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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"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.
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!
I definitely find it a little easier to follow.
I have not listened to any of his other performances. However, I found this one interesting and entertaining.
Normally when I read books talking about the Sith I always root for the Sith. However this book I found myself not sure which side I wanted to win, though I knew the ultimate outcome. Darth Maul has long been a favorite character of mine so I thought that was quite an achievement. As far as extreme reactions go though, no not really.
I found it interesting that the reader of this story (in my opinion) spoke with a sort of air of condescension, though if I were being honest I could see a Sith Lord speaking that way so I did come to enjoy that aspect of the story-telling.
Good book. Great to see Darth Maul in action and Darth Sidious plotting. A good read. Nice ending and prelude to Episode I
The people that put this book together know absolutely nothing about Star Wars. As an example they used a dirt bike sound for a speeder. One blunder among many.
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.
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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