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Kenobi (Star Wars - Legends) Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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This outstanding Star Wars novel arose from the author’s concept of a Star Wars comic series using the elements of a classic western. So we have a not-too-habitable frontier setting (Tatooine); a wealthy rancher with a hidden agenda (marrying a virtuous widow, among other things); the children of the widow and those of the rancher (mostly with more guts than sense); a bandit chieftain (Jabba the Hutt); marauding Indians (the Tuskan Raiders, very fully brought to life); the technology of farming in an environment that makes the Mojave Desert seem lush; and a host of life-forms ranging from krayt dragons to the pit-dwelling sarlaccs. Oh, and there is a drifter named Ben who wanders into town in the middle of all the conflicts and befriends the widow, though not as much as she would have liked. Deserves very high ranking among Star Wars fiction. --Roland Green
“Buy this book right now. . . . [This novel] manages to explore the depths of Ben Kenobi but still maintains the aura of mystery around his character.”—Tosche Station
“Addictive, engrossing . . . wildly entertaining . . . There are plenty of twists, turns, and surprises. . . . John Jackson Miller creates a story that reaches new heights.”—Roqoo Depot
“Brilliant . . . This is Star Wars fiction at its absolute best.”—Examiner
“Enthralling . . . almost impossible to put down.”—Eucantina
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This book is not the non-stop action you may expect from a Star Wars project, but it's great at getting at the heart and complexity of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Of all the characters in Star Wars, he's the most interesting and has the most depth -- and this kind of book is exactly why.
The lengths to which he tries to avoid getting involved, but yet gets dragged in -- not into saving the galaxy, but saving the lives of a fine, upstanding family -- is just the perfect Obi-Wan story.
As a warning, most of the time you'll be spending time with the family he's trying to save, seeing the strange, mysterious lone-gunner Kenobi through their eyes, but that's actually what makes the story so strong.
I'm giving this 5 stars based on my enjoyment -- it was something with a little more heft than the typical Star Wars popcorn fun, but if you're only interested in the popcorn fun you may not like it as much as I did. That's not to say things don't heat up at the end -- there's always that big shootout in any good western -- but even here, things take place in a small Tatooine world, not across a wide-sweeping galaxy.
But if you wanted to have a sense of how Obi-Wan lived while watching and protecting Luke, this is your book. I walked away very satisfied in that regard.
John Jackson Miller wrote the characters the best I have ever read in any Star Wars novel. It was so easy to get into them and it felt like you really knew them. It also gives you an even better look into Kenobi like you have not quite seen him before. You get to see how he's really like as Ben, and at the same time see how he's never able to stray from being Obi-Wan. This book also goes much deeper into the Tuskan Raiders and gives them so much more character than you have seen in Star Wars. The book also really takes you into Tatooine. You will feel like you are right there, and it really feels like it has an Episode IV feel to it which I was thrilled about.
I decided to purchase this one on audio and I am very glad that I did. The biggest reason I decided to purchase this one on audio though is because it was UNABRIDGED. Sometimes if you purchase an abridged version it can sometimes cut 3/4 of the book out. This is a book where you wouldn't want to lose 3/4 of it, trust me.
If you have never purchased a Star Wars audio before I highly recommend picking one up, especially this one. Besides having the book read to you, it is filled with the great Star Wars music from John Williams. On top of that it is also filled with official Star Wars sound effects. Jonathan Davis did an absolutely excellent job reading the book and had different voices for every character, and his voice for Kenobi was also excellent. It really sounded like a McGregor/Guinness combination. All of this combines to make the Kenobi audio an experience that takes you the closest you can get to watching a movie without actually watching it.
Also, if you are new to Star Wars books and have never read one before this is a perfect book to get yourself started into the Star Wars expanded universe.