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The Approaching Storm (Star Wars)

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A prequel to the upcoming movie, "Star Wars(: Episode II, " this exciting Jedi adventure--written by beloved "Star Wars" veteran Alan Dean Foster--features a new character from the new film. "The Approaching Storm" opens as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are dispatched to the planet of Anision to deal with border disputes.
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 29th 2002 by Del Rey Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Crystal Starr Light
Ansion is considering seceding from the Republic. Because of its many important alliances, the Republic fears a mass exodus. The Jedi react by sending Obi-Wan and Anakin to join Luminara Unduli and Barris Offee on the planet Ansion and negotiate with the Anwali.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

When I first read this book, eons ago now, I had a hard time getting into it. I was reading, wondering when the story "started". It took me a bit to realize that the journey to the Borokii, the travails...more
Appropriate that the book that 'sets up' the worst Star Wars movie of the 2 trilogies is the worst Star Wars book that I have read. It is not entirely fair to say this book is bad, as the author is clearly a good writer, (he uses words like 'festooned'), but this book falls down in many areas.

Namely, despite the claim of setting up Episode II, it doesn't. Unless of course you were wondering about the backstory to when Mace Windu says "Obi-Wan could do that, he just got back from a border dispu...more
I didn't know until afterwards that this is the same guy who wrote Star Wars Splinter of the Mind's Eye. I bought the book used for $3.75 and I probably should have saved the money. From the book cover it looks like it is after the Clone Wars, but I don't believe it if it is. They make Anakin out to be a baby of sorts and one that really doesn't have the power of the force just yet. It seemed like he was really only 13, maybe 14 and not what he looks like on the cover. Of course he touches on th...more
David Mcdowell
Hehe, why do I read this crap. This is not the most inspiring Star Wars tale set as it is between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Too much galactic politics which, like A Skywalker, I find fairly tedious! Talking of whom, I can't read about Anakin without the mugging face of Hayden Christensen appearing. Very distracting.

Everything is just clunky and heavy-handed with Anakin making mistakes every 5 minutes, and getting a dirty look from Obi-Wan and ticked off by fellow Padawan Bariss. O...more
Sadly to say, this book was a sad disappointment. Hardly ever do I read such a painful book to get through. Most of the characters were either poorly developed or entirely too drab. Obi-wan and Anakin shouldn't have been used on the cover as their roles are very, very minor. Maybe 30 pages from the end things picked up the pace, excitement, plot -but it was too little too late. Yes, the creatures and the world were described well but the rest was lacking. I would not recommend this, even to Star...more
Lacey Kuriger
Technically, it's pretty well done. He's not a bad writer. I was a bit put off by the author's seeming dislike for Obi-Wan, though. Reading it, I felt like he put Obi-Wan in just because he felt he had to and not because he had any personal interest in the character. Same with Anakin though he does seem to favor him to Obi-Wan. If you're looking for a decent read about Luminara and Barriss, however, this is your book. Or at least it's a book.
While it seems that this book is the red-headed stepchild of the Star Wars Expanded Universe I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. I will tell you upfront, the action is small scale. There are no massive space battles, no hair-raising lightsaber duels, no save-the-galaxy plot. If those are things you simply must have from a Star Wars book you will probably not like The Approaching Storm very much.

It’s true, The Approaching Storm is low on the galactic level action; however, the stor...more
Amber Pederson
Apr 29, 2008 Amber Pederson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any fan of Star Wars
I'm a recent Star Wars fan and had no idea what book to start with. I picked this one. The plot it magnificent. The action is continuous. There's even some humor in it, but you'd have to be a Master of the Force to understand it. ;) And for those who are looking for deeper insight to the way Anakin works, this is a beautiful place to look.
Of the book Star Wars The Approaching Storm, Starburst said: "ENTERTAINING AND INTELLIGENT...This book is pure class all the way....The final page is a great climax." I couldn't agree more. This novel reminds me of the Jedi Quest series, except it's a little less juvenile. Obi-Wan Kenobi and his padawan, Anakin Skywalker are accompanied by Luminara Unduli and her own padawan, Barriss Offee as they journey to the planet of Ansion to settle a border dispute that Jedi master Mace Windu makes refere...more
Carlos Chavez
Pointless to read. Had nothing to do with Star Wars other than that it uses the characters.
For the campiness that usually is the Star Wars EU (especially in the prequel mode) and the ever-present whininess of Anakin, this was actually a delightful read. Focusing on the early murmurs of dissent within the Republic, Foster manages to tone down the larger Star Wars timeline and present a truly original story of what Jedi do for a living. I quite enjoyed the descriptions of the world Ansion and its various species as well as the intricate Republic politics that tend to get lost in the ove...more
Initially inoffensive while reading it, upon reflection, this book was frustrating in how thin the story was and how even some interesting ideas did not work in either the telling or the operation.

It must be difficult to write a story in a universe where much, if not all, of where the characters and larger narration comes from and is going to end up is set, but it is a telling point that had I not read this book, I would have not missed out on anything of substance from the Star Wars universe.

Alan Dean Foster writes well and I enjoy his books. Here he has accurately captured the feel of the Old Republic Universe in all its cardboard and plywood 1960s BBC science fiction set, episodic two dimensionalality (that wasn't meant to be a compliment). An author can only be as good as the material he has to work with and the material of Star Wars Parts 1-3 isn't good enough for an author of this calibre to work with.

I enjoyed this book because of the author who did the best with what he had....more
Don J.
Nine times out of ten, when a novel or video game possesses "Star Wars" in the title, there is already a leg-up in me liking it. But just like the prequel movies, "The Approaching Storm" reminds me that franchise does not automatically equal quality. The novel focuses on Anakin and his master, Obi-Wan, as they travel to the plant Ansion to keep the planet from separating from the Republic. The novel acts as a precursor to the second prequel "Attack of the Clones" and yet, despite be given two ic...more
Il fut une époque où Lucasbook ne faisait pas beaucoup de contrôle sur la qualité des produits qu'elle sortait. Malheureusement, des livres mauvais comme celui-ci se retrouvaient sur le marché. Dans le fonds, ce livre était là pour profiter de la vague de l'épisode 2 qui était sur le point de sortir.

Encore une fois, Obiwan et Anakin sont en mission diplomatique est comme par hasard (sarcasme), cette mission se passe mal.

La seule chose que j'ai appris dans ce livre c'est que Obi Wan est un person...more
Brandon Daviet
This was far from the best Star Wars book I've ever read. Basically it was a Jedi/Padawan road trip on a distant planet to plea a planet and its inhabitants from leaving the republic. The problem was out of the 20 some chapters most described the journey and all that went wrong with it. By the time they found the place and people they were seeking the book was in the last few, and rather short, chapters. This made the book feel uneven to this reader. Not a horrible book but no a must read for St...more
This is the "border dispute on Ansion" mentioned in AOTC. Obi-Wan and Anakin team up with Luminara and Barriss to prevent Ansion's secession from the Republic. It is a good book, but I feel like Alan Dean Foster forces Anakin to be arrogant. Only at the end is Anakin more of his apologetic self.

I was surprised Luminara didn't know Anakin began his training so late.
I used to really enjoy the proving of souls scene, where Luminara dances with the land and Barriss performs some fearful maneuvers w...more
I didn't think that this was that bad of a book. I have seen some negative reviews of it. It's better than Jedi Trial. The plot involves Obi-Wan, Anakin and the Jedi Luminara and her student going to Ansion to try and prevent them from seceding from the Republic. It's more political based as are a few books from that point in the timeline. I don't mind the politics; I think the overall scheme of the Sith is quite complicated and interesting. The book is interspersed with some action; usually inv...more
Christopher Landing
A fast paced, action packed, character developing novel. I've been underwhelmed by the prequel novels so far, but this truly developed both Anakin and Obi-Wan as full characters ready for their adventure in Episode 3. I highly recommend this novel to Star Wars fans, and prequel fans in particular.
Four jedi are sent to sort out a land dispute that has major repercussions on the Republic. This novel is set immediately before Episode 2. The interesting thing is that Obi Wan and Anakin are not the main characters. Luminara and her padawan Barris take centre stage, and it works. They have different styles to Obi wan and Anakin, and give some perspective to those characters. After reading this I really want to read more with this pairing.
The plot is about getting 2 sides to agree to some land...more
There is a throw-away line at the beginning of Episode II where Mace Windu mentions Obi-Wan returning from a border dispute on Ansion. Approaching Storm is about that event.

If you enjoy Jedi adventures, Force theolgy, and Trekkish-style planet exploration, then this book is for you; if you prefer planet-hopping, swashbuckling, and galactic (space) battles, then you may want to pass on this one.

The book is well-paced (if it wasn't I would have ditched it) and offers some thought-provoking persp...more
A comfortable read about characters I know in a setting that feels familiar. Enjoyed & will read more in the future.
Victor Orozco
Excellent. A wonderful adventure. I really liked how Ansion was much more important than what Mace Windu alluded to in Episode II. I loved so much about the planet. The characters were great. I liked the villain Soergg the Hutt. The clanless Alwari who aided Anakin, Obi-Wan, Barris and Luminara were another good thing. The meeting of the Yuwa clan where the Jedi displayed their souls to the tribe. Luminara's journey to obtain that albino pelt. Even the negotiation between the Alwari overlords. T...more
Michael P
I love any Star Wars book. I didn't love this one. There were some parts concerning the politics of the Old Republic that did intrigue me. I must say that I did enjoy that aspect of the prequel trilogy. Another problem is the limits put on this story since it was to take place before Attack of the clones. It kind of reminded me of the LOST episodes where it hadn't nothing to do with the overarching story and just wanted to fill space. I stand by my ratings and will stick to the expanded universe...more
I couldn't really focus on this book. It seemed dry and complicated. Generally, if some story between two periods of time isn't told there's a reason for it. This novel is a perfect example. Much of the situations the characters were put in seemed forced in order to show other sides of the Jedi and to give Anakin's character things to think about. Or to give Bariss things to think about. Or to give Obi-Wan things to think about. It seemed like all the characters were just constantly making the o...more
It started out promising how it introduced Luminara and her padwan, the author was more humorous than most star wars authors, but you can solve your problems peaceably only so many times before it puts me to sleep. When the light sabers did come out the author didn't do a good job at writing the battle scenes. Too much politics, the writer did his best at making it interesting, too often I was speed reading those parts so I could get back to the jedi. Not the worst star wars book I ever read. 2...more
Jim C
My rating is 1.5 stars.

A book in the expanded universe. The only thing that saved this book was the ending. Up to that point, reading this book was a real chore. The middle part of the book seemed to drag and the author was too concerned with the lifeforms of the planet instead of moving the plot along. There was also one scene that to me did not portray the characters correctly and was just plain silly. This was a tough one to read and there are other EU books to read. I would skip this one.
Ultimately a fairly uninteresting diversion from the big story of the Star Wars universe, it's well written and light hearted, but quite forgettable. Taking place right before Episode II, it doesn't tie into that film in any notable way and is a self contained small scale story. We get some interesting moments with Anakin and Obi-Wan, there's some exciting action and it borders on a charming little tale at times, but it's not enough to leave an impression.
i did enjoy this one. it is getting a bit more sophisticated, there are new and more jedi involved and things are quickening.

some parts weren't very clear, but they were cleared up at the end. i think a lot of confusion would be cleared and more joy would be had if the person revealed at the end of the book were more involved throughout the action of the book.

but, FINALLY, i have made it to the second movie!
Okay, I *looove* my Star Wars books, but this one was just... wrong! Idk why, but it was like it was written for little kids, over-simplified action sequences, dialogue, characters and all. I would recommend you stay away from this one unless ur like me and just HAVE to read every single Star Wars book there is. [actually, my real goal is to *own* the entire Star Wars timeline, but just having read them will do for now]
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing,...more
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