On the Outer Rim, the planet Lanteeb has no strategic value, no political power, and one enormous problem: It has been invaded by an emboldened Separatist Alliance. To find out why, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi have snuck onto Lanteebe and now look oblivion in the eye.
Hiding their lightsabers beneath their dusty disguises, Anakin and Obi-Wan draw on their Jedi skills to stay one step ahead of Lok Durd's droid army on Lanteeb. The Jedi know that a captive scientist has given Durd the keys to a terrifying bioweapon. Durd knows that the Jedi are on his planet.
With Yoda calling on the powers of the Jedi Council, with a new Separatist technology jamming the Guardians' communications, and with a traitor at the heart of the Republic's government, the wheels of war are turning. But the Separatists have blockaded Lanteeb. The finishing touches are being put on a weapon to destroy whole worlds. And it will be up to the two Jedi Knights and their most trusted comrades to liberate Lanteeb or forever suffer the consequences.
©2010 Karen Miller (P)2010 Random House
Well. Yes I have listened to Clone Wars Gambit three times and I am going to repeat them some more because these two books are my very first audible experience and it is exciting. The voice acting is great, living up the characters and the pace is tight and engaging. However the story doesn't stand out and I feel somewhat disappointing about the ending sections. After 20 hours detailed story portrait, I expected something special: a final picture that put all the pieces together, but there is no more than repetitive fighting and suddenly the reinforcements arrived and the story ended.
The storyline is quite predictable: bad guys have evil plans and good guys struggle and prevail, except that the length of the story to tell a usual Jedi mission is truly surprising. Take another view of thinking, this also indicates that there are hours of dialogues and descriptions of thought and feeling of the characters, and we won't miss and wander what they are thinking in every situation. To people who love intense arguments and care about the inner state of a Jedi, the approach is good.
There are a lot of Jedi works in the story I consider miraculous, and too many miracles makes it unconvincing. For example in the beginning of the story, Grievous' army totally jammed the communication system of the Republic army, and the Republic army led by Anakin and Obiwan managed to win the battle. Hmn, with Jedi, we can ignore all the principles of wars. Later on, the two Jedi will go further continuously fighting hundreds of droids, force curing people, manipulate all sorts of machines without taking food and rest for several days. Okay, because they are Jedi, nothing is impossible.
I love how Karen Miller is not afraid to show the human aspects of being a Jedi, while showing how super human they can be.
Obi-Wan is often presented as cold an calculating. In this book however, we see more of Obi-Wan's compassion. We also learn that he was once in love with another Jedi.
We also see Anakin's Force powers do magnificent things that he never knew that he could do. His efforts to protect the villagers on Lanteeb are awesome.
We are also introduced to Greti, who is a Force sensitive little girl with Force healing powers. I want to see more of her. Her character is quite compelling.
Taria Damsin is another person I would like to see more of. She is a Shadow of the Jedi Order. Shadows have not been explored much at all and I find them fascinating. I would love to learn more about her history and adventures.
Overall, I like this book a lot. There are a lot of memorable scenes. Some brought a tear to my eye, and others gave me a chuckle. And it has my favorite Togruta in it too.
This was a good Clone Wars story with enough depth, well written and very enjoyable. Karen Miller really captured the spirit of Star Wars, and the banter between Obi-wan and Anakin was spot on.
The story was broadened by others characters and areas, and that kept the story fresh by moving from one situation or character or area in well spaced out portions.
Marc Thompson is the best at almost everything, but for the Clone Wars era, no one is better than Jeff Gurner! His rendition of Obi-wan and Yoda are above reproach, with a great range of voices and accents that made the events come alive in my mind! He is extremely talented, and his skills are so refined that this felt like a movie. Wow!!! Well done!
P.S. I absolutely love Marc Thompson, as do most Star Wars fans. If you are counted among that group I implore you to give Jeff Gurner a listen, I promise you will not be disappointed!
This story really showed the vulnerability and weakness of the minds and bodies of a Jedi, as well as their strength and resiliency.
I think Karen Miller has done a fine job capturing the essence of Star Wars, and I look forward to more from her. And of course I've become a huge fan of Jeff Gurner and can't wait to hear more from him, especially if it's Clone Wars era material!
I've read dozens upon dozens of books from the galaxy far, away, and this is far and away the most rewarding. It's certainly not without flaws and doesn't rank with the great literary triumphs from Timothy Zahn and James Luceno, but it has heart and spirit that even those authors can't quite deliver. Jeff Gurner more than holds his own, with both narration and character voicing of the first order. Both volumes abound in laughs, tears and goosebumps -- don't miss this one!!!
I thought I would give Karen Miller another try after her last effort "Stealth". But she fails again, extremely repetitive, she re-tells the same details throughout the book as if we (the reader/listener) cant remember what is going on. I am not a fan of abridgments, but if there was ever a need for one, it would be Karen Millers books.
This is some of the most repetitive and non-imaginative writing I've experienced in the Star Wars novel world.
Do yourself a favor and read/listen to another novel/author(s)
I get that some words are not in the English dictionary. But names like chandrilla is grammar-wise, said incorrectly. They say instead, "Shan drillAhhh". Pokes my pet peeve every time
Married with five kids. Professional military & Sports photographer.
The overall storyline is good but far too much emotion and petty arguments which made it very hard endure. One of my least favorite Star Wars books.
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