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"FULL OF LIGHTSABER BATTLES, THE JEDI PHILOSOPHY, AND LOTS OF NEW LIFE-FORMS."
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"Reaves writes with a creative flair, allowing readers to experience an almost cinematic sensation as they move through the story. The language is colorful, the action scenes are dynamic, and the dialogue is realistic.... Shadow Hunter is a very good "Star Wars" novel that reads as easily as a comic book.... Reaves does an excellent job."
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" FULL OF LIGHTSABER BATTLES, THE JEDI PHILOSOPHY, AND LOTS OF NEW LIFE-FORMS."
"--Chicago Sun-Times
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" Reaves writes with a creative flair, allowing readers to experience an almost cinematic sensation as they move through the story. The language is colorful, the action scenes are dynamic, and the dialogue is realistic.... Shadow Hunter is a very good "Star Wars" novel that reads as easily as a comic book.... Reaves does an excellent job."
"--Winston-Salem Journal
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For the infamous, power-hungry Sith,
beholden to the dark side,
the time has come to rise again . . .
After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.
But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right on the top of Darth Maul's hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st Printing edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511201
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
(Okay, so Dash really isn't a Private Investigator, but "Dash Rendar, Private Eye" sounds way cooler than "Dash Rendar, Bodyguard")

Dash Rendar, with Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill and droid, Leebo, is in a bit of a sticky situation: a recent Kessel Run and a run-in with Imperials have left his ship, the Outrider, a bit of a mess. Now he needs to scrape up some money to pay for the repairs, but where is a pilot without a ship going to find work? Javul Charn solves that problem--she says she has an obsessive fan on her tail and needs bodyguard work. Only, once Dash, Eaden, and Leebo join Javul's crew, they quickly find out that nothing is as it seems.

I've been pumped about this book for quite some time. You see, Michael Reaves is one of my favorite Star Wars authors. He might have his hiccups (Death Star), but overall, he is a competent writer and an interesting storyteller. I had thought (based on REALLY early summaries) that this would be a follow-up to his Coruscant Nights trilogy, and I won't deny that I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was about Dash Rendar instead. Dash hasn't been my favorite character; if you read my review of Shadows of the Empire, you'll see I wrote that I felt he was too much like Han Solo. However, even that couldn't dampen my excitement too much for this book, and on the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.

Michael Reaves and coauthor Maya Bohnhoff (newbie to Star Wars Expanded Universe) do a great job with characters. Dash Rendar is the most sympathetic I've ever read him. No longer was he a Han Solo carbon copy. I felt he was his own character, with his own motivations, with his own reckless behavior (such as during the beginning, when he is making the Kessel Run), with his own doubts and misgivings.
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Dash Rendar is definitely the most underused major character in the Star Wars EU. He was a pivotal character in the Shadows of the Empire story, but hasn't really been seen since. For those of us who grew up with Star Wars in the 90s we've always kind of wondered about him (especially since the secret ending of the video game shows that he survived the events of the book).

Now, Shadow Games brings Dash back. And I think the authors take the chance to provide Dash with a unique story that really lets us get to know him better. Shadow Games is a mix between a "noire" mystery novel and Brian Daley-stlye Han Solo adventures.

The story begins when holostar Javul Charn - who appears to be a glorified Katy Perry at first - hires Dash Rendar, his partner the Nautolan Eaden Vrill, and their droid LEEBO to act as security for her. She claims to have received threats from a stalker, but as the threats become more serious it's clear that this "stalker" isn't just a fanboy.

The biggest highlight of the book is getting to explore the Star Wars universe in the period before A New Hope with new characters. Dash Rendar in many ways is the perfect main character for such a journey. In Shadows of the Empire he comes across as simply an unreformed fill-in for Han Solo while Han was frozen in carbonate. By the end, the authors of Shadow Games present a pretty different Dash from the one we got in Shadows of the Empire. While I usually prefer continuity, in this case I'd say the authors did readers a service.

In Shadow Games we get a much more interesting man. Dash isn't a superhero like most Star Wars good guys. As the point of view character, the narrator lets us see his thoughts and he's often confused or conflicted.
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This book surprised me in some ways and fell short in others. Although I've noted this before with a few of Reaves's works, Shadow Games may just be my new favorite of his books. The mystery in this story, while it remains a mystery anyway, was genuinely intriguing and set up the plot well enough to maintain that interest throughout. When I looked at the dramatis personae I became worried that the secondary characters would be throwaways that I wouldn't be able to tell apart, but even though most of them were fairly one-dimensional their roles were quite distinct. Dash Rendar was especially great here, and he was able to break the 'clone of Han Solo' mold he had during his debut in Shadows of the Empire with some decent characterization. Dash and the amazing details provided carried even the slow parts of the book nicely. Finally, something that has become a bit rare in Star Wars stories these days, you don't need much prior knowledge of SW or the expanded universe to get into this book, aside from perhaps the original trilogy.

My criticisms of the book may be relatively minor, or dare I say nitpicky, but the little things tend to add up when there's enough of them. First we have this apparently popular entertainer named Javul Charn, who is not at all believable on almost every level. Here we have a young, wealthy, and supposedly beautiful woman who has no authority figures to tell her what to do and the only questionable behavior she exhibits are occasional disappearances. The reason behind these excursions are beside the point because everybody she travels with works for her; she needs no explanation for anything she does. When she hires Dash and his crew as body guards we're given the full picture in slow increments, and that doesn't make much sense either.
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