Star Wars: Cloak of Deception

  • by James Luceno
  • Narrated by Alexander Adams
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"The Chancellor has little power...He is mired down by baseless accusations of corruption. A manufactured scandal surrounds him," Senator Palpatine told Queen Amidala in Episode I. Tracing the thrilling chain of events that leads up to the Republic's current chaotic state, this exciting audio follows Chancellor Valorum as he struggles with his fall from power...and the dark forces who have benefited from his weak position.
Hoping to stem the growing tide of unrest, Valorum convenes an emergency trade summit on the planet Eriadu. At his request, a group of Jedi Knights is sent to protect the delegates from possible terrorist attack. But what should have been a simple peacekeeping assignment turns out to be a mission into the heart of a political firestorm. For shadowy forces are at work, pulling the strings in a masterful bid for power that could leave the Republic reeling. And the chancellor is only the most visible victim.

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What the Critics Say

"At last, what you've been waiting for: a prequel...that will explain why Chancellor Valorum fell from power." (Library Journal)
"Adams reads expertly and confidently, and his storytelling powers flow with Jedi force." (AudioFile)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good Background to Episode 1

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars to be better than the print version?

A lot of SW audio books are abridged. So, the print versions give you more details, but the audio books allow me to listen in the car, and so get through the story faster. The sound effects on the audio add to the story. This book was not as abridged as some others, so it still had good details.


What did you like best about this story?

This story gave some good background to Episode 1, from a different angle than Darth Plageuis did. I liked seeing Qui Gon and Obi Wan in another story. The plot was intriguing, so you needed to pay attention. The story showed how the Trade Federation came to be under Darth Sidious' influence and why it blockaded Naboo. It also showed more of how Palpatine manipulated his way to the Chancellorship, and how the Republic was becoming corrupt.


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

The sound effects, plus the voice characteristics add to the story.


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

The Trade Federation Falls into Darthness.


Any additional comments?

I love SW anyway, but this was actually one of the more well-written books. It was less science fiction and more political intrigue, so it was more believable. The movies were written this way as well. The science should support the story, not be it. The better SW writers, like Timothy Zahn, know how to use the science at the service of the story. This book falls into that category.

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- Terryn

Largely forgettable, with some redeeming qualities

While those of Star Wars fandom should listen to this book, I found it largely forgettable. The general paucity of true character development may be why. We don't get many good glimpses into the underlying characters, but merely observe them go through somewhat predictable motions. That said, there is some redemption in the fact that it does fill in some of the gaps in the timeline and we do see a little more of the various machinations leading up to Episode I.
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- Kyle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio