Star Wars The Clone Wars: Shatterpoint

Star Wars The Clone Wars: Shatterpoint

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by Matthew Stover

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“The Jedi are keepers of the peace. We are not soldiers.”
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of

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“The Jedi are keepers of the peace. We are not soldiers.”
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.

Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world—to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic . . . and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.

The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba—Mace’s former Padawan and fellow Council member—to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre: a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle . . . a recording in Depa’s own voice.

Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.

Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy—and into his own heritage. He will leave behind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid, when keepers of the peace are forced to make war. . . .

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Bestseller Matthew Stover (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Traitor) takes the Star Wars franchise boldly into new territory with Star Wars: Shatterpoint: A Clone Wars Novel, the first of a projected sextet. After the battle of Geonosis, Jedi Master Mace Windu returns home to the jungle planet of Haruun Kal to look for his former trainee, Depa Billaba. A mysterious recording Depa left behind at the scene of a terrible massacre is the only clue to her fate. 5-city author tour. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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In my dreams, I always do it right.

In my dreams, I ’m on the arena balcony. Geonosis. Orange glare slices shadow from my eyes. Below on the sand: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Senator Padmé Amidala. On the rough-shaped stone within reach of my arm: Nute Gunray.Within reach of my blade:Jango Fett.

And Master Dooku.

No. Master no more. Count Dooku.

I may never get used to calling him that. Even in dreams.

Jango Fett bristles with weapons.An instinctive killer: the deadliest man in the galaxy. Jango can kill me in less than a second. I know it. Even if I had never seen Kenobi ’s report from Kamino, I can feel the violence Jango radiates: in the Force, a pulsar of death.

But I do it right.

My blade doesn’t light the underside of Fett ’s square jaw .I don ’t waste time with words. I don ’t hesitate.

I believe .

In my dreams, the purple •are of my blade sizzles the gray hairs of
Dooku ’s beard, and in the critical semisecond it takes Jango Fett to aim and fire, I twitch that blade and take Dooku with me into death.

And save the galaxy from civil war.

I could have done it.

I could have done it.

Because I knew .I could feel it.

In the swirl of the Force around me, I could feel the connections Dooku had forged among Jango and the Trade Federation, the Geonosians, the hole Separatist movement: connections of greed and fear, of deception and bald intimidation. I did not know what they were —I did not know how Dooku had forged them, or why —but I felt their power: the power of what I now know is a web of treason he had woven to catch the galaxy.

I could feel that without him to maintain its eave, to repair its flaws and double its thinning strands, the web would rot, would shrivel and decay until a mere breath would shred it and scatter its strings into the infinite stellar winds.

Dooku as the shatterpoint.

I knew it.

That is my gift.

Imagine a Corusca gem: a mineral hose interlocking crystalline structure makes it harder than durasteel. You can strike one with a five-kilo hammer and do no more than dent the hammer ’s face. Yet the same cystalline structure that gives the Corusca strength also gives it shatterpoints: spots here a precise application of carefully measured force —no more than a gentle tap —will break it into pieces. But to find these shatterpoints, to use them to shape the Corusca gem into beauty and utility, requires years of study, an intimate understanding of crystal structure, and rigorous practice to train the hand in the perfect combination of strength and precision to produce the desired cut.

Unless you have a talent like mine.

I can see shatterpoints.

The sense is not sight, but see is the closest word Basic has for it: it is a perception, a feel of how hat I look upon fits into the Force, and how the Force binds it to itself and to everything else. I as six or seven standard years old —well into my training in the Jedi Temple—before I realized that other students, full-grown Jedi Knights, even wise
Masters, could sense such connections only with difficulty, and only with concentration and practice. The Force shows me strengths and weaknesses, hidden flaws and unexpected uses. It shows me vectors of stress that squeeze or stretch, torque or shear; it shows me how patterns of these vectors intersect to form the matrix of reality.

Put simply: when I look at you through the Force, I can see where you break.

I looked at Jango Fett on the sand in the Geonosian arena. A perfect combination of weapons, skills, and the will to use them: an interlocking crystal of killer. The Force hinted a shatterpoint, and I left a headless corpse on the sand. The deadliest man in the galaxy.

Now: just dead.

Situations have shatterpoints, like gems. But those of situations are fluid, ephemeral, appearing for a bare instant, vanishing again to leave no trace of their existence. They are always a function of timing.

There is no such thing as a second chance.

If —when —I next encounter Dooku, he will be the war ’s shatterpoint no longer. I can ’t stop this war with a single death.

But on that day in the Geonosian arena, I could have.

Some days after the battle, Master Yoda had found me in a meditation chamber at the Temple.” Your friend he was,” the ancient Master had said, even as he limped through the door. It is a peculiar gift of Yoda ’s that he always seems to know hat I’m thinking. “Respect you owed him. Even affection. Cut him down you could not —not for merely a feeling.”

But I could have.

I should have.

Our Order prohibits personal attachments for precisely this reason.
Had I not honored him so —even loved him —the galaxy might be at peace right no .Merely a feeling, Yoda said.

I am a Jedi.

I have been trained since birth to trust my feelings.

But which feelings should I trust?

When I faced the choice to kill a former Jedi Master, or to save Kenobi and young Skywalker and the Senator ...I let the Force choose for me. I followed my instincts.

I made the Jedi choice.

And so: Dooku escaped. And so: the galaxy is at war. And so: many of my friends have been slaughtered.

There is no such thing as a second chance.

Strange: Jedi I am, yet I drown in regret for having spared a life.

Many survivors of Geonosis suffer from nightmares. I have heard tale after tale from the Jedi healers ho have counseled them. Nightmares are inevitable; there has not been such a slaughter of Jedi since the Seth War, four thousand years ago. None of them could have imagined how it would feel to stand in that arena, surrounded by the corpses of their friends, in the blazing orange noon and the stench and the blood-soaked sand. I may be the only veteran of Geonosis who doesn’t have nightmares of that place.

Because in my dreams, I always do it right.

My nightmare is hat I find hen I wake up.

Jedi have shatterpoints,too.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best star wars book i have read in a long time. Matthew Stover does a great job in creating new characters like kar vastor and nick rostu but, he also creates a great storyline in this book mainly about Mace Windu. If you are looking for a great book with plenty of detail then you should read Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover if you haven't already.
Joshua Pippin More than 1 year ago
This book could possibly be the best Star Wars book that i have read to date. The author paints you a crystal clear picture of what each scene looked like, and nearly inspired me to write my own book! This is a MUST READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no doubt that Matthew Stover is among the best of writers in scifi, and fantasy, with an eloquent penchant for words. Stover has penned a winner in STAR WARS: SHATTERPOINT, which focuses largely on Jedi Master and General of the Grand Army of the Republic Mace Windu. Jedi Depa Billaba was assigned to Haruun Kal to train citizens to fight the vicious powers-that-be in The Summertime War of the Separatists, the Republic, the innocent and not-so-innocent forces involved. Depa has vanished. Jedi Master Mace Windu is assigned by the Jedi Council to travel to Haruun Kal, his long-ago home world, to find his former Padawan Depa. What Mace finds is not attractive, but deplorable! Has Billaba gone to the dark side? Shatterpoint defined is 'a critical weakness'. It is through finding the avenues of 'weakness' which compel Windu, and the Force. On Haruun Kal, Kar Vastor has been the 'keeper' of Depa, and a force to be reckoned with. Vastor is not a trained Jedi, but, as others on the planet, he is an 'untrained Force user', through instincts provided by nature to inhabitants. The latter is defined further by Stover as, '... they seem to be our reflections in a dark mirror. They rely on instinct; Jedi rely on training. They use anger and aggression as sources of power; our [trained Jedi] power is based on serenity and defense.' Stover's SHATTERPOINT traverses between Mace Windu's first-class writing of journal entries (which are encrypted and become part of the Jedi Archives), alongside the narrative of the story from a general view. Introduced are living creatures the Akks, characters Lesh, Besh, Chalk, and Nick Rostu (a Korunian who becomes Windu's Major, and provides great humor in the story). Mace's humor sets in oft as well, 'Surrender is always made under duress, ... That's why they call it surrender'! Stover does not provide as much dialog as this reader expects in compositions. He does draw out well-written descriptions of the action, battle, and fighting scenes, however lengthy, and at times tiresome. I commend the author for not swaying, but keeping major focus on Mace Windu throughout the story. Stover's ending provides for Depa in an 'other worldly' state, laying in a bacta tank (an opening for a Depa and Mace sequel, perhaps?). Supreme Chancellor Palpatine asks Mace, why does this happen to Jedi? Mace's response is: 'It's war, ... . When every choice you make means death. When saving these innocents means that those innocents must die. ... I'm not sure that any Jedi can survive such choices for long.' In Mace Windu's closing journal entry at book end, he writes, 'Our enemy is the darkness itself... cloud of fear and despair and anguish... poisoning our galaxy. ... As long as Anakin lives, we have hope. No matter how dark it gets, or how lost our cause may seem. ... our new hope for a Jedi future. May the Force be with us all.'
Cathy Forsyth More than 1 year ago
A book only a fan of star wars will like
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite what others have written about this book, I think it is perhaps the best Clone Wars novel yet! Mace is a fascinating character and an extremely powerful Jedi. To know that he developed his own fighting style (Vaapad) that takes a Jedi through the path of the dark side, to know that he was the youngest Jedi ever to be appointed to the Council...beautiful! You don't get much about Mace in the movies, so to fill in the gaps about who he is with this novel was wonderful. I dare say that Mace was a more powerful Jedi than even Anakin, considering that he defeated Palpatine in saber-to-saber fighting and would have killed him had it not been for treachery (I know this doesn't come from 'Shatterpoint' but I stand by my statement). It was brilliant the way the author portrayed the trials that a Jedi must face in adhering to their values, and seeing the difficulties faced by Mace in this one book alone makes him comparable to Luke Skywalker and his trials over the course of numerous novels. You can really feel Stover's martial arts background in every action scene too. Finally, Vastor is a very interesting character, but the ending left me wondering: what did the Emperor do with Vastor after the fall of the Jedi? He could have been made into a powerful ally if turned, but would Vastor have submitted to the 'dark side?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book. I have been waiting for a book all about Mace Windu. This was awesome. A bunch of action. Mr. Stover should consider writing a whole series about Mace.
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Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Shatterpoint displays the more gritty side of the Clone Wars. It's full of deadly new creatures and locations with some pretty great battles. The story revolves around Jedi Master Mace Windu, who's former Padawan Depa Billaba has vanished into the jungles on Haruun Kal; the homeworld Mace barley remembers. Only Billaba's former master knows how to find her and so Mace plunges into a grulling trek through one of the most treacherous jungles in the galaxy in search of his once great pupil. But THIS jungle holds perhaps far more than even a Jedi Master can reckon with. Matthew Stover does a brilliant job of bringing the Clone Wars raging to life with this novel, which also includes his short story "Equipment" (a Clone Wars short story).
ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
This story is about the horrors of war, and it was a pretty good look at that aspect of the Clone Wars. While I never particularly got into the storyline, it was an great book because of the look into the life of Mace Windu. He has a very particular talent in the Force, one that it was great to take a deep look at. This book really fleshes out his character unlike any other book, comic, or film ever did. If you like Mace Windu this is a must read!
Jerambo More than 1 year ago
I once read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, and this book reminded me of Star Wars + HoD. It was a great read adn sent Matthew Stover into the top ranks of my favorite SW aurthors. I only read for school until I came across Darth Maul's book, which sent me reading every novel (in timeline order). This book took an excellent character, who remained a minor character (at the point of the book's release) in the prequels. I found it tieing into the Mace Windu's story in the Dark Horse comic story archs as well. Stover really dove in deep into the issues of the Force adn how close you could get to the dark side without crossing over. I was glad to see Nick in a future Stover SW book. Great story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book soo cool!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shatterpoint is a really entretaining read with a complex plot. It is also very graphic and even crude at some parts. The story overall is good, and it's one of the best SW novel I've read so far.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was good-I guess. Mace was kind of a jerk sometimes; it really disappointed me. I was hoping to get to know him better, and I still hope that's just the author's representation of him and not how he really acts. Also, the dark side of the Force was a major part of this novel, and it got really ominous and icky in some places. Most of the book was bloody, bloody fighting and deaths. It was EXTREMELY graphic. Also, Nick (a secondary character) cursed A LOT. Practically every other sentence. Of course, most of it was made-up Star Wars curses, but it was still quite unsettling at times. If this was a movie, it would DEFINITELY be rated R for language and graphic violence. On the whole, I guess it was good, but the fighting scenes and dark side stuff could have been REALLY toned down. I guess it's 3 1/2 or 4 stars, but NOT 5.
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Im a boba fett fan but if the plots any good ill read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I HATE Mace Windu (Boba Fett!), but the plot of this book was intriguing. Excellent for most people, I'm just a leetle bit biased.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too many deaths
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