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The Hidden Past (Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1999

4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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After surviving the hair-raising events of The Rising Force and The Dark Rival, Jedi Knight Qui-Gon and 13-year-old apprentice Obi-Wan are officially master and Padawan. The two have been sent off on their first mission by Master Yoda, who has given them a boring assignment: overseeing the elections on Gala, where Prince Beju has been forced to submit his promised throne to a popular vote. As usual for our Jedi heroes, though, nothing goes quite as planned--on the way to Gala they get hijacked to Phindar, where the evil Syndicat rules by erasing the memories of its enemies. Faster than the flick of a lightsaber, master and apprentice find themselves back in hot water, struggling to help their Phindarian buddies overthrow the Syndicat crime lords. After a double-cross here and a blaster fight there, the two discover that even Prince Beju is involved in the Syndicat's nefarious schemes. Dark Rival's author Jude Watson (who's also helped Princess Leia and Queen Amidala tell their stories) is back in fine form to continue this excellent series. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590519336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590519335
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After the exciting adventures in "The Rising Force" and "The Dark Rival", Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi are now Master and Padawan. They are sent together on their first official mission to the planet of Gala. For many years the planet has been ruled by the Beju-Tallah dynasty but now the queen has decided to give an election for the new ruler. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn's mission is to observe to make sure the elections go smoothly. But they never get a chance to even reach the planet as they are hijacked to the planet of Phindar. The Jedis find out that their hijacking had been planned by Obi-Wan's old friend Guerra and his brother Paxxi. For years the evil and cruel Syndicate have been controlling the people through shortages in food, medical supplies, money, and more. And if anyone tries to revolt, they take away they erase their memories. Guerra and Paxxi plead for the Jedis to help them and a band of rebels to stop the Syndicate. At first Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are reluctant to get involved, they change their minds when they find out that somehow the Prince Beju of Gala is somehow involved. But Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan must be very careful... or they might end up having their pasts wiped out forever...
One of my favorites books in the entire Jedi Apprentice series! There's plenty of action and adventure, suspense and excitement. The story doesn't end in this book, continuing in book four, "The Mark of the Crown". Jude Watson has certainly done an astounding job, the plot and story of the book is so unique and interesting and I couldn't put it down! I still enjoy reading the books as much as I did when they first started coming out in the summer of 1999.
This series explains a lot about how Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan first meet.
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Finally! Qui-Gon has taken Obi-Wan as his Padawan learner, right when Obi-Wan turns thirteen, and they are off on a mission to the planet Phindar, a planet ruled by a group named the Syndicat. The evil members of the group renew people as punishments. That means they wipe their memory, and send them off to another planet far, far way. Pretty cruel, huh? Plus, Obi-Wan gets to meet his Phindian friend Guerra Derida again, and Guerra's sister Paxxi. To paraphrase the two... not so! Paxxi is Guerra's brother, and they are both extremely likable, funny characters. Together the four work to outwit the Syndicat, plus maybe recover Terra's memory. Terra is Paxxi and Guerra's sister, but she has been memory wiped and now leads the Syndicat. Can Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, with help from the Derida brothers, foil the Syndicat's evil? Read The Hidden Past to find out.

I'm serious, read this book! It is THE best in the JA series, and definitely worth your time. You're gonna find it hard to put down, even if you think Star Wars is just a bunch of idiocy. This'll change your mind. Extremely poignant, with clever character designation and interesting environmental details, this may be one of the best books I've ever read. It rocked. Really.
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Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn have come to a planet where the locals are regularly oppressed and food shortages are force-ably pushed onto them by the local government. Obi and Qui must infiltrate headquarters to prove to the locals that the shortages are false.

I highly recommend this book, however, it did not quite live up to Books One and Two.
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Hi, I don't often purchase from Amazon Marketplace unless a product has been discontinued or it's not important that it be new. I purchased Book #3 from the Star Wars Jedi Apprentice series entitled "The Hidden Past" from Jesse's Junk because even though this was a gift for my young nephew, this series has been out of print for some time. The book's condition was listed as "good," and the actuall contion exceeded what I expected. Additionally, Jesse's Junk included 3 "Topps" Star Wars trading cards (I believe to be used as bookmarks) at no additional cost. I don't know that they include trading cards in all orders, but they did in mine and I couldn't be happier. I will definitly purchase items from "Jesse's Junk" in the future,. as they seem to go out of their way to make customers happy with their purchases.
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Having read all of the Jedi Apprentice books has made me feel as if I had a closer insight to what really went on with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. This perticular book really was very gripping and wonderfull. I couldn't put it down and I don't think you will be able to either. Going back with the Jedi is so great, but I must warn you this book is kinda emotinal. Trust me and buy this baby. May the Force be WIth you, From a fellow Jedi With respect
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Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan have a tuching relationship that you can see in #3 The Hidden Past, when Obi-Wan was beaing renewed and Qui-Gon was morning for the loss of his padawans memory it was very tuching this book also shows a little bit of hummor in Qui-Gon. I hope that Jude Watson will make menny more Jedi Apprentice books in the foutour,and I hope that thay will come out very soon becouse I just can't get enough of them.
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3 1/2 stars. I can't be too hard on these books, they're YA fiction. Short, fun stories. I like the recurring themes about trust, I'm not sure how I feel about the repeating formula of Obiwan making a mistake, Qui-gon getting mad and not talking to him, and then Obiwan learning a lesson, or sometime Qui-gon learning a lesson. This was one of the better books in the series so far.
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