[[ BOOKS ]] ✭ Shadow Games Author Michael Reaves – Justinfoline.us

Shadow Games SOME GAMES ARE PLAYED FOR LIFE OR DEATH Javul Charn Is The Most Famous Pop Star In The Galaxy And The Runaway Bride Of A Violent Lieutenant In Black Sun, The Crime Syndicate Commanded By Prince Xizor Or So Javul Says Soon After Dash Rendar, Broke And Desperate, Agrees To Be Javul S Bodyguard, He Realizes That Openness Is Not Her Strong Suit And That Murder Is Stalking Her Tour Between The Discovery Of Dead Bodies In A Cargo Hold And An Attack By An Unidentified Warship, Dash And Co Pilot Eaden Vrill Desperately Try To Understand Who Is Terrorizing Javul S Tour And Why When Han Solo Suddenly Joins Javul S Road Show, The Stakes Are Raised Even Higher Now Dash, Who Has A History With Han And An Even Worse History With Prince Xizor, Follows His Instincts, His Discoveries, And Javul Herself Straight Into A World That May Be Too Dangerous To Survive

[[ BOOKS ]] ✭ Shadow Games  Author Michael Reaves – Justinfoline.us
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 338 pages
  • Shadow Games
  • Michael Reaves
  • English
  • 02 March 2019
  • 0345511204

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  1. says:

    Dash Rendar, with Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill and droid, Leebo, is in a bit of a sticky situation a recent Kessel Run and a run in with Imperials have left his ship, the Outrider, a bit of a mess Now he needs to scrape up some money to pay for the repairs, but where is a pilot without a ship going to find work Javul Charn solves that problem she says she has an obsessive fan on her tail and needs bodyguard work Only, once Dash, Eaden, and Leebo join Javul s crew, they quickly find out that Dash Rendar, with Nautolan copilot, Eaden Vrill and droid, Leebo, is in a bit of a sticky situation a recent Kessel Run and a run in with Imperials have left his ship, the Outrider, a bit of a mess Now he needs to scrape up some money to pay for the repairs, but where is a pilot without a ship going to find work Javul Charn solves that problem she says she has an obsessive fan on her tail and needs bodyguard work Only, once Dash, Eaden, and Leebo join Javul s crew, they quickly find out that nothing is as it seems.I ve been pumped about this book for quite some time You see, Michael Reaves is one of my favorite Star Wars authors He might have his hiccups Death Star , but overall, he is a competent writer and an interesting storyteller I had thought based on REALLY early summaries that this would be a follow up to his Coruscant Nights trilogy, and I won t deny that I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it was about Dash Rendar instead Dash hasn t been my favorite character if you read my review of Shadows of the Empire, you ll see I wrote that I felt he was too much like Han Solo However, even that couldn t dampen my excitement too much for this book, and on the most part, I was pleasantly surprised.Michael Reaves and coauthor Maya Bohnhoff newbie to Star Wars Expanded Universe do a great job with characters Dash Rendar is the most sympathetic I ve ever read him No longer was he a Han Solo carbon copy I felt he was his own character, with his own motivations, with his own reckless behavior such as during the beginning, when he is making the Kessel Run , with his own doubts and misgivings Eaden Vrill was my personal favorite he was the deadpan straight man to Dash Rendar, the Mr Spock, if you will which is odd, as Mr Spock from Star Trek isn t my favorite character I liked bringing in the teras kasi master to the novels something I haven t seen yet , and even his being related to Kit Fist, a fairly major canon character, isn t unfathomable Leebo was a riot Sure, Reaves is not unaccustomed to smart talking droids I Five, anyone , but Leebo is not I Five I Five was sentient, self aware, capable of being snarky on his own, and Leebo most certainly is not he is snarky because of a program from a previous master Han Solo is in top form I love how Dash finds him irritating and obnoxious, and yet, Han Solo is never out of character though it is sacrilege to send Chewie away when this would be a perfect opportunity to showcase him.I wish I could say the other characters were as delightful and charming, but for me, they weren t Javul Charn was one shade of irritating after another Here was this woman who consistently lies, runs away, putting herself in danger at the expense of others, and yet we are supposed to be charmed to death because she is so sweet and innocent and beautiful BLECH I m sorry, but if I were Dash, there would have been several times I would have throttled the woman Tell the frakkin truth already, hussy And as a sidenotewhere are the drugs, the booze, the boys, the dancers that should be dripping all over her I m not asking for raunchy, wild sex or opium dens, but having a popstar this squeaky clean feels really fake Javul is the most sanitized popstar since Hannah Montana, a fictional popstar meant for TWEENS.As for the rest of the cast, largely unmemorable Dara, Javul s stage manager, starts out like she would be interesting, but then disappears into the background Her only character is that Dash calls her Spike A ton of Javul s crew the captain, the first mate, the engineer, the cargo master, the costumer, all whose names I have forgotten are introduced only to make the mysteryinteresting in the beginning They are introduced and abruptly sent away, making me wonder why bother introducing them in the first place and no, to be a red herring is not a good excuse Hitch Kris really bordered on stereotypical Black Sun baddie all the comments about how he missed Javul only because her road show gave him an excuse to distribute contraband destroys any nuance his character could have And why can t bad guys have decent relationships Just because they are bad guys does NOT mean they are evil in love as well Edge introduces an interesting element an assassin out for Javul but other than his one note performance that stretches VERY thin by the end , there is nothing really to him.For the first half of the book, I really enjoyed the story Sure, it was your standard mystery, but I liked it Star Wars doesn t typically do standard mysteries, and it was pretty well done But once the story became yet another Rebel Empire plot, I checked out For once, I would like to read a story where the events didn t have some grand impact into the epic battle between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance Death Star and even the Coruscant Nights Trilogy were both decent novels, and neither relied on some silly Rebel plot to make the story work Not to mention, when we finally find out whodunnit , it was a conclusion that was confusing, badly explained not a complaint you will see me give very often I usually like authors to let me figure out how the culprit did the dirty , and basically ended up being exactly the person s you predicted halfway through or earlier.Also, the story felt like it went on too long I won t go into too much detail, but the ending was drug out and a surprise was added that felt unnecessary and awkward, only inserted to make sure to squeeze in oneaction scene Granted, action scenes are well done in this book, but squeezing onein to make an action scene quota is unnecessary The writing is pretty solid, but that is what I ve come to expect from Reaves I get the impression that Bohnhoff might have done quite a bit of the writing itself, as I didn t see many of Reaves favorite words frisson, for example Sometimes, Dash becomes too emotional, too talky about his feelings like a woman , and I am guessing that Bhonhoff wrote those sections However, still kudos to her for doing such a good job.And now, we return for another Nerd Nitpicks WARNING Nerd Nitpicks may have what some consider to be light spoilers Proceed with warning.1 TATOOINE REALLY Our famous holostar was raised on Tatooine, the supposed buttcrack of the galaxy, the point farthest from the bright center NOTE TO AUTHORS STOP USING TATOOINE AS THE HUB OF YOUR ENTIRE STORY 2 ALDERAAN ARE YOU SERIOUS Are the only two planets in this galaxy Tatooine and Alderaan 3 Javul is Leia s cousin Are you kidding me Is it not big enough that she is a holostar, but she also has to be connected to EVERY SINGLE MAJOR CHARACTER in the original trilogy and if you don t think so related to Leia flew on the Millennium Falcon with Han lived on Tatooine like Luke.4 Can we PLEASE have an Imperial who takes his job seriously D Vox is just a joke I know he s supposed to be from some comic I haven t read, so that s why his characters is painted as it is, but still All these slobby, power hungry, money grubbing Imperials makes me want to pull my hair out I ve said it once, I ll say it a million times I don t doubt that the Empire has plenty of these kinds of guys, but you can t tell me that the Empire would still be in existence if not for the average bail who legitimately believes in the cause.5 Tatooine is 36 hrs away from Kessel at SUBLIGHT Does not computedoes not compute6 Empire Murders Family Sob Story 376,567 Javul s mommy and daddy were harmless traveling musicians when the Empire goes, They used to be in the Republic militarylet s kill em Yeah, that s my first thought too Let s murder the people who were in the military because they might rise up against you How did the Empire last 20 years again Thank you for joining us for another Nerd Nitpicks I feel the first half of this book issolid than the latter half, though fans of thetraditional Star Wars novel might think the opposite I liked the mystery, I liked the investigation Once the novel turned into a standard Rebels vs Imperials , I just didn t think it worked I still enjoyed myself and was stunned to find myself liking Dash Rendar A decent time waster and a perfect place for a Star Wars newbie to jump in I hope both Reaves and Bohnhoff get to write a lotStar Wars novels in the future


  2. says:

    This one turned out really good The authors really got Han Solo right The is the first time I ve read a novel involving Han in which the book portrayal matched the original Harrison Ford movie version.The primary protagonist left something to be desired but the rest of the characters were great If Dash had beencomplicated I think I would have been willing to give it five stars I would give it 4.4 stars if the option was available because my issues with Dash don t warrant a full point o This one turned out really good The authors really got Han Solo right The is the first time I ve read a novel involving Han in which the book portrayal matched the original Harrison Ford movie version.The primary protagonist left something to be desired but the rest of the characters were great If Dash had beencomplicated I think I would have been willing to give it five stars I would give it 4.4 stars if the option was available because my issues with Dash don t warrant a full point off Sometimes Star Wars novel characters can be too cookie cutter This was different and along with the story made it an enjoyable read Also, it tells a story that is alluded to but never revealed until now concerning certain information that was, acquired at a great cost.Reaves is not one of my favorite authors but he did a good job on this one If you ve seen A New Hope then you can jump right into this book In fact it is probably a good way to get introduced to Star Wars novels if you haven t read any before


  3. says:

    Was a little skeptical at first with the story line.Famous singer on the Holonet being harassed by a stalker.However their was a whole lotto the story.The droids in the story were hilarious.Throw in Han Solo and you got yourself one heck of a ride.


  4. says:

    I ve never seen The Bodyguard, but when my wife heard me tutting to myself about the plot of this novel, and asked me to describe it, she said, that s The Bodyguard, just in space.I can t argue Anyway, despite itsthan passing resemblance to a blockbuster movie, this novel was still a Star Wars romp, with a refreshingly different flavour to the typical Star Wars story.What knocks it down to a 3 star rating is the poor writing style, the pretty clich d characters, and the inadequate resea I ve never seen The Bodyguard, but when my wife heard me tutting to myself about the plot of this novel, and asked me to describe it, she said, that s The Bodyguard, just in space.I can t argue Anyway, despite itsthan passing resemblance to a blockbuster movie, this novel was still a Star Wars romp, with a refreshingly different flavour to the typical Star Wars story.What knocks it down to a 3 star rating is the poor writing style, the pretty clich d characters, and the inadequate research done by the authors the in universe references are full of chronologically unlikely bits, such as mentions of ewoks pre ROTJ , or terminology such as antigrav , when atypical in universe term would be repulsorlift.The story would have worked just as well if the hero had been Han Solo instead of Dash Rendar, but I suppose it is nice to see a little bitof the Shadows of the Empire protagonist So, in essence fun, but lightweight


  5. says:

    Original Post and then, I like to read the occasional Star Wars novel I ve been interested in reading Shadow Games, one of Arrow s newer Star Wars titles for quite some time now, and when I brought it a few days ago in Waterstones along with a couple of other books I cracked it open and began to read And, I found the novel to be quite enjoyable Really, I did it was a fun, space opera romp that allows me to continue saying that all the Star Wars n Original Post and then, I like to read the occasional Star Wars novel I ve been interested in reading Shadow Games, one of Arrow s newer Star Wars titles for quite some time now, and when I brought it a few days ago in Waterstones along with a couple of other books I cracked it open and began to read And, I found the novel to be quite enjoyable Really, I did it was a fun, space opera romp that allows me to continue saying that all the Star Wars novels that I ve read are good, even if Shadow Games is only my third.This particular novel follows the adventures of Dash Rendar and his crew who are stranded on Tatooine with a broken down hyperdrive, when they at last find a way to raise credits in order to repair that hyperdrive The saviour comes in the form of Javul Charn, a human holostar who has problems of her own, and is stalked by an over zealous fan Needing a bodyguard to protect her during the tour to the Corellian Run, she and Dash soon find themselves working together That is, right up until things go wrong, very wrong and when Han Solo, Dash s rival, shows up to help it seems unlikely that Dash, even with the help of Han, will be able to help Javul Charn.After all, Dash couldn t even protect his own family This is the first novel that I ve read by both these authors, and right from the start I can see plot holes with Shadow Games For example, unless I missed something it s unlikely that Javul Charn would hire a bunch of smugglers when you could hire severalbodyguards who actually know what they re doing However, that s not to say Shadow Games was bad though far from it, I really enjoyed the collaboration by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff you couldn t tell if there was a change in writing pace where one took over from the other indeed, even if one did take over from the other , as the pace is consistently fast throughout this novel.Although Shadow Games lacks lightsaber fights between Jedi and Sith, and big scaled ground air battles commonly seen in the movies and various other novels, this particular addition to the Expanded Universe doesn t really need the addition of any lightsaber boasting character to make the story better After all, if something isn t broke, why fix it Shadow Games itself is an appropriately named title, for reasons that I won t delve into here due to verging onto the spoiler territory, but at least I m glad that it s not called Dash Rendar and the Shadow Games See my review of Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor , or something else along those lines.Although not a super fast, whizzing through pages, staying up until 1am to see what will happen next read, Shadow Games is an enjoyable, evenly paced read and despite its flaws, is a well crafted read that will have me looking forward to reading anything by either Michael Reaves or Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff in the future, Star Wars or not.Shadow Games, isn t a game changing story that will shape the future of the Star Wars universe, and indeed it doesn t pretend to be, after all, it s set just before A New Hope, despite the fact that there are indeed a lot hints towards George Lucas Episodes IV and V that left me smiling once I spotted them, and this novel could have almost been a prequel movie to Episode IV.This novel is also one of those sort of novels that get better as it goes on, you start off not expecting much by it but as the story goes on, you start to getintrigued by what Reaves and Bohnhoff have to offer, so don t put it down if you struggle to get into it at first You ll like it or at least, you should.Verdict 4 5


  6. says:

    Shadow Games was, as Star Wars novels go, merely mediocre It was an interesting premise go outside the normal realm of seedy criminals, warriors, and aristocracy and look at some mainstream pop culture holostars Of course, this seemed too good to be true, and was, since the holostar business turns out to be nothingthan a theme, a novel setting for the same old saving the galaxy amid plenty of tense violence story The fact that Charn was a performer figured into the story in logistica Shadow Games was, as Star Wars novels go, merely mediocre It was an interesting premise go outside the normal realm of seedy criminals, warriors, and aristocracy and look at some mainstream pop culture holostars Of course, this seemed too good to be true, and was, since the holostar business turns out to be nothingthan a theme, a novel setting for the same old saving the galaxy amid plenty of tense violence story The fact that Charn was a performer figured into the story in logistical ways, in detail, but not in plot that is determined by her role in politics nor in perspective, since the story is told from Dash Rendar s perspective Dash s presence here seems gratuitous and unfortunate He is out of his element a smuggler acting as security chief and no good reason is given why he should be chosen for that role Though I typically bridle at the reckless inclusion of big name characters like Han, he was at least acting in an appropriate role here, as a smuggler and ship captain Though I won t spoil it, the main plot point itself is by far the worst gratuitous addition adding another element to a party that already has too many guests, and in turn making this tale really about saving the galaxy which it didn t need to be The worst mistake in the book, which I can t believe got past the editors, was that the authors severely misunderstood interplanetary travel For some reason, they seemed to think that sublightspeed travel could go between planets within days and weeks, instead of years It s simply not done without hyperdrives, there is no way to cross interstellar space I don t understand how they could have flubbed that one, even acknowledging the inconsistencies and ambiguities surrounding hyperspace travel


  7. says:

    This book just didn t do it for me I was never caught up in the story It never drew me in and held me in suspense like most of the other Star Wars books I ve read Another problem I had with it is the style in which it was written Far too verbose for me Some sentences seemed downright laughable I quote The approaching ship was stealth black, so light sucking fuliginous that it registered on Dash s wonky perception as a hole in space And there are better ways to describe very dark tha This book just didn t do it for me I was never caught up in the story It never drew me in and held me in suspense like most of the other Star Wars books I ve read Another problem I had with it is the style in which it was written Far too verbose for me Some sentences seemed downright laughable I quote The approaching ship was stealth black, so light sucking fuliginous that it registered on Dash s wonky perception as a hole in space And there are better ways to describe very dark than stygian , in my opinion This seems to be common to all of Mr Reaves material in the first two pages of the included preview to his book Jedi Twilight , I had to look up ecumenopolis , animalcule , and interregnum I pity the people who read that without instant electronic dictionary lookup Summary The slow storyline, writing style, and all around non Star Wars feel prevented me from enjoying this book Oh, and did I mention that exactly 15% of this book is ads trying to get you to buy other books Not what I paid for


  8. says:

    The premise of Shadow Games is that a superstar singer has to hire a bodyguard to keep her safe from obsessive fans and other threats while she s on tour So, yeah, this is The Bodyguard set in the universe of Star Wars, in what is the most unlikely meshing of stories I ve yet seen in the Expanded Universe.Amazingly, the story isn t that bad It s not the most exciting novel I ve read so far, but it moves as well as any of the other Star Wars books, and touches on enough of the usual tropes one The premise of Shadow Games is that a superstar singer has to hire a bodyguard to keep her safe from obsessive fans and other threats while she s on tour So, yeah, this is The Bodyguard set in the universe of Star Wars, in what is the most unlikely meshing of stories I ve yet seen in the Expanded Universe.Amazingly, the story isn t that bad It s not the most exciting novel I ve read so far, but it moves as well as any of the other Star Wars books, and touches on enough of the usual tropes one would expect to find in the book The downside of those usual tropes is that it becomes obvious what s really going on when the bodyguard is sensing the singer isn t telling him everything he needs to know I won t spoil it for you, but if you can t figure it out by the halfway point, maybe you re new to the world of Star Wars.I wouldn t rank Shadow Games among the worst the EU has to offer, but neither is it the best That s a sentence that perfectly illustrates the saying, damning with faint praise , but this isn t exactly a book to get too excited about Fans of Reaves might like it, since it follows his usual style


  9. says:

    I made it a 3rd of the way through, not really enjoying the book, before I recalled that Michael Reaves was a TV writer of numerous cartoons back in the 80s and 90s One cartoon in particular reminded me of this novel I checked imdb.com and yep, sure enough, Reaves had written an episode Jem and the Holograms Ugh ABANDONED.


  10. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This particular novel, which takes place prior to Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, is among others that prove how great a Star Wars novel can be even when it does not center on the main characters of the films On top of that, there are not even any Jedi or Sith in this novel Though the are mentioned Though Han Solo is a character in the story Chewbacca is absent because he is with his wife and their infant son Lumpawarrump on Kashyyyk ,focus is put on Dash Rendar Though I have no This particular novel, which takes place prior to Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, is among others that prove how great a Star Wars novel can be even when it does not center on the main characters of the films On top of that, there are not even any Jedi or Sith in this novel Though the are mentioned Though Han Solo is a character in the story Chewbacca is absent because he is with his wife and their infant son Lumpawarrump on Kashyyyk ,focus is put on Dash Rendar Though I have not yet read Shadows of the Empire a title that may have influenced the naming of this novel , I do know a bit about Rendar s role in that story, which also features his joking droid companion Leebo.Since Eaden Vrill, the Nautolan co pilot of Dash Rendar, does not appear in Shadows of the Empire, I expected him to die within this story, which he did He did, however, turn out to be an interesting character Vrill practiced a fighting style called Ter s K si and was named albeit through an anagram, as is, interestingly, Nautolan tradition after a master of the art named Neaed Fisto, an uncle of Kit Fisto, Jedi Master and general during The Clone Wars.Anyway, Rendar is hired to be the bodyguard of Javul Charn, who performs holodramas Rendar gets to know the Holostar, with whom he has a bit of a romance, and finds out about her enemies, including the Galactic Empire and Black Sun, the latter being a criminal organization run by Prince Xizor, a villain in Shadows of the Empire We also hear about theology directly, which is rare in Star Wars as far as I have read Equilibriates believed in Cosmic Balance, meaning that someone s fortune could be someone else s misfortune This has been mentioned in few other novels Since Charn states that her final stop on the tour is Alderaan, I kept getting worried that she would stay on Alderaan and end up dying there during its destruction by the Death Star Alas, this may not be the case I also wondered if the ending would tie into the appearance of Dash s ship, the Outrider, taking off from Mos Eisley in the Special Edition of A New Hope Though this scene was not mentioned, the presence of Stormtroopers may be a hint that Han is close to meeting Luke Skywalker and Ben Kenobi.The only flaw that I can spot in this book is the plethora of foreshadowing of events of the films I was okay when Han called Rendar a loser, mirroring what Lando called him in Episode V But then the novel kept on having Han examine Rendar s relationship with Charn who turns out to be affiliated with the Rebellion and saying that he would never end up with someone who was like that, which we all know he does The novel s ending left a bad aftertaste Rendar says that he would only help the Rebellion if Han ever joined, then Leebo says that Han would be frozen in carbonite before then I suppose that I should be thankful that they did not go the extra mile by having Rendar say, I will help the Rebellion after a moisture farmer leaves Tatooine, blows up the Death Star, becomes a Jedi, and turns out to be the son of Darth Vader On a side note, mild but not too mild language is uttered by Rendar a few times, which reminds readers of a couple of Han moments from the films, thus reinforcing the notion that smugglers sound different from Jedi, Sith, and politicians

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