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The Hive: Star Wars (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) Kindle Edition

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Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi strides—and soars and plots and duels—again in this stirring new addition to the Star Wars saga. Hugo nominee Barnes (Zulu Heart) picks Kenobi up in middle age during the Clone Wars between the good-guy Republic and the dastardly Confederacy, sending Kenobi's impetuous Jedi Padawan (apprentice) Anakin Skywalker offstage and Kenobi as ambassador to the remote planet Ord Cestus, now producing new bio-droids able to challenge the Jedi in combat. Accompanied by another Jedi Knight, tentacle-haired Nautolan Kit Fisto, five superbly bred and trained military trooper-clones, and a wondrously conceived giant slug who proves an inspired barrister, Kenobi plunges into Cestan intrigues, trying to avoid Cestus's destruction and sensing a sinister concealed threat in the nick of time. Loaded with exotic offworlders and vicious baddies, mystical insights from the Force and a poignant love affair between Nate, a clone trooper whose Code demands that he die fighting for the Republic, and Sheeka Tull, a brave and brainy female pilot, this splendid adventure yarn offers a gut-wrenching surprise on nearly every page and a knock-the-socks-off ending nearly as thrilling as Luke Skywalker's original swoop through the Death Star's trench. Go for broke, Obi-Wan, and may the Force provide more like this one.
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Set during the Clone Wars, Barnes' Star Wars novel focuses on a crucial mission by Obi-Wan Kenobi. Surprised when summoned to Coruscant, Obi-Wan finds his surprise becoming concern when he and fellow Jedi Master Kit Fisto witness a demonstration of JK-thirteen droid, known as a "Jedi Killer." Although Kit defeats it, the Jedi Council has received word that the Confederacy is planning to purchase similar droids en masse from the manufacturer on Cestus. Obi-Wan and Kit, along with five clone troopers, travel to Cestus in hopes of getting the government to agree to halt sale of the deadly droids. But intrigue and danger await them on the planet. The regent is under the sway of the company that is constructing the droids; an important contact is playing both sides; and a deadly female warrior with Jedi training has arrived on Cestus, intent on killing Obi-Wan. A thrilling, worthy addition to the Star Wars universe that should help slake the thirst of fans eagerly awaiting the third prequel movie. Kristine Huntley
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
While the Clone Wars continue, the Republic learns that the remote planet, Ord Cestus, is mass-producing special bio-droids capable of defeating a Jedi in mortal combat. Apparently, a ban on producing battle droids ravaged the local economy leading to the Cestus bartering with the Republic's enemy, Count Doohu and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Taking the threat seriously, Chancellor Palpatine dispatches Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, fellow Jedi Knight Nautolan Kit Fisto, several trooper-clones, and the slug barrister Snoil to the orb to do whatever it takes including global genocide to insure that no Jedi-killing battle droids are produced.
Obi-Wan plummets into local intrigues as he senses a much greater diabolical plot behind what is happening on Ord Cestus. With the help of his team, Obi-Wan struggles to prevent the development and sale of the bio-droids, to avert a nasty takeover scheme and trying to prevent the planet from total annihilation from his side or their opponent. Neither the Republic nor the Confederacy can afford to allow their enemy to gain control of the bio-droids that could shift the balance of power.
Fans of the Star Wars mythos or Steven Barnes will thoroughly enjoy this fantastic entry that may be the best of the Clone War tales (comic book, novel or game). The action-packed story line contains plenty of enticing exotic characters from nasty bad dudes to the novel stealing Snoil, a brilliant legal genius. A touch of romance adds depth to a great Star Wars story that will bring new readers to the Jedi universe and showcase why Steven Barnes is one of the best novelists on the market today.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BaronFellDown on March 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, after reading the negative feedback on this novel from other online reviewers, I suppose that I shouldn't have been surprised. Small, hard-to-read text set aside even, The Cestus Deception generally fails to impress and does not deliver upon what it promises.

Warning that this review might contain some spoilers.

First off, despite the fact that Count Dooku takes up an inordinately large portion of the cover, and indeed more than he takes up on the cover of Yoda: Dark Rendezvous, and despite the fact that he is listed in the Dramatis Personae, he's never seen throughout the whole book. It's like the author was going to put him in somewhere and had the cover art designed and stuff, but then decided to increase Asajj Ventress's role and wax over Dooku's part completely, then forgot to change the Dramatis Personae and didn't bother ordering new cover art for whatever reason, a time crunch most likely. And Dooku would have fit brilliantly in a political intrigue novel. We keep hearing about what a masterful political strategist he is, but aside from mentions of Separatist-Republic secessionist worlds and governments in other places, we haven't really got to see that. A few underacted lines in Attack of the Clones discussing Nute Gunray's obsession with having Padmé's head on his desk and then all of the other corporate leaders suddenly agreeing to form this confederacy for no apparent reason doesn't cut it.

Secondly, Asajj Ventress is pretty much out of character throughout the whole book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Pruette VINE VOICE on September 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Cestus Deception is a story of Obi-Wan Kenobi's efforts on the planet of Ord Cestus to bring a halt to the manufacture of killer battle droids that are difficult for even Jedi to defeat. The story is rife with political machinations because the droid production has to be stopped without destroying the economy of Ord Cestus. Obi-Wan is joined in his efforts by fellow Jedi Master Kit Fisto and a team of ARC clone troopers led by A-98, otherwise known as Nate for most of the story. The efforts are also helped by Doob Snoila, a brilliant barrister from the planet of Nal Hutta.

Obi-Wan focuses on negotiations with G'Mai Duris, the official ruler of Ord Cestus. As the story progresses we realize that true power on the planet is held by the Five Families, descendants of one-time business tycoons who were held in the penal colonies of Ord Cestus generations earlier. The Five Families are under the amazing control of Asajj Ventress, the representative of Count Dooku and a long-time enemy of Obi-Wan. Asajj works behind the scenes to counter all of the moves made by the Jedi and has a memorable battle with Obi-Wan near the end of the book.

The story in The Cestus Deception is interesting, and we are introduced to a number of new characters. That aspect of the book is fine. It lost favor with me due to an excessive amount of time introducing us to the feelings of Nate, the ARC trooper as he struggles to follow the rules of life by which he was brought up and balance that strict code of conduct against more human feelings that are encouraged in him by Sheeka Tull, a local pilot on Ord Cestus. That part of the story could have been edited. Nate is an admirable character and performs valiant deeds, but I ended up knowing more about his internal struggles than I cared to know. I also tired of all of the political maneuverings in the tale.

On the whole, the book is a good effort but not one of the highlights of the tales of the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
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