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

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  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Gph edition (February 15, 2001)
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2001
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA64PA
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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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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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By A Customer on April 4, 2001
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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.... 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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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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So I have to admit, Darth Maul is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe and he just did not receive nearly enough attention in the Phantom Menace. That is why I am glad that the expanded universe has included a couple of volumes specific to him. Along with Darth Maul: Saboteur, there is Shadow Hunter (Star Wars: Darth Maul) and Star Wars: Darth Maul, Edition# 1 (which takes place right after this one).

In this volume, we are taken to the world of Dorvalla, that has a highly sought after mineral. There are two competing mining companies that are looking for dominance: Intergalactic Ore and Lommite Limited (abbreviated LL throughout the book). Intergalactic has been sabotaging LL's ships and the recent one (closer to the beginning of the book) caused a lot of damage and enraged the CEO of the company. They make the decision to fight fire with fire, since going to the senate would be worthless. In comes Darth Maul, who is sent to make the situation favorable. The Sith are looking to set up a relationship with the Trade Federation, and this is a great way to do it. Without spoiling too much, the book is mostly espionage, both corporate and force wielding.

Keep in mind that this book is short. If it was printed, it would be under 100 pages. The storyline is not overly complicated, unlike some of the others in the expanded universe. There is not a whole lot of action, it's more subterfuge than anything else. It's a good, quick read. I didn't think it was as focused on Darth Maul as the title led me to believe but that is really my only "complaint". Good book and definitely worth the buck and a half.
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