Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.
Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.
©2014 Joe Schreiber (P)2014 Random House Audio
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Joe Schreiber proved on Death Troopers that he can write for very specific subgenres. With Maul: Lockdown, the prison subgenre is given the Star Wars treatment. The first half of the book plays through every stereotype and expected classic bit imaginable in a way that's too much fun to just skip over. As Darth Sidious observes, any situation is rendered unstable when Maul is present, and Schreiber goes out of his way to show us exactly what that means. The second half, however, spends some time showing us the superior workings of Maul's mind and his worthiness to be a Sith apprentice. Being an amazing fighter isn't enough to be a classic villain, after all.
Taking place during the events of Darth Plagueis, shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book is NOT the sequel you might expect. Where it's placed in the timeline is the necessary due to Maul's limited operation periods in the Star Wars timeline, but Lockdown doesn't use Plagueis as a crutch. Instead, this is a standalone story that has but one objective: to let Maul loose to wreak havoc. Ironically, unleashing Maul means putting restraints on him, and that only seems to make him even more dangerous.
As with Death Troopers, Schreiber's incredibly descriptive prose brings a heightened sense of action and grit to the story. The inevitable fight scenes play out vividly.
Veteran Star Wars narrator Jonathan Davis is once again in top form, bringing the characters and situations to life as few others seem to be able to do. Mix in sound effects and a handful of classic John Williams musical cues, and the movie in your mind is complete.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
Intense, dark, action.
Darth Maul of course takes the cake. This story really brings out the wide array of talents he possesses and really drives home why he is the most dangerous being in the galaxy.
An excellent performance. He really evokes the dark nature of the story.
Parts of Schreiber's story are very...disturbing. He really evokes fear and darkness.
Schreiber's stories are what I would expect from the EU. Something fun to read without feeling like this is the main story and where does it fit into cannon.
Adult, SW, Finally!
Excellent, loved him in Snow Crash also
Man on man, this book rocks, its the first maybe second that has what I feel is more of an adult slant to it and i could not have been better in my mind. More like this please. After Red Harvest I was kinda like eh but it was an interesting twist in the SW univierse, after this book, I'm realing for more Dark side stories from this guy (Joe Schreiber) Seems telling SW stories with a dark side bent is his niche in this universe.
The overall story. An interesting one.
Everything about it really.
Darth Maul himself. A Sith can survive even in a prison.
Maul taking out a Vong warrior in the first chapter proved how powerful he was.
A great book for any Darth Maul fans.
I was sold the second I saw that Jonathan Davis was the narrator. His ability to switch between characters seamlessly, giving each a unique attitude and voice of their own, is really what shines in his works. But given the addition of the ambient noise and additional sound effects in Maul: Lockdown, I think this is now one of my all-time favorite audiobooks, with or without Mr. Davis. And plus, who doesn't love Darth Maul? Props to Joe Schreiber for creating such a wonderfully dark and rocksteady story!
I would definitely recommend this as an audiobook over a print edition - the addition of background sounds (lightsabers, ships humming, chatter and static hisses) brings the scenes to life, especially in fight scenes that become raw and visceral.
Jonathan Davis' voice is full of energy, and brings movement and action to the piece that reading would otherwise miss. I thoroughly love his narration and would pick up any of his work just for him.
You can tell you'll like this book from the title alone; if Maul being a badass and killing everything sounds like a fun way to spend a drive, then by all means pick it up. The story reminded me of a Star Wars version of the movie Death Race.
The first half of the book is far superior to the second half, unfortunately. I finished the listen because I was already invested, but while it was enjoyable to finally unravel the mystery that had spun throughout the whole story, the conclusion - and late addition of some very odd characters - is a bit unsatisfying. Still, it was worth it to see Maul figure out how to survive and win without his Force Powers.
This is an amazing audiobook! very well done love the sound effects! They add a whole new dimension to it.
The Whole thing was highly enjoyable.
His range of voices gave life to all the characters.
Get this book you won't regret it!
The fight scenes, setting and visuals were sweet. the sound effects brought more life to the story.
His fight for survival, ambition to impress his master at all cost. I got to see Maul without using "The force."
loved his voice and change of accents when switching characters.
Maul, the badass
Is that Maul? RUN...
This is written by Joe Schreiber so don't expect a Stackpole or Anderson style Star Wars adventure. This is a great story about Darth Maul, similar to Shadow Hunter, and adds some of the grit and suspense that is featured in Death Troopers.
I loved it. Exciting, fast paced, excellent narration and just enough old and new material from the extended universe. Highly recommended.
In my humble opinion - this is one of (if not "THE") the best Star Wars books to date... I just sat there like a zombie for three days listening to this book... It's a great story and the narration is fabulous...
"Worst Star Wars book I've read or listened to"
Make the story more believable within the Star Wars universe. I'm amazed that this book was allowed to be published it gives the Star Wars franchise a bad name
You couldn't tell the difference between the characters, it was terrible
Please don't bother to purchase this book especially if you like Star Wars
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