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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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Critic Reviews

"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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So so

anti climactic ending. hasty resolution of plot lines. pace too slow in many places. meh

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just bad

one of the worst star wars novels I've read or listened to. boring story that goes nowhere. Not sure what the author was thinking

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great story with a return of the King ending

the story was great and well performed by Marc Thompson, there were no real plot holes, although the fact that SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS a Droid so advanced could have existed so long ago in the star wars universe and not have been recreated at any point is a bit meh. the main issue I have with the story is after the main conflict is resolved there's an additional 6 or so chapters closing out everyone's stories... although it seemed somewhat necessary, it began to drag towards the end. all in all the book is worth a shout, even if it is no longer cannon.

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A good story

I enjoyed listening to this book, the music and sound effects added to the depth of the story.

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Awesome

Love the overall story!! Better then anything Disney has released!! Wish there was more to the amazing old republic story line

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Disney, Bring Us the Old Republic!

This is why Rian Johnson needs to being The Old Republic to the big screen

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A web of mystery, action , and space drama!!

This audio book made me feel as if I were right there next tot the characters. the character voice differentiation was good and not over done. Hours of awesome entertainment.

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way better than I expected!!

the way the reader uses his voice to work the story.. top notch!!! also added bonus is all the extra sound effects!! well done and really has me hooked!!

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great performance great story interesting book

great performance, great story, interesting book. I plan to ready all of the books if they are as good as this one was.

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This book is so much better then the new movie

This book is so much better then new star wars movie that came out. It tell you tire power of sith lords and Jedi Knight and war that been going on before Luke and Rey time line.

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  • Christopher
  • 07-28-10

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.

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  • 08-31-17

A good story, but a weak ending

A good story, with good narration and music. The ending was a bit weak though.

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  • James Ball
  • 12-09-16

Great build up, not so great ending

The story line is great at times the details do start to lose you but Marc Thompson is great at bringing several different characters to life. The build up to the finale is great, although the ending feels rushed and let's it down slightly. However I definitely would recommend as the battle scenes I could of listened to over and over. Will definitely carry on with the series and look forward to the next book.

Still have questions to be answered but that's part of the fun of listening or reading stories, using your own imagination to fill in the blanks. Thoroughly enjoyed even if the ending was slightly disappointing.

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  • Mr Connor Stapley
  • 11-17-15

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.

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  • Stuart
  • 06-12-11

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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