This story fills in a lot of holes from the first of the prequels and really fleshed out palpatine, his motivations, and shined a light on how he crawled over everyone to become the Sith Emperor of the galaxy.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book is a must-read for any Star Wars fan a great companion to the films.
highly recommend it. I love origin stories and this is a great one.
I just finished listening to this book and I can't wait to listen again just to catch everything I may have missed. It is clear that James Luceno has a superb understanding of the Star Wars universe, which he uses to add tremendous depth and life to the story of Darth Plagueis, Palpatine, and a number of other well-known characters. Davis' narration enriched the story, and franchise music and sound effects made this production a must-have for die hard Star Wars fans. More politics than action, this is a story to enhance the background rather than carry the saga forward. Nevertheless, content from Darth Plagueis will prove valuable and enticing as the series moves forward.
Stories like this make you think what could have been the first three episodes this was a great story
Very entertaining book. I liked how it was so connected to the prequels. I'm pretty sure it's not canon anymore but it still fits into the existing storyline and I enjoyed it a lot.
Just do it. This should have been episode 1.
Backstory on some interesting characters.
Everything. I cant complain about anything of his performance.
James Lucerne clearly loves Star Wars. He loves it so much, he felt he had to write a story that closes the many open loops and plot holes presented in "The Phantom Menace." The book does a nice job of providing background and detail to the muddled story Lucas told. This doesn't perfectly address each story line, neither does it overcome some of the dull characters of the prequels, but it certainly helps. Do I now care about intergalactic tariffs and trade zones? No. Do I sympathize with the tedious banking clan or techno-union? Also no. At least I now see what motivated the story. I also got background on key Jedi and Sith masters and their motivations. A worthy read. Also a great audible performance.