Anakin Skywalker, believed by some to be the prophesied "Chosen One" destined to bring balance to the Force, is now a Jedi Knight under the tutelage of his Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Death is a constant possibility - and his chances of survival aren't improved by the unexpected arrival of an apprentice: Ahsoka, a brash, inexperienced 14-year-old Padawan apprenticed to Anakin. But there's no time for Anakin to question his latest orders: He and Obi-Wan have been assigned a new mission, and failure is not an option.
Jabba the Hutt's precious infant son has been kidnapped, and when the frantic parent applies to the Jedi for help, it falls to Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and their clone troops to track down the evidence and retrieve the missing Huttlet.
And more is at stake: For a grateful Jabba just might allow the Republic access to the Hutt-controlled space lanes that the Grand Army desperately needs in order to beat the Separatists into submission.
But the Republic is not the only power that craves access to those space lanes. Count Dooku, determined to win the prize for the Separatists, has set a trap for the Jedi. When they find the Huttlet, they will also find Dooku's master assassin, Asajj Ventress, and countless legions of battle droids waiting to spring a trap.
©2008 Karen Traviss; (P)2008 Random House
This book really goes into character development and really made a full story, unlike the movie. I really enjoyed the Clone trooper characters Rex & Cody and they were barely characters in the movie. It also helps bridge the time between the Episode II and III movies.
Star Wars fan
It is incredible how Karen Traviss took a decent movie into a great story, providing insight on the less known characters, specially the clones that are her specialty. Even though you may know the outcome from the movie, you are sitting on the edge of the chair because of this masterful adaptation. And not only the story, but the general production of the audiobook excels at conveying you are in the Star Wars universe. Jeff Gurner is a superb narrator and his voice work is astonishing. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed the animated film very much and I was excited to hear the novelization. But wow was it so much more. Traviss really digs into the back story and motivation of the characters in ways I did not anticipate. This is much more mature then the Cartoon. I very much enjoyed it.
I like technology as well as books
Yes it was an engaging story with a good performance by the narrator, the audiobook was just like the movie which can be good or bad depending on the individual. A good amount of action as well, you will not get bored with this book.
How Anakin has to help a Hutt who he hates stemming from his time as a slave. And how his new padawan tries to prod him for information about his past.
Yes I have listened to some of the other TCW books and he narrates them as well and he is just as good in this one as the others,
This is a great book to start your journey reading TCW books, I'm finding this whole series enjoyable, tho I loved the animated series, tho this seems to make a fork in the expanded universe as well as the movies and I wonder how it will be reconciled into the timeline, if it will be at all. I think the author does a good job of making you care about the characters, but that may have been because I love to watch the series so much. If you like the series then I encourage you to listen to this audiobook.
A fantastic intro to the cowboy Jedi Kannen, posssibly the coolest Jedi evdr, the beautiful and amazfing Herra, and one awesomw ship.We get to see how the Empire makes everyday people's lives miserable,the rot, and the first big action of the rebellion and the Rebels. Very well narrated with excuisite voicing of every character giving us the sense of what the characters are like and look (his voicing of Herra is indeed alluring and makes you believe it is what grabbed Kannen's attention first, even if the excellent tv voice for is more motherly), this book is a great listen and one you will repeat. One of the best in the whole SW corpus.
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