better and better. Is this the book that changes that trend or does it carry on with the stadards set before it. The first few pages were, I found, quite confusing and I was seriously worried that Mr Hatch had wandered to far away from the original Galactica universe and then, all of a sudden, WHAM! I was back in the Galactica universe and could not get out until I had read every last page. The story gently sucks you in until it is too late. I read this book in 2 days, and I am a slow reader. I had to know what happens to my beloved characters and could not stop reading until I knew. This book is about the political wranglings and deviousnous within the Galactica and not about the Cylons as much as the previous books which means you learn alot about the characters involved and grow to love them even more. A brilliant story, which has just got me all hyped up for book number 5. Richard Hatch's book are the next best thing to a new series we could hope for. The Galactica universe is counting on him, and the fans to buy this book and make the powers that be see that we want a continuation of the Galactica universe on screen, with our favourite characters and not a re-imagining.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, Rebellion, is not the book I had hoped it would be. The problem with a series of books having differing authors is that each author has their own style, and if you keep changing, then the series becomes disrupted. No where is this more apparent that in Rebellion. And unfortunately, it's not for the better either.
In Rebellion, we are treated to the Council being insane, yet again. I won't start to give away the plot, but there are some large holes in the logic and a lot of things that need explaining that aren't. The very end battle is also completely irrelevant and there is no reason for it to occur save to get the Galactica out of a bad situation, and even then, it's not actually explained why it's happening, especially as we've had no inkling of it from the other books. The Ur Cloud is also shot through with holes, and the way the Galactica gets out isn't thought though in my opinion.
Finally the writing style isn't much cope. After being treated like adults in the previous books, it seems like the current author thinks that the readers of this book are children.
Overall, a great disappointment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The slippery slope continues 15 July 2002
By Marshall L. Smith Jr. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If not for my total love of Galactica I probably wouldn't have purchased this book after that last fiasco. But I did and I'm quite sure it's the last collaborative book between Hatch and a relative unknown I buy. His first book was fantastic -- I just loved what he did with the characters. And the writing was quite good too. But since then the characters have become more skewed and is believable by most fans, and with this last book the writing was simply juvenile and horrible.

The Story:
Well it takes place immediately after the last book, and there is very little backstory. So if you didn't read the last one consider yourself lucky and cut your losses now. Otherwise, the escape from Kobol has taken the fleet into this nether-universe (Baltar tries to explain it, but comes off as rambling). They are trapped there when a rebellion breaks out and the rest of the story is about resistance and discovery. But the ending seemed a little rushed. A former enemy shows up to save the day, with absolutely no clue why.

The Writing:
It's clear to me that Hatch outlines the plot and story, and a hired gun writes the words. This is evident by the different writing styles across the last 3 books. I don't know if it's a problem recruiting top-shelf writers, or just a money issue (or both). But Hatch had something nice going with his first writer and it's a shame he can't land someone with a better grasp for written drama. I strongly believe Hatch is the man to tell a modern Galactica story and it is sad when the execution of his ideas are so flawed.
If I read "he cried!" or "she cried!" again I'll scream. There are more verbs to accomodate an exclaimation than just "cried." And what's up with Boomer calling everyone "man" about every third sentence? Is this some kind of Galactican-homeboy lingo? I was almost expecting Boomer to say something like "Yo bro, my Viper be illin' so I'm headin' back to da crib, you dig?" I positively hate political correctness but this was just bad characterization.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The continuation of the original Battlestar Galactica series 16 July 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Over twenty yahrens since the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series ended, the Colonials are still searching for the mysterious Thirteenth Tribe and planet Earth while being pursued by their mortal enemies, the Cylons. (The events of "Galactica 1980" have been thankfully ignored.)
Within this fourth novel, the battle-worn Colonial battlestar Galactica and her fugitive rag tag fleet have utilized advanced technologies to escape their Cylon foes (based on the events of the third novel, "Resurrection")... only to become trapped in null-space as every ship's powerful stardrive cease to function within this other-dimensional place. And the nearly depleted food, water and life support reserves fuel increasing tension and panic fleetwide.
Civil disorder breaks out; warring factions take arms; and opportunists set events into motion amidst the chaos. Patrols, seeking an exit point from the dimensional fold, are lost. Even characters find their personalities altering somewhat in this mysterious region of space. And as the unrest grows, the Colonials may yet destroy themselves even before pursuing Cylon and Chitain forces close on their location while a half-mad Baltar may - or may not - hold answers on how they can escape to safety.
Authors Richard Hatch and Alan Rodgers continue the adventures of Apollo, Starbuck, Boomer, Tigh, Cassiopeia, Athena, Sheba, Bojay, Baltar and others as they face new trials which threaten to destroy the rag tag fleet from within. And may yet succeed, no thanks to new and old foes alike.
Co-author -- and Bram Stoker award winner - Alan Rodgers fails miserably to ignite his literary gifts within this novel. He instead drafts a half-hearted effort from Hatch's story outlines. The story flow is lackluster; rushed in parts and far too lengthy in others. Instead of innovating, the story feels contrived at times... and this is where it loses most people. Rodgers would do best to return to the horror genre; science fiction is not his cup of tea.
The story isn't fluid. The overall problems within the fleet are dwelled upon far too long in the first half of the book; the last chapter quickly resolves various outstanding items. Opportunities to explore the characters in-depth, to delve into their past histories, even provide new insights about the Colonials in general are avoided. And worst of all, you can sense where Rodgers had issues during his writing... and where he didn't go back to edit/tighten his work.
The novel also heavily relies upon the reader's familiarity with the original series and Hatch's first 3 books. This isn't a starting point for new readers. (Try the first book, "Battlestar Galactica: Armageddon.")
Among the highlights, though:
SPOILERS: Among the standouts, though, is the revelation of Cassiopeia's pregnancy... and who the father is; Starbuck's arrival at the crossroads (yet again) regarding love and commitment; Apollo endeavoring to emerge from the shadow of his deceased father, Adama; life amongst the fleet - and multi-layered perceptions by the Colonial survivors about their Colonial Warrior protectors; Baltar's maneuverings and manipulations; Bojay's humor; Boomer's wit; Troy, Trays and Dalton's unfinished love triangle and strained friendships. Omega's (and Athena's) losses. Sheba's professions to Apollo; a surprising epilogue to the events of the previous book, "Battlestar Galactica: Resurrection" deep within this book; Apollo placed on trial by the Quorum of the Twelve; President Tigh's friendship and support of Apollo and Athena; watching desperate times demand desperate measures; seeing characters pushed to the brink of death... some surviving, and some dying; and witnessing the threat of homicidal Cylons in another epic struggle for survival.
Final note:
Please ignore the negative bashings of other reviewers. Series star Richard Hatch provides his vision of the Battlestar Galactica universe over twenty years since the show ended. People have had time to formulate their own take on the fate of the characters/circumstances. Hatch has done a remarkable job with his first three Battlestar Galactica books. While each book has its faults, ranging from canonical oversights to missed opportunities to flesh out certain story elements, they honor the intent of the original show with new, exciting and entertaining stories.
Hatch does focus on his character, Commander Apollo, much of the time. In the same sense that William Shatner's Star Trek novels focus on his Captain Kirk character, the same should be understood about the use of Apollo. Hatch was a star of the original Battlestar Galactica series, garnering top billing within the credits, as well as co-authoring the book. It is only natural that Apollo gets ample "screen time" within the book.
"Rebellion" is not as strong as Hatch's first 3 books, but it continues the saga - and contains insights which will be helpful when the fifth book is released next year. It IS worth purchasing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable! 29 Mar. 2003
By Cathy from Ohio - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the book. The bad reviews scared me at first, but I am glad I took the chance. Yes there are several typos and terminology mistakes (years for yahrens), but it didn't distract me from the story. I admit that I was disappointed that Apollo and Sheba didn't get together in the last book, but the new storyline does add interest. I have always been a huge fan of BSG and I have loved all Richard's books. If go to his website, he explains the problems with the books editing and publishing. If you are not sure about spending the money, buy it used.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
not bad 25 Aug. 2004
By simon gensel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Galactica books switched publishing houses and errors in the books increased and negative criticisms were brutal. I agree that this one could have been improved before publishing, but I don't agree that this book doesn't still have it's merits. This one tries to deal with life and problems in the fleet. It also tries to present an adventure that takes place outside of space itself. Those two unusual elements combined with the errors have gained this one brutal criticisms which I don't think are fair. I thought this was a great read and was very surprised that many others didn't think so. Rebellion is a good story with great characters trapped inside a poorly edited book. The mistakes are a problem, but they also tried to do something different with Rebellion to make it a little unusual. It's not your typical Galactica novel and yet it stays true to the original spirit and characters of the TV program. I respect and appreciate that. Read this one for the story and characters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
worth reading 6 Oct. 2004
By Alvin P. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Not the best Richard Hatch Galactica novel but this would have made an interesting episode of the show. The characters are good and I loved the idea of the Galactica going into hyperspace and getting stranded there(!) while mutiny breaks out in the fleet!
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