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Shield of Lies: Star Wars (The Black Fleet Crisis): Book 2 (Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Michael P. Kube-Mcdowell
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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As Leia must deal with a new threat to the  fragile alliance that binds the New Republic, Lando  becomes a prisoner aboard a runaway spacecraft of  unknown origin. The ship is following an unstoppable  path to its homeworld, destroyed by Imperial  forces. Luke continues his quest to learn more about  his mother among the Fallanassi, where his every  belief about the use of the Force is about to be  challenged. And while Leia ponders a diplomatic  solution to the aggression of the fierce Yevetha race,  Han pilots a spy ship into the heart of Yevethan  space and finds himself a hostage on one of the  vast fleet of warships under the command of a  ruthless leader.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!


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The New Republic faces a terrifying threat from the darkest depths of the Empire.

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As Leia must deal with a new threat to the  fragile alliance that binds the New Republic, Lando  becomes a prisoner aboard a runaway spacecraft of  unknown origin. The ship is following an unstoppable  path to its homeworld, destroyed by Imperial  forces. Luke continues his quest to learn more about  his mother among the Fallanassi, where his every  belief about the use of the Force is about to be  challenged. And while Leia ponders a diplomatic  solution to the aggression of the fierce Yevetha race,  Han pilots a spy ship into the heart of Yevethan  space and finds himself a hostage on one of the  vast fleet of warships under the command of a  ruthless leader.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4550 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553572776
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reissue edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513DGUC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Here, again, this series has been heavily panned in favor of other books by other favorite Star Wars authors, but I think it's only fair to say that not everyone can write in the same style.
What I liked:
The Yevetha crisis. Something to get the Republic off their butts and back into the action. It brings the military back into the picture, which, other than in the X-Wing series, occasionally gets glossed over. I, for one, am interested in the politics of the New Republic - we must remember that politics are behind much of the action. It's not always all about the shoot-em-up action on some remote planet. The ideas behind Nils Spaar - a megalomaniacal character who is incapable of holding equal ground with any species but his own.
Surprise! Leia's human. We, the readers, get so accustomed to her superhuman mentality that some can't accept when she stumbles or questions her judgement. This self-doubting keeps her three-dimensional, instead of turning into an Ivory Tower heroine. She's forced to do without Luke for a while, which is refreshing.
What I didn't like:
The whole "Luke looks for mom" storyline. I had been under the impression that in the "old days" (ie Heir to the Empire), that it was an established rule not to discuss this. Now, especially in light of the new movies, this storyline comes dangerously close to contradicting itself, I fear. When Luke first went into hiding, I though that this might be an interesting devlopment, that we might find some things out about what goes on in Luke's head. Instead, he gets drawn into the whole mom thing, by this girl who plays on his momentary lapse of self assuredness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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1. Lando - Lando, Lobot, and the droids make a complete circle throughout an otherwise interesting spaceship, only to get nothing really done. One thing to be said about Kube-McDowell is that he's the first author to develop Lobot as a character

2. Luke - this is my least favorite section. akanah nags and nags and nags, and luke cowers and whimpers as she cracks the whip. Pretty much, they walk around some planets, constantly looking over their shoulders unnecessarily. I'll have to admit the part about akanah's father kind of made me genuinely sad.

3. Leia - easily the best section. Leia portrayed as incompetent, which pins her self-esteem to the floor. Senate tries to oust her. Nil Spaar is deliciously evil, but his character is a bit overdone and his tyranny a little cliché. Finally, K-wings are put to use in a fun little space battle at the end.

Ok. I understand that some important ingredients of a good novel are character development, plot construction, and dialogue, all of which this book contains. I know that star wars isn't all dog fights and blazing light saber battles and what not. But this book lacks what made Star Wars great in the first place, and that is at least an acceptable level of action. Apart from the space battle at the end and the tyranny of the Yevethah, there is no degree of excitement or tension anywhere else in this book. Sure, Lando's story line is cool and creepy, but almost nothing of consequence really comes from it. This is what makes the series so frustrating! I have yet to start Tyrant's test, but I will soon. I hope and pray that it will rescue this series from the drudgery of the first two books. That is all
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suffers by Nature November 11, 2001
Format:Paperback
Here Kube-MacDowell tried to bind two parts of a trilogy together and, alas, failed in his venture. Far too much time is spent on the flaws, uninteresting 'Luke' and 'Lado' storylines and not enough on the 'Leia' storyline, which actually exhibits intelligence. While 'Before the Storm' had at least some interaction between storylines and lots of politics and military work, 'Shield of Lies' has absolutely no inter-story interaction. The 'Leia' storyline is still good (unless you thinkg Ewoks beating up stormies is cool) but doesn't get enough attention. The Battle of Doornik-319 is the best part of the book by far, and even then there are far better parts elsewhere in other books. It's hard to say if I reccomend the book or not, alas. 2/3 of it are a waste, but the other 1/3 is worth reading and connects well with the rest of the series. Decide for yourself after reading the 'Leia' segments of 'Before the Storm' if its worth the money.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than the first! Just plain awful June 18, 2003
Format:Paperback
Like its predecessor, Shield of Lies continues bad characterizations, poor plot and long drawn out writing. The Luke out with a strange woman to learn about his mother story line to just annoying. This female character is simply annoying and Luke does not act all that much like a Jedi Master. Jedi Masters can tell when someone is lying to them! As for Leia the drudgery of political life is draining on her. Eventually stories about the running of a government can get boring and after the first book the Leia and political back-stabbing storyline is old and slow and boring. Han finally gets something to do, but due to the ineptness of the New Republic military (can't imagine how they beat the Empire at all) by the evil, is captured by bigoted Yevetha nazi beings introduced in the first book. Chewie has a subplot involving his son's journey into manhood, while Lando's adventure on the ghost ship is really painful to read. This series could have been so much better but a convoluted plot, poor editing and really awful writing make it among te worst set of books in the Star Wars universe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Trilogy I have Read
While I haven't read every Star Wars book, I have read quite a few and enjoy them as guilty pleasures. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nathan Berry
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult read
There are very few good things I can say about this book. Now having read the black fleet crisis 1, and 2, I can say this trilogy is a must skip. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply fun
While this may not be critically a particularly great novel Shield of Lies is none the less an enjoyable read continuing the stories from the previous novel in the series. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Scytal
5.0 out of 5 stars After The Crystal Star, this trilogy is a welcome return to good...
I read The Crystal Star just before starting the Black Fleet Crisis trilogy and found that I agreed with almost the unanimous opinion of other SW book fans: that The Crystal Star... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mark 2 Eyeball
3.0 out of 5 stars STAR WARS CONTINUED
Had Book 1 of this Trilogy, therefore had to get Books 2 and 3 to find out what happens! A good read for Star Wars fans.
Published 22 months ago by Irene C
4.0 out of 5 stars Yagyu Review
Well this book was better then the first, the story is meant to be read as a trilogy thats for certain, you cant read one book wait a few months and read the next cuz it just... Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Yagyu
4.0 out of 5 stars Builds to a strong ending
Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies: Book 2 (Star Wars: Black Fleet Crisis) is divided neatly into three sections, focusing the story on each of the three main... Read more
Published on February 21, 2012 by Noname
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent story with a flat conclusion
Below is an excerpt of my full review of the Black Fleet Crisis trilogy:

This series was mostly a great read and one of the better stories of the Star Wars universe I... Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Mathachew
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 of The Black Fleet Crisis
Shield of Lies is the second book in The Black Fleet Crisis, a trilogy by Michael P. Kube-McDowell. It picks up where Before the Storm left off. Read more
Published on September 20, 2009 by David Pruette
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle book does not have much forward progress
Shield of Lies is the second entry in Michael P. Kube-McDowell's Black Fleet Crisis trilogy and has many of the standard hallmarks often found in middle chapters of a longer story. Read more
Published on September 9, 2009 by Andrew Pruette
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