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Star Wars The Force Unleashed

Star Wars The Force Unleashed

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by Sean Williams

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“The Sith always betray one another. . . . I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.”

The overthrow of the Republic is complete. Absolute power now rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith Lord better known as Emperor Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and


“The Sith always betray one another. . . . I’m sure you’ll learn that soon enough.”

The overthrow of the Republic is complete. Absolute power now rests in the iron fist of Darth Sidious–the cunning Sith Lord better known as Emperor Palpatine. But more remains to be done. Pockets of resistance in the galaxy must still be defeated and missing Jedi accounted for . . . and dealt with. These crucial tasks fall to the Emperor’s ruthless enforcer, Darth Vader, who in turn has groomed a lethal, nameless Sith apprentice to secretly dispatch the last of his masters’ enemies. This acolyte’s journey will take him across the far reaches of the galaxy and test him with shattering revelations that strike at the very heart of all he believes, stirring within him long-forgotten hopes of reclaiming his name . . . and changing his destiny.

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Random House Publishing Group
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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Series
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Chapter 1

The life of Darth Vader’s secret student took a strange and deadly turn the day his Master first spoke of General Rahm Kota.

He’d had no warning that a moment of such significance was approaching. During his nightly meditations, kneeling on the metal floor of his chamber while construction droids built the Executor, unaware of his existence, he had seen no visions in the pure, angry red of the lightsaber that he held like a burning brand in front of his eyes. Although he had stared until the world vanished and the dark side flowed through him in a bloody tide, the future had remained closed.

Nothing, therefore, prepared him for the sudden deviation from the day’s punishing and unpredictable exercises. His Master was not a patient teacher; neither was he a talkative one. He preferred action to debate, just as he preferred recrimination to reward. Never once in all the days they had sparred together, with lightsaber, telekinesis, or suggestion, had the Dark Lord offered a single word of encouragement. And that was as it should be, he knew. A teacher’s job was not to drag a student along a single, well-worn path. Rather it was to let the student forge his or her own way through the forest, intervening only when the student was hopelessly lost and needed to be corrected.

Even on the wrong paths, he knew, lay some wisdom. What didn’t kill him only made him more powerful in the dark side.

And there had been many, many times he had thought he might die . . .

Breathing heavily after a punishing round of blows, lightsaber lowered in submission, he knelt before his Master and prepared for the killing strike. He could feel the wrath radiating from the Dark Lord like heat—a visceral, angry heat that brought out his skin in gooseflesh. For a moment that seemed to stretch for years, all he could hear was the regular, implacable respiration that kept the man inside the mask alive.

“You were weak when I found you.” The voice seemed to come from the far end of a long, deep tunnel. “You should never have survived my training.”

He closed his eyes. He had heard these words before. They were the closest thing to a bedtime story he’d had as a child. The moral he had taken from them was burned into his mind: Learn . . . or die.

Behind his eyelids he pictured again the clean, cleansing heat of the lightsaber. He had brushed his skin against it many times, defying the pain, and taken numerous small wounds while dueling with his Master. He imagined that he knew what the blade would feel like when it struck him down. Part of him longed for it.

The lightsaber drifted so close to his neck that he could smell his hair burning.

“But now, your hatred has become your strength.”

The lightsaber retreated. With a hiss it deactivated.

“At last, the dark side is your ally.”

He didn’t dare nod or look up. What was this? Some new ruse to lure him into overconfidence and failure?

His Master’s next words made his heart trip a beat.

“Rise, my apprentice.”

Apprentice. So he had always thought himself, but never before had it been said aloud! And that strange motion with the lightsaber . . . Could he possibly have just been knighted?

His lightsaber retracted. It was all he could do to balance on knees that felt suddenly made of rubber. The black shape looming over him was unreadable, limned with crimson from the light of the star shining through the wide viewport to their right. Metal, angular, and functional, the space around them was as familiar to him as the scars on the back of his hand, but suddenly, disconcertingly, everything seemed different.

The apprentice kept his eyes up and his voice level.

“What is your will, my Master?”

“You have defeated many of my rivals. Your training is nearly complete. It is time now to face your first true test.”

A roll call of past missions sped through the apprentice’s mind. Lord Vader had instructed him to dispatch numerous enemies within the Empire down the years: spies and thieves, mainly, with the occasional high-ranking traitor as well. He felt only satisfaction at having fulfilled his duty. His victims had brought their fates upon themselves, these vermin that gnawed at the footings of the Empire’s magnificent edifice.

But this was different. He could sense it in more than his Master’s words. Darth Vader wasn’t talking about some low-life smuggler with no awareness at all of the Force. There could be only one foe he was worthy to fight now.

“Your spies have located a Jedi?”

“Yes. General Rahm Kota.” The name meant nothing to the apprentice: just one of many in an archive of unconfirmed Jedi kills. “He is attacking a critical shipyard above Nar Shaddaa. You will destroy him and bring me his lightsaber.”

Excitement filled the apprentice. He had trained and hoped for this moment as long as he could remember. At last it had come. He could never truly call himself a Sith until he had taken the life of one of his Master’s traditional enemies.

“I’ll leave at once, Master.”

He had taken barely a step toward the door when Darth Vader’s irresistible voice stopped him. “The Emperor cannot discover you.”

“As you wish, my Master.”

“Leave no witnesses. Kill everyone aboard, Imperials and insurgents alike.”

The apprentice nodded, keeping his sudden uncertainty carefully clouded.

“Do not fail in this.”

The lightsaber hanging back at his hip was a comforting, reassuring weight. “No, my lord,” he said, back straight and voice firm.

Darth Vader turned away and gripped his hands behind his back. The red sun painted his helmet with lava highlights.

Thus dismissed, his secret apprentice hurried about his latest, darkest duty.

General Rahm Kota.

The name ran through his mind as he hurried through the warren connecting his Master’s secret chambers. They were sparse, functional spaces, consisting of a meditation chamber, a droid workshop, sleeping quarters large enough for one, and a hangar deck. All were on a concealed level of Darth Vader’s flagship, a space long since written out of the floor plans; it would go unnoticed by the future crew.

The Emperor cannot discover you.

Excited though he was by the thought of hunting Jedi, the reminder of the goal his Master allowed him to share was instantly sobering. All his life he had been trained to turn fear into anger, and anger into power. It was no different, he realized, for Darth Vader. Where else could Lord Vader look for increased power than to the Emperor himself? People were either predators or prey. That was one of the most basic rules of life. Together, Darth Vader and his apprentice would ensure that their joint power only increased.

But first he had to survive an encounter with a Jedi. That his Master had found one at liberty was unsurprising. A handful were suspected to have survived the Great Jedi Purge, and none was more adept at finding them than Darth Vader. The dark side infiltrated every corner of the galaxy; nothing could remain hidden from it forever. Perhaps one day, the apprentice thought, he, too, could seek out his enemies by their thoughts and feelings alone, but like the visions of the future that were closed to him, that ability remained elusive. He had never met a Jedi. Their natures were mysterious to him.

Their history, however, was not. His Master set no lesson plans or written examinations, but Darth Vader did give him access to records surviving from the Republic and the Order he had helped unseat from its position of undeserved privilege. The apprentice had devoted himself to the study, understanding that knowledge of his enemy might mean the difference one day between life and death.

General Rahm Kota.

The name still brought forth no details of combat styles, character, or last sightings from his memory. He would access the records when he reached the Rogue Shadow. There would be time to research on the journey to Nar Shaddaa. If he dug deeply enough, he might find some small detail that would give him an edge when he most needed one. That was the only preparation he required.

Entering the hangar bay, he wound his way through the familiar maze of crates, weapons racks, and starfighter parts. The ambient lighting was dim, with shadows pooling in every corner. The air tasted of metal and ozone—a sharp stink that had by now become very familiar. For some, the underbelly of a Star Destroyer might have seemed a strange place to grow up, but for him it was a comfort to be surrounded by such unambiguous symbols of technological and political power. Ships like these had patrolled the trade lanes of the galaxy for years. They had put down insurrections and quashed resistance around hundreds of worlds. Where else would a Sith apprentice live and learn?

Kill everyone aboard, Imperials and insurgents alike. Leave no witnesses.

Even as he mulled over this new development, a familiar snap-hiss sounded to his right and a glowing blue-white blade sprang into life in a dark corner of the hangar. A brown-robed figure ran forward, weapon raised.

Instantly in a fighting crouch, the apprentice brought his own blade up to block the blow, teeth bared in a delighted snarl.

He and his adversary held the pose for a bare second, lightsabers locked across their chests. The apprentice quickly sized up the being who had attacked him. Human male, fair-haired and bearded, with calm, serious eyes and a firm set to his jaw. Anyone within living memory of the Clone Wars—or possessing free access to the Jedi Archives—would have recognized him immediately.

Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, High General of the Galactic Republic and master of the Soresu form of lightsaber combat, slid his deadly blade down and to the right, ducking at the same time to avoid the inevitable countersweep. Sparks flew as the apprentice Force-leapt high into the air and landed with perfect agility on top of a stack of crates. He reached out with his cupped left hand and swept a metal tool kit across the hangar bay, toward his opponent’s head. Kenobi ducked and leapt up after him, deflecting a flurry of blows that would have left an ordinary man in pieces, then responding with a sweep of his own that sent the apprentice dodging backward, jumping from one stack to another in temporary retreat.

So the duel proceeded for almost a minute, with Kenobi and the apprentice dancing like acrobatic Gados from stack to stack, lightsabers spinning and clashing, racks and tools turned into temporary weapons as they hurled themselves from one to the other. The racket was enormous, and the threat very real. Kenobi slashed a new rip in the sleeve of the apprentice’s combat suit with a move that would have taken his arm off at the elbow had he not moved in time. Twice he felt rather than saw the Jedi’s blade sweep over his head.

The apprentice wasn’t afraid of dying. His only fear was of failing his Master, and that fear he put to good use. The dark side rushed through him, made him strong and resilient. He felt more powerful than he ever had before.

Vader was sending him to hunt one of his old foes—and how better to warm up for the mission than by killing the man who had once been among the most famous Jedi in the galaxy?

Alive with murderous intent, the apprentice rushed forward, his red blade swinging, to finish the job.

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Sean Williams was born in the dry flatlands of South Australia. He still lives there with his family, forty years later, and has no plans to move anytime soon. Author of more than sixty published short stories and twenty-nine novels for readers of all ages, he has been published around the world in numerous languages, online, and in spoken-word editions. He is a judge for the Writers of the Future contest, which he won in 1993. He is also a multiple winner of Australia’s speculative fiction awards and recently received both the Ditmar and the Aurealis for The Crooked Letter, marking the first time in the history of the awards that a fantasy novel has won both.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a really big reader. I read books here and there, but nothing on a regular basis. But this title really caught my eye. I first noticed it when I seen the video game. I was hooked as soon as I seen it. Then I found out out there was going to be a book. I got it the first day it arrived and could not put it down. It explains everything that happened between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. It shows how Darth Vador really struggled with himself what happened to the last of the Jedi Knights from Order 66 how the Death Star was created and the birth of the Rebel Alliance. I recomend this to anyone that is a Star Wars fan...old and new. This will explain alot of the Star Wars universe that was left blank in the movies. This is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book seriously is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The chaos of war throughout the galaxy is no more as the Republic and its Jedi Knights are history and ironically so is their Separatist opponents who while destroying the Republic destroyed their movement too. However there is no power vacuum as the diabolically brilliant Darth Sidious has played the sides against each other and has come through as the only central power left declaring himself the Emperor Palpatine. However this sly dictator knows others out there want to dethrone him either out of a thirst for freedom or the more dangerous group that want to replace him. He plans to rule with an iron fist forever so must eliminate the cancers that remain in revolt even those that are microscopic. The Emperor assigns his top assistant, the equally vicious Darth Vader, who Palatine brought into the dark side with him, to destroy the remaining resistance. Vader has groomed a student for years for a deadly enforcer role. This Sith student knows one thing: to kill Vader¿s foes, who are defined as those opposing the Emperor. This student of Vader must first kill the remaining Jedi who failed to turn dark. However, this Apprentice has one flaw of light in an otherwise totally dark existence. He must choose between his mentor father figure Vader or the flickering light of hope he feels when he thinks of Juno Eclipse who hopes to hear his long lost name from her lips. --- THE FORCE UNLEASHED is an exciting novelization of the video game though at times falls into the trap of feeling like a game. The Apprentice is a fascinating prime player who knows only loyalty and death as everything else has been programmed out of him by his fatherly mentor. His trek to eliminate resistance takes the audience on journeys to fascinating worlds especially that of the Wookiee. Fans will relish his escapades as this seemingly emotionless killing machine suddenly has feelings for a woman, but will his training or his heart rule his mind? --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heard about this video game and I wanted to get it, but that was before I got a Wii. Now I have a Wii, but that's another story. I got this book around May of 2011 and could not put it down! Sean writes great action, and there's no doubt that I'm gonna buy the second one very soon! Awesome job Sean!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the game not read the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down.It captured me and would not let me go
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sean williams is a amazing star wars author. I would buy this book if i were you. Star wars the force unleashed is a awesome book to read.
madieraman More than 1 year ago
This book was non stop action from beginning to end! Following the turmoil of a powerful Sith Apprentice from betrayal, to revenge, to an internal struggle with the dark and light sides of the force. I highly recommend this book!
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
It is a good concept to have an anti-hero in the Star Wars Universe. Starkiller takes on the good guys as well as the bad guys. It fits well between the prequels and the original trilogy
Townsaver More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. The characters are great (especially PROXY) and the overall plot is good. The story takes place in between Episode III: REVENGE OF THE SITH and Episode IV: A NEW HOPE. Darth Vader, during his time hunting down the last of the Jedi, discovered a boy with great force powers. He took the boy and began training him as his secret apprentice hoping one day he will help him overthrow the Emperor. Giving him the code name "Starkiller", a droid named PROXY, a ship, and a pilot named Juno Eclipse; Vader sends the apprentice to hunt down a Jedi General named Kota. This mission begins a journey in which Starkiller will discover his origins, his name, and his destiny. But is his destiny to help save the galaxy or embrace the dark side of the Force? I have not played the video game but after reading this book I really want to. This book is very good for fans of the video game and Star Wars fans in general. I give it a 9/10. May the Force be with you!
1wolffan More than 1 year ago
This is an action-packed canonical novel in the Star Wars extended universe. It's the detailed story behind the forming of the Rebel Alliance. One of the coolest parts is how over-the-top the force abilities were. This book explores some of the limits of The Force, and shows what happens when said limits are pushed. All in all; it's a good, action-packed, drama that is fun to read, and imagine. The Star Wars universe may never be the same.
coral68 More than 1 year ago
It is a very interesting book with a lot of action. Just a splash of romance too. A Great gift for Star Wars Fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
another layer added to the star wars universe
AnakinFanatic More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of Vader's Apprentice and follows the same path as the video game. However, the book features more details than the game. For those who enjoyed the game, the book is a good read. For those who have not played the game, the book's graceful storyline will keep you entertained. It is a must-read for any Star Wars fan.
Longhorns-Bama More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book for my son who is a huge fan. He really enjoyed it and felt it gave him a deeper understanding of the whole series.
BDbksllr More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few times that a Star Wars novel lacks the luster to be included. Great as a novelization of the game but could have been done as a better stand alone arch.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Video games good . So the book should .
Charizard More than 1 year ago
It's a feast of Star Wars in all its nonsensical glory (a spoiler-free review) This is one of the more unique Star Wars novels on the market, as part of the intense marketing blitz surrounding the much-hyped video game from 2008. Filling a hole in both the Star Wars timeline and in the real-world Star Wars media, the Force Unleashed fit nicely as something we Star Wars fans were craving in its original context. Despite being extremely excited for the game and the story concept back around the time of its original release, I never had the opportunity to play the game for more than an hour or so. Years later, I finally grabbed a copy of the novel and was pleasantly surprised. The novelization of the Force Unleashed is by no means the most well-written Star Wars book I’ve ever digested. But for me, that didn’t matter. This book is a perfect example of the enjoyable content the old Expanded Universe, now Legends, has to offer: Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, a lovable droid hell-bent on assassinating its master and helping him train by transforming into many fan-favorite Jedi and Sith of old for the purpose of a good-old-fashioned lightsaber-fight, a fully fleshed-out starship, compelling companions, Sarlaac pits, lively planets, and nostalgia galore! If you like Star Wars at all, this is a fun read. You don’t necessarily need to have a rich knowledge of the Expanded Universe to enjoy it, either. I have a fair share of criticisms with both the content and writing of this book, but found myself simply smiling, setting them aside, and saying, “sure, why not?” With that in mind, this was a book I’m glad I picked up, and hope to give the game a long-awaited play-through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an action-packed book and much better than the 2nd Force Unleashed.This is an excellent addition to the Star Wars universe.It is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome seat of the pants adventure also drive to gamestop and buy game
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was awsome
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book then play the game
Short74656 More than 1 year ago
Good story. Translates very well from the game. Highly recommended