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[Rise of the Empire]
Events that occur between 67 years and up to 2 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Rogue Planet
Greg Bear
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2000)
Audio Book (2000, 2007)
Paperback Novel (2001)
e-Book (2011)

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Dispatched to the mysterious planet of Zonama Sekot, source of the fastest ships in the galaxy, Obi-Wan and Anakin are swept up in a swirl of deadly intrigue and betrayal. For there are others who covert the power such superfast ships could bring. Raith Sienar, a brilliant but unscrupulous weapons and ship designer, has the brains to decipher the Zonama Sekot ship design. Commander Wilhuff Tarkin has at his disposal the forces of the mighty Trade Federation with which to extract the secret.Together, they make a formidable foe, one a small and undeveloped planet can hardly hope to stand against.
But as Tarkin's fleet strikes with all its brutal power, Obi-Wan and Anakin sense a disturbance in the Force unlike any they have encountered before. It seems there are more secrets on Zonama Sekot than meet the eye.
The search for thoses secrets will threaten the bond between Obi-Wan and Anakin... and bring the troubled young apprentice face-to-face with his deepest fears - and his darkest destiny.

This story occurs approximately 29 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2014:

"In short: A few years after the Naboo Incident, Obi Wan struggles with mentoring his young but promising apprentice, who has better ideas than to spent his time learning. After some unnecessary imaginative trash-gliding-race on Corruscant, the Temple sends master and apprentice on a adventure: go to a strange planet and procure a strange vessel and to learn more about a missing Jedi. In the meantime militant conspirators attempt the same.
"In review: The Good - The movie characters dialogue is mostly written alright... While reading I could mostly imagine the actors reading these lines... but that is all that is good here. The Bad - The first problem is this book's structure, I like it when the author uses chapters as a tool, knows how long they should be and how they should end. Here we get a 330 pages book with 67 chapters... some not longer than 30% of a page, others (especially the first, very tedious chapter) more than twenty pages. Now this would not be that bad if the writing, or the plotting, or anything else would be interesting. But honestly it is not.
"Which brings me to the second problem: the plotting... honestly... if you take my plot summary from above and add to it "and then there was a battle..." than this is the whole story. It does not also help that the author either chose or was forced to use some very strange elements... like golden-skinned aliens (sounds simply campy)... or organic spaceships... or a worm creature captain, whose crew is honored to be his food. The author made the growing of a spaceship practically the most important part of the book, but besides it being just strange... it was mostly just boring. All this strangeness on top of almost a lack of interesting plot... and a mystery about the missing Jedi... and than add to it Tarkin's subplot... and what you get as result is a book, that tries to say something, but does not know what it can say, while at the same time trying to be all mysterious.
"And that brings us to problem Number three: The Foreboding - The author had clearly no idea what would happen in Episode II, but by the time this book was written, there should be enough knowledge among the employees of Lucas as to were the story would go. So someone should have told Mr. Bear what he can write, and what he cannot... or maybe the author ignored this possibility. One such scene is early on in a discussion between Sienar and Tarkin regarding THE BIG PLAN... which was conveniently cut out... we get only the lead in to this dialogue, as well as the lead out... but we do not get the dialogue itself. It is as if a movie showed you only the preparation for a major battle scene, and its aftermath, but not the fight itself. Zahn's book Outbound Flight was written years later, and it had the luxury to show this kind of dialogue, and it was awesome... the lack of it in this book is understandable, but handled very bad.
"Then we have that thing with Trade Federation vessels being integrated into Republic defense forces... I am sure SOMEONE retconned this to fit the established timeline... but it all just reads like early post Episode I fan fiction of a botanist.
"Bottom line: I have read more than thirty Star Wars books. I am not saying I am an authority in this field, I am just saying I am no rookie to these books and I enjoyed the majority. In my opinion this book is bad. The writing is mostly bad and the plotting is horrible. All that it offers the reader for the overreaching Star Wars plot is handled way better in Outbound Flight.
"As a standalone adventure it is a tedious, long, confusing and simply a strange read. I think this is the worst Star Wars book I have read to date."

Rating: 1 / 5

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