"Captures the spirit and the essence of George Lucas's classic saga"
In the far distant future, peace is broken by the
Separatists who want to leave the Federation and join the
Confederacy. The Jedi Knights fight for the Federation but
nobody in the senate is prepared to believe that the enemy
has infiltrated that august body but many of its prominent
members are allied with the Sith Darth Sidious. His allies,
former Jedi Knight Count Dooku and cyborg killing machine
General Grievous are being pushed back to the outer rim by
the federation forces.
This doesn't phase Sidious and his supporters at all
because it is part of their master plan that will see the
Sith as ruler of the galaxy. Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi
and Anakin Skywalker, regarded by the Jedi Knights as "The
chosen one" who will defeat the darkside of the force, are
following the villain's trails in the hopes of capturing
them and putting an end to this war. Anakin doesn't know
that he is beingwatched by Sidious to see if in the future
he can be seduced to the darkside of the force. In the
meantime Anakin and his mentor seem to be always one step
behind their enemies.
This is the direct prequel to the Star Wars episode opening
in theaters in May 2005. The author sets up the finale
nicely so that the book and the movie should tie seamlessly
together. This space opera is at its best when Anakin and
Obi-Wan-Kenobi travel from planet to planet in search of
their enemies hoping that they can bring the galactic war
to a close without farther bloodshed. James Luceno captures
the spirit and the essence of George Lucas's classic saga.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted January 2, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007
The war that erupted in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones is nearing its boiling point, as the dauntless Separatist forces continue their assault on the teetering Republic–and the diabolical triumvirate of Count Dooku, General Grievous, and their Master, Darth Sidious, fine-tune their strategy for conquest. In Episode III Revenge of the Sith the fates of key players on both sides of the conflict will be sealed. But first, crucial events that pave the way to that time of reckoning unfold in a labyrinth of evil. . . .
Capturing Trade Federation Viceroy–and Separatist Councilmember–Nute Gunray is the mission that brings Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, with a squad of clones in tow, to Neimoidia. But the treacherous ally of the Sith proves as slippery as ever, evading his Jedi pursuers even as they narrowly avoid deadly disaster. Still, their daring efforts yield an unexpected prize: a unique holotransceiver that bears intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Darth Sidious.
Swiftly taking up the chase, Anakin and Obi-Wan follow clues from the droid factories of Charros IV to the far-flung worlds of the Outer Rim . . . every step bringing them closer to pinpointing the location of the Sith Lord–whom they suspect has been manipulating every aspect of the Separatist rebellion. Yet somehow, in the escalating galaxy-wide chess game of strikes, counterstrikes, ambushes, sabotage, and retaliations, Sidious stays constantly one move ahead.
Then the trail takes a shocking turn. For Sidious and his minions have set in motion a ruthlessly orchestrated campaign to divide and overwhelm the Jedi forces–and bring the Republic to its knees.