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Star Wars: Shatterpoint (Star Wars: Clone Wars #1)

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“The Jedi are keepers of the peace. We are not soldiers.”
—MACE WINDU
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Mace Windu is a living legend: Jedi Master, senior member of the Jedi Council, skilled diplomat, devastating fighter. Some say he is the deadliest man alive. But he is a man of peace—and for the first time in a thousand years, the galaxy is at war.

Now, followin...more
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Charlie
This book is way better than an original novel starring Mace Windu has any right to be.
Crystal Starr Light
"He was looking forward to doing straightforward, uncomplicated butt-whooping"
Depa Bilaba, Mace's only student of Vapaad, has been sent to Haruun Kal, Mace Windu's homeworld. But a disturbing message indicating she is unstable causes Mace to return to his root. There, he must battle more than just the jungles, more than the predators around every corner, more than the Korunnai and the Balawai...he must face himself and what it means to be a Jedi.
NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.
If you are goin...more
Ethan
As a general rule, I pretty much hate the idea of media tie-in novels, and the whole franchise thing turns me off. My brother has been trying to get me to read a few of these Star Wars authors (Stackpole, Zahn) for quite a while, and I resisted since I could only imagine books populated by hack riffs on the old themes, catch phrases and rehashes of the good old days when Leia told Han she'd rather kiss a wookie...that kind of thing.

Of course, Stover wouldn't do that. This is the 4th book of his...more
Shadab Siddiqi
Jul 02, 2007 Shadab Siddiqi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know more about mace windu
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The title of this book comes from mace windu's belief that the world is like a diamond and you must be a master craftsman to know where and when to strike at the shatter points in order to cut properly. He blames himself for not taking the head of Count Dooku when he had the chance before the massacre of jedi in the ring at Geinosis at the end of Episode II. Mace felt as if this was one shatterfpoint he missed. I like the sufi wisdom in it.

But for those of you who didn't know: Mace Windu is a li...more
Jim
I haven't been keeping up with the Star Wars novels lately, but I had been curious about this one. It wasn't what I expected. A page-turner to be sure, with lots of fighting and action and light-sabery goodness, but there's something much deeper going on here.

Shatterpoint is set after Attack of the Clones. Mace Windu receives a troubling message from his former Padawan Depa Billaba. Now Mace must travel to the jungle world of Haruun Kal to find Depa and either save her or destroy her.

The thing...more
Patrick
Heart of Darkness Star Wars style. This book is fabulous in my opinion. Mace Windu kicks butt, and it really explores the bigger philosophical questions of justification for war, hatred through misunderstanding, and whether it was possible for the Jedi to survive the Clone War even if they had caught Palpatine and won militarily. This book makes the gap between Episode II and Episode III human and real rather than some abstract wars between droids that shoot bright lights at each other in space....more
Amber
Possibly my favorite Star Wars novel to date. Shatterpoint is far darker than the vast majority of Star Wars books I've read, showing a more realistic side of war than we generally see in this franchise.

It certainly doesn't hurt that Mace Windu is one of my favorite secondary Star Wars characters.

Basic summary:
Months into the Clone Wars, Mace Windu's fellow Council member, and former apprentice, Depa Billaba was sent to Windu's homeworld to help guerrilla forces fight off the Separatists. Her mi...more
Angela
Mace Windu's old padawan has got involved in a war and may have fallen to the dark side. Mace goes after her alone, to his home planet. This is 'Heart of Darkness' with a jedi twist. The journey through the jungle, looking for his elusive pupil, to the horrors of war, just pay homage to 'Heart'. This is a dark, depressing kind of book, with lots of horrible things happening. It does not glamorise war in any sense of the word. Mace's character is strongly enough written to drive the plot forward....more
Billy Maise
Mace Windu is such a baller.
I was so pumped that he finally got his own book.
The fact that Windu is a cold clean killing machine whose lightsaber style (Vaapad) is like, centimeters away from the Dark Side, is just epic. He is probably my favorite Jedi of all time.
This book did an excellent job of letting you enter Mace Windu's awesome psyche. There was a lot of action, a lot of intrigue. Basically, a great Star Wars novel.
By the way, he's the only one who could pull off that purple lightsaber...more
Ron
Feb 03, 2009 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
A good story, but poorly told. Sophomoric humor and lapses of simple grammatical standards detract from what could have been much better. It's as if Stover's target audience was thirteen-year-olds.

Having said that, Stover attempted an unblinking appraisal of the ugliness of war. While the writing soon after September 11, 2001 may have contributed to the stark lessons he conveyed, those lessons are universal.
Sean
This is as good as space opera gets. My buddy John, who absolutely _hates_ the prequel trilogy and Mace Windu in them, loved it.

This is Mace Windu as he should have been. This is the best action writing I've read. This is a tale of a holy warrior pitted against a world of darkness.

Warning: For the squeamish out there, this novel gets pretty graphic in its violence and its portrayal of the horrors of war.
Brad
A solid addition to the Clone Wars novels. This novel alone made me seek out more writing by Stover. His story was ever unfolding and it was hard to predict what the outcome would be at any given time. The characters were real and even the ones you'd think you wouldn't care about became emotionally bonding. Stover did a work of art in this piece.
Brian
this was a bad book. i daresay it was the worst of the star wars books i've been listening to. this book did not mention the main figures of anakin and obi-wan a single time. and that is fine, but i am noting it because it is the first time.

it is centered on mace windu, and if you have only seen the movies you have an idea of who mace windu is. well, whoever the character in this book is it isnt the mace windu you have formed.

lets start with the fact that this was an audiobook and the dude readi...more
Grayce
Shatterpoint is written from Mace Windu's point of view. It was interesting to learn about his home planet and his character. Shatterpoint didn't meet my high expectations for a book about Master Windu. Stover's writing is excellent and he does a great job of telling the story. It just wasn't exactly the story I was expecting. Mace travels to his home planet and goes to rescue his former padawan Depa. The creatures and their attacks on Windu's comrades were disgusting and could have been more va...more
Revan97
Star Wars Shatterpoint displays the more gritty side of the Clone Wars. It's full of deadly new creatures and locations with some pretty great battles. The story revolves around Jedi Master Mace Windu, who's former Padawan Depa Billaba has vanished into the jungles on Haruun Kal; the homeworld Mace barley remembers.

Only Billaba's former master knows how to find her and so Mace plunges into a grueling trek through one of the most treacherous jungles in the galaxy in search of his once great pupil...more
Alex
Definitely a missed opportunity.

Certainly, I didn’t expect much depth going into a Star Wars novel so was pleasantly surprised when this book’s clever premise clicked into place. Star Wars meets Apocalypse Now is a really neat idea, particularly as not many of the target demographic will have seen Coppola’s movie (or indeed, read Conrad's Heart of Darkness, for sure…) and those that have are probably all secretly geeky Star Wars fans. It’s a perfect fit, allowing the author, Stover, to explore...more
Marsha Stokes
This book comes in between Episode II and III. As you can tell from the cover, if you watch Star Wars, this novel is all about Jedi Master Mace Windu. While I have read some really good Star Wars novels and some really bad ones, this one falls in the middle... maybe slightly more on the positive end. For me, the biggest shock was how dark the novel seemed to be. Star Wars novels tend to be rather light, and there is no sex or language to worry about. The heavy feel of this book was a little unch...more
Richard
Being somewhat of a veteran of star wars novels I was expecting a rather formulaic tale encased within the hardcover of this book. Having read Stover's previous novel 'Traitor' which I enjoyed greatly I was expecting a good story but not something unusual. After The New Jedi Order series I assumed I was well aquainted with how mature and adult the material of the Star Wars novels can become but I was pleasently surprised by what Stover has managed to accomplish in his text. By taking a Vietnam h...more
Mark
One of the few highlights of the prequel trilogy was Mace Windu. The reason behind this is simple: Samuel L. Jackson is a badass, and so Mace Windu was also badass. He was given badass lines and badass scenes and he handled them like a badass. So, a novel featuring Mace Windu, by the author of the New Jedi Order's Traitor (by far the most outside-the-box SW EU novel to date) would seem to have been a good combination.

This is one of a handful of SW EU novels that I feel might still have some valu...more
Farrellj
This is an almost spoiler free review! What is spoiled, is mostly revealed on the back of the book, or inside the hardcover's wrapper!

This novel centres around one of the most popular secondary characters in the Star Was Universe, Mace Windu. Part of that is how the character was written, but I am sure it has more to do the fact that it was portrayed on screen by the very talented actor, Samuel L. Jackson. As such, you can't look at the character on screen, or read about him in a book without ec...more
Tristan Mouradian
In this book by Matthew Stover, a Jedi named Mace Windu is sent to find his apprentice Deppa Bilbilla. He soon finds out she has been corrupted by the jungle. As he makes his way through the dangers within the jungle, he encounters many obstacles. This includes planetary militia, the Korunnai, and the biggest danger of all, himself. Mace gets himself into the Summertime War, a war between the natives and the inhabitants. He also ends the war, too. When he finds his apprentice, she is nothing but...more
Victor Orozco
Excellent Story. In many ways similar to the Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now which told the controversial story of a man in search of a man prone to twisted evil in the corruption of a jungle conflict. I've read a few passages of Heart of Darkness but I have seen both versions of Apocalypse Now and believe that this author has successfully made a Star Wars meets Apocalypse Now.

The story is Mace Windu's, from the beginning he wakes up in a cold sweat. His nightmare is not so much a nightmare as...more
Andrew
Really, second only to the Thrawn Trilogy in quality of Star Wars Expanded Universe material. This darker, grittier side of Star Wars can stand entirely alone from all other EU material, and even alone from Star Wars entirely as a sci-fi adaptation of Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' or Coppala's 'Apocalypse Now'. Bringing life and three-dimensional character to the Samuel L. Jackson's badass Mace Windu, the novel allows new depths to the character without ruining the simple attitude maintained thro...more
Matthew
Dec 02, 2008 Matthew rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthew by: The Cimmerian
There is a certain moment during the later half of Shatterpoint where author Matthew Stover describes the main character Mace Windu, constantly being tormented by the bleak jungle of his home planet Haruun Kal, as suffering from a 'black migraine'. And that's exactly what I felt whilst reading this novel - the blackest of migraines. This is not intended as a snarky means of saying that Stover's Shatterpoint is poor writing, but the horrors depicted in this book bring about a certain mood that wi...more
Bradley
You hear lots of praise thrown on Mr Stover and his contribution to the Star War universe and so far after reading two of his books I'm left underwhelmed. He does have a very readable writing style and goes into a lot of detail about the debate on what is good and bad but the stories just don't have the wow factor of a Zahn or Stackpole. Shatterpoint starts out great and Stover characterises Mace Windu well but once the reader hits the jungle it gets repetitive rather quickly, with Windu pursuin...more
Mike
This novel is basically "Apocalypse Now" or "Heart of Darkness" set in the Star Wars universe.
The hero is Mace Windu (a.k.a. Samuel L. Jackson). His quest: to find his former Padawan, Depa Billaba, whom it seems has gone mad in the horrifying jungle of Mace Windu's homeworld.
It's not a bad set-up. And the beginning and the end are pretty good as well. But the middle is huge and weighty and repetitive.
In my opinion, this book would have benefitted from being half as long and the author being a bi...more
Cian Beirdd
One starts the novel realizing that Mace Windu is one of the more popular characters and fearing that the story might depend on that hook. Not in the slightest. This is a legitimate exploration of a character. It is an explanation of his personal fighting style. The story is set in a Vietnam-feeling planet, complete with a broken-up war and insanity. It could not be a better setting for the dangerous form Vaapad to be highlighted on. Yes, the story seems to lag in the middle, but the villain Kar...more
Richard
Matthew Stover does best when writing his own original characters and worlds, but this is still a pretty good attempt to get inside the head of a character Lucas failed to properly flesh out in the movies. Stover is particularly good at fights and complicated schemes full of plot twists.

The Star Wars license means you know there wont be too much gore, and that Windu will survive, which lessens the tension a bit. The focus on Windu does compromise the characterisation of the two antagonists - th...more
Jason
This is one of the better Clone Wars-era books mainly because Mace Windu is a bad ass Jedi. This reads like a Star Wars version of Apocalypse Now: Mace Windu travels back home to his jungle homeworld on a mission to bring back or kill a rogue Jedi who is fighting her own war and giving the Jedi a bad name. The author really goes deep into the Jedi philosophy and fleshes out how really conflicted unemotional and unattached Jedi struggle to conduct themselves as Jedi and how fearful they are of th...more
Ben
This book was fascinating. I read this book, then I read Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor about a year later. And I must say, between the two, this one was better. They are both written by the same author, and the stories connect some. This book does a great job of painting a picture of the horrors of the war. This book was suspenseful, action filled, and exciting. But it wasn't all good. It wasn't very good in it's descriptive matter. Like, what the heck is a grasser? How big is it? Wha...more
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Matthew Woodring Stover is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He is perhaps best known for his Star Wars novels -- Traitor, Shatterpoint, Revenge of the Sith and Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. He has also published several pieces of original work, such as Heroes Die, which Stover described as 'a piece of violent entertainment that is a meditation on violent entertainment'....more
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“Jedi do not fight for peace. That's only a slogan, and is as misleading as slogans always are. Jedi fight for civilization, because only civilization creates peace. We fight for justice because justice is the fundamental bedrock of civilization: an unjust civilization is built upon sand. It does not long survive a storm.” 17 likes
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