After years of waiting in the shadows, Darth Sidious is taking the first step in his master plan to bring the Republic to its knees. Key to his scheme are the Neimoidians of the Trade Federation. Then one of his Neimoidian contacts disappears, and Sidious does not need his Force-honed instincts to suspect betrayal. He orders his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt the traitor down.
But he is too late. The secret has already passed into the hands of information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him right on the top of Darth Maul's hit list. Then, in the labyrinthine alleyways and sewers of Coruscant, capital city of the Republic, Lorn crosses paths with Darsha Assant, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her knighthood. Now the future of the Republic depends on Darsha and Lorn. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man, stranger to the powerful ways of the Force, hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
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"Full of lightsaber battles, the Jedi philosophy, and lots of new life forms." (Chicago Sun-Times)
"Reaves writes with a creative flair, allowing readers to experience an almost cinematic sensation as they move through the story. The language is colorful, the action scenes are dynamic, and the dialogue is realistic." (Winston-Salem Journal)
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Simply put, the effects were horrible...this is Star Wars, and sound boards for it are a dime a dozen, so I was more than a little shocked by the production value...A dirt bike putt-putt sound for speeder bikes? REALLY!? I was honestly unable to immerse myself in this a-book because I kept listening for all of the missused sound effects.
The story in Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is interesting because it explores Coruscant's lower levels in a way that has not been done yet. The story moved along nicely, and Maul's capabilities in skills other than lightsaber combat are exposed to a decent degree.
The narrator, Michael Cumpsty, breathed live into the characters, and delivered the goods in an otherwise mediocre to shooddy Star Wars Production. Michael was able to emote all of the character well, the rogue was rough, Maul was focused and sinister, and the Jedi Padawan character sounded uncertain of her skill, and Jedi-like in her approach to the problems at hand.
This book was worth the time and money if you have credits to burn...if you are looking for a big bang for real $$, this is not it.
I am shocked that George Lucas has not had the sound effects remastered on this audio book yet...only slightly less shocking is that he allowed this to roll-out in the first place.
As a Star Wars fan, I really enjoyed this book. The writer pulls you right into the Star Wars universe! I read the book, listened to the audiobook, and I find myself doing it over and over again. It's a must have if you're a Star Wars fan.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
This is an excellent lead in to the events of the Phantom Menace. It is an action packed look behind Darth Maul and shows how driven his character really is.
This book is very much in the vein of other Star Wars novels especially movie lead in's.
He truly brings out hte unique inflection of each of the characters.
A good book for fans of the Star Wars Saga.
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Yes, if they featured a character as interesting as Darth Maul.
Stainless Steel Rat Series by Harry Harrison - thye are both Science Fiction action adventure.
Darth Maul (of course!)
The DARK Force is strong in this one.
I wish they had included the short 52 page story that was in the paper back version: Darth Maul: Saboteur by James Luceno. I felt let down when it wasn't part of the audio version.
More Maul please!
This title was just "ok" as compared to other Star Wars titles. It starts out slowly but picks up after the first quarter of the story. If you're a huge Star Wars fan, you'll enjoy it.
The ending was anticlimatic when taking into account the surrounding events, left me with an 'okay, so what' feeling rather than insight into the days before the blockade. Interesting background story into Darth Maul, but too short.
If you like Star Wars and want to learn the beginnings and missions of one of the most mysterious Sith characters then you'll enjoy this story. I hope there's another Darth Maul story written as well as this one was.
Lousy story and almost no characterization of Darth Maul. Read Darth Plagueis for good pre-prequel storytelling.
The narrator is OK, but has an odd speech inflection that sticks out in each of his character voices.
This book really should not have Darth Maul's name in the title considering how little you learn about him.
I felt that this was one of the weaker Star Wars books I have read. The Jedi counsel seemed inefficient to me as did the the Jedi characters represented. Some of the details in the story did not make sense to me. It lacked substance and the sound effects were not high-quality. Listen or read Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi. They are much better.
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