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Maul: Lockdown

by Joe Schreiber

Series: Star Wars Novels (33 BBY), Star Wars Universe (33 BBY)

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279891,402 (3.66)1
Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

 
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy‚??s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.
 
Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

Praise for Lockdown
 
‚??Schreiber . . . was a great choice for this novel, imbuing the story with a dark, foreboding tone while never quite stepping into the horror territories that Death Troopers and Red Harvest took us.‚?Ě‚??Jedi News
 
‚??Fans of the dark side should rejoice. Lockdown delivers a can‚??t-put-this-down tale of scum and villainy.‚?Ě‚??Club Jade
 
‚??[Lockdown is] an action-packed ride that spins one entertaining chapter after another. The multiple layers of story keeps readers guessing what will happen next and just who will live and who will die. . . . It certainly adds to the character of Darth Maul while matching [Darth] Plagueis‚??s complexity with sheer fun. . . . Five out of five metal bikinis.‚?Ě‚??Roqoo Depot
 
‚??Somehow, Schreiber is able to skate the line between hard-hitting prison story and the adventure and excitement I love from Star Wars in a way that doesn‚??t betray either genre. It‚??s really quite masterful.‚?Ě‚??Big Shiny Robot
 
‚??Lockdown is an exciting, engaging read. . . . It actually lines up beautifully for a sequel, which I, for one, would love to read.‚?Ě‚??Coffee with Kenobi
 
‚??The novel makes The Clone Wars better. It also illuminates The Phantom Menace. I think it‚??s the hallmark of the best tie-in fiction to resonate throughout other parts of the expanded universe in that way.‚?Ě‚??Knights‚?? Archive
 
‚??By the fiftieth page, I was hooked. . . . Lockdown is a wonderful ‚??antihero‚?? novel, where it‚??s just fine to root for the villain, because there are even worse things out there. This book was so fun and entertaining. I‚??ll have to keep an
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Review link: http://itinerantlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/05/booknote-star-wars-maul-lockdown.... ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.com by express permission of this reviewer   Synopsis: Maul is sent undercover to a prison to ferret out the identity of an Arm's Dealer and to buy a proscribed weapon from him to further one of Palpatine's devious schemes.   My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book more than I did the previous 2 by Schreiber. Mainly because it wasn't lame-o horror but a typical action/thriller.   Think Cage Match on a self-contained prison satellite. And Maul gets to do most of the fighting. The whole reason he is there is razor thin plotwise, but let us be honest with ourselves, I don't read Star Wars for it's Dickens' like plots, characters and settings.   I can see people enjoying or not enjoying this book, depending on their mood at time of reading. If I'd been grumpy, I'd probably have torn this book apart for the shallow piece of tripe that it is; but I wasn't grumpy, so I enjoyed the rollercoaster action and the all most non-stop fighting.   I also went into this with ZERO expectations. After the news about the gutting of the Extended Universe a little bit ago, my fandomometer went right down to empty. So since I enjoyed the action, I ended up enjoying the whole book.   Also, I really liked the fact that Schreiber makes a no holds barred confession that he's a Christian in his intro/ending/thanks/whatever. That encourages me.   Rating: 3 of 5 Stars Author: Joe Schreiber " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
There is once a Sith and his padawan. These two people or rather human and alien's names are Darth Maul and Darth Sidious. These people are very dark people. These people are sith. The sith are people who oppose the Jedi, the people of the force. Darth Maul has a very hard mission to complete. He has to go to prison.
This mission is to get into a prison and find an arms dealer who posses a weapon which can help the sith take over the galaxy. This weapon is very deadly. Darth Maul has to penetrate a jail and survive jail fights and arena fights without using the force. This will be a very hard task but if anyone can do it Darth Maul can. He has been trained very hard and this is what Maul has been trained for, endurance, strength, and power. Hopefully it will turn out well because if it doesn't succeed then he will die. ( )
  AlexB.b1 | Mar 2, 2015 |
I was immediately drawn in, but also wondered if I would be able to stomach the rest of the book. The idea of Darth Maul fighting to the death inside a prison felt like a great idea, but the plot develops into something much more complicated, unfortunately. It started to drag on and on. It became difficult to understand and believe everything that was going on.

I appreciated the intent of trying to do something unique in Star Wars literature, but I wanted something a little more simplified and easier to follow. ( )
  Porfinicle | Jan 16, 2015 |
There were some things I liked about this book and some things I didn't. I liked the brutality--Schreiber brings a grittiness to his Star Wars novels that is often lacking from a universe so constantly mired in war. There was a lot of action, a lot of stuff going on, plots and subplots, so overall it was fun.

The stuff I didn't like was a little on the nitpicky side. I didn't like that one of the characters was a Noghri, long before their discovery, for no apparent reason. I didn't like the mention of Wayland, presumably before Palpatine had established his storehouse there (although perhaps not). I didn't like that Maul seemed soft, and almost even a little tender, in some of his interactions with Eogan Truax and Komari Vosa. Some of the dialogue is clumsy and a little dumb.

At any rate, I'm hoping that the upcoming Star Wars movies will nullify much of the Extended Universe; I imagine they will. If this book happens to be among the casualties, I won't shed any tears. ( )
  jonwwil | Feb 25, 2014 |
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

 
It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy‚??s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.
 
Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

Praise for Lockdown
 
‚??Schreiber . . . was a great choice for this novel, imbuing the story with a dark, foreboding tone while never quite stepping into the horror territories that Death Troopers and Red Harvest took us.‚?Ě‚??Jedi News
 
‚??Fans of the dark side should rejoice. Lockdown delivers a can‚??t-put-this-down tale of scum and villainy.‚?Ě‚??Club Jade
 
‚??[Lockdown is] an action-packed ride that spins one entertaining chapter after another. The multiple layers of story keeps readers guessing what will happen next and just who will live and who will die. . . . It certainly adds to the character of Darth Maul while matching [Darth] Plagueis‚??s complexity with sheer fun. . . . Five out of five metal bikinis.‚?Ě‚??Roqoo Depot
 
‚??Somehow, Schreiber is able to skate the line between hard-hitting prison story and the adventure and excitement I love from Star Wars in a way that doesn‚??t betray either genre. It‚??s really quite masterful.‚?Ě‚??Big Shiny Robot
 
‚??Lockdown is an exciting, engaging read. . . . It actually lines up beautifully for a sequel, which I, for one, would love to read.‚?Ě‚??Coffee with Kenobi
 
‚??The novel makes The Clone Wars better. It also illuminates The Phantom Menace. I think it‚??s the hallmark of the best tie-in fiction to resonate throughout other parts of the expanded universe in that way.‚?Ě‚??Knights‚?? Archive
 
‚??By the fiftieth page, I was hooked. . . . Lockdown is a wonderful ‚??antihero‚?? novel, where it‚??s just fine to root for the villain, because there are even worse things out there. This book was so fun and entertaining. I‚??ll have to keep an

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Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

It's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object capable of obliterating the Jedi and conquering the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.
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