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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reprint edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034547743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477439
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Action sf (and Star Wars) veterans join forces to tell the story of the first Death Star from the point of view of its imperial builders. We see Grand Moff Tarkin, when he's not making love to Admiral Dalaa, sweating blood to assemble the materials and manpower necessary for the empire's superweapon. We see a seasoned gunnery officer slightly daunted by the power of the weapon he controls and eventually horrified by the results of its first full-power test on Alderaan. We see a firm friendship emerging between a civilian cantina bouncer and a martial-arts adept who probably is Force sensitive. We see a young architect imprisoned for her political dissidence arguing about the exhaust port that provided the fatal weakness of the Death Star against the Alliance attack. A fighter pilot defends the imperial construction site and ends up piloting a getaway ship for likeminded fellows for whom the empire has finally gone over the line. And Darth Vader kibitzes, believing his study of the Force outweighs any number of Death Stars in potential value. Dedicated SW readers, on the other hand, won't kibitz much, if at all, but revel in this splendid job of jacking up the tip of George Lucas' universe and shoving a well-wrought iceberg under it. Green, Roland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman animated television series. He has worked for DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. Reaves is The New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, as well as the co-writer (with Steve Perry) of the two Star Wars: MedStar novels, Battle Surgeons and Jedi Healer. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

Steve Perry wrote for Batman: The Animated Series during its first Emmy Award—winning season, authored the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire, and wrote the bestselling novelization of the summer blockbuster movie Men in Black. Perry has sold dozens of stories to magazines and anthologies, and has published a considerable number of novels, animated teleplays, nonfiction articles, reviews, and essays. He is currently the science fiction, fantasy, and horror book reviewer for The Oregonian.

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Customer Reviews

Well, if you wanted these questions answered in this book, just stop right now.
Crystal Starr Light
The chapters are short, there are too many characters, (none of which I cared about)and the story development is slow.
Jeremy Cruz
Interesting characters and a story that moves along at a good pace made for a fun read.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pruette on December 21, 2007
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For the thirty years of Star Wars so far, the Death Star has stood as one of the single most iconic elements of the entire story. It burst upon screens in 1977 early in Star Wars, as an rapid camera cut leapt away from Tatooine to this gigantic menacing space station. We knew it was recently completed but little more. What was the conception of such a monstrous project? Who built it and how long did it take? Was the increasingly-insignificant Senate aware of the Emperor's plans for it? Why did someone with the evident powers of Darth Vader appear to bow to the commands of Grand Moff Tarkin? These questions and more have been bandied about in fans' minds for decades, some being touched upon in the Expanded Universe but most never directly addressed.

Adding to the general interest in the Death Star were its two appearances in the prequel trilogy. Attack of the Clones gives us a glimpse of the initial Death Star plans as Count Dooku takes them from Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser for "safekeeping." In Revenge of the Sith, we see the skeletal frame of what appears to be the real Death Star in progress as the newly-armored Darth Vader and his master Darth Sidious gaze upon it contemplatively. This shot raised new questions for me, chief among them being how did it take an apparent eighteen years to get from this skeletal frame to the finished station?

Based on the level of interest and the many questions surrounding the Death Star, the opportunity was ripe for a comprehensive look at the whole project from start to finish, whether in book, cartoon, videogame, or some other form. I had high hopes for Michael Reaves and Steve Perry's novel Death Star to take that opportunity and run with it. However, after having read it, I'll say the opportunity is still there.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Munson on December 1, 2007
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This exciting book describes the development of the Empire's super weapon, from the initial construction phases to its untimely demise at the hands of the Rebel Alliance.

Grand Moff Tarkin has been placed in charge of overseeing the construction of this new weapon of terror by the Emperor himself. Construction has proceeded fairly well, but there have been several incidents of sabotage which has curtailed the progress. So, in an effort to get things back on track, the Emperor has dispatched Darth Vader to get construction back on schedule. Vader and Tarkin have a somewhat icy relationship; Tarkin has ultimate faith in his new super weapon, while Vader believes that the power of the Force is superior to any weapon.

The Death Star is an awesome weapon. Possessing a super laser the size no one has ever seen before, this menacing metal moon can destroy an entire planet with a single shot.

On board the battle station are several unique and skillful beings, including Atour Riten, chief librarian; Celot Ratua Dil, convicted smuggler, Uli Divini, Imperial surgeon; Memah Roothes, cantina owner; Nova Stihl, Imperial Marines sergeant; Rodo, cantina bouncer; and Teela Kaarz, architect and convict. Officers aboard the Death Star include Conan Antonio Motti, Imperial Navy Admiral; Dalla, Imperial Navy Admiral; Tenn Graneet, Imperial Navy master chief gunnery officer; and Villian Dance, TIE fighter pilot.

Throughout the course of the book, these lives will intersect in a way that will determine the ultimate fate of the battle station. After the prison planet Despayre and the peaceful Alderaan have been destroyed by the Death Star, several aboard her, including Dance, Stihl, Riten, Uli, Memah, Rodo, and Teela have become disenchanted with the Empire.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Scott Simmons on November 8, 2007
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As most people who are into Star Wars I was excited at the idea of learning how the Death Star was constructed and the people who built it, but there were too many characters to follow at times. I was constantly trying to remember who ran the bar, who was the architect, the pilot, the martial arts guy, and the libararian, oh and don't forget the bouncer and the escaped prisoner. I gave up on who was dating who.

What I did find interesting and would really like to read more about is Grand Moff Tarkin and his career. This book just wetted my appetite on this character. I agree with some reviewers that the portrayal of Admiral Daala was pretty weak. They tried repeatedily to stress the idea that she didn't sleep her way to Admiral. Personally I kept thinking "thou protest too much."

The last few chapters were intersting with direct quotes from the movie. I like the tie-ins. One thing I feel that they left hanging was the storyline about Darth Vader being interested in the Doctor wanting to know about Midi-Cholirians.

In general a good idea, not one of the best books, but not one of the worst.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on February 8, 2008
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So did anybody who watched the original Star Wars movie wonder about the origin of that massive battle station, the Death Star? Or were you intrigued by the image at the end of Episode III, with it slowly being built in the distance as the new Darth Vader, the Emperor, and Tarkin look out the window? Michael Reaves and Steve Perry have written Death Star, the story of not only the creation of the station, but also the Imperial story behind the first movie, all the way up to the station's destruction. Unfortunately, what they've forgotten to give us are interesting characters to wrap the story around.

While the concept of Death Star is extremely interesting, I have a lot of problems with the execution. Reaves and Perry give us all of these new characters to get involved with, anchoring them with the viewpoints of Tarkin and Vader as well, but they fail to make the new characters very interesting. Of course, they all pair up in various romantic entanglements, and of course none of the Imperial officers we see like what Tarkin and Vader are doing once the Death Star actually starts being used. It would have been nice to have a main character (perhaps not a viewpoint character, but one who is in the same circle as the ones we do get) who actually supports the bad guys. It would have made for some interesting conflict among them. But no, instead we're given a couple of normal military officers who quickly turn once they see the true evil of the Empire.

Because of the overwhelming disinterest I had with the main characters, the building of the station actually is a chore to read. This quickly goes away when Tarkin and Vader are "on screen," as we see just how determined Tarkin is to get the Death Star going.
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