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Saboteur: Star Wars (Darth Maul) (Short Story) (Star Wars: Darth Maul Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

James Luceno , Ron Marz , Jan Duursema , Rick Magyar , Drew Struzan
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter.

A dazzling new short story featuring Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil . . .

On the distant planet Dorvalla, precious ore is mined by two competing companies: InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Limited. Neither rival suspects that they are central to a sinister plot masterminded by Darth Sidious, Lord of the Sith, himself.

Dispatched by Sidious on his very first solo mission, Darth Maul infiltrates Lommite Limited. There, his unique gifts of deception and subterfuge will set off an explosive chain of events that could destroy both companies, leaving them ripe for takeover by the Trade Federation. But a vengeful Lommite Limited Manager with his own thirst for retaliation against InterGal could blow Maul's cover--and all of Sidious's fiendishly layed plans . . .

Product Details

  • File Size: 223 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Gph edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA64PA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,205 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent February 21, 2001
By Nathan
Darth Maul: Saboteur is an eBook, or rather an eStory, which was publicized as a digital prelude of sorts to Michael Reaves' novel Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. In fact, though, it takes place more than six months and probably close to a year before the novel, shortly before the Darth Maul comic, and it chronicles Maul's first solo assignment. Written by James Luceno, the author of a duology set in the New Jedi Order series, as well as a forthcoming prequel-era novel, 'Cloak of Deception,' Luceno continues his high standards of writing and delivers a piece of quality entertainment.
In this story, which in terms of length is worth approximately fifty printed pages, Darth Maul is sent to disrupt a couple of corporations mining lommite ore, a substance needed for the production of transparisteel. With these corporations devastated, the Neimoidian Trade Federation will pick up the pieces, and the profits, helping to cement their trust in Darth Sidious.
This story shows us a more restrained side of Maul than we have seen before. In the comic, he was a killing machine, plain and simple. In the novel, he was a ruthless hunter. This story was able to show us his ability to be patient when necessary, to cover his tracks, to deceive rather than simply all-out attack. Of course, there is a cool lightsaber fight, but the appeal of this story is in his other abilities. In addition, in this book we meet Lieutenant Governor Tarkin of Eriadu. Yes, the same Tarkin who later dies in the movie, and the same Tarkin who will be a main character in 'Cloak of Deception.' I love the way Luceno is able to tie things together.
Overall, this is a very fun story. Is it worth two dollars? Yes. Unfortunately, without the ability to print the eBook format means staring at a computer screen for around an hour, which really detracted from the experience for me. Nevertheless, if you like Star Wars, or are a 'Mauloholic,' this book is worth the buying.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet April 4, 2001
By A Customer
This was the first e-book that I bought, and I didn't know what to expect from this only e-book release. But the story really caught me, and once I got started, I couldn't finish until it was over. But, as with James Luceno's other Star Wars books, there are plenty of "big words." I had to use the built-in dictionary on an average of at least 1-2 times on each page. That was really annoying. But the story was great and honestly, it was better than Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, to which this is a prequel. And at this price, it is well worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp through the Galaxy with Darth Maul May 11, 2001
.... I introduces Darth Maul's first mission, roughly a year prior to the events of Episode I.
I will speak truth: the plot is extremely straightforward, and there is little, if anything, that complicates Maul's mission. Even the death scenes are spartan and sterile. For now, it seems that LucasFilm is just playing around with the e-book format, having a little fun before they get serious.
All Darth Maul really has to do is sabotage (hint-hint) a couple of mining corporations. As a hardcore SW fan, I fail to see how a lommite ore mining guild poses a threat to Darth Sidious' plans to take over the galaxy. Nevertheless, that is the plot, and who am I to argue with history? In the end, Maul pits the mining guilds against a group of mercenaries in a classic strategy: he only stands off to the side, waits for each group to exhaust themselves to death, and then he cleans up the mess. Seriously, this novella could have been expanded a LOT more, and for once, adding some details and stretching out the plot of this book would actually make the story better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For die hard fans September 29, 2002
This is a readable short story which holds the distinction of being, in Star Wars universe chronological terms and excluding the comic books, the very first piece of Star Wars literature. This makes it a must read if you are a die hard Star Wars fan, but if you are not, $$$ are not worth the effort of download. ( I am a fan, by the way. )
The story sets the stage for the movie series by presenting the beginnings of the relationship between Darth Sidious and the Trade Federation which become central in Episodes I and II, answering some important questions and generally beefing up the back story. The story is not really a Darth Maul story in the sense that there is the barest minimum of character development. At 85 pages, the story can easily be read in one sitting and is more a narrative of events occasionally given from Darth Mauls perspective.
James Luceno does an acceptable job in setting up the overall Star Wars atmosphere. However, the characters are very stereotypical, requiring the reader to fill in the blanks from their own knowlege of the Star Wars universe.
...particularly weak on action prose. ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but entertaining. July 12, 2001
This is a short story about one of Darth Maul's first missions, at least without being guided by Darth Sidious. In general, you really do not "get into" the character of Darth Maul all that much in this story. Given its short length, there was not a lot of time for great characterization. Also, some of Darth Maul's actions seem a little odd in the normal context of Jedi activities. For example, when he "twirls" himself rapidly enough to bury himself in a snow bank. However, other scenes of Darth Maul in action are pretty cool and indicative of what a Jedi could probably do. (Then again, who am I to say what a Jedi can and cannot do. I just think you have to be careful with "super-power beings" because you run the risk of making their actions seem almost comical rather than scary or awe-inspiring.)
Although very short (probably necessary right now for digital books), I liked the story and, if nothing else, it did fill in some of the pre-Phantom Menace storyline to see the machinations of Darth Sidious as he begins his plans for galactic subjugation.
This story in style and plotting was, to me, somewhat like the "Jedi Apprentice" series - which is by no means a bad thing. This is probably not a necessary buy for you unless you are a die-hard Star Wars fan that must own everything about it - or if you are someone who just likes to have as many gaps filled in as possible. I fall into that latter category and, in that context, I could recommend Saboteur. Having said that, however, there is really nothing galaxy-shattering that you learn about the Star Wars universe, per se.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dearth Maul enough said
Good short sweet
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars maul
nice story
Published 3 months ago by joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars great addition to Star Wars:Palageious
This short story is a perfect addition to the novel Star Wars plageious, a excellent story of how darth maul accomplishes his tasks
Published 5 months ago by David T. Rozmarin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.
Good, but sadly too short. The price was right. I definitely need to read more of the stories about Darth Maul.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction
A nice introduction to Darth Maul and his talents. Could be a little longer. Hope the next book gives more.
Published 6 months ago by Robert Strickle
3.0 out of 5 stars A good and quick read
I found this story to be a good read. Just wish it had been a little longer but it does give more insight into the mind of Darth Maul and his relationship with Darth Sidious before... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Saulsberry Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A little short but a good read to fill in some gaps, gives Darth Maul's character a bit more depth
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Breeding
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio and book
I think I have this one in both book and audio. It is a good story either way. good ol' Maul.
Published 8 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars short but works
very short for a very short price. bought as a e book so u know what ur getting
Works for me
Published 9 months ago by Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad; it is well written
Well written. Interesting to see Sideous (through Maul) maneuvering events to fit his plan. We see human nature at work. But no good guys to root for. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sharon Deem
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JAMES LUCENO is The New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos: Hero's Trial, Agents of Chaos: Jedi Eclipse, and The Unifying Force, as well as Star Wars: Cloak of Deception, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He also co-authored the popular ROBOTECH series with his close friend the late Brian Daley. Luceno wrote the film adaptations for The Shadow and The Mask of Zorro. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.

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