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The Force Unleashed II (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed #2)

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As ruthless apprentice to Darth Vader, Starkiller was mercilessly schooled in the ways of the dark side, commanded to exterminate the last of the purged Jedi Order, and groomed for the ultimate Sith power play: assassination of the Emperor. He served without question, killed without remorse, and lost his heart without warning to beautiful Imperial fighter pilot Juno Eclips ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by LucasBooks
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2010 has seen my two least favorite SW novels in...ever. TFU II being one of those books.

This novel is relentless game-play cut with a psychopathic love story. It's Force Lighting peppered with an odd and constantly repetitive shallow philosophical rhetoric. Starkiller spends the whole of the novel hunting for Juno. That's fine and well. He kills relentlessly to get to her. That's fine too I guess. What was really painful was his inner dialogue. It went on and on and on with the same questions.
A frustrating read. Starkiller returns from the dead as a clone, thanks to Darth Vader, breaks away from Vader's clutches (again) and the rest of the book concerns Starkillers hunt for his old pilot and 3 second lover Juno. The romance/obsession between Juno and Starkiller makes little sense considering they barely explored this in the first book and so making it the main plot in the second really stretches creditability. This recon stuff about Starkiller as the main one responsible for the star ...more
I said this at the end of my review for The Force Unleashed II. There was no reason for a second book. The guy dead, but no we had to have a sequal and there has to be a 3rd actually. There is no way around it if you read the ending, which is bad...

Spoilers below.

This book has Starkiller being cloned to come back under Vadar. Ok, fine. Vadar tries to sell him in leaving the lab, gain an army (rebels) and have them come out of hiding so Vadar and the Emperor can squash them. Ok, fine. Starkiller
A.N. Vidrine
I was very much impressed by this one! With novels based on a game, I try to be a little lenient, because I know that the author is confined to what was done in the game. The first Force Unleashed novel was fine; it wasn't stellar, but then the game was a little linear and because of that, so was the book. But it wasn't horrible and it moved well. His next video game book, however, was awful. Fatal Alliance was choppy, badly written, and boring. So I was a little concerned about the Force Unleas ...more
Jeremy Stephens
The first Force Unleashed book was pretty creative. It did a good job of explaining the origins of the rebellion and presented Darth Vader's Character in a light that made him seem more like an actual Sith Lord and less like a sulky old man as he often appears in other books. I also loved Starkiller's character- he was insanely powerful for being so young and his internal conflict made him easy to sympathize with.

It's too bad I can't say the same for this pile of disappointment. A game review
Jun 01, 2014 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Okay follow up to the first book. The story is clearly better than the video game, as well as making the game’s plot make more sense now that I read the book; however, it didn't unfortunately make the story/plot any more likeable. Like a lot of sequels, the story seemed rushed and not as well thought out as the original. Almost as the folks in charge were more concerned with a deadline and making money rather than making a coherent/well thought out story (like the first book, KOTOR, etc.) Also, ...more
Ben Arispe
I enjoyed this one immensely! Although again, Sean Williams suffers a bit from lack of detail in the story, particularly around the action sequences. And again, I'm assuming he was told to write the book from the perspective and expectation that the readers will most likely have played the game prior to or during the reading of said story. I for one have only played a couple of hours into the game itself before I lost intrest and moved on to something else.
I enjoyed seeing the emotion in Starki
Sean E.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 is a book about a dark assassin trained to hunt down the enemies of the empire. the first time he served his purpose and was destroyed, the second time he Rebelled and escaped the dark clutches of his former master. He escapes and looks for the one thing that seems important from his old memory, Juno. He follows leads and attempts to track the love that was stolen from him across the galaxy. When he finally finds her she is stolen from him by a cruel twist of fat ...more
The Force Unleashed II was way better than the first book! I really enjoyed it!

Wow, Starkiller’s hard to kill isn’t he? He just keeps on coming back to life. Just when I thought that it was the end of Starkiller… Anyway, everything about this book was better than the first. Starkiller’s character was fantastic! I loved the new problems that he had with himself. It made his character so much more interesting. I also loved the ‘is-he-a-clone’ argument. My opinion is that it depends on how we look
This deeply subversive novel is the perhaps the most scathing satire of Star Wars and modern science fiction ever written. Sean Williams has a keen eye for the tropes that have dragged the genre into the gutter, and he uses this work to force them into the light. As his characters inexplicably move from plot-point to plot-point, Williams deftly reinforces the irony with robotic dialog broken in every scene by a hyphen and a cut to the battle sequences. He parodies his contemporaries with ruthles ...more
I liked "The Force Unleashed II." There is nearly non-stop action from beginning to end, there are several appearances by major Star Wars' characters, Darth Vader acted like someone who actually could give the Emperor a run for his money and it covered some Star Wars back-stories of how things ended up the way they did. The book is not exactly a cliff-hanger, it just did not conclude in a way that would not completely change Star Wars history if things are left the way they are so the completely ...more
Star wars Force Unleashed 2 is an interesting story with lots of action and has very good science fiction moments. It also has very discriptive details that helped you visualize what is going on in the story. I like the fact that it feels like the story is on its own story and that it is not a story that continues where the movie left off. The story is about a clone of Darth Vader's first apprentice, which died to save the people that started the rebellion. He is haunted by the memories of his p ...more
Star Wars The Force Unleashed Two is the decent sequel to The Force Unleashed. Like the first, it's based on the video game with the same title. Starkiller returns to again challenge Darth Vader. But what plagues him throughout the book is the question: Am I me or am I only a clone, just a copy? After the events on the Death Star in the first book, Starkiller isn't sure that he didn't just die. What he does know, however, is that he is still in love with Juno Eclipse, who was his pilot in the or ...more
I happened to catch a fan-made film based on the video game and thought the story was interesting. Didn't realize they'd made it into a book. I won't spoil it by telling you if it's the light-side or dark-side ending.

The main character is a mirror reflection of Luke Skywalker in the Empire Strikes Back. Luke was being trained in secret, and struggled with temptation to the dark side. Galen is also being trained in secret, but struggles with "temptation" toward the light. Both are at pivotal spir
Everything that the game should have been but wasn't. Action filed, good plots. Answers the question of how could Starkiller be alive?

It even answers how Jedi can be cloned, when it was always thought impossible.
Carlos Chavez
not bad, but definatly not good either. The story at some points seem s like the auther was rushed to write a book thatwould tell t story of the game without fattening it up with little tid bits here and there.
This story was completely unnecessary. The first book was so good I had to read it twice in a row, this one was just okay. I hope the game is better.
Decent, escapist fiction set in the Star Wars universe. The action is fairly intense and the ending caught me by surprise.
Ben Yandle
Pros: Actually longer than the game. Goes out of its way to expand on the actions of Juno which aren't seen in the game. Goes out of its way to make Juno less of a non character.

Cons: Constantly feels the need to insert well known characters and places when they aren't really needed. Him meeting Yoda is weird. It still feels like its hampered by the confines of the game, while it is a big improvement over the first book it still feels kind of like a transcript. Also there is a chunk of the book
Ronny Bereczki
Für sich betrachtet ist der Roman relativ mittelmäßig. Der Wechsel zwischen "Handlung" und "Kampfszenen" ist meiner Meinung nach nicht wirklich gelungen, statt die Geschichte mehr in den Vordergrund zu stellen, ist zusehr auf kostenpflichtige Werbung für ein Viseospiel abgestellt worden.

Im Gesamtzusammenhang des Star Wars EU betrachtet ist der Roman eine Katastrophe (meine persönliche Meinung, das kann jeder sehen wie er will). Die Kräfte Starkillers sind absolut übertrieben dargestellt und steh
Patrick Hayes
Never played the game, never read the graphic novel, never read the first book, but I bought this on sale and gave it try. Not bad, just not fabulous. I could picture all the action scenes being part of a videogame, but I found myself enjoying what the supporting characters were doing more than the lead character of Starkiller, a Jedi tutored by Vader to be a Sith that would help him kill the Emperor. Killed in the previous book, this Starkiller is a clone (or is he?) created by Vader to fill th ...more
About what I expected, about what I wanted and typical of the genre. As I think I noted in my review of the first book in this series, I'm reminded a bit more of the Deathstalker series than I am of anything that's come popping directly out of George Lucas' imagination.

But for all that a tolerable read, decent action and fight scenes, not much in the way of character development, nor when you boil it down a plot that holds together all that well. (But there are times when I agree with the "Driv
Shane Amazon
After reading the Force Unleashed and the Fatal Alliance, both books I found average at best, I was a little worried about reading this second installment. I was picturing our fearless and recently dead Jedi/Sith to once again go force crazy as he fought a "boss level" every third chapter, a storyline that was done to death in the first book. To my surprise and gratitude I was wrong. Sean Williams has out done himself with this one. He has woven a complex and intricate web of emotion and suspens ...more
Books based on video games are always tough propositions to read [which, I assume, makes them tough to write as well]. They tend to be like movie novelizations. They will be either very good or very bad [and I think mediocre falls into the very bad category]. The better novelizations do not necessarily blindly follow a movie or a game, but they will add additional details that one cannot find out from the movie or game. Or good novelizations will build upon the information given and even extrapo ...more

A good story about Starkiller and Juno, but the problem is that the story of Starkiller as the secret apprentice of Vader messes with continuity. In this novel, it would seem that both Juno and Starkiller play a huge role in the Rebellion, but of course no mention of them later on. I sense another game/novel in the future, and I just hope it has a plausible out for the two characters other than Vader or the Emperor kills them (that is frankly acceptable). That previous comment would al
Victor Orozco
Another great entry into the Star Wars Universe. Much more involving than the videogame which had very few levels and the game-play was unbelievably repetitive. Still its a wonderful story and with quiet a mystery. How is Starkiller alive? Palpatine and Vader made it clear at the end that he was dead so how did he survive? The novel just like in the game presses the possibility of Starkiller being cloned. Yet the novel presses it further by presenting the problems with it. Starkiller is told of ...more
Dennis Brock
As a fan of Star Wars I thought this was pretty good book. It Wasn't amazing (Heir to the Empire) but also wasn't terrible (Splinter of he Minds Eye)! If I could I'd give The Force Unleashed II 3&1/2 stars. I did like the first book a bit better though. I know many people had a HUGE problem with the whole premise of the story..."how could Starkiller be back again?" Is he really a clone, or is he truly the original Starkiller who has miraculously escaped death again? A question that the book ...more
Williams is an exciting author that understands how to position and develop Star Wars characters. I did not realize until book 2 that Starkiller is in fact Anakin Skywalker in reverse. The irony is not lost on me and helps readers understand his fatal connection with Darth Vader. Whereas Anakin became a Jedi and ruined the entire order to pursue power and the freedom to live openly with Padme, Starkiller abandons the Sith order for the Rebel Alliance to become a Jedi to protect Captain Juno Ecli ...more
Edward Cheer
At least when Williams wrote a book based off the first game, he had a decent story to work with. I hated the second Force Unleashed video game, and all that hatred is easily transferable to this book. Long sequences action, with pointless scenes of dialogue scrunched in between that accomplish nothing more than giving the fans something to squirm about. No fun to be had in this novel.
Kyle Mclaughlin
The audiobook reading was not the greatest Star Wars rendition of a Star Wars novel that I've listened to. The delivery was worse than the actual story. Only complaint with the story would be that so much time is spent with Starkiller searching for Juno Eclipse, and leading to the final confrontation between Starkiller and Vader, that the ending was lackluster.
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