Lockdown: Star Wars (Maul)

Lockdown: Star Wars (Maul)

by Joe Schreiber
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Lockdown: Star Wars (Maul) by Joe Schreiber

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Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.
 
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.
 
Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

Praise for Lockdown
 
“Schreiber . . . was a great choice for this novel, imbuing the story with a dark, foreboding tone while never quite stepping into the horror territories that Death Troopers and Red Harvest took us.”Jedi News
 
“Fans of the dark side should rejoice. Lockdown delivers a can’t-put-this-down tale of scum and villainy.”Club Jade
 
“[Lockdown is] an action-packed ride that spins one entertaining chapter after another. The multiple layers of story keeps readers guessing what will happen next and just who will live and who will die. . . . It certainly adds to the character of Darth Maul while matching [Darth] Plagueis’s complexity with sheer fun. . . . Five out of five metal bikinis.”Roqoo Depot
 
“Somehow, Schreiber is able to skate the line between hard-hitting prison story and the adventure and excitement I love from Star Wars in a way that doesn’t betray either genre. It’s really quite masterful.”Big Shiny Robot
 
Lockdown is an exciting, engaging read. . . . It actually lines up beautifully for a sequel, which I, for one, would love to read.”Coffee with Kenobi
 
“The novel makes The Clone Wars better. It also illuminates The Phantom Menace. I think it’s the hallmark of the best tie-in fiction to resonate throughout other parts of the expanded universe in that way.”Knights’ Archive
 
“By the fiftieth page, I was hooked. . . . Lockdown is a wonderful ‘antihero’ novel, where it’s just fine to root for the villain, because there are even worse things out there. This book was so fun and entertaining. I’ll have to keep an eye out for more Star Wars books from Schreiber.”Seattle Geekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345509031
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Series: Star Wars
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 584,565
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Joe Schreiber is the author of several novels, including Star Wars: Red Harvest, Star Wars: Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, and Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. He was born in Michigan but spent his formative years in Alaska, Wyoming, and Northern California. He lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

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Lockdown: Star Wars (Maul) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I have read every star wars novel written in the timeline I found this disapointing . The other Maul books are better an have more character in them. The character in this does not fit as well. However Maul question his force relationship is good. While fairly well written, attempts to make the story convoluted, just make somewhat confusing. The character who is the most well written is the warden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since its clear that several people haven't read this book and ask how is he still alive and will he be in episode VII and at the risk of them being a troll I have to clear it up for people that might get turned away. This book takes place before Episode I. Typical Schreiber book. Lots of action and great detail on sequences. Won't spoil much. Great fun read in the Star Wars universe.
fearlessfred More than 1 year ago
Very fast moving book with short chapters. Lots of twists and turns that keep you guessing as to what will happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flat characters, disjointed plot lines, hard to follow story. It seems as if the author couldn't decide if they wanted to write a mystery, an adventure, or a story filled with manipulation so they tried them all resulting in a disappointing addition to the Star Wars Universe.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zanehumor86 sorry but I have to differ with you. Maul is my favorite sith aside from darth sidious, and kylo ren if he qaulifys for a sith. Maul is just brute power, but my favorite trait of sidious is how he planned the whole thing like a boss. He's probably the holochess champion of the galaxy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all dimwit Maul did not build himself the robotic legs Mother Sommebody i forgot her name built it for him. Second of all maul did not kill qui qon with ease his legs got cut off remember? Third of all i am pretty sure sidious tortured him with lightning and killed him. Readers decide who is right and post u own choice of whos right refer to me as zanehumor86 bye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meh, expected way better for Maul.
AndrewPCatton More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Joe Schreiber, and his two previous Star Wars contributions, "Death Troopers" and "Red Harvest," are excellent stories, full of gore, frantic panic and zombies. "Maul: Lockdown" is a different book. Based on the mention of Maul having been disappointed at not being a part of the Eriadu summit from James Luceno's "Cloak of Deception," we can assume that this book is perhaps a month or so from the beginning of "Episode I: The Phantom Menace." Maul will still have his adventure in Michael Reeves' "Shadow Hunter," which leads directly into the events of the movie, but this is close. What Joe Schreiber does with this book is three amazing things: 1. Cog Hive Seven, the prison in space, in which inmates are selected to engage in battles, literally reshapes itself for every match, moving prisoners' cells to connect with their competitor. The reshaping and constant twisting and turning of the prison, is, in many ways, the style of the book, which is a constant twist of unpredictable changes. This has always been a strength of Schreiber's: he can create a multi-layered and constantly moving story that leads you up one path and then throws you down another. You think you have things figured out, when suddenly you are left clueless. The mystery and sudden turns are a major success. 2. Darth Maul, Schreiber's first film character to be utilized as the main character of a novel (Han and Chewie were secondary in "Death Troppers"), shines. He is given the physical ability we saw depicted in the first film, but also a keen intelligence and yearning dependence on his master that makes him far more real. Maul wants nothing more than to be involved in the "Grand Plan," the Revenge of the Sith. When Darth Sidious tells him that this mission involves him in that, Maul begins to see the Force in new ways, believing he is destined to participate in certain ways. He even has a possible flirtation with a fallen Jedi - Yes, he shoots her down when she makes her move, but Maul is shown to be tempted. 3. There is tremendous continuity between "Maul: Lockdown", "Darth Plagueis," "Cloak of Deception," and "Death Troopers." In the style of James Luceno, Joe Schreiber has intertwined continuity into a masterful tale that fits just right. This is a skill, and fleshing out the pre-Episode I era is very important in understanding the motivations of the Sith. Plagueis, himself, makes a few appearances, and there are some uncomfortable scenes between he and Darth Sidious in which their trust seems very tenuous. The book was great. Schreiber's violence is intense, but of the three Star Wars novels he has written to date, I would rate this novel as the least gory. There are brutal beatings, bone removals, town flesh, and serious injurious, but these are a part of the story, and not a reason to place this book in the Star Wars: Horror genre. If you want to learn more about Darth Maul, read about Sidious and Plagueis, get some tremendous continuity and action, and be kept guessing, check this out!
Porfinicle More than 1 year ago
I was immediately drawn in, but also wondered if I would be able to stomach the rest of the book. The idea of Darth Maul fighting to the death inside a prison felt like a great idea, but the plot develops into something much more complicated, unfortunately. It started to drag on and on. It became difficult to understand and believe everything that was going on  I appreciated the intent of trying to do something unique in Star Wars literature, but I wanted something a little more simplified and easier to follow.
storyworthtelling More than 1 year ago
This told a large story than I originally thought that it would. Maul gets into a prison and basically wreaks havoc and years the system apart from the inside in order to find a man and create a deal that Darth Sidious wants accomplished. Frankly, I was surprised by the level of Expanded Universe references that this book contained. It melded nicely with James Luceno's Darth Plageious. I thought going in that Lockdown might be scary because Joe Schreiber had written two Star Wars horror novels in the past. I didn't find it scary but it was a bit grotesque at times and in that way more graphic than a normal a Star Wars novel.
ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
This novel was billed as a follow up to Darth Plagueis. There were very few links to that novel and non of them were as amazing as it was. As for what it actually was, it seemed to be a novel designed to show Maul in his pre-Episode-I life to be the same Maul that we came to know in The Clone Wars tv show. A Maul intelligent and cunning enough to orchestrate massive plans and accomplish the impossible. Mix this with tons of prison fight scenes and the obligatory appearance by Jabba the Hutt and you get a book which is an ok read, but nothing as impressive as Darth Plagueis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this author and his take on Star Wars!
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ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
A good story but a little slow for a Star Wars story. One of the things I liked about this novel was that it explored the cool and calculating side of Darth Maul. It showed that he was more than the blunt instrument of his master
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Make sure you read this before darth plaguise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah, no. Wont he ever die?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am first