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Kyle Katarn has joined the ranks of legendary Star Wars heroes such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. A timeless adventure of revenge and honor, the trilogy is set in a shimmering universe of sound that only CD technology can fully capture. In Soldier for the Empire, Kyle Katarn, having just graduated from the Imperial Military Academy, learns of his father's murder. On his way home, he meets a Rebel agent, learns the ugly ...
Kyle Katarn has joined the ranks of legendary Star Wars heroes such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. A timeless adventure of revenge and honor, the trilogy is set in a shimmering universe of sound that only CD technology can fully capture. In Soldier for the Empire, Kyle Katarn, having just graduated from the Imperial Military Academy, learns of his father's murder. On his way home, he meets a Rebel agent, learns the ugly truth about the way in which his father died, and swears revenge.
In Rebel Agent, Kyle learns more about what his father found in the Valley of the Jedi that ultimately led to his death. Kyle finally earns his Knighthood as a Jedi, and the stage is set for him to avenge his father's death and stop the Dark Jedi from taking control of the source of energy that lies underneath the Valley.
Jedi Knight, the exciting conclusion to the series. In Jedi Knight Jerec, the Dark Jedi, brings his forces to Ruusan in the final part of his search for the Valley of the Jedi. Destroying anything that gets in his way, Jerec reaches the Valley just ahead of Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors. With the help of the indigenous inhabitants of the planet, Kyle and Jan confront Jerec's Jedi and prepare for a final showdown with Jerec. If Jerec defeats Kyle, the unlimited power contained in the Valley will enable him to rule the galaxy. Are Kyle's untrained Jedi powers enough to defeat Jerec?
Posted May 25, 2010
The story of Kyle Katarn adds a major element to the events of Episode IV and fills in a story for a minor big character in the Star Wars Universe. The story takes us through the life of Kyle from Imperial Academy to rebel spy and finally to Jedi Knight. The story takes place essentially behind the scenes of the main Star Wars story pictured Episodes IV-VI. Kyle is finishing his senior year at the Imperial Academy & set to join the ranks of the Imperial Navy when the unexpected happens. While his Jedi powers have managed to keep him safe and not greatly manifested themselves yet, a senior mission opens him up to some rather deep seeded questions. He eventually crosses paths with a rebel spy team who he befriends and aids during a clandestine mission on a luxury liner and forever turns his back on the Empire. Kyle continues to aid the rebels in several vital missions without really declaring his loyalty to them. Meanwhile Kyle is on his own personal mission to find out out the truth about who killed his father & his family's mysterious past. Sparking a love interest with his rebel handler, challenging a Sith Lord and discovering the truth about his family's past told in the true fashion of Star Wars lore are part of the glittering adventures of Kyle Katarn in Dark Forces.
The difference between a radio drama and a pure audio book is the level of detail. With the radio drama we hear move sound effects and greater voice inflection to help paint a more vivid picture. This added detail enables listeners to become more involved in the story. There is less spoon feeding of detail then is present in an audio book. Perhaps this is a big sticking point and aversion for some people when it comes to a radio version of a story (Not that a lot are made anymore). The radio drama exists between a movie and an audio book making it tough medium to follow. Audio books provide a greater utility in the sense of detail; however, a radio drama provides a better first person view point of its story. Though the audio is at time hard to hear, the elements of the story and the traditional Star Wars themes and adventure remains intact. Overall this was a very interesting listening experience. I never had the opportunity to listen to an original radio drama back when they were popular, so this was also a nostalgic moment as well.