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.
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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!
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i first read Darth Maul when it came out. Reeves created 2 characters in the Sw verse that stood up to the originals .... then killed them off. what gives with that... reading for a third time now.
First, the sound effects are cheap and horrid, so much so that it detracts from the overall story. Second, the voices of familiar characters are equally as horrible. My 5 year old grandson does a better Yoda voice. It was so bad I wasn't even sure if it was Yoda... With those two major aspects falling well short of the bar, any bar, it was hard to even get into the listening mood and impossible to immerse myself into the story. That said, the story in itself wasn't that bad as long as you root for the dark side of the force. The Jedi are portrayed as arrogant and somewhat bumbling. At times obvious actions are ignored in an attempt to move the plot along. Obviously the author had a tough task of writing a good story that could only go so far due to Episode 1 having already happened. Due to these tough constraints I gave the story 4 stars instead of just 3. Unfortunately the story really does nothing to add to the lore of Darth Maul. It fell well short of solidifying his place in Sith history. Alas the greatest examples of his animalistic tenaciousness are still the precious few moments of screen time he has in Episode 1.
I just wish that there was more actually about Darth Maul himself. It is creatively split up between multiple story lines that all come together nicely, but I would have liked more Maul.
This one could've been much better. Both story and narrator were lacking. If envisioned as live action or cartoon the whole thing could've been crammed into a 30 minute episode of something similar to Star Wars Rebels.
not as good as some of the other staff wars books. the performance was just so-so. sounds effects were kinda off. if you read books like pleagueis and the band trilogy then you will notice tons of inconstancies.
This was a thrill to listen too! great naration and an amazing story following one of my favorite characters from the star wars universe!
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