Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic...and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.
The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba, Mace's former Padawan and fellow Council member, to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre - a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle...a recording in Depa's own voice.
Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.
Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy and into his own heritage. He will leave behind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid when keepers of the peace are forced to make war.
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"Close your eyes, and there is Mace Windu (portrayed on the silver screen by Samuel L. Jackson). Narrator Jonathan Davis's voice is perfect, and behind him are the first-class special effects and music that characterize most Star Wars audiobooks. Even better, the writing is also first-class - this is a descent into the heart of darkness for one of the most powerful Jedi masters, who in Stover's hands comes alive with the complexity of a spiritual and physical man". (AudioFile)
It is not the best SW novel out there, but definatly in the top 10.
The obvious choice is Mace Wundu, but I would have to say, Nick. Nick is a Korran rebel that aids Mace for most of the book. Quick witted, and a deceptivly capable fighter, Nick is far from the "dopey sidekick".
Facinating look into the tortured soul of a Jedi consumed by the dark side? No. Rip-roaring adventure of an incredibly powerful Jedi in no danger whatsoever of being consumed? Here and there but not really. An intriguing premise and a great character are both wasted in this story. Mace Windu is one of the two most powerful Jedi of his time. It will be nice to read a story where the author is unashamed of reveling in that awesomeness instead of apologizing for it by repeatedly humiliating him. What the author should apologize for is the Jungle Jedi. Yes, ignorant, animalistic force users who are supposedly his kin are the actual main characters of the story. Mace is the good Jedi. Enough said.
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