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Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

©2014 Joe Schreiber (P)2014 Random House Audio

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Maul + Prison = Too Much Fun

Joe Schreiber proved on Death Troopers that he can write for very specific subgenres. With Maul: Lockdown, the prison subgenre is given the Star Wars treatment. The first half of the book plays through every stereotype and expected classic bit imaginable in a way that's too much fun to just skip over. As Darth Sidious observes, any situation is rendered unstable when Maul is present, and Schreiber goes out of his way to show us exactly what that means. The second half, however, spends some time showing us the superior workings of Maul's mind and his worthiness to be a Sith apprentice. Being an amazing fighter isn't enough to be a classic villain, after all.

Taking place during the events of Darth Plagueis, shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book is NOT the sequel you might expect. Where it's placed in the timeline is the necessary due to Maul's limited operation periods in the Star Wars timeline, but Lockdown doesn't use Plagueis as a crutch. Instead, this is a standalone story that has but one objective: to let Maul loose to wreak havoc. Ironically, unleashing Maul means putting restraints on him, and that only seems to make him even more dangerous.

As with Death Troopers, Schreiber's incredibly descriptive prose brings a heightened sense of action and grit to the story. The inevitable fight scenes play out vividly.

Veteran Star Wars narrator Jonathan Davis is once again in top form, bringing the characters and situations to life as few others seem to be able to do. Mix in sound effects and a handful of classic John Williams musical cues, and the movie in your mind is complete.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Fort Morgan, CO, United States
  • 03-30-14

Unleash the Dark Side

If you could sum up Star Wars: Maul in three words, what would they be?

Intense, dark, action.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Darth Maul of course takes the cake. This story really brings out the wide array of talents he possesses and really drives home why he is the most dangerous being in the galaxy.

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

An excellent performance. He really evokes the dark nature of the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Parts of Schreiber's story are very...disturbing. He really evokes fear and darkness.

Any additional comments?

Schreiber's stories are what I would expect from the EU. Something fun to read without feeling like this is the main story and where does it fit into cannon.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Marrero, LA, United States
  • 03-24-14

This is what I'm talking about

If you could sum up Star Wars: Maul in three words, what would they be?

Adult, SW, Finally!

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Excellent, loved him in Snow Crash also

Any additional comments?

Man on man, this book rocks, its the first maybe second that has what I feel is more of an adult slant to it and i could not have been better in my mind. More like this please. After Red Harvest I was kinda like eh but it was an interesting twist in the SW univierse, after this book, I'm realing for more Dark side stories from this guy (Joe Schreiber) Seems telling SW stories with a dark side bent is his niche in this universe.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Reminds me of that TV show Oz.

What did you love best about Star Wars: Maul?

The overall story. An interesting one.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything about it really.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

Darth Maul himself. A Sith can survive even in a prison.

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

Maul taking out a Vong warrior in the first chapter proved how powerful he was.

Any additional comments?

A great book for any Darth Maul fans.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Isaac
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • 04-17-14

Prison+Aliens+Sith Lords=Amazing.

I was sold the second I saw that Jonathan Davis was the narrator. His ability to switch between characters seamlessly, giving each a unique attitude and voice of their own, is really what shines in his works. But given the addition of the ambient noise and additional sound effects in Maul: Lockdown, I think this is now one of my all-time favorite audiobooks, with or without Mr. Davis. And plus, who doesn't love Darth Maul? Props to Joe Schreiber for creating such a wonderfully dark and rocksteady story!

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A gripping story and one well worth any fans time.

A gripping story taking place in events well before the events of episode 1 as Darth Maul tries to complete his mission for his master and prove himself worthy to be part of the grand plan. voice work and sound affect were fantastic and the introduction of little bits of fun secrets for the attentive and learned fan. Well worth the time, recommended.

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Fantastic Listen

Where does Star Wars: Maul rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an amazing audiobook! very well done love the sound effects! They add a whole new dimension to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Maul?

The Whole thing was highly enjoyable.

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

His range of voices gave life to all the characters.

Any additional comments?

Get this book you won't regret it!

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loved it!!! the sound effects were amazing.

What did you love best about Star Wars: Maul?

The fight scenes, setting and visuals were sweet. the sound effects brought more life to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

His fight for survival, ambition to impress his master at all cost. I got to see Maul without using "The force."

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

loved his voice and change of accents when switching characters.

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

Maul, the badass<br/>Is that Maul? RUN...

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Jonathan Davis does it again

Awesome performance. He really brings the story to life. Can't wait to hear him again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic story!

Another wonderful Star Wars novel. Fast paced and addicting. Davis delivers yet another amazing performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-17

Fantastic

The story sucked me in, I couldn't stop listening! thrilling to the end. Loved it!

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  • Paul Mountney
  • 08-04-17

Loved it

fantastic story I really enjoyed every moment, I'd love to see more stories from Maul

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • orkney buyer
  • 06-23-17

Star Wars: Maul Review

This is my review of Star Wars maul.
I loved this very much and I want more like these.
By Orkneyislands

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jesper Hauerslev
  • 05-13-17

Prison blues...

It's a dark and surprisingly gritty and gory story and great to see Maul take center stage. He is a great anti-hero and I always felt he was despatched too soon in the movies. Sadly, the overall plot is quite the tangled mess and like the ever-shifting Rubik's Cube style prison where the story takes place, the plot constantly shifts and moves adding in way too many subplots, characters and narrative dead ends for you to make any sense of what is going on or why Maul ended up there in the first place.
In the end you give up making any sense of it and just enjoy Jonathan Davis' for exceptional performance. He weaves effortlessly and skillfully in and out of the many characters, supported by the usual high production standards that make every Star Wars book such a great listen, regardless of the overall story.

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  • Zak
  • 01-17-17

enjoyed it thoroughly.

very good. good length. good characters, creative action and plots. overall very fun to listen.

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  • Connor
  • 10-18-16

Surprisingly a great listen

I'm a big fan of Star Wars books. however, I was not sure how good story could be made with small locked up in a prison. it was a touch slow to get moving, but well worth intriguing plot lines and twists.

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  • E. Strachan
  • 04-20-16

Epic

Best audible ever Listened to only bad thing was it keeps repeating the chapters name

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  • Jonathan
  • 03-26-16

The mystery of Maul....

.... Great book. This book delves a little deeper into Maul's background and psyche without going too far, and ruining the mystery of his characters.

The story is great- showing exactly how grim and dark the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy is supposed to be.

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  • Clonedkenobi
  • 12-19-15

Great

This is my first audiobook, and I have to say: Perfect!!! Great voice performance, great story, I'm hooked.

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  • Griffstar
  • 10-18-17

Interesting story and ideas.

The narrator did a good job on this and the sound effects add to the immersion. The story has some interesting concepts. it felt too convenient at times but did not detract from my enjoyment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-17

heading

the holotape chapters were ear rape
but gud story kept me going the background sounds were litt

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  • Scott
  • 03-12-17

Empty ending

Was a great story with a pretty stale ending- would recommend it to any Maul / Star Wars fan

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  • Rowen
  • 04-14-16

eh

A simple story with some decent action and a small amount of intrigue, I enjoyed this book until maybe halfway, after that everything falls apart, the story makes no sense, the intrigue has a borning reveal and overall is just unsatisfying

narrator was top notch though and the star wars universe is a nice one to read about.