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.
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)
Meh, I love his Obewan, but it pierces into other character voices, Marc Thompson is the standard bearer, but I can deal with Gurner.
I'm wondering if the author had a word count quota, there were so many alliterations, it got annoying and then distracting. Plush pleasurable palisades, costly clouded confusion, deep darkening dimples, bereft broken beginnings, gaggle of grubby, it got a bit ridiculous. Other than that, nice pass of time.
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