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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing is an understatement, November 21, 2011
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This review is from: Revan (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Vol. 3) (Hardcover)
**This review contains spoilers.**

I think I can best describe the experience of reading this book with an analogy.

Imagine that it is the mid 1970's and you just saw "Star Wars" in the movie theater. You wait for a couple of years and rush out to see "The Empire Strikes Back" when it is released. Then, after a six or seven year wait, Lucas announces that the third movie is coming out. You finally get to learn what happens to Luke, Leia, Han, and all the rest. However, Lucas decides to set the new movie 300 years after the ending of "The Empire Strikes Back." But don't worry, he also decides to write and release a book so you can learn what happens to Luke and the gang. OK, so the book comes out. You learn some minor cool facts. Han and Leia got married and Leia is pregnant. But, Lucas decides not to include other characters such as Ben Kenobi, Yoda, Lando, C3-PO, etc. Instead, you get to learn a lot about a new Sith character, Lord Whiplash. In fact, over half of the book is about Lord Whiplash because Lord Whiplash is going to be in the new movie. Lucas, facing a publication deadline, has to wrap up the book and return his attentions to his new movie (which is much more important anyway) and hurriedly writes: "R2-D2 is smashed to bits. Han's dead. Luke's feeding the Emperor for eternity. Leia never finds out what happens to her brother or husband. The end."

***Spoilers End***

I'm done with Star Wars. This book is just another disappointment in a long line of disappointing Star Wars movies, games, and books. I refuse to spend any more money with this company.

If you like Revan, the Exile, Kotor1, or Kotor2 don't read this book. If you have to read it, then borrow it from someone. Don't financially support Lucas for selling us this garbage.
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2011, 8:49:08 PM PST
If you don't like star wars revan fine; don't ditch the movies. those are still good. BTW I liked the novel. The scene where REvan sees a recording of his son is heartbreaking.

Also

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011, 6:00:19 AM PST
Amy says:
I really don't think anyone can consider the first and second prequel movies good. I have learned that Lucas literally can't recognize a good movie when he sees it. After he saw an early screening of "The Godfather Part II" (which many people regard as the finest sequel ever made), Lucas told Coppola that, "You have two films. Take one away, it doesn't work." Lucas was "referring to the movie's portrayal of two parallel storylines; one of a young Vito Corleone and the other of his son Michael." (Quotes taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Ford_Coppola.)

Additionally, I did state in my review that there where some cool moments. I personally enjoyed the idea of Revan and Bastilla getting married and openly defying the Jedi Council. (Perhaps Anakin and Padme should have done this as well.) I'm not saying the book is 100% bad.

Seriously, I don't consider myself an avid Star Wars fan and the assorted Lucas companies have put out some good products (The Force Unleashed I, Kotor 1, Kotor 2 (with the ending properly modded), Drew's books about Bane, etc.). But for every success, it seems that they have a greater number of failures and more importantly, Lucas Inc. doesn't seem to mind really sticking it to their fan base and customers to make a quick buck. (i.e. The Force Unleashed II, Prequels I and II, this Revan book, etc.)

The purpose of this book was not to satisfy Kotor1 and Kotor2 fans with a resolution to cliffhanger endings from half a decade ago, the purpose of this book was to set up their next money making venture. (Since the book didn't focus on Revan, why was it called Revan?) Screw the people that purchased our products six years ago, we have to get people to buy our new stuff.

After this latest disappointment, I simply refuse to continue to be a part of this. I am voting with my dollars. Its not OK for a company to produce, market, and sell disappointing and misleading products.

Posted on Nov 27, 2011, 6:31:55 PM PST
M. Thornton says:
Yes, the only redeeming thing is that fans of the movie (game) may get to see (play) Luke (Revan) again and take out the Empire in the end. Pretty accurate review overal, disagree on the number of stars, but can understand.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011, 2:05:23 PM PST
I definitely agree that it shouldn't have been titled Revan, just remove him and the rest of the KOTOR cast and call it Scourge. Actually, if it was just about Scourge I would've been fine with the book on its own. The author already did great with his Bane books so he could have just done another about an evil Sith. But doing this to Revan was just terrible.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011, 11:39:09 AM PST
nickflavor says:
nailed it.

Posted on Jun 1, 2012, 6:02:52 PM PDT
law1349 says:
I couldn't have said it better myself. I will never play the game, but am interested in the Old Republic characters. What a disappointment this book was. And the author did such a great job with Darth Bane.
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