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Star Wars: Scourge (Star Wars)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  698 ratings  ·  53 reviews
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous und ...more
Hardcover, Science Fiction Book Club, 280 pages
Published 2012 by Del Rey Books
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Crystal Starr Light
"Size matters not. Inertia, however, is a pain in the butt."

At the death of his apprentice, Toro Irana, Mander Zuma arrives on Makem Te to investigate why his apprentice died under such unusual circumstances and to finish up the mission. It becomes clear that Toro was addicted to a new, dangerous drug called Tempest. As he investigates, he teams up with Toro's sister, Reen, a Bothan named Eddey, and a CSA agent named Angela Krin. Where is the spice coming from--and can Mander, the unconventional
Sam Ang
May 04, 2012 Sam Ang rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars
Shelves: star-wars, sci-fi
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There is nothing novel in a story which featured a protagonist who was not confident in his abilities, even if he was a Jedi Master. But Mander Zuma was a different breed of Jedi Master - he was an Archivist. In other words, he was a librarian with spectacles to go with (yes, he really had specs).

What made Mander Zuma such an interesting character was his status as an Archivist (again, librarian with specs).
The rating is bumped up relative to others of this genre.

A refreshing change of pace from most Expanded Universe fare. Cast features none of the "usual suspects" and partly because of that major characters could grow during the story. And yet the history, racial types and geography of Star Wars are well represented. An amazingly subtle, well-plotted storyline.
Patrick Hayes
I enjoyed the book because it wasn't trying to be part of a trilogy or multi-part saga, it didn't have cameoes or even mention ANY of the major characters in the Star Wars universe, and it took me places that I've never been to, and I've been following this universe for quite some time, so that's saying something!

A rookie Jedi dies, his Master investigates and before you can say "I have a bad feeling about this" the book is neck deep in gangsters, thugs, assassins, drug dealers, biker gangs, and
John Keegan

While I certainly enjoy the long-form series of Star Wars novels, such as the recently concluded "Fate of the Jedi", I do think there needs to be a balance. Much like the Star Trek novels, there's room for continuity-laden continuations of the main timeline/narrative, and stand-alone novels set during a particular period or time. When there are massive events taking place in the galaxy, one would expect that the consequences and shifts in the status quo will have a ripple effect on the smaller s
A.N. Vidrine
I'm familiar with this author from his gaming works, though admittedly I don't think I've ever read any of his fiction. I hope there are better examples than this book out there.

I liked the premise: something a little different in the Star Wars universe, something that wasn't Saving The Galaxy (...galaxy...galaxy...galaxy...). I like that there were a good number of female characters.

But...oh, but...

The characters were flat and predictable (not surprising...I've discovered that most books that c
Michael Alexander Henke
I liked this book because it wasn't your typical Star Wars novel. You won't see any of the big established characters of the Expanded Universe, while a few may be mentioned here and there the cast is all new. The main character Mander Zuma is not your typical Jedi Knight. He spends most of his time in the archives and is essentially a Jedi Librarian. It was interesting to see a Jedi who isn't a complete unstoppable force in combat. Finally, there are some Hutts in the novel that are about as far ...more
Tom Ferratt
To my knowledge, this is Grubb's only novel in the Star Wars EU and his writing style and terminology is a bit of an adjustment compared to other established Star Wars authors but I enjoyed his approach for the most part. Scourge is more of a crime/mystery tale than a galaxy-spanning adventure that we have come to expect from the EU. Additionally, it is a very singular tale. Often a Star Wars novel will follow multiple characters and jump from scene-to-scene showing you the story from multiple a ...more
Morgan Elizbe
Gggeeegh this book.
On one hand I don't like it because it feels like a rough draft. Like this is the dialogue spine with minimal description thrown in for some clarity before you ship it to a good friend to make it bleed red ink.

While some scenery is described well enough to provide a good picture, it's skimmed over in other scenes. And some of those damned similes really needed to be cut. 'The two had as much in common as a droid and a puppy.' What the hell is that?

The transitions between sce
This wasn't one of my favorite Star Wars novels, but it was serviceable. None of the usual characters appear at all, which is a refreshing change; as much as I love the regular cast, there is only so much that can be expected to happen to them. With new characters, on the other hand, the sky is the limit in terms of the growth they can go through... which is part of why this book disappointed me a bit. The author gives us a fresh cast of characters and of them all, only one actually goes through ...more
Scourge is a fairly bizarre, ballsy concept. It is the novelization of a role-playing game sourcebook (Tempest Feud), built around the story of Scourge. The story is meant to be playable in any era with an established Jedi Order, and for that reason and the inherent lack of detail in the sourcebook, the story was vastly looser canonically before the publication of the novel. This is something that happens with almost all games - the race, gender, name, and choices of almost every SW video game p ...more
Ed Nemo
This is the first book I have read that is set in the post Battle of Yavin timeline focusing completely on brand new characters.

Now, there are some interesting parallels. The story focuses around a Jedi master, a hotshot pilot and a furry copilot. However, the characters go in a different direction. The Jedi Master is an archivist, (Librarian); the pilot is a female Pantoran, (blue skinned alien); and the copilot is a Bothan, (lion-like spies).

There were some humorous instances and some well w
This was the most I enjoyed reading a Star Wars novel in quite a long while. The "Coruscant Nights" series was supposed to be the Star Wars take on noir detective fiction, but Scourge does it much better and convincingly.

The plot is simple, and hews closely to the noir formula. There's a murder. In this case, the victim is a Jedi. Someone investigates the murder. In this case, the dead Jedi's master. The investigation leads into the dark reaches of the underworld, where the detective meets all
Synopsis: When Jedi Toro Irana is found murdered, his Master, Mander Zuma, searches for the truth behind his Apprentice's death. To do so, Master Zuma must deal with Toro's sister, Reen, and venture into the world of the dastardly Hutts.

Review: This is a science-fiction/mystery novel, which smacks of some of the works of writer Jack McDevitt. Unfortunately, Scourge pales in comparison to Mr. McDevitt's writings. Though this Star Wars whodunit has its moments, taking Lucas' multimillion-grossing
I thought the idea of a Jedi not being like Anakin, Obi-Wan, & Luke an interesting concept. A Jedi that was not this swash buckling character would be a good change from the rest of the Star Wars stories. It started out that way, but in the end went back to what Jedi's are warriors. The story line is OK but I knew who the Spice Lord was just past half way through the book. So it was no real surprise to me. Overall an OK story and good short easy read. I read it while I was on a long weekend. ...more
Jim Davies
This is a story of an archivist Jedi who has to do a guns blazing Star Wars style adventure. There are some fun parts where he gets to use his library skills to everyone's surprise, and he eventually gets more familiar with using a lightsaber.

It was decent, but I didn't find myself dying to read it. It was missing something that drove the story forward. I finished it, but it took me a while.
I enjoyed this Star Wars book. I'm a big fan of the Star Wars universe and was pleased when I won a free copy of this book from Goodreads.

The protagonist Jedi Master Mander Zuma is a Jedi Archivist on Yavin 4 at Luke's Academy. He is more accustomed to spending his time in the library doing research then being out in the field on a mission. But when his former apprentice turns up dead he vows to see the mission through. Even though he doubts his ability to use the Force he gains confidence over
Wayland Smith
This is a Star Wars book based on a gaming supplement. It's a bit different from many of the novels-- none of the big names are in this one.

It's a tale of outsiders finding their place, a quest for justice, and devious Hutts in the illegal spice trade. There are a few stereotypes along the way, but it's an ok read.

Recommended for die hard Star Wars fans.
Jedi Master Mander Zuma travels to Makem Te to investigate the death of Jedi Knight Toro Irana. Toro was in the middle of getting vital information from the Hutt Popara Anjiliac. There they find a new spice called Tempest, a plague and a rescue attempt that turns to murder. Master Zuma needs all the skill he has to uncover the plots behind all this!
I didn't know at all what to expect from this book, and the prologue wasn't very promising to me. But I enjoyed the tale quite a bit in the end. The story felt fresh to me, and I mustered up interest in a character who was entirely new to me. I'd have liked to see him get a bit more introspective about his relationship to the Force and/or his apprentice, but in the end Star Wars novels never really get into that level of character motivation / development. I can still be disappointed about it, t ...more
A very strong addition to the Expanded Universe. I really liked it. There's a lot of nuance to what the universe is like with the re-establishment of the Order. Force Speak, Hutt culture, and hard spices are also explored further.
Matthew Ashby
A very slow start, but once the story gets going, it never lets go. There are no references to movies or other books; this is very much a standalone adventure.
I recieved this book as a Goodreads First Read.

As a fan of Star Wars, I love exploring the rich universe that the franchise provides. This story is no different. Although it took me forever to get through the book, there was never a dull moment. (I have been slowly working my way through it since I recieved it in the mail due to my crazy work schedual and a crazy three year-old.) A librarian (archivist) Jedi and his companions going up against a drug lord and his cronies makes for an interesting
Jim C
I was kind of skeptical going into this book. I did not like the cover art. It was a stand alone novel so all the characters were new. And I felt the subject matter (drugs) was not a welcome subjet matter in the Star Wars universe. The only thing that I could see that I would enjoy is it dealt with Hutts. Who doesn't like Hutts? That being said, this book really surpised me. I enjoyed the characters and the subject matter did not overwhelm the plot of the book. If you read the Star Wars expanded ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
A Novice Jedi is killed while trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret potentially benefical trade route---- The motive for his murder remains a mystery. His former master Malder Zuma a Jedi archivist wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. But what Mander gets is immersion into a perilous under world of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in the game of smuggler,s, killers, and crime lords bent on total control. I enjoyed this book,i ...more
Jose F.
This book reminded me of X-Wing: Rogue Squadron, taken to the extreme, a Star Wars book without any of the characters that appear in the movies/TV shows, where a Jedi librarian (make that "archivist") has to find out why his apprentice was killed, and his own place in the Force at the same time.

A nice little detective/action story set in the Galaxy Far Far Away, which feels familiar, with Hutts, Rodians, cantinas, even the Corporate Sector Authority from the old Han Solo books...
Never trust a Hutt. That should be the tagline for this book. And so starts the adventures of some random Jedi investigating the death of his former apprentice and gets involved in the spice trade. A not terrible addition to Star Wars EU however it's pretty unexceptional and pretty unnecessary. It comes from a Star Wars role playing game and I guess if you play the game the story may mean something to you. To the rest of us it's just a quick and mildly entertaining read about an unexceptional Je ...more
I have received this book through Goodreads First Reads Program. I admired the flow of the story as being right up there with how the Star Wars movies go and I admit this is my first Star Wars book I have had the pleasure to read. I finished this within a matter of days and the plot twists and subtle hints left me thinking I knew and then steering me onto a new path of adventure and Hutt culture. I would recommend this to any fan of the movies, books, or anyone who is even interested in either.
It is like any other Star Wars novel. So the read is a good read (a fun couple of hours), but not a great one. I am not left thinking, "Wow, I want to read that again" but rather "Really, that was the big twist?" I was disappointed that the big twist was the opposite of what I hoped for, and therefore should have known it all along. And so concluding a story by being disappointed, is not really a good way to conclude at all.

(Book was received free through the Goodreads First Read giveaways.)
I received Star Wars: Scourge free through Goodreads First Reads.

This is the first Star Wars book that I have ever read. That being said, I was comparing the Jedi master in Scourge to those of the movies- not a good idea. So instead, I started over and read Scourge for what it is, a stand alone novel. That is when it became an exciting, fast-paced read.
The characters fit together and the story flows without any stumbling points or hesitations.
An overall very enjoyable read.
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“Size matters not. Inertia, however, is a pain in the butt."

-Mander Zuma”
“Did you Voice her?” asked Reen. “ ‘Voice’ her?” replied Mander, looking perplexed. “You know. Voice her. Jedi Hoodoo. Mind tricks.” She made a theatrical wave of her hand. “Tell her You want to let us land on the planet or something like that. And then she agrees and we go off.” “Did Toro tell you we can do that?” asked Mander. “I saw it in the holofilms,” said Reen.” 0 likes
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