Once again, as with book one of the series, the performance of this audio book nearly derails the story. The voicing of certain characters is cartoonish at best and incredibly annoying at worst. The most annoying award goes to Alana Solo, who comes off sounding like the spoiled brat grandchild of Han and Leia. Coming in at a close second is Ben Skywalker. To portray him as this very clich?d sounding 16 year denies his position as a Jedi Knight and his life's experiences. Perhaps the writing is to blame for that as well, but young Skywalker comes across sounding like some kid who is annoyed that he can't go out skateboarding.
The story in these first two books has hooked me and makes up (mostly) for the performance. This book even more so than the first. The newest parallel story line introduced here (where the book gets "Omen" from) is so intriguing that I wish a book was written solely on that story. None the less, I look forward to this series continuing.
Note to the authors of Star Wars fiction: Please, for the sake of all things good, enough is enough with these not-so-subtle and pointless references to the movies. It is a cheap, almost cynical way to hook the readers. I think that it undermines your abilities as authors. Surely you can create asides or references or conversations that do not require such a crutch. Please, make it stop.
I was luke-warm on this series after listening to Outcast, but gave Omen a chance. Very glad I did. Once again, Marc Thompson gave an outstanding performance, and you can easily imagine the characters that you know and love. The production values (sfx and music) nicely enhanced the story telling, as well. The story itself was a lot more like an investigative mystery than Outcast and nicely built on the foundation it laid.
The story line
That the Jedi continue to be naive about the sith. The sith will always be around forever. There would be no Jedi without the Sith