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Lockdown: Star Wars Legends (Maul) Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2015
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“Fans of the dark side should rejoice. Lockdown delivers a can’t-put-this-down tale of scum and villainy.”—Club Jade
“[Lockdown is] an action-packed ride that spins one entertaining chapter after another. The multiple layers of story keeps readers guessing what will happen next and just who will live and who will die. . . . It certainly adds to the character of Darth Maul while matching [Darth] Plagueis’s complexity with sheer fun. . . . Five out of five metal bikinis.”—Roqoo Depot
“Somehow, Schreiber is able to skate the line between hard-hitting prison story and the adventure and excitement I love from Star Wars in a way that doesn’t betray either genre. It’s really quite masterful.”—Big Shiny Robot
“Lockdown is an exciting, engaging read. . . . It actually lines up beautifully for a sequel, which I, for one, would love to read.”—Coffee with Kenobi
“The novel makes The Clone Wars better. It also illuminates The Phantom Menace. I think it’s the hallmark of the best tie-in fiction to resonate throughout other parts of the expanded universe in that way.”—Knights’ Archive
“By the fiftieth page, I was hooked. . . . Lockdown is a wonderful ‘antihero’ novel, where it’s just fine to root for the villain, because there are even worse things out there. This book was so fun and entertaining. I’ll have to keep an eye out for more Star Wars books from Schreiber.”—Seattle Geekly
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Joe Schreiber comes to Star Wars from a background in horror novels and as expected this novel is pretty violent. I’d definitely not recommend it for younger readers. The fights are pretty gruesome, not just because of the deaths but graphic detail with which those deaths are depicted. We see prisoners bludgeoning each other to death and even pulling out the bones. I think Schreiber does a decent job setting expectations and pointing out that the prison, Cog Hive Seven, is supposed to be a brutal environment, but, if you’re not into horror and violence, think twice about this book. I found myself barely able to tolerate some scenes.
The plot is fairly basic. Darth Sidious tasks Maul to track down a weapons dealer, Iram Radique, who is allegedly hiding within a prison aboard a space station, Cog Hive Seven. It’s a bit of a contrivance, but that’s how Schreiber manages to get Maul deep inside a prison. If you can accept that stretch, I actually think the idea of throwing Maul into a prison works pretty well. It’s a brutal environment in which everybody is out for him or herself. The dystopian setting almost reminded me of one of Alien 3 (and, yes, there’s even a monstrous alien in Maul: Lockdown that goes around killing prisoners).Read more ›
Mr. Schreiber is not new to Star Wars readers. He also wrote Death Troopers and Red Harvest. None of the books are quite what would be thought of as normal Star Wars fare, and Maul: Lockdown continues in that vein. They are just very different. However, as you can see from my rating of the book, I liked this one. I did. I couldn’t help myself. Part of my reaction may be because recently I have been reading the early books of the New Jedi Order series, and they occasionally bog down in deep philosophical discussions of the Force and whether or not a true Jedi should actually be using the Force. It was kind of nice to get to a book that is basically nothing but action.
Darth Maul is locked up on a space-station penitentiary, Cog Hive Seven, a place that is teeming with the galaxy’s most hardened criminals. Of course, he is there as part of a plan developed by Darth Sidious, and his purpose is to infiltrate a criminal empire that operates from the penitentiary. Entertainment in the prison consists of almost constant death matches between inmates. Maul wins a match against hopeless odds as soon as he arrives at Cog Hive Seven. From there he goes on to win match after match, and he does it without using the Force and giving away that he is a Sith.Read more ›
Just a bit of background, I was born in 81 and never knew of Star Wars existence. I only got into Star Wars when they were re-released as Special Editions in theaters, and even then, I wasn't floored over them. Admittedly, I gravitated towards the prequels, but only because they were newer and thus felt more "familiar" to me (as movies in that time-frame and that technology would). Years have passed and I eventually realized the error of my ways and I can now say I have developed a healthier appreciation for the Original Trilogy. The prequels have their place, of course, but I can finally see what the big fuss was over the Originals.
However!! The one character I desperately cling to as one of the BEST villains in the Star Wars Universe (that I personally have been exposed to) is DARTH MAUL. He was soaked with the Dark Side, causing mayhem for the Jedi. And then of course Vader came along and killed him after an epic battle of Sithly proportions, inevitably taking his place at the side of Darth Sidious, one of best battles in Star Wars history! Oh wait, that didn't happen? Of course not! Because he was reduced to the ranks of the blatantly stupid. Being on higher ground and still letting a Padawan fly up in front of him, land behind him, slice him in half, and all while still holding on to his ACTIVATED lightsaber!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an interesting, and kind of out there, stand alone novel centered around Darth Maul. He is sent to a prison by Darth Sidious and to an extent Darth Plagueis, to pose as an... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mike S.
Although I wish there was a little more pages in the book to see them part ways and what happens a little afterwards the book was awesomePublished 1 month ago by Hannah
I like the book. Darth Maul is an interesting character and it's a creative plot.Published 1 month ago by Jimi
Reads like Thirteen Ghosts meets Oz meets Death Troopers... the Star Wars universe is filled with monsters of the worst sort.Published 2 months ago by Michael Coddington
Great book overall. Characterization of Maul was spot on. Didn't get attached to secondary characters as was very obviously supposed to happen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by savmeiser
It's Darth Maul (Sith Ninja Assassin) Undercover on a Penal Planet without his Double Bladed Lightsaber just his Force Powers & Fighting skills to protect him.A lot of Action.Published 4 months ago by Jamal D.Kendricks