Kyle Katarn has joined the ranks of legendary Star Wars heroes such as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. A timeless adventure of revenge and honor, the trilogy is set in a shimmering universe of sound that only digital technology can fully capture.
In Soldier for the Empire, Kyle Katarn, having just graduated from the Imperial Military Academy, learns of his father's murder. On his way home, he meets a Rebel agent, learns the ugly truth about the way in which his father died, and swears revenge.
In Rebel Agent, Kyle learns more about what his father found in the Valley of the Jedi that ultimately led to his death. Kyle finally earns his Knighthood as a Jedi, and the stage is set for him to avenge his father's death and stop the Dark Jedi from taking control of the source of energy that lies underneath the Valley.Jedi Knight, the exciting conclusion to the series, has Jerec, the Dark Jedi, bringing his forces to Ruusan in the final part of his search for the Valley of the Jedi. Destroying anything that gets in his way, Jerec reaches the Valley just ahead of Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors. With the help of the indigenous inhabitants of the planet, Kyle and Jan confront Jerec's Jedi and prepare for a final showdown with Jerec. If Jerec defeats Kyle, the unlimited power contained in the Valley will enable him to rule the galaxy. Are Kyle's untrained Jedi powers enough to defeat Jerec?
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It filled in the storyline from the original PC games form years ago.
If you ever played the original Dark Forces PC games, I would recommend listening to these stories.
This dramatized version of the books is okay, as with other SW books, having mulitiple actors and sound effects adds to the listening experience of the books. With that said, I felt the the audio mixing sucked. One moment the characters are whispering, the next the music blasting because you had to turn up the volume.
I'm a big fan of the oringal SW musical scores, and tingle inside when I hear the Vader's theme song, but I felt there was way too much music playing between the story lines. If you took out the extended music, I think this book would be 1/2 hour shorter.
A must-listen for Star Wars fans, whether you played the Dark Forces games or not. Great sound design, above-average voice acting and an interesting exploration of the events surrounding the original movies from a different vantage. I wish more of these had been done.
I enjoyed the stories to a point, but felt that the writing could have been just a little better. Repeating words in multiple sentences made it feel as if the writer did not have a broad vocabulary. The character also progressed very quickly with very little training which made no sense. "Hey look, I can do this and that, I must be a Jedi now." The character did not even seem to know what a Jedi really was but magically became one. As a Star Wars fan, this is still a must as it helps explain some events durring the fall of the empire.
Main criticism is the voice performance. It's a little goofy, but it's like a stage show or radio show, clarity is often more important than a completely believable performance.
I wanted to learn about Kyle Katarn and Jan Ors, and having not played the video games, this was effective. I feel like some parts of the story were uncharacteristic to the players involved. Like when Mon Mothma, jokes with Han Solo about blowing up bombs on a star destroyer, like its a sport. It comes across as bloodthirsty and a bit cruel. As opposed to a necessary extreme to free people from an oppressive government.
Some of the jokes however were genuinely funny. I enjoyed it.
Inflections were off sometimes & the story was cheesy sometimes, but it was a great book otherwise. I'd recommend it if you want to relive the old days of Kyle Katarn.
Some of the voices and acting were enjoyable (a bit campy). The story wasn't all that great but I was surprised to get to hear about the outcome of those Jedi and Sith that were trapped in the thought bomb during the Bane trilogy. "Dark Forces" was the first big cross-media Star Wars event that began with a video game (followed by "Shadows of the Empire"). I think it should have stayed closer to the game and been a little darker in tone. The voices for characters that appear in the movies were awful.
Sure, the first section was pretty alright.
Kyle and his best bud's voice at the academy were great. So was the annoying guy who was their silly classmate.
I think Dark Forces needs a remake. Maybe get Marc Thompson to do Thrawn in his little cameo and flesh out the story a little more in terms of the writing. Jerec is a well-envisioned bad guy but his lines and his slimy sexual voice weren't that catching. The last book needs to be updated to match the descriptions of the thought bomb area in the Bane books a little better.
Not a Star Wars must read but of the three parts the first was rather entertaining.
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