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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance | [Sean Williams]

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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©2010 Sean Williams (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"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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    Michael United States 01-29-11
    Michael United States 01-29-11

    avid gamer

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    "Great Story"

    Just like many I am looking forward to the upcoming online game. The desire to submerge into this universe influenced my decision to check this audio book out.

    Now that I have enjoyed this book I think I can say with confidence that it is a good read for any Star Wars fan. I believe the story stands on its own quite well and I think everyone should consider book for their library. Even if you have little interest in the game.

    The plot and dynamics of this book are engaging and the reader is easy to follow.

    The only negative remark is that the ambient transitions are overpowering and need to be less prominent.

    Other then that I really enjoyed this book and wish there where more with these characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Ridgeley, WV, United States 11-29-10
    Tammy Ridgeley, WV, United States 11-29-10
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    "captivating"

    a trip to the past to show you how civilized became uncivilized and brings everything to light

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Josiah 08-25-10
    Josiah 08-25-10
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    "Awesome book!!"

    I actually own the hard back and it was so good i decided to get the audio version as well. The story starts off a little slow.. of course it has to introduce characters and what not. but when it picks up.. it just keeps going. I love the relationship between the Darth Chratis and Ax as well as the Jedi master and her apprentice. All the main characters in this book are great. They each have their own personality and I love how they relate to each other. Definitely a good read / listen. I can't wait for Sean's next book The Force Unleashed 2 to come out. Last note, If you are a Star Wars fan then you should definitely get this book. If you're not a fan...well I think you should pick it up and give it a shot anyways.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew PALMYRA, VA, United States 09-30-10
    Andrew PALMYRA, VA, United States 09-30-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Slow but better than a book"

    I bought a book and couldn't read it so slow it was. Then I bought audio-book and already on chapter 11. This is definitely one of the slow ones and I bet I wouldn't ever finish it by just reading the book. There is a lot of characters in this book and everyone is going after this sindzia. And the author gives a bit of story and biography of every character. I think that its a bit boring-slow for me because book has so many characters and only few of them stand out - Jedi, his companion and the Sith.

    Its a great audible book and I am glad its unabridged. But there are so many character that narrator fails to differentiate some of them sometimes. Marc Thompson is definitely doing great job, but I'd rather prefer a woman voicing over female characters.

    Because the story is pretty slow I give this 4 stars. Other than that everything is great. All the background sounds, blaster fire and lightsaber sounds are all great and fitting. And Dramatization is pretty good as well. Marc's "thousands voices" really does a great job here differentiating male characters, but as I've said already I wish there was a woman behind female characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Clarks Summit, PA, United States 07-31-10
    Charles Clarks Summit, PA, United States 07-31-10
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    "Can't Recommend This One"

    This book started out very slowly and I almost (for the first time ever) decided to not listen to all of an audio book. Towards the end of the first part of the audio book it picks up a little but still not enough. There just isn't much of a story here.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    greg 08-02-14
    greg 08-02-14
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    "not too bad"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no story starts to really drag 1/2 way through


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    ok nothing amazing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    3 way fight jedi mando and sith


    Was Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance worth the listening time?

    good as a primer but sadly lacking as a stand alone


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Grammer Orem, UT 02-17-14
    J. Grammer Orem, UT 02-17-14
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    "The Force is strong with this one"
    If you could sum up Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance in three words, what would they be?

    Original
    Un-predictable
    Solid


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ax. The inner struggle of the Sith was a constant battle that found you rooting for a switch-a-roo.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Master Shateel


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Breda, Netherlands 02-10-14
    Erik Breda, Netherlands 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Performance is great, story...could be better"
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance? What did you like least?

    Best thing was the performance of Marc Thompson. Story wise though...Larin and Jet Nebula were fun characters and it was nice to see Satele in action to see that she isn't the Grandmaster of the Jedi order without reason. Other characters were kind of bland and not enjoyable.

    You are supposed to feel something for Ula but I found his character to be very boring and not believable. At the end were supposed to hope that he and another character get together but he hasn't changed much from where he started so why would you want that?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There should have been a moment where Ula made a choice, regardless of any consequences. But he never has too and in the end he didn't learn anything.

    Backstories of Jet Nebula and Dao Stryver could have been worked out somewhere. The epilogue vaguely hints at some stuff but...not nearly enough.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for everyone. His female voices are so natural I am not even aware that a man is doing them.


    Did Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance inspire you to do anything?

    Play Star Wars the Old Republic MMO I guess, it is nice to visit places like Hutta after you heard some more of it then just what the game shows you.


    Any additional comments?

    Jet Nebula is an interesting character, I wouldn't mind reading more about him. Shigar is a very uninteresting Jedi...and his struggles with the light/dark side didn't feel genuine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 02-07-14
    Anthony Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States 02-07-14

    An airsoft guy for 6 years!

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    "An okay story brought to new life by Marc Thompson"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance the most enjoyable?

    Definitely the performance of Marc Thompson. Though the story was fairly interesting, it lacked the quality that many of the other more experienced writers of Star Wars novels bring to the table. The characters lacked some depth, and the fact that we won't see these characters in future books made them lack much development. But Marc Thompson's performance truly adds a new life to the book, making you feel for the characters on a deeper level than simply reading and adding more realism to the story.


    Would you recommend Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance to your friends? Why or why not?

    For the audiobook, sure. But I would recommend other books before this one, unless you, like myself, have been flying through all of the Star Wars audiobooks like a madman. For the book itself, no. But if you like listening, and just can't get enough of Star Wars adventures, this will do nicely


    Have you listened to any of Marc Thompson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to most of Marc Thompson's Star Wars novels now, and this does not disappoint. This must have been more difficult, however, for at the time of production he had no reference to the voices of the characters. Even still, his voice acting is incredible, and he distinctly and definitely brings to life all the characters he portrays. Excellent work as always, Marc Thompson.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not particularly. There were a few parts that moved me some I suppose, but most times it could have been built up better, or left more mysterious. Not that this book will make you feel nothing, but there's no big surprises like you have in novels by Timothy Zahn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-17-13
    John Cliver Raleigh, NC USA 07-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Am I reading a book or a movie?"

    After finishing the audio book, I thought it was pretty good, not great. But the performance (narration/timing and sound effects) really makes the story re-readable. Love that it's a story centered around characters in the star wars canon yet you wouldn't have to know much about the star wars universe to jump into the story. A mysterious non-sith "villain" and a very interesting setting for the climactic battle make it well worth a credit for fans of star wars or other works/games set in the old republic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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