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)
Yes, if you are a big star wars fan it's worth a listen. If you aren't a star wars fan there's probably more interesting sci-fi out there for you. I read the Thrawn trilogy and thought that was better.
Some interesting story lines and characters, but overall the story felt stretched very thin. Lots and lots of detail, but really, not that much happened. We got to hear each part from several points of view. During one fight scene I was thinking, "This fight is going on FOREVER." Then I got to hear it 2 more times from different character's perspective.
Voice work was well done. Each character's voice was recognizable.
Well, I already know there are and I'll probably listen to them but I'm not a huge fan.
anything i could say about this book would not give it due credit. just get it and you will understand.
The story starts out realllly slow with too much setup in my opinion.
Loved it. They closed the loop masterfully- I just wish the loop was smaller.
The Narrator did great, especially with the Mandalorian.
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.
Its worth buying it, just be aware of the slow start.
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.
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.
Weak characters. Lame plot. Mediocre storytelling. Wall to wall cliches.
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.
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?
The entire book wasn't absolute rubbish, just most of it. There are parts that were not bad. When Sean Williams learns to
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...
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!
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.
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!
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.
Yes, it's a fun adventure following several different archetypical Star Wars characters. People enjoying the Old Republic game.
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.
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.
While the book was enjoyable, I don't think I would really call it
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.
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.
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.
Minimize the sound effects! That's what IMAGINATION is for!
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.
"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.
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.
"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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