Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Trial

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“Within twenty-four standard hours we will sit firmly astride the communications link that connects the worlds of the Republic. . . . Our control will be a dagger thrust directly at Coruscant. This is the move that will win the war for us.”

With these ominous words, Pors Tonith, ruthless minion of Count Dooku, declares the fate of the Republic sealed. Commanding a Separatist invasion force more than one million strong, the cunning ...

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Overview

“Within twenty-four standard hours we will sit firmly astride the communications link that connects the worlds of the Republic. . . . Our control will be a dagger thrust directly at Coruscant. This is the move that will win the war for us.”

With these ominous words, Pors Tonith, ruthless minion of Count Dooku, declares the fate of the Republic sealed. Commanding a Separatist invasion force more than one million strong, the cunning financier-turned-warrior lays siege to the planet Praesitlyn, home of the strategic intergalactic communications center that is key to the Republic’s survival in the Clone Wars. Left unchallenged, this decisive strike could indeed pave the way for the toppling of more Republic worlds . . . and ultimate victory for the Separatists. Retaliation must be swift and certain.

But engaging the enemy throughout the galaxy has already stretched Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s armies to the limit. There is no choice but to move against the surging waves of invading battle-droids on Praesitlyn with only a small contingent of clone soldiers. Commanding them will be Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon–hand-picked by the Council for the do-or-die mission. And at his side, skilled young starfighter pilot Anakin Skywalker, a promising young Jedi Padawan eager to be freed of the bonds of apprenticeship–and to be awarded the title of Jedi Knight.

Shoulder to shoulder with a rogue Republic army officer and his battle-hardened crew, a hulking Rondian mercenary with an insatiable taste for combat, and a duo of ready-for-anything soldiers, the Jedi generals take to the skies and the punishing desert terrain of occupied Praesitlyn–to bring the battle to the Separatist forces. Already outnumbered and outgunned, when confronted with an enemy ultimatum that could lead to the massacre of innocents, they may also be out of options. Unless Anakin Skywalker can strike a crucial balance between the wisdom born of the Force . . . and the instincts of a born warrior.

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The Separatists have seized Praesitlyn, a crucial Republican communications center. Fearing both a strategic and morale defeat, the Republic dispatch a unit of clone troopers to regain control. At its helm are Jedi Knight Nejaa Halcyon and Jedi Padawan Anakin Skywalker. Absorbed in the dangerous mission, Anakin cannot contemplate that its success will bring him the coveted title of full Jedi Knight. A turning point adventure in the Star Wars story.
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The successful military-SF team of Sherman and Cragg (the Starfist series) brings new energy to the Star Wars franchise. Because of a shortage of available Jedi knights, the inexperienced Anakin Skywalker and the disgraced Nejaa Halcyon are sent to the planet Praesitlyn, at the head of a small fleet and army of clone warriors. Praesitlyn is under attack by a horde of combat droids under banker-turned-admiral Pors Tonith, and defended by freelance military commander Capt. Zozridor Slayke, who has a personal score to settle with Jedi Halcyon. Meanwhile, the Republic's original defenders have left some tough survivors behind, such as fighter pilot Erk H'Arman and recon trooper Odie Subu. The Force is definitely with the good guys, particularly Anakin in the climactic moment of a hostage rescue, but so is plain old-fashioned courage. Human, alien or clone, the characters fight and die, go hungry and thirsty, have hopes, fears and dreams, not unlike the troops patrolling the plains of Iraq today. Count Dooku and Senator Palpatine keep watch for their respective sides, but most of the book stands splendidly independent of the usual concerns of the Star Wars universe. Agent, Owen Lock. (On sale Oct. 26) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Eager to test his growing Jedi powers in the field, Anakin Skywalker jumps at the chance to accompany Jedi Master Nejaa Halcyon as his second in command on a mission to free the planet Praesitlyn from its Separatist invaders. Leading an army of clone warriors, Anakin finds his skills and his commitment to the Jedi code tested to the utmost when he encounters someone who reminds him of his painful past. The authors of the "Starfist" series capture the rush of never-ending action characteristic of the Star WarsR movies in this story that takes place after the events in Star WarsR: Attack of the Clones. A good choice for adult and YA sf collections and essential for fans. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345461155
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/31/2005
  • Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 380,860
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

David Sherman and Dan Cragg are authors of the military science fiction series, Starfist. David Sherman is a former U.S. Marine and the author of eight novels about Marines in Vietnam, where he served as an infantryman and as a member of a Combined Action Platoon. He is also the author of a new military fantasy series, Demontech. Dan Cragg was a sergeant major in the U.S. Army. He is the author of Inside the VC and NVA (with Michael Lee Lanning), Top Sergeant (with William G. Bainbridge), and a Vietnam War novel, The Soldier’s Prize. He is an analyst for the Defense Department.

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There was no word from General Khamar.

Ice-cold prickles of fear shot up the back of Reija Momen’s arms to her scalp and then down her spine. She shivered, then shifted uncomfortably. This is no time to panic, she thought.

Everyone else was looking to her to remain calm. So she’d come out into the garden early, to relax, to gather her thoughts and compose herself before meeting with her staff. But it wasn’t working. The carefully tended little garden nestled peacefully in a courtyard protected from the elements by the surrounding buildings and a solar dome that could be opened in good weather. Today the dome was open, letting in fresh air that should have been invigorating, but her nerves were strung too tight. Her staff were afraid; they thought no news from the south boded ill.

Eyes closed, Reija tried thinking of home. In five more years, her contract would be up, and she would head back to Alderaan. Maybe. A breeze wafted in through the dome. It carried with it the aroma of the native grasses that grew in such profusion on the mesa where the Intergalactic Communications Center was located. During the first months of her contract she had thought she was allergic to the sagebrush, coughing and sneezing profusely whenever she emerged from the control complex to inspect the outlying facilities, but gradually she had become accustomed to the pervasive scent. Now she found it pleasant. Physically, at least, she’d never felt better. It had become a pet theory of hers, not yet verified by medical science, that prolonged exposure to the grasses of Praesitlyn was good for human physiology.

Reija Momen had accepted the job as chief administrator of the Intergalactic Communications Center on Praesitlyn because she liked the work—the handsome salary counted only as a nice bonus. Someone else in her position would likely have been thinking of the end of her contract, comfortable retirement back on Alderaan, perhaps even starting a family. Though middle-aged, she was still young enough to think about settling down someday, and she was attractive enough in a handsome, matronly way. But she was content in her job. With her warm heart, good sense, and solid managerial skills, she had quickly established a fine rapport with her mixed staff of human and Sluissi technicians. She was the type of administrator, rare in any gender or species, who exercised her authority as a matter of responsibility, not out of any sense of pleasure. She worked hard and well because she enjoyed work as an end in itself, and she treated the people under her more as partners in a joint enterprise than as subordinates. And unlike so many busy bureaucrats, consumed by their sense of self-importance, she knew when and how to relax.

Start a family? Well, for all practical purposes, her staff on Praesitlyn had been her family for the past seven years; they loved her and they called her “Momma Momen.”

Go home? She was already home! I’ll renew my contract, she thought. If I live that long.

A labor droid, modified to tend the trees and shrubs in the garden, rooted among rumsy bushes nestled under the stunted kaha trees imported from Talasea years earlier by a previous chief administrator. Ordinarily the sound of the droid’s rustling about in the foliage would have been comforting, but not to- day. Reija shifted her position again. She opened her eyes and sighed. Relaxation was out of the question. Members of her staff were already filtering into the garden and finding places to sit—not to enjoy the informal midday luncheon that had become a tradition in the years she had been chief administrator, but to get the news, to get their orders. Reija felt a brief flash of anger that their routine was being interrupted. Not that their luncheons were anything special—just friends and colleagues enjoying each other’s company and engaging in easy conversation over their food—but they were as enjoyable to the staff as their regular off-duty trips to Sluis Van.

Today everyone spoke in worried whispers, all ears for any news from the south. What could she tell them? Not knowing what was going on there was worse than bad news. Several standard hours earlier an invasion fleet had landed approximately 150 kilometers to the southwest of the center.

“Mistress,” General Khamar had said in his last report, “two of our starfighters on a routine patrol over the ocean just off the coast have engaged a large number of hostile craft. The airborne control ship that was monitoring the patrol has been shot down, but before we lost contact with it, the crew reported a large droid army landing. The invaders don’t appear to be as numerous as my own command, but they may be just an advance party preparing a foothold for a larger force. Either way, we have to destroy them without delay. I’m taking my main force overland to attack them.”

“How big is their fleet?” she had asked.

“Several transports and capital ships, nothing we can’t handle. Should we need reinforcements, which I doubt, Sluis Van will supply them.”

“Wouldn’t it be prudent to call for them now, just in case?”

Khamar grunted. “We shall if we need to, but it wouldn’t be good tactics to call for reinforcements before we know the extent of the enemy threat. I’ll leave a detachment here under Commander Llanmore to provide security for the center.” A gruff Corellian, Khamar was a professional soldier, and Reija trusted his judgment. The young Commander Llanmore she especially liked; she couldn’t help smiling at the air of military punctiliousness he adopted when in her presence. She saw right through him, of course. To her he was one of the many sons she had never had.

But for the past hour she had received no word from General Khamar. If this was an all-out attempt by the Separatists to seize the communications center, her comfortable little world on Praesitlyn was coming to an end.

The solar dome that roofed the garden slammed shut without warning. There was a bright flash and a deafening roar. Heart in her throat, Reija jumped to her feet and ran back inside the main control room. Slith Skael, the Sluissi chief of the communications staff, sidled up beside her. She had never seen the methodical creature move so quickly or look so worried.

“Is Khamar returning?” Reija asked hesitantly. She glanced about the control room. Normally it was a place of quiet confidence, technicians working intently at their stations, droids quietly going about their tasks. But not now.

“No, Mistress,” Slith answered. “It is strangers.” He swayed nervously. “I believe it is another invasion force. I ordered the dome closed when the first ship landed. I beg your forgiveness if you were startled. What are your orders?”

Reija had grown very fond of Slith over the years they’d been together on Praesitlyn. Under his calm, unruffled exterior lived a devoted and compassionate being. And she knew she could count on him now. The control room was in chaos. Technicians babbled among themselves, working their instruments frantically. A deep-throated roar rumbled through the facility. She could feel the vibrations in the floor panels.

“A large number of ships are landing below the mesa,” a technician said with an edge to his voice that told Reija he was on the verge of panic.

“Quiet, everybody! Listen to me,” she called loudly and firmly. It was time to make order out of this confusion. “Everyone take your places and listen.” Her calm, controlled demeanor had the desired effect. People stopped babbling and took their seats. “Now,” she said, turning to Slith, “send an alert to Coruscant and—”

“I already have,” the Sluissi answered. “The transmission was blocked.”

“That’s not possible!” she said, startled.

“Evidently it is,” Slith answered matter-of-factly. He was just reporting the fact, not debating it. “What are your orders, please?” he repeated.

Reija was silent for a moment. “Commander Llanmore?”

“I am here, Mistress.” Llanmore, wearing his body armor and fully armed, stepped up and drew himself to attention beside her.

“What is happening out there?” The control room had gone completely silent, all eyes staring intently at the two.

“A large droid force has landed below the mesa,” Llanmore answered in precise, clipped tones. “We cannot hope to hold out against them without immediate reinforcement, and—” He hesitated. “—that will not happen.”

“Any word from General Khamar?”

“No, Mistress, and—” Llanmore’s voice caught. “We must assume that he is—he has been defeated.”

Reija considered for a moment. “Very well then. Somehow the invaders are blocking our transmissions. General Khamar cannot help us. We cannot resist. Listen to me, everyone! We cannot let this complex fall into the invaders’ hands.” She paused for a moment to gather herself before announcing an order she’d never dreamed she’d have to give. “Destroy your equipment.” Quickly she began instructing individual technicians, directing them to disable specific pieces of equipment first. But it would take time; they had never prepared for such an emergency, nor did they have the means to ensure the rapid and total destruction the situation now dictated. “Commander.”

“Yes, Mistress?”

The only sign that Reija was at all nervous was a small rill of perspiration slowly escaping from under her hair by the side of her right eyebrow. “Can you delay the invaders? All we need is a few minutes.”

“I can try.” Llanmore was also perspiring faintly, but he turned sharply on his heel and left the control room. The last she saw of him was his ramrod-straight back as he marched steadfastly back to his command. She was afraid she’d just sent the young man off to his death.

“Get busy!” she ordered the technicians, many of whom had stopped to listen to her conversation with Llanmore. Why, she thought, had no one ever made any emergency destruction plans for a contingency like this? The Intergalactic Communications Center was vital to the Republic, and its facilities could not be allowed to fall into enemy hands.

From outside on the mesa came the crashing roar of weaponry. Llanmore was engaging the invaders. Reija felt a rising sense of despair. Her comfortable world was at an end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    I felt as if I was beside Anakin in this war novel!

    Respectfully, I have read the other reviews and I must disagree! I loved this book! Anakin Skywalker is undeniably gifted as a star pilot but in this book we get to see him stretch his genious and invincibility to the ground wars! Jedi Trial is indeed an education in military strategy, and why should it not, at least once, for believability, as this IS the 'new' Jedi role in the crumbling Republic. For true fans, I think this book adds depth to Anakin's flesh and blood character while maintaining Anakin's Jedi instincts. At one point in the book he is referred to as a 'one man army' and isn't this what we're all waiting for, for the heroics? Slow parts, ignore, they are few. There is enough action and passion in this book to get this girl's heart racing! Give it a try!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    This book was great but didn't meet my Star Wars book standards.

    This book was great but didn't meet my Star Wars book standards. Even though it was the main plot I could care less about the battles on Praesitlyn and more about Anakin when he's on Coruscant and planning the battle. I found the quatermaster so annoying. It was also annoying that when they FINALLY show up on Praesitlyn, Zoridor Slayke isn't even happy to see them, I mean why should they even help the brat!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    anakin skywalker in his prime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book is amazing i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Don't Read

    Being a soldier, I find it rather disappointing that a former Marine from Vietnam and a former Army Command Sergeant Major decided to write a Star Wars book. I say this because 75% of the book covered battle tactics and military terminology. I'm sorry, but I do not find that this coincides with your typical Star Wars novel. Rank structure, infantry tactics and military verbage need to be excluded. Out of all Star Wars novels that I have read, this has to be the worst so far.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2005

    Jedi Trial was a really good book

    I liked this book. It wasn't hard to read & it was interesting. I thought it was better than Labyrinth of Evil which I had a hard time reading.Was a little on the military side but still was a good book. I recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Star Wars fans will love ths

    Separatist Admiral Pors Tonith leads an army of combat droids on an assault of planet Praesitlyn. Though ably defended by commander Capt. Zozridor Slayke, the surprise attack works so that the Separatists control a key communications center........................ The Republic leadership worries who to send as there are not any acceptable Jedi Knights available to lead the counterinsurgency. To regain supremacy of the beleaguered orb, the Republic reluctantly sends Jedi Knight student Anakin Skywalker and the dishonored Jedi Knight Nejaa Halcyon to lead the assault to retake the planet. However, the defeated planetary defenders still alive do not readily ally themselves with the so-called Republic rescuers because Slayke hates Halcyon and wants him dead. In that personal mess, Anakin is being tested as a leader and whether he is ready to soar as a full Jedi Knight; failure means death.......................... This is a super tale that emphasizes the military battles with a close look at the impact on the troops from all sides as well as a coming of age Skywalker tale. The story line avoids the bigness of the Star War military clashes by honing in on troops that lack basic necessities (the rush to Baghdad with only one bottle of water per day in 100 plus degree heat per soldier would be an oasis). Thus readers obtain a fabulous military outer space encounter as a major backdrop to a young Anakin tale. Great work once again from the five star joint chiefs David Sherman and Dan Cragg (see STARFIST: A WORLD OF HURT ¿ also released this month)...................... Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    The Clone Wars Rage On

    Star Wars: Jedi Trial is the story of Anakin Skywalker's trials to become a full fledged Jedi Knight. The book has the feel of Star Wars Episode II as well as Episode I in the sense that the action and the characters are familiar. There are several new characters, like Asajj Ventress, who puts in a cameo along with the more well known ones. The fight sequences feel more real and intense than some other Star Wars novels as does the carnage left in there wake. An over all entertaining story with more Clone trooper action than most Clone Wars novels.

    If you are a fan of prequel trilogy style fun and adventure you won't want to miss this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    This novel was utterly forgettable. If not for the small part th

    This novel was utterly forgettable. If not for the small part that Ventress plays, there really wouldn't have been anything good about it at all. This is another one of those Clone Wars novels that would have been interesting to tide me over between Episodes II and III, but since I read it years later, I just couldn't get interested. It was great to see Ventress in prose though, she is a character that I really like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    I hate the clones

    They are pure evil in star wars3 the clones shot down the jedi. But if the jedi knew the clones were traders,the jedi would of vanquished the clones. In your face.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Tap here or else ...

    are there any clones in this book ??? ********** I love books that have clones in them **********
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    **************************************************************************** - * clone / star wars lover *

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    this book was a easy read i enjoyed it i bought it in paperback

    awesome action awesome story awesome everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    It could have been a lot better than it was...

    This book seemed to have an interesting plot, and interesting characters. However, although it started out good, several parts bugged me. First of all, the apparent falling in love between Erk and Odie annoyed me, since their thoughts on loving each other were rarely, if ever, mentioned. Then, Slayke seemed to shift from being an extremely likable guy, to an irritating, hatable guy, to something in between, without warning. And Anakin seemed to have a 'I'm-the-mighty-Jedi' attitude at some parts. I also found it hard to read. It was so-so, but I wouldn't recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Yoooo haaaaa

    Poop stinks ooooooh poop stinks !! Guam guam sryels aiiiiiih stupid lady

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Hot head

    Fhghggghgg

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Starwars sucks

    This book sucks dont get it you will waste your time please dont buy it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    joe again

    awwesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2008

    Outstanding Book!

    Jedi Trial provides valuable insight into the more human portion of Anakin Skywalker, the tenderness within his obvious strength that contributed to his decline.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2008

    this is a good read.

    This book is one of the better star wars books i've read. The authors really put the charecters together well you feel like you are on the front lines with Anakin.They also did more first person style military encounters too.All and all i would recomend if you like star wars it is a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Jedi Trial not so successful

    This book was good if you are interested in military tactics and weaponry. However, the book is not well-developed plotwise, and lacks the interesting grab to draw readers in. The wording that the authors chose weren't excellent. While reading it, I felt like I was in first grade again, it was all so simple.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2006

    What's there not to love?

    This book is my new favorite. It has everything, and I mean everything in it. I especially like the focus on the military elemnt of the book we see so little of it. This book will definitely stand on its own, and is a must-read for ANY fans anywhere.(Besides, the cover has Anakin. HOT.)

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