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- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Saboteur: Star Wars (Darth Maul) (Short Story) (Star Wars: Darth Maul Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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. ...
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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I enjoyed this short read, finishing it in only a few sittings. It was an entertaining, albeit brief look at one of the missions on which Darth Maul is sent during the Darth... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Derick Bailey
As someone who loves Darth Maul, I have to say that this story was really good! I loved seeing Darth Maul on what I assume is his very first mission (This was before Shadow... Read morePublished 7 months ago by zombie phreak
A quick read but fills in the cracks with a little nerd-cannon - Luceno writes a darn good Star Wars tale.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice short story to introduce Darth Maul. He's an interesting character I knew little about. He's cunning and intelligent, although this story showed little of his fighting and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jody Mabry
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