Star Wars: Shadow Games

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SOME GAMES ARE PLAYED FOR LIFE OR DEATH.
 
Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy?and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul?s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit?and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and ...

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Overview

SOME GAMES ARE PLAYED FOR LIFE OR DEATH.
 
Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy—and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul’s bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit—and that murder is stalking her tour. Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul’s tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul’s road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself—straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive.

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In the latest Star Wars adventure, Dash Rendar is broke, stranded, and desperate. To solve his problems, he becomes a bodyguard for Javul Cham, a multi-talented human holostar who is being stalked by a twisted fan. What begins, however, as a somewhat typical celebrity quickly becomes something far more menacing. Set in the period immediately before the events of Stars Wars: A New Hope, this new adventure features a guest appearance by Han Solo. A mass market paperback and NOOK Book original with crossover appeal. (P.S. Star Wars: Shame Games features a bonus section that includes a primer on the series' expanded universe and over half a dozen excerpts from popular Star Wars books of the past three decades.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345511201
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 208,156
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman television animated series. He has worked for Spielberg’s DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. Reaves is the New York Times bestselling author of three Star Wars: Coruscant Nights novels—Jedi Twilight, Street of Shadows, and Patterns of Force—and Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, as well as the co-writer (with Steve Perry) of Star Wars: Death Star and two Star Wars: MedStar novels: Battle Surgeons and Jedi Healer. He lives in the Los Angeles area.
 
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff is the author of the novels The Meri, Taminy, The Crystal Rose, and The Spirit Gate, and the co-author of Magic Time: Angelfire, and she has contributed a plenitude of short speculative fiction to such magazines as Analog, Amazing Stories, Realms of Fantasy, Paradox, and Interzone. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Nebula and British Science Fiction awards. She lives in San Jose, California.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    Ug.

    I'm a patient man. So patient I've held a torch for another "Shadows of the Empire" tale for years. Previous comic efforts proving to be lackluster at best.

    I've tried hard to approach Shadow Games with a positive slant. Going back in my mind, I can recall that the Darth Maul novel Shadow Hunter was OK, not great. I can also recall that the author's Medstar dualogy was about a book too long, but it was average at best. Not bad. average. This did nothing to slow down my energy to read Death Star when it came out as well, which I felt was below acceptable and bordering on just plain bad. It seemed Reaves' purpose with Death Star was to craft a story while filing in the blanks of the expanded U, leading up to an during EP IV.

    It was this book that drove me away from SW books for a couple of years until I was lulled back with Matt Stover's Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. Re-energized, I followed it immediately with James Luceno's Millenium Falcon. That rolled into the Fate of the Jedi, and I was back on course with SW books. So when Shadow Games was announced I was excited to say the least. I'm skipping hard details to remain spoiler free.

    I made it a reading priority, but found myself struggling through the first half as I found myself questioning the point of the book, 3/4 of the way I felt a little better, but by the end, I felt I had just wasted my time. It was flat, the main character, Dash Rendar was no more appealing than he was in SOTE. I was kind of miffed as I knew I should have bailed when I saw the book was really going nowhere. All I could recall was echoes of Kevin J Anderson from the Banatm era. When he was on the scene, it seemed like such a fresh voice, but in retrospect, it's really nothing but page filler.

    I did read the first book in the Coruscant Nights series, which was a s you could guess from my above statements... average, and in light of Shadow Games, I'm going to pass on the subsequent books. I'll probably steer clear of Reave's work from now on. Don't get me wrong. I mean no disrespect, I don't want to come off as an irate fanboy, but his work it seems is just not my cup of tea.

    God I miss Karen Traviss.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    awsome book

    U need 2 read this star wars fans

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    Pretty good book

    Loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Just ok.

    There really wasn't much of story. The whole plot was the main character protecting a holo/movie star and it took while to get to the plot. I seen this same type of stories on shows, movies, and probably cartoons when i was a kid.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Bella

    Hello?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Good

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    I think star wars is awsome!

    Itink from 1 to 10it scors a 10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    False.

    The most famous pop star in the galaxy is Tolurei Endara!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    YAY

    Have not read yet, but there is a Nautolan besides Kit Fisto! YAYYYYY! I love Nautolans!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Who said is is stupid is very wrong

    All 10 year olds - 99 year olds would like reading the star wars books . They have kindnees and adventure .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Jason

    Sion? Hello? You are home right? *leans aginst the wall waiting for his brother to open the door.* should i come back later?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Sion

    *Slams the door open. Half of his face is cut up and is covered in golden metal plantes like the ones on my arms.* What?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    I love nautolans too!

    There so cute. Kit fisto is so awesome! Do you want to know how kit fisto really died? Darth sidious used a powerful mindtrick on fistos mind causing kit to not think right. So that made sidious chance of killing him much more easy. And if he did not use a mind trick, kit fisto and mace windu would have killed darth sidious really easily.PLUS!!! besides nautolans, awesome news. Star wars episode 7 is coming 2015!!!!!!!! Its so aweome!!! Plus a new star wars series coming fall 2014. Its called REBELS!!!!!!! It is based between movies 3 and 4. Focusing on darth vader and his stormtrooper army hunting down the last of the jedi. (Sad face).

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Pure Fun with No Strings Attached

    Shadow Games is the first Star Wars novel to have Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff’s name on the cover (even though she was a co-author for Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of the Force). Together she and Michael Reaves have knocked out a very fun Star Wars book. And for Shadow Games there really is no better word to describe it; it’s just plain fun. You’ve got Dash Rendar hooking up with a holostar because he’s out of work and in desperate need of credits. What should be a simple job turns into something much more complex, and leaves the reader with a bit of a mystery novel as Dash tries to figure out who’s behind what and why. Toss in Han Solo and the constantly amusing droid Leebo, and you have a highly enjoyable book that takes the stress out of reading Star Wars.

    Looking back on it, all of the characters had a layered feel to them. As the book progressed, you got to know them better, and through reveals, they became something different, each of them going through a small transformation. With the mystery of the plot, it added to the character progression because you didn’t know where anyone was going to end up. Is this person the real villain? Is there more than one villain? Will this character live or die? Is this character a traitor? Maya and Michael wrote the book in a way that keeps you guessing, adding to joy of the novel.

    Another thing Shadow Games has going for it is a lack of Jedi. Ordinarily, that statement wouldn’t make much sense: what’s Star Wars without Jedi? As an Expanded Universe reader, you get burnt out on reading about Jedi all the time and it’s nice to get a break from them. (It’s also nice to get a break from the Sith too.) And unlike Deathtroopers, Shadow Games is not a story with a tacked on Big 3 character to make it marketable to new readers. This is a book new readers can enjoy without having read any other Star Wars books. It’s a book veteran readers can enjoy without having to hear about the next big threat to the galaxy. It’s also the sort of book that can wait on the back burner until you’re ready to read it. Since it’s not part of a series, there’s no pressure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Decent

    Reaves can be good but is still better w perry at his side. If i could i would give this book a 2.5 stars outta 5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Elyssaa3572

    I don't understand. I never orderd the book so I really don't







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    I don't understand





    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    How can one make a recommendation when the book has not arrived?

    Hard to review. This was pre-order and I have not yet received my copy.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Gona be insane!!!

    This bok is gona be insane

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

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    Posted December 18, 2011

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