"Fantastic Star Wars novel"
While the Clone Wars continue, the Republic learns that
the remote planet, Ord Cestus, is mass-producing special
bio-droids capable of defeating a Jedi in mortal combat.
Apparently, a ban on producing battle droids ravaged the
local economy leading to the Cestus bartering with the
Republic's enemy, Count Doohu and the Confederacy of
Independent Systems. Taking the threat seriously,
Chancellor Palpatine dispatches Jedi Master Obi-Wan
Kenobi, fellow Jedi Knight Nautolan Kit Fisto, several
trooper-clones, and the slug barrister Snoil to the orb to
do whatever it takes including global genocide to insure
that no Jedi-killing battle droids are produced.
Obi-Wan plummets into local intrigues as he senses a much
greater diabolical plot behind what is happening on Ord
Cestus. With the help of his team, Obi-Wan struggles to
prevent the development and sale of the bio-droids, to
avert a nasty takeover scheme and trying to prevent the
planet from total annihilation from his side or their
opponent. Neither the Republic nor the Confederacy can
afford to allow their enemy to gain control of the bio-
droids that could shift the balance of power.
Fans of the Star Wars mythos or Steven Barnes will
thoroughly enjoy this fantastic entry that may be the best
of the Clone War tales (comic book, novel or game). The
action-packed story line contains plenty of enticing
exotic characters from nasty bad dudes to the novel
stealing Snoil, a brilliant legal genius. A touch of
romance adds depth to a great Star Wars story that will
bring new readers to the Jedi universe and showcase why
Steven Barnes is one of the best novelists on the market
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 13, 2004