BioWare and LucasArts—creators of the hugely popular Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game—have combined their storytelling talents and cutting-edge technology for an innovative new massively multiplayer online role-playing game that allows players to create their own personal Star Wars adventure 3,500 years before the rise of Darth Vader.
Now, number-one New York Times best-selling author Sean Williams brings the world of the game to life in his latest novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance.
Tassaa Bareesh, a matriarch in the Hutt crime cartel, is holding an auction that’s drawing attention from across the galaxy. Representatives of both the Republic and the Sith Empire are present, along with a Jedi Padawan sent to investigate, a disenfranchised trooper drummed out of the Republic’s elite Blackstar Squad, and a mysterious Mandalorian with a private agenda. But the Republic’s envoy is not what he seems, the Empire’s delegate is a ruthless Sith apprentice, the Jedi Padawan is determined to do the right thing and terrified that he can’t, the trooper hopes to redeem her reputation, and the Mandalorian is somehow managing to keep one step ahead of everyone.
None of these guests—invited or uninvited—have any intention of participating in the auction. Instead they plan to steal the prize, which is locked inside an impregnable vault: two burned chunks of an exploded star cruiser, one of which may hold the key to the wealth of an entire world.
But the truth about the treasure is dangerous and deadly. And in the end, Sith and Jedi, Republic and Empire, must do something they’ve never done before, something that all the agents of good and evil could never make them do: join together to stop a powerful threat that could destroy the galaxy.
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"This novel is tied in to the Star Wars universe at a stage in its history that is still being explored in print fiction, and it is also the prequel to what promises to be the largest, most ambitious electronic role-playing game yet to be spun off of that universe. With so much riding on its shoulders, the book demands an unusual gift for cracking-good space opera, and that Williams possesses in full measure." (Booklist)
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I found Fatal Alliance a joy to listen to. I especially appreciated the author's combination of characters, combat, and modern science fiction tropes that helped create a fascinating tale. For me, the inclusion of the Jedi and Sith masters and the story surrounding them was an unexpected highlight of the book. The book was full of great moments, interesting characters, and intriguing story arcs throughout.
Notable Points: The author did such an great job with the Mandalorian. The character was a great addition and helped keep the action moving. I also enjoyed the Sith arc and was impressed with the way the author portrayed the Master/apprentice relationship. The Jedi/Commando/Smuggler story arc was also a breath of fresh air that allowed for some entertaining interactions. A surprise came from my interest in the story of the imperial spy and the additional dynamic his tale brought to the story. The author's ability to combine so many interesting characters, in addition to a great storyline, was an experience I didn't expect from a Star Wars novel.
Questionable Points: As the book approached the end, there is a moment when the Sith meets the source of the android threat. The interaction of the Sith, the source of the android threat, and the Sith's master was written well but felt a bit generic. This portion did not take up much time overall, but was a main plot point and could have been handled with the same unique care other plot points in the book were given. This was pretty much my only disappointment, but only because it was a tad predictable/traditional in execution.
Fatal Alliance is a excellent example of what a great science fiction book should be and a wonderful piece of storytelling.
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I enjoyed this audiobook immensely. The story couldn't be more true to the good old Star Wars theme and is quite captivating, but the audio experience was what blew me away. The reading, the sound effects and the music - everything just came together perfectly in exciting and enjoyable experience, that kept me hoping that the story would never end.
I highly recommend this for any Star Wars fan, willing to be immersed in an epic story all over the galaxy far far away. True Star Wars!
Descent story line. I agree with other reviewers that it starts out slow and picks up toward the end. Marc Thompson does an awesome job of bringing the story to life with multiple voices and the effects are just enough. If you've listened to Mr. Thompson's other readings of the Fate of the Jedi and Legacy of the Force series' it will take a little getting used to the slight reuse of the voices from other characters in those series. Overall, an excellent experience and a good use of a credit.
This is a wonderfully read Star Wars Book. The production is top notch. The Marc Thompson was fantastic with all the voices and accents. If you love Star Wars check this book out. There are no main characters in this story. I think they are gearing up for the Video MMO game by Bioware. If the production value was not there then this would have been a 3 star. Nice job Marc Thompson.
If you're someone that has to experience the entire Star Wars catalog, then you may want to listen to this, otherwise I couldn't really recommend it. It's not terrible, but there are much better sci-fi books. The story seems to drag on most of the time. Even the action sequences seem to get boring after awhile. The core story is interesting enough, as it unfolds kinda like a mystery novel. But unlike a good mystery, the ending didn't have an amazing revelation. Also, the last chapter, what I would consider the prologue, was unnecessarily long.
In contrast to the story, Marc Thompson was an excellent reader. Also, the production quality was excellent. Some people might not like all the sound effects, but I thought they really added to the atmosphere of the story.
I highly recommend this fantastic audio production.
It features an engaging story and great characters. The audio production itself is impressive.
Marc Thompson does a tremendous job and the sound effects and music provide great support.
I hope a sequel is on its way. In the meantime I will be looking for other Star Wars titles read by Marc Thompson.
I'd like to thank the author, the narrator and the whole audible team for this great experience.
The story is good especially if you are a star wars fan but what really makes it worth listening is Marc Thompson. Along with the special effects and music this was a very enjoyable book because of the way Marc portrays in fact almost makes you believe you are listening to different characters. I am currently listening to this one again right after I just finished it I enjoyed it that much!!!
Starts off slow but overall one of the better star wars books to be written in a while. Its good to have a new storyline and new caractors.
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Williams went out of his way to make sure you knew this was a gaming novel. This book is written with slant toward people familiar with the games or Star Wars in general as most tie-in media is. There’s not much description of the characters or surroundings because the book assumes most readers have played the game and can picture the setting and characters based on what they know about the settings and how the various races typically look, which can be a turn off for someone who may be only slightly familiar with the Star Wars universe. Williams also managed to fit in a shout out to all the classes you can play in SWTOR in this book in the most obvious of ways. There’s not anything wrong with that, but the execution felt cheesy. If you’ve ever played SWTOR, you could easily pick up on the classes these characters represented, but Williams took it a step further by stating outright what classes these characters represent. Example: Moxla was a trooper, and that was easy enough to understand from what we learned about her. There wasn’t really any need to spell it out to the readers, even those who may only be familiar with the movies and/or other Star Wars media. However, we had to have a Captain Obvious moment where another character makes sure to point out that she’s a trooper. We understand she’s a trooper, really. That happened with many characters. I found myself thinking, “I understand he’s a smuggler. I understand he’s a Jedi knight. Why are you stating such obvious facts?”
I’d like to talk about a narration well done. Marc Thompson does an exceptional job narrating this story, giving all the characters such distinct voices. And trust me, this book has many characters who speak, so to be able to nail different voices for all of them takes talent. I might have enjoyed his narration more than I enjoyed the story. A few caveats on this audiobook. It is full production, which means there is music and sound effects. From time to time, and this is a complaint I have for most full production audiobooks, the din in the background can drown out the narrator’s voice. Ifound it particularly distracting when Thompson was speaking over a character that was speaking Huttese to simulate translating. That was distracting. Another thing is that the quality was inconsistent. I don’t know if this was an issue with my player or if it’s an issue with the audiobook, but there were parts that were just weak quality.
This book asked me to suspend much of my beliefs as far as the plot was concerned. I never really felt the basis of the plot was a strong one. Plots like these stand up in video games because players have to infer much of the details or what’s going on in the background. Often the players are much more imaginative than the writers in this respect. It gets trickier ro explain this plot “on paper” because then the writers are tasked with fleshing out the story with more detail, and sometimes, that can leave readers thinking that maybe they didn’t think through this plot enough, which is partly the case here. There were many ways that a plot like this could’ve gone that would’ve made it more believable, but it wasn’t so bad that I gave up on it. As far as stories go, this one did keep me engaged. It actually turned out better than I was expecting. And admittedly, I did get a kick out of characters from the game being introduced into the story, such as Satele Shan and Watcher Three. The new characters Williams’ introduced weren’t terribly rounded, but they were likable enough that I cared about what happened to them… well, most of them. Also, I enjoyed most of the action sequences and could see them playing out epically in my head.
This was an interesting trek through the Star Wars universe, and despite some complaints mainly with the weak (very weak and also partially stupid) plot, I’m actually looking forward to reading more novels to fill in the gaps of this universe because it’s all in good fun. Also, Jet Nebula and Clunker are the MVPs of this novel.
Not really. I didn't particularly enjoy the story and felt that there were some major plot holes.
The reader was ok - my wife read this book and I listened to it. Our opinions of some of the characters' personalities was wildly different - we eventually realized that it's because Thompson adds a lot of personality through his voice. For some characters, it really complimented what was written... but the Sith spy's voice reminded me strongly of LaMarche's Kif voice from Futurama. As such, I found the character whiny and annoying, whereas my wife found him heroic in his struggle to maintain his morals despite his roll with the Sith.
This story had 2 major plot issues in my opinion. Firstly, it takes place thousands of years before the movies and yet the technology is significantly more advanced than we saw in the movies. My other issue is with the Jedi's morality - at one point, he's breaking into a Hutt's palace, literally trespassing in the home of a paranoid crime lord. The security force finds him and he remorselessly slaughters them, disregarding them as simply being gamorian. I was taken aback at the Jedi's inconsistent disregard for life in this story.
An original plot, fast paced action and a few key engaging characters. Interesting to get a view of a different balance in the star wars political world. Is held back from 5 stars due to a number of flat, wooden and pointless characters who confuse the plot and hold the flow back and a lack of original imagination in adding new elements to the star wars universe.
"Got distracted a few times"
Really fun great great great performance but I got distracted at points so it does justify the full 5 stars. Happy I listened to it I just found the hexs a bit if a naff enemy.
"Very enjoyable experience."
I felt that the noises of the sound effects along with the telling of the story and the different voices added to the whole experience made listening of this audio book extremely enjoyable.
"Great audiobook! Very well read !"
A very enjoyable audiobook, a great story and very well told ! The author paints an excellent picture of the characters and locations that are further brought to life by the reader and the sound effects throughout.
"It was passable"
As far as Star Wars novels go, this is not the finest. It just needed a better story and characters, simple as that.
It just wasn't a particularly interesting story, and being set so long in the past didn't help.
I can't remember, none stick out really.
Only if you are a big Star Wars fan, and even then, not particularly.
I'd skip to the second book in the series, much better.
Can't get enough of these right now, fallen firmly back in love with Star wars recently thanks to the beauties.
"Intense & Engaging Story From The Old Republic Era"
As my 1st Sci-Fi Audiobook, the best! I would measure any other Sci-Fi Novels, especially Star Wars Novels against this book.
None just yet, as I need to read and listen to more Sci-Fi books, but I would compare the story and performance to any one of the Star Wars Movies.
Shigar Konshi, a Kiffar Jedi Padawan under the tutelage of Jedi Grand Master Satele Shan. Marc Thompson's performances for all the characters were top notch but I was mostly intrigued and connected to the character of 'Shigar Konshi'. One 'meeting' sets him on a journey that truly expresses the character's thoughts, feelings and actions in every way and listening to this journey unfold in this audiobook is amazing!
No, for me listening to it in stages helped me to anticipate the next part of the story. Which made it more exciting.
For any Star Wars fans interested in 'The Old Republic Era', the events of this book are set near the end of 'The Cold War' between the Galactic Republic & the Sith Empire, one year (3643 BBY(means Before the Battle Of Yavin) before resumed hostilities between the two sides in the 2nd Galactic War (3644 BBY).
"very good star wars audio book"
it is a very good star wars audio book. the story is very good with well described characters. like most star wars auydiobooks there is really good sound effects.
"Decent, enjoyable listen"
I think this is a good introduction to a new Star Wars era. Despite no familiar charactres to work with, the author does a good job of introducing and making the characters interesting and that makes the story work out well
Its well written to my mind, this particular writer has a style or uses a style of telling the same time period from different viewpoints one after the other, which works out well.
I won't spoil the story particularly, but here you will find as in the latest Fate of the Jedi books that the Sith form a significant and important part of the story and are characterised well. Recommended.
"Possibly the worst Star Wars Book I have read"
I found this book very dull and could not finish it. The characters are two dimentional and uninteresting. I have read many Star Wars books and would recommend The Truce at Bakura, The Jedi Academy Trilogy and the Thrawn Trilogy as good books over this one. Unfortunatly Audible only have these as Abridged books.
Also note that this audiobook has sound effects which I did not enjoy and found distracting.
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