I really like this title. I'm not into the MMORPG but THis story was great! Apparently each character represents a type of character you can be in the game. They must have come to Sean Williams and said " Make a book with all these characters in it ... and he did.
All the motivations were believable and totally relateable to real life in some way. The Sith, the Jedi, the Republic Army, the Imperials ... it's all there and every character is believable and has a definite stake in the outcome of the story.
The hex battle and the invasion at the end were just great adrenaline moments and made me want to listen again. I don't think they'd be as powerful if you just read it. Anything with a space-jump in it is OK in my book. And the Apprentice Swap part would have mad a good reality TV show.
This is a great book to jump on to if you don't know much EU history and hate the prequels. It is a stand-alone story that only requires you to know what the force is and what lightsabers do. You can just listen and learn and enjoy the ride.
Marc Thompson of course did a great job of making all the characters discernable and separate. I can't get enough of this guys narration, and aside from Daniel Davis I'm not sure anyone else should be allowed to do it.
Marc Thompson, the music and sound effects always add something to it. I read the ebook before so I'd forgotten most of what I read.
I'll always be a Luke/Leia/Han/Lando fan, but Jag is becoming Cool and Jaina is rising to prominence. Interestingly enough, the young versions of the rogues and the Darkmeld folks are in "Scoundrels" and having just read that book and then listening to this one was quite a rewarding thing.
The sending off scene where everyone says good bye to Luke. Choked up. Just sayin.
Didn't laugh or cry, but I did get that guttural response to injustice. That "are you kidding me?" feeling when the Jedi are getting persecuted. That is different for a SW book! This is not for the Happy-story-only crowd.
SW books is like reading about people I grew up with. Sounds sappy but that's why I keep coming back.
Face - because he sounded like Captain Kirk
Marc's vocal inflections really sold the levity in the book. I started reading it an then listened a little and it was a totally different feel. So much of Star Wars is so serious and emotional, that I started the reading with the same approach. It's a good thing that I tried the Whispersync thing for audio! I've never been interested in anything rogue Squadron but I really like Marc Thompson, so I tried it. I glad because I was laughing out loud a lot. Now when I go back someday and read it, I'll know what the mood of the book is lighter.
This book is like reading/listening to NCIS LA, The A Team, Sneakers (the movie), Mission impossible and GI Joe. It's very entertaining and of course doesn't take itself too seriously. Let me tell yo just this, the main character is a Gamorrean who speaks English and has been modified by experiments so he has a genius intellect and also can dance like a Chippendale. There, nuff said? I don't think there is a real lightsaber in the whole book. You'd have to know some things about the FOTJ series to totally get the plot though, the Lecersen conspiracy for instance, and the overall EU historical context.
Dark, Emotional, Suspenseful
Star Wars Crosscurrent
Not very many to choose from. There was a really evil guy, a underdog hero, and a headstrong female jedi. He could have replaced Darth anybody, Jag and Jaina for the Character voices and I would have been happy. All the ones that were radically out of the norm were some of the incidental side characters.
Decieved. He he.
Kemp is really good at the good-guy-getting-chased-by-bad-guy-while-trying-to-accomplish-a-mission. There's an obvious challenge and a hidden danger constantly on the approach...and then worlds collide. In PSK's books are definitely grey as opposed to having a black and white, good and evil struggle. The "dark hero" of this book has too much light him and does un-sith-like things to accomplish his goal. The 'good guys' in the book are either doing the wrong thing for the right reason or just totally forsaking what they've been taught to avenge the teacher. The endings are usually happy but tainted somehow. After reading or listening to this book, you'll be asking yourself "What would I have done?"
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