[Epub] ↠ Death Star Author Michael Reaves – Justinfoline.us

Death Star THAT S NO MOON Obi Wan KenobiThe 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 GalaxySoldiers 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

[Epub] ↠ Death Star  Author Michael Reaves – Justinfoline.us
  • Hardcover
  • 363 pages
  • Death Star
  • Michael Reaves
  • English
  • 15 December 2018
  • 0345477421

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  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here There are problems with all licensed fiction.Then there are problems with Star Wars licensed fiction.My general complaint about licensed fiction is the hacky prose I like direct writing When I tried to reread the Aliens series of books as an adult I was struck by the sub Dean Koontz clumsiness of the prose It s all like that, even when there s a good story or even a good idea involved.My issues with Star Wars licensed fiction are multiple The first I feel was best addressed by Gabe from Pe There are problems with all licensed fiction.Then there are problems with Star Wars licensed fiction.My general complaint about licensed fiction is the hacky prose I like direct writing When I tried to reread the Aliens series of books as an adult I was struck by the sub Dean Koontz clumsiness of the prose It s all like that, even when there s a good story or even a good idea involved.My issues with Star Wars licensed fiction are multiple The first I feel was best addressed by Gabe from Penny Arcade when he said, This jackass just said that something can go through a ferrocrete bunker like a neutrino through plasma I get it, man It says Star Wars on the cover I know I m reading about Star Wars It s like, do they not have butter in space Or hot knives to cut it with Even the most basic metaphor has the nouns swapped out for some hokey space equivalent.My other issue in most extended universe stories is the constant, CONSTANT references to famous scenes from Star Wars movies There s a high probability that you ve already seen the movies at least once if you re braving the fiction, making it ridiculous for Luke Skywalker to spend multiple pages reminiscing about that time he totally hung out with that Yoda guy.Beyond that, there s the general issue of it all being humorless, a sad state of affairs common to sci fi and George Lucas, making it a double wammy when his hired nerd mercenaries write his prose.Death Star has a premise so good it almost bucks the trend It s a story about the construction of the Death Star and the issues of people running various aspects of the operation.And for most of the book it actually works, clumsy prose, dorky metaphors, and humorlessness aside Pointing out that the guy pulling the trigger on the giant cannon might feel conflicted with essentially being a genoicide gunner is compelling, as is observing that a million people got blown up by Luke Skywalker while Han Solo went, Yee haw It made me realize there s probably a disgusting asteroid belt of junk and scorched bodies that someone might feel the need to clean up at some point.They really address the Star Wars universe in a morally ambiguous way that almost undermines the Star Wars mythos rather deviously.Until the last fifty pages of course, when half the characters we ve grown to sympathize with make a daring escape from the Death Star at the last minute As is Lucas way, defeat is snatched from the jaws of victory.Damn it Damn it to hell My high school acting teacher once said that a traditional tragedy is where you know it s going to end badly from the beginning What could betragic than the stories of people doing mundane do nothing jobs on the Death Star You re going to get blown up, and it wasn t even your fight.But why go for a dramatic and powerful ending when you can take the people pleasing cowards way out by having them ride off into the sunset having a corny conversation about what their plans are for their new lives It gets the one star primarily for the ending


  2. says:

    Death Star or How I Learned to Fall Asleep and Leave the EmpireNormally, I do not bother buying the hardcover editions They are rather expensive and hard to carry around But when I saw this one signed by both authors, I figured why not Ever since the movie, The Empire Strikes Back, I have adored the Empire So, I leapt into this one as soon as I had the opportunity.As Star Wars geeks know, the Death Star has been around in various stages since around the time of The Phantom Menace as mention Death Star or How I Learned to Fall Asleep and Leave the EmpireNormally, I do not bother buying the hardcover editions They are rather expensive and hard to carry around But when I saw this one signed by both authors, I figured why not Ever since the movie, The Empire Strikes Back, I have adored the Empire So, I leapt into this one as soon as I had the opportunity.As Star Wars geeks know, the Death Star has been around in various stages since around the time of The Phantom Menace as mentioned in the book, Rogue Planet But only after Revenge of the Sith has it been possible to start construction on this beast of a weapon With construction underway, the Empire is having some difficulties Labor problems, sabotage, and power struggles are only the tip of the iceberg, as we know that the ominous weapon is about to have an infamous encounter with a simple farm boy.What I Liked From the moment I saw him in A New Hope, Grand Moff Tarkin has fascinated me I will be bold and say that he is probably my favorite Imperial, but most certainly the epitome of an Imperial officer I enjoyed reading about him in Rogue Planet and hearing about him in Jedi Academy Trilogy But these appearances didn t cut it he was much younger or a side long character shown in flashback Being able to see him just before his big screen debut is fun and enlightening Not to mention that the authors actually do a pretty good job of maintaining his characterization, as seen in A New Hope.This leads to my next favorite attribute about the book it is about the Empire So many of the Star Wars Expanded Universe books have been set after the Empire is destroyed post Jedi that characters like Tarkin and Darth Vader don t get a chance to be ominous or alive Evenrecently, with the release of the prequels, much time is spent understandably with the Clone Wars So now that the story line is mostly finished, it is great that authors get to have some reign in the twenty year according to Star Wars continuity Imperial reign It is even cooler to see what the Imperials thought of the actions during the movie but this is also a point that I have a problem with, see below.Further, some important questions were answered If the Jedi had only been extinct for a mere twenty years, why did no one seem to remember them Well, the book explains that with Because such talk is banned, adults shut up and don t tell their children This is why Luke is not so knowledgeable about it and also explains why Leia is Even the midichlorian concept is somewhat explained With all the floating pieces in the Star Wars continuity, it is nice to see books that attempt to fill in the gaps.What I Did Not Like Well, this book was not nearly as enjoyable as I had hoped I found many problems with it, which caused me to lack interest and thus take forever to finish it.1.Too many characters At first glance, the Dramatis Personae doesn t seem to be very imposing with a cast at about a dozen names I mean, the Republic Commando novels had several characters, but most of those were very sidelong characters which, by the way, I did not enjoy in my opinion, the Dramatis Personae should be reserved for major characters In Death Star, each name mentioned in the Dramatis Personae is given multiple point of views pov With about 360 pages and 13 characters, this gives approximately 27 pages per character Let me repeat that only 27 pages can be devoted to each of the equally important characters How is a person supposed to develop any bond to characters if they, on average, have only 27 pages to talk about themselves 2.Poor characterizations Hand in hand with too many characters, comes poor characterization Besides perhaps Tarkin, Darth Vader, and Celot Dil, the characters are as flat as an empty tortilla shell Atour is not even introduced until about halfway through the book and even then, you keep wondering why the authors bothered to throw him in Daala goes from being a strong female Imperial officer to a Mary Sue of an atrocious kind I do not think this is anything like what Kevin J Anderson had in mind I forgot all about Kornell from the MedStar dulogy Reading his entries made me realize why I had forgotten him e.g., he made little impression Memah and Rodo have a worthless backstory who cares how they got onto the Death Star I could see Nova s Jedi potential coming from a mile away Tenn, Motti, and Villan had potential but not enough time Tenn grewinteresting towards the end with his conflict over firing the Death Star, but it was hard to feel it as I didn t really know him And Teelaoh, don t get me started on her Being able to reject Darth Vader s mind presence and being a super architect architects deal with drawings engineers do the design work, the calculations, and the analysis let s just say, she wasn t my favorite character All these people at the end meet in a very contrived fashion and decide all together that the Empire is bad and needs to be destroyed For once, I would like to see someone in the Empire who wasn t power hungry or desiring to join the Rebel Alliance Where are those dedicated to the Imperial cause 3.Story starts too early This one took me some time to notice, but when I did, I wondered how I missed it The story starts with a very brief backstory of where the character is and how the character finds him herself on the Death Star This could work if the characters were better, but since the characters are so vague and uninteresting, reading about where they are pre Death Star and how they get on the Death Star redefines the word boring.4.Little action About the most exciting part of the first section of the book is when Celot Dil escapes Despayre and gets onto the Death Star The second part, which covers the material in the movie, is muchaction packed, but seriously, for a Star Wars book, this is one of the least action packed books I have read.5.Unknown timeline How long does it take to go from the beginning of the book to the end As an old professor used to say Yes To me, it would make sense for a few years to pass, but how much time actually passes is never clearly stated All we know is that the book does terminate at 0 BBY Not very helpful.6.Excessive detail Ever wanted to know how the Death Star s guns worked What sort of detail had to be placed into designing the Death Star The details of a surgery Well, this is the book for you I know it wasn t for me I nearly fell asleep when Tenn talked about how he didn t trust the engineers what is it with this book and bashing engineers with the Death Star s guns or when Teela went to painful extents to talk about how difficult her job was If I wanted this much detail, I would have gotten a non fiction book about these things.7.Romance Gosh Don t let these guys near romance All three of the romance stories are completely bungled up The Tarkin Daala angle might have been interesting had Daala not been reduced to a play toy Memah Celot s romance made me gag And seeing how Teela and Vil got together was nothing new at all Please, please, please, Michael, Steve, never, ever, ever write a romance sub plot again 8.Unanswered questions How do the Rebels get the Death Star plans How do they sabotage the Death Star How does Admiral Daala find out the information about the destruction of the Star Destroyer before people who were actually there Why in the heck does the Death Star have a fem store when the Empire doesn t even approve of female officers Well, if you wanted these questions answered in this book, just stop right now They won t be.9.Movie Overlap This point is one of those gray areas On one hand, I really enjoyed reading about the Imperials perspectives, their feelings, thoughts, etc On the other hand, I got tired of the word for word account of the movie and how everyone gets to see Princess Leia, Han, Luke, and Chewie A little goes a long way.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence Star Wars language is about as rough as it gets.Twi lek females are described in a slightly sexualized manner Tarkin calls Admiral Daala to the Death Star for a personal briefing One scene includes him in bed and Daala coming out of the shower He also talks about how on fire he is despite his age Romantic sparks fly across the Death Star along with the innuendos attached to the romantic situations.Despayre is a prisoner planet, filled with violence and death Nova Stihl is a martial artist He and Rodo, the bouncer, end up in a few fights Also, several big explosions i.e Alderaan occur in the book.Overall I was hoping for so much to happen in this book I was looking forward to Tarkin, Darth Vader, and Admiral Motti I was looking forward to seeing how the Death Star was constructed I was looking forward to seeing how the Rebels stole the plans I was looking forward to seeing the Empire in full bloom.Man, am I disappointed Tarkin, Darth Vader, and Motti are herein between almost 12 other characters The Death Star is constructedbut it sure isn t the focus of this novel The Rebels stole the Death Star plans Golly, I would never have known from this book At least the Empire is in full bloombut no one is dedicated to it once they find out how bad the Empire is.Ultimately, I really don t think the long wait to find out what happened before young Luke s fateful adventure was worth it The novel, written by authors who deftly created the MedStar duology and outdid themselves, in my opinion and their own individual accomplishments remember the stunning Shadow Hunter by Reaves or the amazing Shadows of the Empire by Perry , write the most boring, fluff novel that I have seen in the Star Wars universe And they named it Death Star Hm, I think a better title would be Bored Star Even the second act, muchaction packed than the first, could not save the book Very poor entry into the Star Wars world I would not recommend


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    Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry is not a Star Wars novel that just happens to be written by Reaves and Perry it s a novel by Reaves and Perry that just happens to be set in the Star Wars universe That s an important distinction, and may explain why fans of Perry and Reaves collaborations or of Steve Perry and Michael Reaves individually will enjoy the novel immensely, but Star Wars fanboys may be dissatisfied The book is, in fact, an absorbing character study of a handful of Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry is not a Star Wars novel that just happens to be written by Reaves and Perry it s a novel by Reaves and Perry that just happens to be set in the Star Wars universe That s an important distinction, and may explain why fans of Perry and Reaves collaborations or of Steve Perry and Michael Reaves individually will enjoy the novel immensely, but Star Wars fanboys may be dissatisfied The book is, in fact, an absorbing character study of a handful of ordinary people stationed on the Death Star just prior to its completion a TIE fighter pilot, a conscripted architect, a battle weary surgeon who is a character from a previous work by the same authors , a storm trooper who is also a martial arts expert, etcetera We watch as each of these men and women and several others come to terms with their rationalizations for serving the Empire As the Death Star begins taking millions of lives, each of these characters is forced to make a decision about the future The Death Star is a setting, not a central plot point, and thus it is dealt with only in passing though we do get a better picture of what such a large station would actually contain There are a few interesting passages elaborating on the relationship between Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, which is not quite as two dimensional or as clear cut in terms of authority as it might appear in Episode IV Of particular interest to me was the subplot involving the chief gunner aboard the Death Star, a loyal Imperial trooper who, eager to fire the big gun, realizes to his horror that he has become a killer of planets after the Death Star goes operational A few of the other characters will seem eerily familiar particularly a cantina owner and her loyal security man to anyone who has read Steve Perry s work starting with The Man Who Never Missed The prison planet setting in which the novel opens is particularly familiar ground for Reaves and Perry, who collaborated on the excellent The Omega Cage which is about a prison break from a bleak, futuristic penitentiary on an inhospitable world Towards the end of the novel, scenes are taken verbatim from Episode IV and woven into the tales of the various characters, in some cases amplified slightly as we hear the thoughts of those involved Given that any fan of Star Wars knows how the novel must end, it s no mean trick that the reader will still be curious to see how this novel ends I enjoyed Death Star immensely and would recommend it to both those who enjoy work in this genre, but to fans of Reaves and Perry especially


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    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 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


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    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 Ho 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 somethingThe quality of Star Wars novels has really dropped these last couple years


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    My opinion on this book is not neutral.http i50.photobucket.com albums f35It s weird because this book shouldn t matter to me since it was part of the Legends universe and a minor tie in However, the very premise of the book really just gets my gourd as an author It s a book which is born from the conversation between Dante and Randal in Clerks It s about the wrong Death Star but the premise is the same What about all the dudes on the Death Star who didn t deserve to be blown up whe My opinion on this book is not neutral.http i50.photobucket.com albums f35It s weird because this book shouldn t matter to me since it was part of the Legends universe and a minor tie in However, the very premise of the book really just gets my gourd as an author It s a book which is born from the conversation between Dante and Randal in Clerks It s about the wrong Death Star but the premise is the same What about all the dudes on the Death Star who didn t deserve to be blown up when Luke Skywalker dropped his torpedo down its thermal exhaust port The janitorial staff, baristas, and guys who ran the cafeteria, basically.Well, the answer to that question was IN Clerks as they had a guy talk about how your politics is going to influence your job anyway If you re going to take a job working for the Empire on their doomsday weapon then maybe you should note it s dangerous Both for you and the nameless billions who perished on Alderaan and a planet called Despayre it turns out.Next, the fact this question is being asked is reducing Star Wars conception of war to an evenchildish level than a series made for children ages 4 400 Because, goodness knows, good people might get HURT in war when planets are on the line Biggs, Obi Wan Kenobi, Porkins, all those Rebels in the Tantive IV, Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru, and Gold Leader being among the many people who died because of the Empire.This book is basically a story about a bunch of nice people on the Death Star who get caught up in the war It s the ending, though, which bothers me It s so tonally dissonant and completely wrong headed I literally had to restrain myself from throwing the book The only time I ve ever had to do that was with Kevin J Anderson s Dune prequels What bothered me What drove me to such anger Warning it s a spoiler for the book You have been warned.They all live at the end but for the guy who blew up Alderaan Yes, they all escape at the end during the Battle of Yavin No, the Empire doesn t chase them down with TIE Fighters or shoot them during their escape They, instead, reach the surface of Yavin IV and join the Rebellion against the Empire.What the Force You mean to tell me, you wrote a book about humanizing all the nameless cogs in the Empire s ultimate death machine and then you had them NOT DIE during the climax They did that as a JOKE during Phineas and Ferb s Star Wars special I mean, what s the point of doing the book if you re going to do that I mean, it negates everything The writing isn t bad, I guess, and it has my favorite appearance of Admiral Daala in the franchise but I just don t understand what was going through the writers heads.4 10


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    Finally finished it It is a pretty quick read It is also pretty well written The book is basically the story of the construction of the Death Star It is divided in two parts the construction and then the shakedown cruise, which leads to the events in the first Star Wars film most people have seen by now I usually dislike books where I know the ending beforehand, but this book was actually interesting and engaging The first part where the station is constructed and the characters are intro Finally finished it It is a pretty quick read It is also pretty well written The book is basically the story of the construction of the Death Star It is divided in two parts the construction and then the shakedown cruise, which leads to the events in the first Star Wars film most people have seen by now I usually dislike books where I know the ending beforehand, but this book was actually interesting and engaging The first part where the station is constructed and the characters are introduced is actually pretty good Different people from diverse backgrounds come together in constructing the Death Star In the second part, we see some cameos from characters we knew in the film, but we get a different point of view, and that makes the book a good read as well The book features the character of Doctor Divini, which regular readers of Star Wars novels may recognize from the Medstar Duology by the way, I read those two book, and they are on my list Another character is a librarian, which for a librarian as me, was kind of cool too Overall, this was a good and pleasant read


  8. says:

    This book was fresh and enjoyable, with interesting characters and a nail biter ending At the beginning, it was rather hard to follow The book was written in short sections, generally nothan three pages long and usually less, following the story of one character This jumping from character to character was rather daunting, but I stuck to it, and it was worth it Of course, the good thing about an ensemble cast setup is that you get to watch each particular story develop until they all c This book was fresh and enjoyable, with interesting characters and a nail biter ending At the beginning, it was rather hard to follow The book was written in short sections, generally nothan three pages long and usually less, following the story of one character This jumping from character to character was rather daunting, but I stuck to it, and it was worth it Of course, the good thing about an ensemble cast setup is that you get to watch each particular story develop until they all crash head on I haven t read many books in that style, but I have to say I enjoy it Of course, this was a Star Wars book, and I know that s not really a compliment in the world of fiction Just a theory, but I think that when authors restrain themselves to a certain universe, as opposed to a genre, the creative juices floweasily And, geez, other genres don t feature Darth Vader as one of the star characters, and call me a 90s holdover Sci Fi nerd, but Darth Vader rocks


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    Star Wars books have increasingly becomesci fi than sci fantasy, going intodetail about the technical aspects of the universe than focusing on the larger than life stories based on myths that they should have Now we have a story about how a technological terror was constructed, which goes on an on about how big the Death Star is, how it was made, what parts weren t working, what needed to be changed, blah blah blah There are some new characters that are introduced and whom we fol Star Wars books have increasingly becomesci fi than sci fantasy, going intodetail about the technical aspects of the universe than focusing on the larger than life stories based on myths that they should have Now we have a story about how a technological terror was constructed, which goes on an on about how big the Death Star is, how it was made, what parts weren t working, what needed to be changed, blah blah blah There are some new characters that are introduced and whom we follow to see if they make it off the station in time since we know exactly how this turns out , but I wasn t all that interested in them by the time it was important There are some interesting views of some classic scenes from the first Star Wars film, a lot of the time from someone else s viewpoint, that are sort of fun, but the last third to quarter of the book is almost a re hash of the first film and since we ve seen that movie, there s no mystery or suspense as to what s going to happen


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    One expects that any Star Wars novel is going to be complete crap, and this one doesn t disappoint.Yet, this is a book that I have wanted to exist since I was a kid The scene in Star Wars where the Stormtroopers are standing around chatting gave us a glimpse into their everyday lives and I wantedThis book delivers, as we delve into the lives of regular folk who work on the Death Star These people have ancillary contact with the main characters as the events of the Star Wars movie unf One expects that any Star Wars novel is going to be complete crap, and this one doesn t disappoint.Yet, this is a book that I have wanted to exist since I was a kid The scene in Star Wars where the Stormtroopers are standing around chatting gave us a glimpse into their everyday lives and I wantedThis book delivers, as we delve into the lives of regular folk who work on the Death Star These people have ancillary contact with the main characters as the events of the Star Wars movie unfolds

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