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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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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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    Thomas NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 05-31-12
    Thomas NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 05-31-12
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    "Slow start to a great story"
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance? What did you like least?

    The story starts out realllly slow with too much setup in my opinion.


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

    Loved it. They closed the loop masterfully- I just wish the loop was smaller.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The Narrator did great, especially with the Mandalorian.


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

    Yes, it was very hard for the entire first part. I kept putting it down and up eventually to get to the 2nd file and fell in love with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Its worth buying it, just be aware of the slow start.

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    Jason United States 04-13-12
    Jason United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "An overdramatic but forgettable story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. I didn't particularly enjoy the story and felt that there were some major plot holes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jared Steffen Utah 03-30-12
    Jared Steffen Utah 03-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Bleh..."
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance? What did you like least?

    Well... The sound effects were pretty cool.
    The part that sucked the least was when Darth whatshisname was gobbled up by the hexes. He needed to be eaten. His character was super weak anyway. If Maul tried to countermand so many of Sideus' orders, Obi-wan wouldn't have ever had the chance to bisect him like he did.
    What I liked least about the book was the first 80 percent of it. It didn't really get Good until the end. There just wasn't any real plot. Who wants to read an entire book about trying to steal a crappy piece of tech from the hutts? I was waiting for the real story to begin. This book is proof that the name Star Wars will get anything on a best seller list. The golden ticket of literature.


    What was most disappointing about Sean Williams???s story?

    Weak characters. Lame plot. Mediocre storytelling. Wall to wall cliches.


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

    Grand master Shan was pretty cool. Proof that the author has something going on, he just needs to dig down and try harder with the rest.


    Could you see Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure, make it a movie...
    GM Shan - Big Bird.
    The Jedi apprentice - Elmo.
    Darth Kratos - Pee wee Herman.
    The sith apprentice - Rosanne Barr.
    Get the idea?


    Any additional comments?

    The entire book wasn't absolute rubbish, just most of it. There are parts that were not bad. When Sean Williams learns to

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morad Jerusalem 03-03-12
    Morad Jerusalem 03-03-12
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    "Awesome story, superb performance..."

    Not much more to say, the story is epic, it starts off slow yes but that's because it has to introduce a few characters at first but when the story starts to climb it never stops until the end...

    Marc Thompson is a gift to the Star Wars fandom, his performance is flawless, the fact that he has done dozens of Star Wars audiobooks makes me wanna read them all...

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    Dan STAUNTON, IL, United States 02-27-12
    Dan STAUNTON, IL, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very Entertaining; Excellent Narration Performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance the most enjoyable?

    The performance by Marc Thompson makes this piece work. The story is great, in the tradition of Shadows of the Empire: multiple characters who eventually meet up in a mesh of insanity. Very entertaining novel for any Star Wars fan. Great narration!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Axe, the female Sith apprentice. She is so conflicted throughout the piece and ultimately must choose between her mother and the Sith. However, Jet Nebula and Strider, the Mandolorian, are also intriguing. I hope to follow all the character's exploits in future novels.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc Thompson's voice acting is impeccable. At one point I had to pause the audio to check and see if someone else was brought in to play the part of a female character and an alien character. He nailed the performance. I loved the story, but Marc Thompson really made this one come alive for me. This was a great first listen for me as a audible member. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy having the novel just read to me; then I realized that Marc Thompson wasn't reading it to me--he was acting out each individual's part in such detail that the character's, as well as their individual voices, live on in my mind. Thanks so much, Marc!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mysterious cargo on auction from a Hutt, an inquisitive Imperial double agent, former Black Talon exile, a cunning Jedi padawan, a scruffy looking smuggler, and a Sith apprentice = nonstop action in the time of Star Wars: The Old Republic.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-17-12
    Michael Cedar Park, TX, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Great production, good intro to the Old Republic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a fun adventure following several different archetypical Star Wars characters. People enjoying the Old Republic game.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance to and why?

    Nothing in particular jumps out, but it does seem well in the long tradition of a bunch of heroes and villains running around and shooting lasers.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great performance, particularly for the wide number of voices and even species. The production values with the variety of sound effects actually added more depth than I would have expected. I wasn't crazy about his Satele Shan voice, but other than that, very impressive.


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

    While the book was enjoyable, I don't think I would really call it


    Any additional comments?

    Juggling the 7 or so main characters got a little distracting at times, but overall it kept things moving. While certain parts tended to get a little over-dramatic, it ended up feeling well within what I would expect from Star Wars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Monts Southern Illinois 11-17-11
    R. J. Monts Southern Illinois 11-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Old Republic-y Enough"

    As a fan of the Knights of the Old Republic video games I was hoping for a more Lucas-free story. However the author seems to take his cues from the movie prequels. Keep in mind that he may have access to story information not available to the rest of us from the upcoming MMO, so I can't judge too harshly on this point.

    However the story is an attempt to bring the empire, the republic, and mercenaries into the same story to work together against a threat to the galaxy. While this might be an interesting quest in a game, it certainly isn't epic and has a hard time carrying the book.

    The fact that the story is ultimately inconsequential to the Star Wars universe is also another reason it's hard to recommend this book.

    Botton Line: If you like Star Wars, you'll make it through this story and you may even enjoy it. But if you're a fan of the two KOTOR games, you might have some problems with it.

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    Alexander Port Huron, MI, United States 10-05-11
    Alexander Port Huron, MI, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book! Annoying / out of place sound effects."
    What did you like best about Star Wars: The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance? What did you like least?

    The story was great, the voices are excellent. Most of the sound effects are good and in place.

    SOME spots had sound effect loops that kept going... For example in part 2 around 50 mins in, some missiles fire at a ship - and a sound effect loop goes on for about 5 minutes or more of lasers and explosions, even when the narrator says "no more missiles appeared to be fired", the effect loop kept going. I actually had to skip a few mins ahead and missed some of the story because I couldn't listen to the story with such out of place effects.


    Any additional comments?

    Minimize the sound effects! That's what IMAGINATION is for!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Rosemount, MN, United States 10-04-11
    Casey Rosemount, MN, United States 10-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb."

    The audio book was excellent. The narrator, Marc Thompson, did an amazing job with this audio book and others! I have listened to many audiobooks, and this guy makes his work come alive. His studio puts some amazing B.G.M., sound effects, voices, etc. into their books! This is an absolute listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer columbus, OH, United States 08-31-11
    Amazon Customer columbus, OH, United States 08-31-11
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    "Just not that interesting"

    I have been a fan of the Star Wars as long as I can remember but this book just never caught my interest. The characters were flat and forgetable. The plot was pretty thin as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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