Star Wars Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Star Wars Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

by Michael Reaves

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For the infamous, power-hungry Sith, beholden to the dark side, the time has come to rise again.
After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.

But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right at the top of Darth Maul’s hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her Knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
This special edition features an all-new Darth Maul short story as well as “Star Wars:® Darth Maul: Saboteur”—both written by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345435415
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Series: Star Wars
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 125,581
Product dimensions: 6.86(w) x 4.10(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman animated television series. He has worked for DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers. Reaves is the New York Times bestselling author of the three Star Wars: Coruscant Nights novels, the co-writer (with Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff) of Star Wars: Shadow Games, and 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.

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Space is the perfect place to hide.

The Neimoidian freighter Saak’ak cruised ponderously in the uncharted deeps of Wild Space. It displayed its colors proudly, its cloaking device disabled, with no fear of detection. Here, parsecs away from the civilized Galactic Core and its surrounding systems, it could safely hide in plain sight. Even the Neimoidians, those past masters of paranoia, felt secure in the vast endless abyss between the disk and one of the spiral arms.

Yet even here the leaders of the Trade Federation could not entirely let go of their natural tendency toward subterfuge. They sought duplicity and guile the way a young grub seeks the safety and warmth of its sleeping niche in the communal hive. The Saak’ak was a good example of this. It was, to all appearances, merely a commercial vessel, its horseshoe shape designed to carry large amounts of cargo. Not until an unwary enemy had come within firing range would the heavy durasteel armor plating, blaster turrets, and military-strength communications arrays become visible.

By which time, of course, it would be too late.

Aboard the Saak’ak’s bridge all was silent save for the muted beeps and chimes of various life-support monitors and the almost inaudible susurrus of the air filtration system. Three figures stood to one side of the huge transparisteel viewport. They wore the flowing robes and mantles of the Neimoidian aristocracy, but their body language, as a fourth figure appeared in their midst, was deferential, if not outright cringing and servile.

The fourth figure was not really there with them in any physical sense. The robed and hooded form was a holograph, a three-dimensional image projected from an unknown source light-years distant. Intangible and immaterial, the mysterious stooped image nevertheless dominated the three Neimoidians. Indeed, they could not have been any more thoroughly cowed had he been physically present with a blaster in each hand.

The figure’s face—what little was visible of it in the shadows of the hood—was grim and unforgiving. The cowled head moved slightly as he looked at each of the Neimoidians in turn. Then the figure spoke, his voice a dry rasp, his tone that of one accustomed to instant obedience.

“There are only three of you.”

The tallest of the three, the one wearing the triple-crested tiara of a viceroy, responded in a stammering voice. “Th-that is true, Lord Sidious.”

“I see you, Gunray, and your lackeys Haako and Dofine. Where is the fourth one? Where is Monchar?”

Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray clasped his hands in front of him in what was not so much a supplicating gesture as an attempt to keep them from nervously wringing each other. He had hoped he would grow used to dealing with the Sith Lord over time, but so far that had not happened. If anything, these meetings with Darth Sidious had become even more gut-twisting and upsetting as the deadline for the embargo grew ever closer. Gunray did not know how his seconds in command, Daultay Dofine and Rune Haako, felt—discussing one’s feelings was anathema in Neimoidian society—but he knew how he felt after each encounter with the Sith Lord. He felt like squirming back into his hive mother’s birth chamber and pulling the cloacal flap in after him.

Especially now. Curse Hath Monchar! Where was the misbegotten rankweed sucker? Not on board the Saak’ak, that much was certain. The ship had been searched from the center sphere to the air locks at the outmost ends of each docking bay arm. Not only was his deputy viceroy nowhere to be found, but a scout vessel with hyperdrive capability was missing, as well. Put these two facts together, and the chances of Viceroy Gunray winding up as fodder for one of the fungus farms back on Neimoidia was beginning to look distressingly good.

The holographic image of Darth Sidious flickered slightly, then regained its none-too-stable resolution. A glitch, most likely caused by some solar flare on a star between here and whatever mysterious world the signal was originating from. Not for the first time Gunray found himself wondering on what world or ship the real Sith was standing, and not for the first time he flinched hastily away from the thought. He didn’t want to know too much about the Neimoidians’ ally in this undertaking. In fact, he wished he could forget what little he already knew. Collaborating with Darth Sidious was about as safe as being trapped in a cave on Tatooine with a hungry krayt dragon.

The hooded face turned to glare directly at him. “Well?” Sidious demanded.

Even as he opened his mouth, Gunray knew that it would be futile to lie. The Sith Lord was a master of the Force, that mysterious and pervasive energy field that, some said, knitted the galaxy together just as surely as did gravity. Sidious might not be able to read another’s inmost thoughts, but he certainly could tell when someone was lying. Even knowing that, however, the Neimoidian could no more stop himself from dissimulating than he could stop his sweat ducts from oozing oily perspiration down the back of his neck.

“He was taken ill, my lord. Too much rich food. He—he has a delicate constitution.” Gunray closed his mouth, keeping his lips firmly pressed together to stop them from trembling. Inwardly he cursed himself. Such a pathetic and obvious prevarication; even a Gamorrean would be able to see through it! He waited for Sidious to command Haako and Dofine to turn on him, to strip him of his vestments and rank. He had no doubt that they would do it. For the Neimoidians, one of the most difficult concepts to understand in the galactic lexicon of Basic was the word loyalty.

However, to his astonishment, Sidious merely nodded instead of showering him with vituperation. “I see. Very well, then—the four of us shall discuss the contingency plans should the trade embargo fail. Monchar can be briefed on them when he recovers.” The Sith Lord continued speaking, describing his plan to hide a large secret army of battle droids in the cargo bays of the trade ships, but Gunray could hardly pay attention to the specifics. He was stunned that his desperate ruse had worked.

The viceroy’s relief was short-lived, however. He knew that at best all he had done was buy some time, and not much of that. When Sidious’s hologram again materialized on the bridge of the Saak’ak he would once more demand to know where Monchar was—and this time he would not accept illness as an excuse.

There were no two ways about it—his errant lieutenant would have to be found, and quickly. But how to do this without arousing Sidious’s suspicions? Gunray felt certain at times that the Sith Lord was somehow able to peer into every compartment, niche, and cubicle on the freighter, that he knew everything, no matter how trivial or inconsequential, that took place on board.

The viceroy silently commanded himself to maintain control. He took advantage of Sidious’s attention being momentarily focused on Haako and Dofine to surreptitiously slip an antistress capsule between his lips. He could feel his lung pods expanding and contracting convulsively within him, on the verge of hyperventilation. An old saying characterized Neimoidians as the only sentient species with an entire organ devoted solely to the task of worrying. As Nute Gunray felt the anxiety that had been momentarily quelled threatening to build up once more in his gut sac, the adage did seem to have an unpleasant ring of truth to it.

Darth Sidious, Master of the Sith, finished relaying his instructions to the Neimoidians and made a slight, almost negligent gesture. Across the room a relay clicked and the holographic transmission ended. The flickering blue-white images of the Neimoidians and the section of their ship’s bridge captured by the split-beam transceivers vanished.

Sidious stood motionless and silent on the transmission grid, his fingers steepled, his mind meditating on the eddies and currents of the Force. Those of lesser sensitivity were oblivious to it, but to him it was like an omnipresent mist, invisible but nonetheless tangible, that swirled and drifted constantly about him. No words, no descriptions could begin to convey what it was like; the only way to understand it was to experience it.

He had learned over long years of study and meditation how to interpret each and every vagary of its restless flow, no matter how slight. Even without that ability, however, he would have known that Nute Gunray was lying about Hath Monchar’s whereabouts. An old joke about the viceroy’s kind summed it up nicely:

How can you tell if a Neimoidian is lying?

His mouth is open.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok this is basicly about a mission maul has to do that he thinks is too easy but ends up more difficult than he thouht. its very good and action packed. and if any one could help me out this the third starwars book i read and i need some help to find some more good ones. the other two were the bane books. i need so action packed starwars books!
StarWarsGamerNerd More than 1 year ago
A few days before the events of Episode I, the Neimoidians in the employment of Darth Sidious come to a terrifying realization - one of their members has disappeared. There was a fourth member of the Neimoidians scheming with Darth Sidious - Hath Monchar, a deputy viceroy who loses his nerve and heads to Coruscant looking to sell the whole sordid tale of Sidious's plans to rule the galaxy (starting with invading Naboo) to the highest bidder. Needless to say, Sidious sends the ultimate hitman to take Hath out before he squeals - Darth Maul. But it won't be as easy as it sounds. For one thing, Jedi Master Anoon Bondara and his Padawan Darsha Assant are cleaning up from Maul's decimation of Black Sun months ago and have stumbled onto his new hunt. Lorn Pavan, a Corellian information broker with a grudge against the Jedi, and his acerbic droid I-Five have also gotten into the mix. It's a cat and mouse game, and Maul is one very hungry cat. The chase takes them through the horrifying depths of Coruscant as well as the seemingly safe upper levels. f you like Darth Maul, then you'll probably like this book. He's in all out action here and we get to see him in top form. One of the cool things about this story is that it introduces a ton of new and interesting characters. There's a smart-mouthed, free thinking droid named I-Five that packs a few interesting features. Then there's Lorn Pavan who has a very good (and interesting) reason for hating the Jedi. I won't spoil it here, but it's a topic I've always wondered about. Then there's the Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant who fails miserably on her first mission. Most of the Jedi we see are heroes who either win the battle or die heroically. This was an interesting twist to see one completely botch a mission and the fear the consequences. And since these aren't core characters, they're totally fair game for being in serious jeopardy or killed. That raises the stakes quite a bit when they face Darth Maul. As much as I loved the new characters in the book, I would have liked to have seen more of Darth Maul. There are often large gaps between his appearances. However, I realize it could be difficult to have him around all the time and keep it interesting. Maul can be a rather flat character if not used sparingly. "THERE IS NO EMOTION THERE IS PEACE THERE IS NO IGNORANCE THE IS KNOWLEDGE THERE IS NO PASSION THERE IS SERENITY THERE NO DEATH THERE IS THE FORCE..... *THAT IS THE JEDI CODE*
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm just now getting into reading books from the expanded universe and this was my first full length Star Wars Novel, (I'd read a few of the Jedi Apprentice Books and they intrigued me to read this). The intense sensations that go through you as you read this are amazing. Every time it the author changes character views, you are already rooting for this person, even though a few seconds ago you may have hated them. An outstanding job that sheds a great deal of light onto the personality of Darth Maul and his complete and utter submission to his lord Sidious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Darth Maul Shadow Hunter is one of the best Star Wars books yet! After books and books focusing on the heros of the saga, the dark side finally makes its appearence. It has somewhat of a complicated plot, but easy enough to follow. The action scenes are some of the best, outranking even the movies in some parts. It may not have a particularly 'happy' outcome, but this book is just what SW fans need
jonwwil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As Darth Sidious prepares to unfold his plans that will lead, eventually, to galactic domination, a treacherous Neimoidian threatens to derail those plans before they can get started. So Sidious unleashes his apprentice, Darth Maul, onto the traitor's trail with orders to obliterate both the Neimoidian and anyone with whom he comes into contact. This includes Lorn Pavan, a downlevel Coruscant hustler who used to work for the Jedi, his droid colleague, and Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant. The three team up in an effort to evade Darth Maul and get the information about Sidious's plans to the Jedi.Given that this book leads into the events of The Phantom Menace, the final outcome is assured. The story is pretty entertaining, though, amounting essentially to one long chase scene with plenty of action and a couple of side stories thrown in (Pavan's animosity toward the Jedi; Obi-Wan Kenobi skirting around the edges and nearly learning of Darth Maul's existence). Darth Maul in the film had a lot of promise as a villain that obviously wasn't realized, but ample evidence of his badassery can be found here.Now, all that being said...this was my second reading of this novel, and I found as I went through it that I had only the vaguest recollection of reading it the first time around. As entertaining as it is, it's eminently forgettable, with no particularly memorable characters or events. I felt like Pavan and Assant were a hollow attempt at recreating the dynamic between Han and Leia in the original trilogy and some of the better novels. But I suppose the real point of this book is for Darth Maul to chop off some heads, and I can't give it any less than an A+ in that regard.
Ti99er on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a decent story about the Sith Lord (Darth Sidious) and his apprentice (Darth Maul) prior to the Clone Wars. It is always interesting to follow characters of the Star Wars series both previous to and following where the movies left off. I am not nearly as impressed with the original trilogy (Clone Wars) as I am with middle three movies of most notoriety (Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi). But one character I truly enjoyed was Darth Maul. I was interested in learning more about him. I didn¿t learn as much about him as I had wished but I still enjoyed the story nonetheless.
Jthierer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A better read than some Star Wars novels, but not anything I'd call a must read. I was interested in reading on just to figure out how the book's central conflict could be resolved without conflicting with what we know from the movies. The plot was well-done and it moved quickly without too much sacrifice of character development.
psalm134_2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good read even though you know the fate of the hero's from the beginning.
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Darth maul is awesome
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Great Maul novel!
GarrettMick More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. It serves as a prequel to Episode I and gives some backstory on Darth Maul and what he was up to immediately prior to The Phantom Menace. I definitely recommend it. It was a very exciting and fast-paced read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book nailed the feel of the movies perfectly. From the introduction featuring a gigantic spaceship to the twist ending. Reaves did a phenomenal job with dialogue and with his style, which was reverent when describing Jedi action and gritty when dealing with the Star Wars galaxy's underbelly. The character of I5YQ is probably his biggest coup. The only downfall I could find was a lack of physical description of the characters that we don't already know. Otherwise, this blows the others I have read to smithereens! Way to go Mike Reaves!
ryan1234500 More than 1 year ago
I read this one some time ago, and I remember it being very action packed, but I can't recall much about the story. It must not have left too much of an impression on me. If you've read Darth Plagueis then you will come across a point in the book where Darth Maul goes on a mission to destroy Black Sun. This is the complete story of that mission. Very action packed and a was probably a very good tie in novel at the time Episode I came out to give people more Darth Maul. Now years later it doesn't add too much to the Star Wars mythos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Darth Deceptious <br> Age: Thirteen <br> Gender: Female <br> Personality: She doesn't like to be in the light, and would rather stick to the shadows, he needs every detail to be perfect if she is doing something, has little regard for other people's feelings, isn't scared off by foes bigger, tougher, or faster than her, yet has an intense fear of spiders of any kind, and she has a strange fondness for plants and animals. <br> Appearance: she has brown hair with blonde highlights and black streaks in it that reaches her waist, observant sky-blue eyes, and she likes to wear long black pants with a matching shirt. She is five feet and six inches tall. <br> Other: Ask <br> If i forgot anything, just ask. <p> ~Deceptious
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book rocks it blows smeyers books outta the water you should check out the darth bane trilogy its the best trilogy since both star wars trilogys
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE STAR WARS. Period. Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn are my fav. Characters. (Yes, i'm a girl) So i accidentaly hit the purchase button. Oh wel, this book was awesome. I would have bought this book weither or not. Darth Maul's an over looked character. He 's got, what, three lines? I was happy to see him have an epic come back when episode one came out in 3D. Now i can actually apreciate being a fan of a minor character. The author does a fantadtic job on this exciting story. Thunbs up! Five stars !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not have great story mode in the book. It did have great death maul story in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best star warsbooks on maul
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best star wars books i have ever read
Johnny3 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it definitely gives you more Maul, since not much is really brought up about him in The Phantom Menace. Great Read for Prequel fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book it has nothing to do with the book but ihave a book call the wrath of darth maul and in the acknoledgement the talk about books and only one is on nook
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