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Star wars : Death Star (edition 2007)

by Michael Reaves, Steve Perry

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Title:Star wars : Death Star
Authors:Michael Reaves
Other authors:Steve Perry
Info:New York : LucasBooks/Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2007.
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Fiction, Adventure, Science Fiction, Star Wars

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I enjoyed this book it expanded alot of backstory about the deathstar and the empires building of it. Even though it is not canon it is still worth the read i shows such a new angle of things. While its quite often we get books from an imperial perspective most are imperial loyalists like ciena, Tarkin, or Thrawn. This book really opens up and shows imperials who are either forced to be there or realise the empire isnt so great. My personal favorite character was Villian dance. while t is a great book it gets held down at points by some of the slower stories. In the new canon Tarkin and lost stars took the best parts of this novel. All in all a great read which realy helps to show imperial perspective like Vil who goes from a die hard leuitenant to apperantly fleeing rebel. He really is a character i want to see recanonized. I also quite enjoyed the gunner who delayed firing the canon and let luke blow it up ( or was it babbajo?) however the medical drama part bored me mosly because i dislike the genre but hey its an anthology theres plenty of other stories in it to read. ( )
  374barry374 | May 21, 2016 |
Not what I expected or hoped for. Uninteresting characters who manage to unrealistically escape the explosion. ( )
  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
This book finally sheds some light on the discussion from "Clerks". What about all the innocents on the Death Star? This book follows a selection of people who all end up on the Death Star - civilian contractors, prisoners, conscripted staff, soldiers, etc. - and follows them from the start of building right up to the climactic (but well known) finale.

It wasn't a bad book by any means but it was nothing illuminating either. It was interesting to see what was going on around scenes from "A New Hope" but it needed something more.

The quality of Star Wars novels has really dropped these last couple years. ( )
  Shirezu | Mar 31, 2013 |
We get a more in-depth view about the building of the Death Star, from the various view points of several people involved - Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader, a cantina owner, an architect, a doctor, TIE fighter pilots - just to name a few (a list of characters at the beginning was very helpful). Part two starts to align with "A New Hope", and we get to see and hear other perspectives about things like Leia's capture and escape, and the "death" of Obi Wan. A fun read for any Star Wars fan. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 7, 2013 |
Death Star was an enjoyable tale that was sort of prequel, but also ran concurrently to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The novel centers around the construction of the original Death Star. Grand Moff Tarkin shares the stage along with Darth Vader as the main villains in the novel. Vader is involved periferally at first before taking the main stage.

The book starts with the introduction of an eclectic group of characters including the owner of a cantina, an escaped prisoner, and a fighter pilot. Their lives run concurrently, and for a time, it didn't readily appear how they were going to figure in the outcome, but eventually their story lines melded. I enjoyed the weaving in of these new characters and a new storyline into the existing plot of A New Hope. It was pretty seamless and the backstory added depth to the story. On top of that, I found the writing to be very professional and competent. If you enjoy sci-fi and Star Wars, then this is something that you will want to read.

Carl Alves - author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Feb 4, 2013 |
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"That's no moon. It's a space station."
—Obi-Wan Kenobi
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For Deborah
—MR

For Dianne, as always,
and for the new grandkid, Nate

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As the dreaded Darth Vader enforces Emperor Palpatine's sinister will to create a world-killing satellite of doom, the threat of rebellion still looms. But Palpatine has a grand plan to quash dissent through chilling terror. From inception to completion, construction of the Death Star is awash in the intrigues, hidden agendas, unexpected revelations, and daring gambits of those involved on every level. The brightest minds and boldest egos, the most ambitious and corrupt, the desperate and the devious, all have a stake in the Death Star -- and its potential to control the fate of the galaxy. Soldiers and slaves, loyalists and Rebels, spies and avengers, the innocent and the evil -- their paths and fates will cross and intertwine as the Death Star moves from its maiden voyage to an explosive showdown.
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“THAT’S NO MOON.”
–Obi-Wan Kenobi

The Death Star’s name says it all, with bone-chilling accuracy. It is a virtual world unto itself–equipped with uncanny power for a singularly brutal purpose: to obliterate entire planets in the blink of an eye. Its annihilation of the planet Alderaan, at the merciless command of Grand Moff Tarkin, lives in infamy. And its own ultimate destruction, at the hands of Luke Skywalker, is the stuff of legend. But what is the whole story, and who are the players, behind the creation of this world-killing satellite of doom?

The near extermination of the Jedi order cleared the way for Palpatine–power-hungry Senator and Sith Lord–to seize control of the Republic, declare himself Emperor, and usher in a fearsome, totalitarian regime. But even with the dreaded Darth Vader enforcing Palpatine’s sinister will, the threat of rebellion still looms. And the Emperor knows that only abject fear–and the ability to punish dissent with devastating consequences–can ensure his unchallenged control of the galaxy. Enter ambitious and ruthless government official Wilhuff Tarkin, architect of the Emperor’s terrifying dream come true.

From inception to completion, construction of the unprecedented Death Star is awash in the intrigues, hidden agendas, unexpected revelations, and daring gambits of those involved on every level. The brightest minds and boldest egos, the most ambitious and corrupt, the desperate and the devious, all have a stake in the Death Star–and its potential to control the fate of the galaxy.

Soldiers and slaves, loyalists and Rebels, spies and avengers, the innocent and the evil–all their paths and fates will cross and intertwine as the Death Star moves from its maiden voyage to its final showdown. And a shadowy chapter of Star Wars history is stunningly illuminated in a thrilling, unforgettable adventure.


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The Death Star's name says it all, with bone-chilling accuracy. It is a virtual world unto itselfequipped with uncanny power for a singularly brutal purpose: to obliterate entire planets in the blink of an eye. Its annihilation of the planet Alderaan, at the merciless command of Grand Moff Tarkin, lives in infamy. And its own ultimate destruction, at the hands of Luke Skywalker, is the stuff of legend. But what is the whole story, and who are the players, behind the creation of this world-killing satellite of doom?… (more)

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