In a shocking move, Chief of State Natasi Daala orders the arrest of Luke Skywalker for failing to prevent Jacen Solo's turn to the dark side and his subsequent reign of terror as a Sith Lord. But it's only the first blow in an anti-Jedi backlash fueled by a hostile government and suspicious public. When Jedi Knight Valin Horn, scion of a politically influential family, suffers a mysterious psychotic break and becomes a dangerous fugitive, the Jedi become the target of a media-driven witch hunt. Facing conviction on the damning charges, Luke must strike a bargain with the calculating Daala: his freedom in exchange for his exile from Coruscant and from the Jedi Order.
Though forbidden to intervene in Jedi affairs, Luke is determined to keep history from being repeated. With his son, Ben, at his side, Luke sets out to unravel the shocking truth behind Jacen Solo's corruption and downfall. But the secrets he uncovers among the enigmatic Force mystics of the distant world Dorin may bring his quest and life as he knows it to a sudden end. And all the while, another Jedi Knight, consumed by the same madness as Valin Horn, is headed for Coruscant on a fearsome mission that could doom the Jedi Order and devastate the entire galaxy.
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Yes, it was worth the listen and I am looking for ward to Book2
Mark Thomson, for me,has become the voice of Star Wars. Since there were no real high or lows tat come to mind I will credit him with another good performance.
Yes and as always, well done.
I hate spiders. You will understand if you hear it.
Buying book 2 now.
1st book is set up & ok. The series as a hole is surpurb. A must read for action adventure fans. Talks alot about the Force & has the best fight scens :]
Glad to finally see unabridged books from star wars. Would love to see them go back and redo all the abridged books and make unabridged versions. This is a good start to the series and another great job by Marc Thompson.
Love reading, Love listening, Love learning.
This series captivated the imagination and senses that caused me to first enjoy Star Wars epics originally. I thouroughly enjoyed the entire series. Thank you.
I enjoyed getting to know several characters and the many different relationships of each.
I suppose one of my favorite characters is Vestara Khai
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.
It has been a long time since I read Start Wars books, but I was looking for a relatively simple and short story with a lot of action, and this did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the the voices (pretty close to the voices in the movies) and the background music and sound effects were pretty cool. I enjoyed Han's irony, Luke's calmness, and Lando's smoothness.
Perhaps one of the best things about this book is that it makes you want to read the next book.
Unless it pays off in later books, the Lando/Kessel storyline didn't interest me much.
I would have lost the Kessel story arc, unless it pays off in later books, it was only a device to keep Han and Leia in the book.
No I haven't listened to him before that I know of.
Only because it was Star Wars, yes, but otherwise, I would wait until DVD.
From what I have read, the Fate of the Jedi series gets very good, but this is only a mediocre outing. I honestly got bored at a few points. I do like the production that goes into the Star Wars books, and Thompson's performance was good, along with certain elements of the storyline (Luke and Ben's "investigation") so that alone is worth the cost if you are a Star Wars fan and want to start off from the beginning of this series.
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I am of the original Star Wars generation. I remember seeing Episode IV, A New Hope in a drive-in theater. Princess Leia was probably my first crush. My little brother and I sat on the roof of the family station wagon while my parents stayed in the car.
Marc Thompson brings this story to life. At the age of 42, I find myself crushing on Leia all over again as Marc conjures up images of her deflecting blaster bolts with a whirling light-saber and reaching out to grab bad guys with The Force to hurl them back.
I'm currently torn between finishing the Fate of The Jedi series or first going back and listening to some of the earlier books to get a little of the back story that led up to this one. At this point, there's been at least one galactic war since Episode VI: Return of The Jedi.
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