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Star Wars The Black Fleet Crisis #1: Before The Storm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    lord sidious still lives one even without his troops

    darth sidious and darth vader built the empire without either of them we would not have captain admiral thrawn i praise thrawn for doing his duty with my troops and men and women of the empire but the empire never fell it still lives on without me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000


    I've read several Star Wars novels. Some of them are quite good (Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy), and some of them make me wonder how they ever found their way to print (Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy). But nothing in the entire Star Wars line up has impressed me the way Michael P. Kube-McDowell's 'Before The Storm' does. The book is exceptional. I could not put it down. It is not only THE best Star Wars book I've read, it's one of THE best novels I've ever read. The book holds its own against the best works of Tom Clancy. I'm not kidding. Gone are the silly situations that Star Wars is sometimes known for (Ewoks beating a Legion of the Emperor's best troops; Jar-Jar taking out several attackers because his foot stuck in the wires of a downed droid). What you get instead are the more 'adult', serious types of situations, like the attack on the Death Star or the battle against the giant Walkers on the ice planet of Hoth. The story is a very believeable look at the 'empire building' the New Republic is engaged in 12 years after the events of 'Return of the Jedi'. If you like the political intrigue evident in 'The Phantom Menace', you get much more of it in this book. I like what Kube-McDowell die with Leia--she's not infallible. You also get osme gruesome, realistic action, that takes you to a Star Wars universe that is more akin to that of 'Babylon 5' or 'Aliens' than the sometimes too childish 'Star Wars' flicks and books. For example, take a peek at this paragraph describing the reaction to a planetary bombardment: ---- On what had been one of the wide, flat landing pads of Ten South, those who had come out to watch the visitors land were evenly divided between the stunned and the screaming. A man near Plat Mallar went to his knees and vomited. Turning away from the sight, Mallar found a woman clawing madly at her allsuit with such force that she was bleeding profusely from beneath what was left of her nails. The sight galvanized Mallar out of his paralysis, and he began edging his way toward the east edge of the pad.---- If you want to read something more believable than your average, every day Star Wars book, I suggest this one. If you want the more 'fantasy' style of stuff, then you might want to look elsewhere. I give this book my highest rating and recommend it to anyone interested in reading Star Wars. It's a new take on a familiar universe. Kenneth.

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