Death Star

Death Star

Book - 2007
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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.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : LucasBooks/Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780345477439
9780345477422
Branch Call Number: REAVE
Characteristics: 363 p
Additional Contributors: Perry, Steve

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Chinderixx
Dec 30, 2017

The first half/part of Death Star felt slow because all it was doing was introducing all the main characters and eventually getting their stories to all cross over or meet. Though this story wasn't bad, I thought it focused too much on the characters romantic relationships and love interests. Some of the guy characters, particularly Ruata, were just really dirty minded. It was kind of sad. The characters also drank a whole ton, and I found it surprising that they could do anything soberly. Anyways, I thought the part that explained how the Death Star was built, what went into its construction, and how regular people that weren't rebels were impacted was interesting. I thought it was cool for the authors to include Natashi Daala, (from The Jedi Academy Trilogy, Fate of the Jedi series, etc..), in this story, but it was also great that this story coincided with events from A New Hope, so we get to see classic scenes written in a different perspective other than from the point of view of Han, Luke, and Leia. The second half of the book with the scenes from A New Hope was definitely the funnest and most enjoyable part to read.

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gtiemen
Dec 29, 2014

I found the relationship between Tarkin and Vader much different than the movie. In the movie Tarkin called Vader friend.

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OrwellsLament
Oct 28, 2014

An interesting, in-depth look at some of the characters and settings we glimpsed in ANH, plus more. Meet the guy who pulled the lever on Alderaan, the imperial librarian who leaked the plans to the deathstar, the architect who placed the thermal vent in it's fateful location. This book hit all the right notes.

henstocks Mar 10, 2013

An entertaining look at the inside of the Death Star that brings together a wide variety of characters ranging from Grand Moff Tarkin to prisoners from the planet Despayre. Its fun to see the events of Episode IV-A New Hope being retold in "Death Star", but seen from a different perspective. The ending is too far-fetched in my opinion, but overall a good read.

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Chinderixx
Dec 30, 2017

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Chinderixx
Dec 30, 2017

PILOT 1: "Copy, sir."
PILOT 2: "Yes, sir!"
PILOT 3: "No sweat."
VILLAIN DANCE: "Anyell, I didn't hear your response."
ANYELL: "Oh, sorry sir, I was taking a little nap. What was the question?"

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