Star Wars: Scourge

Star Wars: Scourge

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by Jeff Grubb
     
 

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In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.
 
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as

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In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.
 
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345511225
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
Star Wars Series
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
236,742
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Jeff Grubb is an author and game designer. He is the co-creator (with Ed Greenwood) of the Forgotten Realms setting and one of the co-founders of the Dragonlance setting. He has written fifteen novels and thirty short stories set in such worlds as Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Starcraft, Warcraft, and Guild Wars. He has written and contributed to more than a hundred games and game support products, including the Star Wars RPG, the Star Wars miniatures game for Wizards of the Coast, and Star Wars Attacktix for Hasbro. He is also the creator of the Whappamanga VoxBox, a handy device that allows Wookiees and Gamorreans to be understood in Basic. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two cats, and currently builds worlds for ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars game.

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Star Wars: Scourge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
Scourge is the first Star Wars novel to truly tackle the Hutts, and I loved the way they are stylized in the way of the Godfather. The Hutts really break out from their typical two dimensional characterizations into something a bit richer. Yet at the heart of this novel, it's very much a Jedi story. Throughout the core of the novel is the personal growth of Jedi Master Mander Zuma. He's not your typical Jedi and he comes complete with flaws, doubts, strengths, and a bit of humor. As an archivist for the Jedi library, his field skills are a bit rusty. His underdeveloped powers and experience, combined with his senior status, creates a Jedi character that is very different from what we usually see. From investigations into drugs, Hutts, vengeful Rodians, the death of a Jedi Knight, and a mysterious Spice Lord who appears to be behind everything, Scourge is a fun adventure with some wonderful characters that bring the story to life. In a way, this is like a murder-mystery novel combined with the Godfather starring a Jedi librarian who learns to become a field agent. It’s totally unique and very entertaining read that is just as good as Paul S. Kemp's Crosscurrent and John Jackson Miller's Knight Errant novels; a perfect addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Commander Shadow #2.Commander Shadow #2 will be relocated to Star Wars:Darksaber.Sorry for the trouble.
Skip_Wiley More than 1 year ago
To my knowledge, this is Grubb's only novel in the Star Wars EU and his writing style and terminology is a bit of an adjustment compared to other established Star Wars authors but I enjoyed his approach for the most part. Scourge is more of a crime/mystery tale than a galaxy-spanning adventure that we have come to expect from the EU. Additionally, it is a very singular tale. Often a Star Wars novel will follow multiple characters and jump from scene-to-scene showing you the story from multiple angles. This book maintains only two main points of view but primarily sticks with the main characters. These characters are complete strangers to the Star Wars reader. The protagonist - Jedi archivist Mander Zuma - has never made an appearance or even been referenced by other works in the EU prior to this release. This unfamiliarity was what discouraged me from reading this book initially. I had the same misgivings about other works like the Crosscurrent/Riptide series. But after enjoying those novels, I pushed ahead with Scourge. This is a tale about little-known Jedi, Mander Zuma, who's career in The Order has never really taken him into the field. He is an archivist (a.k.a. "librarian") who found himself in the role of teacher to an apprentice out of necessity. His student, upon reaching knighthood, is killed on one of his first solo missions. This leaves Zuma emotionally distraught - wondering if his shortcomings as a teacher contributed to his former student's death. He is dispatched by The Order to investigate the death and complete the fallen knight's mission - a trade negotiation with a Hutt lord. In true Star Wars fashion, however, the death of a Jedi is never an isolated incident, and dealings with the Hutts are never what they appear on the surface. Zuma is quickly embroiled in a conspiracy involving not only the murder of a Jedi knight, but also the trafficking of a potent new hard spice that has recently hit the market. Joining forces with his former student's sister (an independent spacer also searching for answers about her brother's death) and her Bothan partner, Zuma's investigation takes the reader along on a journey to a number of worlds between the Corporate Sector and Hutt Space. Arrayed against him are Hutt crime syndicates, Rodian clans bent on vengeance, and the always by-the-book Corporate Sector Authority. It is truly a fish-out-of-water story about a Jedi struggling to overcome his own perceived insufficiencies while trying to solve a mystery he was never prepared to encounter. The pacing of this novel is a bit jarring - never staying in one locale or plot development for long. My biggest complaint about the author's style is in what is left unsaid. Solutions to conflicts are often glossed over with critical details overlooked. For instance, a chase sequence will sound hopeless at one moment with little chance for survival and then suddenly they meet someone helpful and the next paragraph now finds them miles away in safety. How did they get there? How did they escape all the people chasing them? The reader is left to make their own assumptions. Character development and back-story is often overlooked as well. The reader is expected to take a character at face value and make judgements about his or her motivations and personality based solely on the actions portrayed in the story. There is very little dialog between characters to fill in the gaps. As for Mander himself, he was uninspiring in his uncertainty at the start, but suddenly manifested that famous Jedi wisdom mid-way through the book. There was no watershed moment, no plot twist that clarified his inner turmoils or personal doubts - he just was suddenly a more confident leader (another gap). In addition to this inconsistency, one notices a sudden change in Zuma's skills as a knight in the field. In the beginning he describes himself as being a less-than-capable warrior, feeling unattached to his saber and not comfortable with its use. His efforts in early fight sequences are barely sufficient to keep him alive where other more established Jedi would have handily dispatched his/her foes and walked away without a scratch. This led to an early inquisitiveness on my part - wondering how in the world this Jedi would manage to survive in a hostile galaxy to solve this mystery. I looked forward to seeing some unconventional Jedi tactics. After reading almost exclusively about the exploits of famous Jedi - particularly Skywalkers, Solos, Horns and the like - I was hoping to see what a Jedi without those skills could accomplish. However, like other details overlooked by the author, halfway through the novel Mander suddenly exhibits all those traits of a tried-and-true Jedi master - wielding his blade with mastery and becoming an unstoppable force on the battlefield. How did we get from point A to point B? If you can overlook those points, the story is good enough to keep a readier interested and the plot certainly does move - never languishing. The climax was more or less predictable but not to the point that it became an uninteresting read. Overall, I give it three stars. It's a good weekend read that takes you to the comfortable surroundings of our galaxy far far away, even if the faces are unfamiliar ones.
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Worst Star Wars book i read in ages. It ties ito a video game (buy book, it then forces you to buy game to finish the story). Worse even is the fact the author so hated the game he was forced to work on he quit right after it was released. That tells you something right there, the authirs passion just isnt here... he was contracted to write this for money and nothing else.
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i must say I was disappointed. The plot was slow moving and flat. found it longer to get through partly because of this. Although the final outcome was predicable. New once I got to one point but kept my thoughts open. I am not sure it was worth the price. Or maybe because I pre ordered it just had a long wait.
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Includes the same things everyone else's dorm has.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looks good by the cover.
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The jedi walk in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He pucks up a rifle and slings it over hus sholder and picks up a pistol and a couple of newtron gernades apnd puts them in his pocket and th pisil un a hokster.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like scourge da evil hedgehog ? Or wuz dat sumpin elps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi. Soo... am i in? If so orders plz! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey i love star wars and yes hutts are very gross and i dont care much for star trek well the shows are okay but anyway lets not fight about star wars is better than star trek or the other way around. But anyway does this book have anakin or padme in it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hutts are stupid ugly lazy creatures!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U dont hafto get so f**** mad!