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Shadow Games: Star Wars Legends
     

Shadow Games: Star Wars Legends

4.3 27
by Michael Reaves
 

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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

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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 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.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Editorial Reviews

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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345532800
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/29/2011
Series:
Star Wars - Legends
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
268,584
File size:
5 MB

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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Star Wars: Shadow Games 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Rubicon383 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U need 2 read this star wars fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darth Igor charged at Darth Chaatis with his lightsaber held in front of him.Darth Chaatis raised his left hand,and crackling blue lightning arced towards Darth Igor.Darth Igor raised his left hand,and his own stream of lightning arced towards Darth Chaatis.When the lightning met;it dissipated.Darth Igor raised his left hand,and a Force push sent Darth Chaatis flying.Darth Igor lunged at Darth Chaatis,but Darth Chaatis deflected the blow to the side.Then Darth Chaatis counterattacked with a flurry of strikes.Darth Igor barely deflected all of them.Darth Igor kicked Darth Chaatis in the stomach.Darth Chaatis groaned.Darth Igor feinted to the right.Darth Chaatis fell for it and moved his blade to intercept the imaginary strike.Darth Igor slashed at Darth Chaatis.Darth Chaatis's arm was cleaved off at the shoulder.Darth Chaatis screamed.Darth Igor swung his lightsaber and beheaded Darth Chaatis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello?
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Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Itink from 1 to 10it scors a 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most famous pop star in the galaxy is Tolurei Endara!!!
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Have not read yet, but there is a Nautolan besides Kit Fisto! YAYYYYY! I love Nautolans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All 10 year olds - 99 year olds would like reading the star wars books . They have kindnees and adventure .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sion? Hello? You are home right? *leans aginst the wall waiting for his brother to open the door.* should i come back later?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
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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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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I don't understand. I never orderd the book so I really don't I I don't understand