Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace, and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.
Now, following the momentous events climaxing in the Battle of Geonosis, Master Mace Windu must undertake a perilous homecoming to his native world to defuse a potentially catastrophic crisis for the Republic...and to confront a terrifying mystery with dire personal consequences.
The jungle planet of Haruun Kal, the homeworld Mace barely remembers, has become a battleground in the increasing hostilities between the Republic and the renegade Separatist movement. The Jedi Council has sent Depa Billaba, Mace's former Padawan and fellow Council member, to Haruun Kal to train the local tribesmen as a guerilla resistance force, to fight against the Separatists who control the planet and its strategic star system with their droid armies. But now the Separatists have pulled back, and Depa has not returned. The only clue to her disappearance is a cryptic recording left at the scene of a brutal massacre - a recording that hints of madness and murder, and the darkness in the jungle...a recording in Depa's own voice.
Mace Windu trained her. Only he can find her. Only he can learn what has changed her. Only he can stop her.
Jedi were never intended to be soldiers. But now they have no choice. Mace must journey alone into the most treacherous jungle in the galaxy and into his own heritage. He will leave behind the Republic he serves, the civilization he believes in, everything but his passion for peace and his devotion to his former Padawan. And he will learn the terrible price that must be paid when keepers of the peace are forced to make war.
"Close your eyes, and there is Mace Windu (portrayed on the silver screen by Samuel L. Jackson). Narrator Jonathan Davis's voice is perfect, and behind him are the first-class special effects and music that characterize most Star Wars audiobooks. Even better, the writing is also first-class - this is a descent into the heart of darkness for one of the most powerful Jedi masters, who in Stover's hands comes alive with the complexity of a spiritual and physical man". (AudioFile)
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- Jack of Fools
Mind Shattering Reflections
In a heartbeat, because the story is remarkably good...but quite frankly this audiobook should have been unabridged. I owned the ebook so I could read as I was hearing an I noticed that many great things were ommited. I know that abridged productions can't have it all but this is without a doubt the most thought-provoking Star Wars Novel I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying; hence the title of my review. A complete narration would have been amazing.
Having said that, there were many additional SW sounds that went well with the prouction and Jonathan Davis did an excellent job again. If I had to mention my favorite aspect of the audiobook it would be the sound effects for the jungle voice of Kar Vastor. Very well done and much better than what my imagination would have come up with otherwise.
Off the top of my head...none actually and I have read/listen to plenty of Star Wars books. The deep themes, the controversial topics, the countless of thought-provoking one liners...all of this was blended in such a way that it turned it into a fairly unique Star Wars experience for me. And I mean that as a compliment.
Hard to pick a favorite with such an amazing book but if I had to single one out...the Duel between the 2 Masters of Vapaad was definitely intense and emotional. And that's as specific as I can get without heavy spoilers.
There was one scene that terrified me. Not because of the gore of the scene but because for a moment, after the blood settled, I realized with horror that I could comprehend where th antagonist was coming from to justify his recent murder. The phrase "Old enough to kill, old enough to die," rang in my head for days. What a crafty author for compellingly pulling something like that off.
Kar Vastor was quite the interesting antagonist and I would really like to read/hear more of him.
Also, this book was quite gripping. Once I started, I finished it in 2 days. So, excellent job overall, despite the lack of an unabridged version.
- Diego Feliu