Quite an amazing listen and definitely not what I was expecting. Paul S Kemp does it again with spades! Vader finally being explored more in the new Star Wars Canon in a true delight to read!
Great characters both flawed and not interact well together and for like puzzle pieces!
It's a small moment, really nothing, but just before Tarkin meets Darth Vader in the book, when Tarkin and Mas Amedda are entering the elevator and Amedda tells Tarkin that they're descending to meet Vader.
The way the Imperial march ques in at that moment gave me goose bumps!
Yes, Mostly his Halo performances and honestly I believe he is leaps and bounds better in Tarkin, than he was in the Halo books.
A really interesting book. My favorite of the new Star Wars Canon and very interesting to just listen to and examine. Tarkin's past is such a fun topic, and his experiences were so brutal and taxing that you WILL feel sorry for him.
This book is a different layout than Darth Plagueis, James Luceno's other, recent, SW work. Whereas Plagueis takes place over the course of decades, Tarkin is more of a single adventure, bringing back some of what you love about the Original Trilogy films.
Luceno knows how to write Sith, and in those instances were that becomes important, It's an amazing thing to listen to!
Definitely a must read for SW fans and by far a step up from A New Dawn!
The Final Showdown.
... The-The Final Showdown.
I've listened to most of Johnathan Davis' Star Wars novels and each and every time they get better and better.
It made me... tear up at the end. But I wasn't balling... seriously... I wasn't...
"And so, it ends. A valiant effort, but ultimately futile."
And so Darth Bane, Master of the Darth Side and creator of the Order of the Sith must face his apprentice in the long awaited duel between master and student.
Now, I must say, this is my least favorite of the trilogy. Not simply because of the ending, which just made me sad, but because the story wasn't as compelling as the previous two. I didn't feel as hyped as I did for the previous two.
That said, man i felt for Bane in this one. He's approaching his elder years with spasms in his hand and aches in his back. On top of this, his apprentice is concerning him. Weather or not she will truly be worthy as the next Sith Master.
Zannah is concerned that her long time Master is backing down from his Order, willing to survive as long as possible, placing the Order of the Sith Lords and the Grand Plan at risk. In truth, both are wrong.
Again we get treated to an array of Characters all converging for one, climactic duel for Sith supremacy. An Iktochi assassin, a former Sith sniper, a princess, and a Dark Jedi, all heading for an inevitable convergence with two of the most powerful beings in the galaxy's history.
Yes, this is the end. And I must say, a worthy one. While not my favorite, this book is still magnificent and shows the truth of the Rule of Two. Again, I beg all who like, love, adore or are indifferent of SW to listen to the hole series. What a ride, guys.
The why it drew you in to the story. It made you feel apart of the action in a certain way that not a tone of books do.
It's characters. While one particular character felt like cardboard to me, all others were pure originality.
Huh... I was going to type Darth Bane but to be honest, I can't say. They're all so intense and interesting to hear that I'm finding it hard to choose.
"The Dark Is Patient" Working off of the Revenge of the Sith's novelization theme of 'The Dark'.
Wow. This book continues the Story of Darth Bane into the era of silence, as I call it. Not quite accurate but it refers to the New Sith Wars and the republic's deafness to the Sith's existence.
Last book we saw the Sith in a war against the Republic and the Army of Light lead by Jedi Lord Hoth. After Bane's masterfully executed plan, one hundred of the Army of Light including Lord Hoth are now dead, as well as the entirety to the Brotherhood of Darkness. Now Bane, the sole surviving Sith Lord, Must train his newly acquired apprentice in the ways of the dark side.
This book brings so much into his character as well as bringing a new character, Darth Zannah. Her character is such an opposite, at first, to Bane's. She is blind to the dark side in the beginning and must be taught of it's nuances. Faded have the ways of the warriors, filled instead with the political sabotage.
To add to this newly established way of warfare, Bane has fallen victim to a symbiotic insect known as Orbalisks, which, incidentally, boosts his power and hatred in combat scenarios as well as becoming a nearly impenetrable wall of armor. Useful for the old ways, not so much the Order of the Sith Lords.
While Bane meditates and attempts to finish an ancient Sith technique, Zannah must conduct their public plots. Yes, there are other characters a Jedi, the Padawan of Lord Hoth, and Zannah's cousin Daravit (Apologies for any misspelling.).
With all this going on in the same book, it seems ridiculous that anyone could keep track of what was going on. But Drew pulls it off in this stunning sequel. My first read through, I was stunned. Listening to it with Johnathan's narration is epic.
I'm begging every SW lover to listen to this, even if you've already red the novel, it's a different experience entirely.
I have no earthly idea.
Yes, but I can't due to my busy schedule.
Great Book, very entertaining, and brings a new light to the destruction of a certain planet and Leia Organa. I love the why they had written the characters Han and Leia, but their interactions seemed... odd and not in the odd way it should; uncomfortable, skirting around these feelings they've got, etc. No this just felt... well odd. Aside from that the characters were well written and the plot was interesting and drew you in but... the narrator isn't perfect.
Now I don't know if it's something to do with vocal depth or not but all of January LaVoy's men sounded like she was doing one of the those random deep voice impressions of someone. Again I'm not sure if it's just me or maybe the Narrator isn't the best choice for a female narrator but I don't see Marc's or Johnathan's female characters as those random high voiced interpretations. Maybe it's harder to make a deeper voice than a higher voice? I'm not sure.
In the end, though, i had fun with this book, it was interesting, it drew me in, and the overarching story was once you reach the end ties together. I will suggest this to any and all Star Wars fans!
Marc Thompson... Duh.
(SPOILERS!) The reveal of Thrawn... Wait What?!
I've listened to nearly all of his SW works and they just keep getting better and better, refining his skills.
Nah, I don't normally get moved to books, films, or shows. Just the way I am.
I loved this, Timothy Zahn has and continues to make the definitive SW novels. If i was forced to choose between one of his works and what George says to be cannon, I'd pick Zahn's. Yeah, I love his works.
Marc continues to bring it all together in a glorious Star Wars audio experience. His voices are nearly perfect, Thrawn's voice still gives me the chills and Luke's voice isn't quite as mature as it is in the FOTJ novels but much more mature then it was in, say, Allegiance.
This book is much more of a complicated intrigue story and political maneuvering (Not nearly the extent of something like Plagueis though.) than Zahn's typical classic Star Wars action. That is not a bad thing at all! It shows that he can do more, though I don't necessarily think he needs to. It's about mystery, surprise, anticipation, and more mystery.
I have read these novels, but the Audio is just so much more! It's a completely different medium and has it's own draw backs and pluses. There are novels that I would suggest listening on audio first (Death Troopers being one.) and then there are novels that don't change very much. This is one.
The last time I read it was while ago but i don't remember much seeming different in the Audio than the physical.
Not really, Not that it isn't a fun listen once, but unless I decide to listen to the rest of the series, probably not.
Blah. The end feels rushed. Not like he tried to put too much in a small space but like there isn't enough. There are specific things i wished he had addressed as for the ending and this is my main problem with it which i will explain more on in the Additional Comments.
Ender, honestly. I just liked the way he sounded, idk any other way to explain it.
Seriously? Would 'This Is Not A Game' work?
So, i know i'm probably going to be crucified for this but, i just didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped.
(SPOILERS) The end was the part that fell apart for me. When Ender beat the last 'game' in Command School and Mazer Rackham said "You you just won the war!" (I'm paraphrasing) IT felt like a cop out to me. BUT hold on! Not the basic idea, more the execution. The idea is interesting and surprising. While it was surprising, it didn't feel as powerful as it should have. I really can't explain it well. To me it was just to 'BLAH'. I.. hmm, i was just to not concerned i guess.
Then the human war happened after the Bugger threat was gone, cool right?! WRONG we got to see zip of that war, we've had Bean's perspective of things and could have through some of the war, but no, all we got was Ender's rehab. Huh?
No, i know that the story was originally a Short Story and i am impressed at the way Orson Scott Card turned it into a full on novel. But the end, like I said, it felt rushed and I feel I would have enjoyed the Short Story more than the novel.
I know, I Know! Crucify, Crucify!!!! But I'm just being honest and feel this doesn't quite live up to the hype
Terrifying, compelling, tragic
Not a lot if i'm honest. Mostly the only thing you experience that you wouldn't if you read it is the sound effects. The Zombie screams, their munching on human and alien flesh.. very thrilling.
No, BUT not for the reason you may think. I find it very difficult to read/listen to horror thriller books in one sitting. It's a personal thing.
This book is what it says it is; a thrilling tail of folks on a prison ship that go onto a derelict Star Destroyer and find zombles.
Now, that said, it doesn't mean it's that great of a book in general. But what it does mean is that it's a good book. the reason i've read for people disliking this book was 1) The reason behind the zombie apocalypse, to which i say: Its damn sight better then medichlorians . 2) the story was uneven and I will give them that. It is uneven at certain parts.
There was this guy in Canada (you can find his review somewhere below) that said he didn't like the background noise..... a couple things with that (i will resort to the number system again.) 1) Star Wars books have sound affects, it's their staple. 2) In this kind of a book it makes it even more frightening. I'm sure that if i read this i wouldn't find it in the least bit scary without the zombie screams getting loader and loader, yet never overpowering the narrator.
Stormtrooper zombies are awesome, in fact this book reminded me of Dead Space and that is a great game series (Excluding 3). It's horrifying, it's thrilling, it's gory, and it has zombies/necromorphs.
(SPOILER.) For those who have listened to the book may i just say my personal most scary moment was the Imperial officers in the shuttle. Surrounded by these ravenous, hunger filled monsters, they surrender their humanity and turn into zombies themselves. Just... *shiver*.
It's compelling, fun, and bring you back to what Star Wars was before the Prequels!
Grand Admiral Thrawn! he's my favorite EU character of all time.
He's smart, interesting, and has so much going for him. He's the Palpatine of the non-force-users.
It will always be Han. Just awesome.
I don't get moved by Films (with the exception of Act of Valor), Books, etc.
This was my favorite Star Wars book since the moment I read it for the first time. In the Star Wars cannon the films can overwrite any EU materiel, I loved this this book so much that I categorize any thing else that may contradict this novel as non-cannon.
Anyways after This was released i had to listen to it and Marc does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. If you say your a Star Wars fan then read/listen to this! That's an Order!
top 5, as I mostly listen to Star Wars novels.
LaRone. He and the "Hand of Judgment" was my favorite part of the story.
If not him then Mara Jade, her arrogance is what pushes her to second because she hasn't earned her arrogance like, for instance, Vader.... Man if he were in the book as a core character he would be first cause.... Darth Vader!
It's a tie between two scenes.
1) After LaRone wastes (more like takes out the garbage.) the ISB officer.
2) On board the Executor when Mara and Vader have there... discussion.
Timothy Zahn always hits home runs with his Star Wars novels and he did it again. The only issue with this book is...... It's to short. I wanted more, i did read 'Choices of One' before i listened to this but i still wanted more. I also wanted more Vader but i completely understand him being a small cameo-esk character.
I believe this is Marc's first attempt at Vader but you couldn't tell as it's flawless. Its really difficult to capture James Earl Jones's voice without James Earl Jones.
Marc is second only to Johnathan Davis when it comes to voice actors of Vader, he surpasses him in every other Voice especially Luke's. I've been listening to Marc's Grand Master Luke for so long and his young Luke seems a perfect mix of Ben's and Luke's voices.
Great book, Great narrator, Great story, i'm amazed by this book. However my Favorite Timothy Zahn novel will forever be 'Heir to the Empire'. i guess i'm bias that way.
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