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Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter | [Michael Reeves]

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter

Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul, to hunt a traitor down. But he is too late. Sidious' secret plan has already been passed to information broker Lorn Pavan, which places him at the top of Darth Maul's hit list. Now the future of the Republic depends on Lorn and Darsha, a Jedi Padawan on a mission to earn her knighthood. But how can an untried Jedi and an ordinary man hope to triumph over one of the deadliest killers in the galaxy?
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Publisher's Summary

For the infamous, power-hungry Sith, beholden to the dark side, the time has come to rise again.

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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What the Critics Say

"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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    Katheryn United States 03-19-12
    Katheryn United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010

    Gadgetphile, gamer, fantasy/fiction afficianado, and Star Wars geek. Original Amazonian since 1996!

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    "Maul story good, sound effects horrible."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars?

    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.


    What three words best describe Michael Cumpsty’s voice?

    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.


    Was Star Wars worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Rincon, GA, USA 10-31-08
    Ronald Rincon, GA, USA 10-31-08
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    "Excellent!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 02-25-12
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2010

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "Out of the Shadows"
    What did you love best about 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.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars to and why?

    This book is very much in the vein of other Star Wars novels especially movie lead in's.


    What does Michael Cumpsty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He truly brings out hte unique inflection of each of the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fury Unleashed!


    Any additional comments?

    A good book for fans of the Star Wars Saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 02-24-12
    Old Man Parker Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2009

    Me am Pop-Surrealist Tiki-Artist living and making Art on the active volcanic "Big Island" of Hawaii. Aloha.

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    "Make way for the Bad Guy..."
    Would you listen to Star Wars again? Why?

    Yes, if they featured a character as interesting as Darth Maul.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars to and why?

    Stainless Steel Rat Series by Harry Harrison - thye are both Science Fiction action adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Cumpsty – was your favorite?

    Darth Maul (of course!)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The DARK Force is strong in this one.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    William Caro, MI, United States 05-25-11
    William Caro, MI, United States 05-25-11
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    "Excellent"

    This book adds a lot of interesting background for Episode I, which made re-watching it (more) enjoyable. A must for any Star Wars fan.

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    Michael Simi Valley, CA, USA 04-25-10
    Michael Simi Valley, CA, USA 04-25-10 Member Since 2009
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    "It was ok!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 01-15-10
    Michael Cherry Hill, NJ, USA 01-15-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Short Story"

    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.

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    Christian Champaign, IL, USA 01-23-09
    Christian Champaign, IL, USA 01-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Shadow Hunter Rocks"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared VAN NUYS, CA, United States 05-16-12
    Jared VAN NUYS, CA, United States 05-16-12

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    "Waste of time"
    What would have made Star Wars better?

    Lousy story and almost no characterization of Darth Maul. Read Darth Plagueis for good pre-prequel storytelling.


    What three words best describe Michael Cumpsty’s performance?

    The narrator is OK, but has an odd speech inflection that sticks out in each of his character voices.


    Any additional comments?

    This book really should not have Darth Maul's name in the title considering how little you learn about him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Micah Draper, UT, United States 10-18-10
    Micah Draper, UT, United States 10-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Could have been better"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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