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review 2017-06-23 15:55
Darth Plagueis by James Luceno
Darth Plagueis - James Luceno

Who can resist the inside scoop on the mysterious Darth Plagueis whose story is used to help tip Anikan toward the dark side? Well, not me. I was eager to learn more about this Sith who had supposedly controlled life and death though had not been able to avoid his own.

 

I must agree with other reviewers on two points. First, this novel is misleadingly titled. It becomes more and more about Darth Sidious and less about Plagueis from the moment Palpatine steps into the picture. Second, it does read differently than other Star Wars novels. There is less action and more plotting & politics. Neither of these points make it a bad story, but it was also not quite what I expected.

 

The history given in this book ties so many events and people to the Sith Grand Plan that it almost becomes too much. Forget Sidious tricking the rebels into ambushes, Plagueis has been ordering the entire damn universe for decades before Luke & Leia are born. It's interesting, maybe a bit unbelievable, but, hey, this is Star Wars. I was intrigued at how the author brought it all together.

 

Plagueis is an interesting character, brilliant and always a step ahead of everyone, which makes it all the more confounding when he doesn't see that Sidious will not share power with him for the long run. I mean, really, co-chancellors? That was the plan? How did he not see that failing? Ah well, that disappointment aside, this book was a great addition to the Star Wars EU.

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review 2016-12-15 21:56
Catalyst: A Rogue One Story
Catalyst (Star Wars): A Rogue One Story - James Luceno

How did people convince themselves to act against their nature; to do something entirely out of keeping with who they imagined themselves to be?

 

If you’ve ever asked yourself this selfsame question, Catalyst is the book for you. Billed as a lead-up to the Rogue One movie, it’s a comprehensive how-to in manipulating a peace-loving scientific genius into aiding research and development of planet-killing super weapons. It’s a well written, thoughtful book, and yet I didn’t find it very engaging. I was in the mood for some good ol’ Star Wars pew pew, but good ol’ Star Wars political commentary took center stage here. When I’m in the mood for pew pew, quieter books like this can seem a bit boring, so take my mild disappointment with a grain of salt.

 

Edit: Reading back over my review, it feels a bit too lukewarm. Though I was a little bored, this book is still worth reading and has a lot to offer. It starts out I think a year after Ep. II and encompasses the Clone Wars and the shift from Republic to Empire. It ties together elements from the prequels, introduces some great new characters, and I think my Rogue One experience will be enriched for having read it. Knowing the background of the Erso family and what they went through together and the friends and enemies they made along the way probably isn’t essential to enjoying the movie, but it certainly can’t hurt.

 

Edit 2: After seeing the movie, I heartily recommend reading this book first. It's not necessary to get what's going on in the story, but it adds layers upon layers to the Ersos' plight and to the interplay between Tarkin and Krennic.

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review 2016-11-17 18:03
Rogue One: Catalyst by James Luceno

 

Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war.

 

As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal.

 

While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

 

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review 2016-05-02 10:43
Star Wars - Wieder ein Buch mit viel Hintergrundinfo
Star Wars Darth Plagueis - James Luceno

 Ein  Beben erschüttert den Planeten.
 
  Titel: Star Wars - Darth Plagueis
Autor: James Luceno
Seiten:576
Buchart : TB
Verlag:  Blanvalet
Bestellcode:  978-3-442-38045-9
 
 
 
Erhältlich 11 / 2012

Kosten : €13,oo
Alter: -
Genre:  Sciene Fiction , Space Opera
Vorgängerbände: -
Folgebände: -
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Der Roman, auf den jeder Star-Wars-Fan gewartet hat …

»Darth Plagueis war ein Dunkler Lord der Sith, derart mächtig und weise, dass er die Macht nutzen konnte, um Leben zu erschaffen. Er hatte ein so ungeheures Wissen um die Dunkle Seite, dass er sogar dazu in der Lage war, das Sterben derjenigen, welche ihm nahestanden, zu verhindern. Was für eine Ironie. Er konnte andere vor dem Tod bewahren, aber sich selbst konnte er nicht retten.« Imperator Palpatine (Star Wars: Episode III – Die Rache der Sith)
 
Ganz lieben Dank an den Verlag Blanvalet für das kostenlose Leseexemplar :)
 
Ich finde ja Star Wars toll, aber nur die Sith, die Jedi Geschichten sind mir zu fromm ;)
Was wäre wenn Du jedem vom Tot bewaren kannst, aber Du selber langsam zerfällst ? Viele neidisch sind auf deine Gabe und du darauf achten musst das der Neid dich nicht umbringt ? Genau so ergeht es Darth Plagueis, er hat die Macht den Tot entgegen zu treten , aber er selber ist sterblich.
Hier lernt man das erste mal Darth Sidious kennen, Plagueis findet den jungen Mann und sieht seine Macht und nimmt ihn so zum Schüler und unterrichtet ihn auch. Auch spielt hier Darth Maul eine Rolle, wie Darth Sidious an ihn kam und wie Ausbildete.
Die Geschichte ist wirklich nur auf die Sith Seite gehalten, keine 'lästigen' Jediduelle, einfach mega tolle Hintergrundinformationen die ich selber toll finde.
Ich kam gut in das Buch rein und fand es echt total Spannend :)
 
Pluspunkte:
- Viele Informationen wie was geschah, es lichtet viele Fragen der Filme für mich
- Tolle Orte, super beschrieben
- Finde es echt interessant wie unterschiedlich die Sith Lords sind
 
Minuspunkte:
- Manchmal wurde zu viel ausgeholt , das man dachte wann geht es den nun wieder, aber das macht die Geschichte nicht weniger Uninteressant
 
Cover:
- Ich finde das Cover für eine Sith Lord Geschichte sehr passend
James Luceno ist Drehbuchautor der Filme Die Maske des Zorro und der Kult-TV-Serie Robotech und hat bereits mehrere besonders erfolgreiche Star-Wars-Romane geschrieben. Derzeit lebt er in Annapolis, Maryland.
 
 Cover : 2 / 2
Klappentext:  2 / 3
Personen: 2 / 3
Schreibstil: 2 / 3
Spannung: 2 / 3
Gefühle: 1 / 3
Handlung: 2 / 3
 

 

 
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review 2016-02-09 05:01
this book exists to set up the entire prequel trilogy
Star Wars: Darth Plagueis - James Luceno

and does a pretty good job, though part of it felt almost like a check list of things to explain (and ways to work in the titles of episodes 1-3).  that aside, quite enjoyable book

 

 

slight spoiler below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

star wars canon vs 'legends' aside - the book pretty much confirms the conception theory about anakin, with the exception being that it wasn't darth siddeous/palpitine that fathered anakin through the force, but his master, darth plagueis.

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