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The Cestus Deception: Star Wars (Clone Wars): A Clone Wars Novel (Star Wars: Clone Wars #3)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  2,718 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Ord Cestus, a planet mostly barren and inhospitable to life, was first colonized as a prison world—until a handful of hardy pioneers discovered its rich ore deposits and managed to build up a successful droid-manufacturing industry. But when the Clone Wars erupted, bringing severe rationing of imported resources and a Republic ban on the production of battle droids, Ord Ce ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2004)
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Crystal Starr Light
Ord Cestus is an out-of-the-way planet that the Republic reneged on their payments with. Which turns out to be a bad thing when the planet begins negotiations with the Separatists over a new droid, a JK or "Jedi Killer". Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto are sent with Doolb Snoil and ARC trooper, A-98 "Nate", to repair the situation.

While listening to this audiobook, I ended up with quite a few notes. I'll let my notes speak for themselves:

1. Yay, Kit Fisto is in a novel! And his lightsaber form is F
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Callista
Nov 26, 2014 Callista rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: julia Andersen, Paul Bennett, other Star Wars fans
Recommended to Callista by: Cilghal2
Well-written, with fully realised characters. Even made me forget at times that the alien race in question is basically a bunch of overgrown bugs. But that's one difference between the page and the screen. The story is an interesting study of duty and honour. The author really gets into Obi-Wan Kenobi's head and convincingly depicts how he operates within the Force. There's a very Zen feel to it. Obi-Wan's quiet confidence in himself as an instrument of the Force makes him powerful. He doesn't t ...more
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Tina
Aug 31, 2011 Tina rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fan who have to read all the books
This was my first Star Wars book, and I picked this one because of the hinting of a love story between Nate and the civilian woman (and my copy of the Republic Commando series hasn't arrived yet). I'm not really sure how picky I'm "allowed" to be about this book - I know I shouldn't "rate" it as I do "literature" (what a snob I am), but it's hard to ignore grievous errors when you're used to reading much more thought-provoking stuff. My issue on that regard relates to how Barnes tried to cram to ...more
Walt
This is one of the better Star Wars books I have read. The plot is clever and the storyline is not too predictable.

The best part about the book was the descriptive writing. So many Star Wars authors offer odd names and poor description of alien worlds, technologies, and species. Steven Barnes shows the reader what his characters look like, where they are, and how they are interacting in their environment. Even the action scenes were shown to the reader instead of dictated in a dull/ inexperience
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Jim C
A novel set during the Clone Wars. The Republic has discovered that the planet Cestus has developed droids that are known as Jedi Killers. Obviously the Republic has to put a stop to this and they send Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto along with some clones to put a stop to this.

If I read the author's outline for this book I would have said this could be an interesting book. The actual book wasn't for a variety of reasons. The first is its cover and Count Dooku. He is only mentioned and never makes an appe
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Mary
GReat book really shows obi wan at the peak of his skills and its a good gripping story about the change a trooper went thru as well
Jeff Fabiny
Not horrible, not a page-turner either. I don't like how the books in The Clone Wars timeline often have plots revolving around the psyche of clone troopers. I suppose it's an interesting element if done right, but it never is. The authors try to relate them to stereotypical bad upbringings, and it doesn't quite fit. The clones lived such different lives and had THEIR GENES ALERTED there is just no plausible way they would face similar struggles as humans with broken homes in their childhood. Th ...more
Ghostrunner
A list of important things in this book:
* Obi-wan has a lawyer friend who is a giant snail.
* the squid-headed people are called Mon Calamari. For real.
* the clone troopers have a complex military brotherhood culture.
* Obi-wan dances with a giant bee. The giant bee is impressed.
* Ventress is totally incapable of talking about anything other than how good it's going to feel when she kills Obi-wan. Even the giant bees are like, girl. Dig deep. Find some chill.
* Force- sensitive eels. With powe
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Robert
the first book I read that humanized clones.
Michael Tidd
This was an extreme slow-mover, one of the toughest Clone Wars books to complete so far. There's a lot of intrigue and planning and politics and plotting, but very little action or adventure. About 200 pages through, I stopped and went to read The Hive, the short story at the back of the book, which actually takes place between chapters - and what a respite! Action, monsters, battles, excitement. Makes me wish it was part of the actual book!

The development of the ARC trooper is nice, even if the
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Marsha Stokes
The next book in the Star Wars saga for me was Steven Barnes "The Cestus Deception." I am in the middle of the Clone Wars, in between Episode II and III. This book was pretty good. Better than some of the Star Wars novels I have read, but it didn't really capture me and compel me to read non-stop (a quality of a great book, in my opinion). I could put it down for days at a time and not come back to it until I found a quite moment to read at night. Good, but not gripping!

I felt that the book was
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Ernest
It cannot be easy to write a book that is set in a universe already beloved by many. What one gains by being able to work in a richly conceived universe is offset, sometimes heavily so, by losing the ability to set one’s own tone, to develop a history and/or future of one’s choosing or being constrained in any further number of ways. This is challenge that this book has.

This book sees a small group of clone troops accompany a team led by Obi-Wan Kenobi to a planet to deal with, hopefully diploma
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Carl Alves
In this novel that takes place during the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Kit Fisto are sent by Chancellor Palpatine to the planet Cestus to stop their production of new droid technology that can be used against the Republic and is specifically designed to kill Jedi. Once they get to the planet they are enwrapped in web of deceit, political wrangling, and corporate espionageThere are dark forces at play that Kenobi can't detect and later comes to find in the form of Sith apprentice Asaj Vent ...more
Brendan
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Christopher
Another good novel on the Clone Wars, this one focuses almost entirely on Obi-Wan Kenobi, with key help from Kit Fisto, a squad of ARC troopers, and an underground guerilla group, whose leader, Thak Val Zsing, reminds me an awful lot of a cowardly version of Mao Tse Tung (maybe it's just the name). It also features two rather tragic deaths: a lovable barrister and a rather unique clone trooper. It has a great deal of covert action and double-dealing diplomacy. It also had two very tragic deaths: ...more
Ron
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Bradley
This was a book that nearly snuck in under the radar. After a cancellation of another Clone Wars novel, it was unclear when the next book would come out. Therefore, about a year after Shatterpoint --the first Clone Wars novel--hit shelves, The Cestus Deception finally arrived. It was historic in two ways.

Not only does The Cestus Deception mark the first Star Wars novel written by Steven Barnes, but it is also the first Star Wars book written by an African-American author. And what a debut it
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Ploy
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John
Over all this was a good read. Obi-Wan Kenobi was portrayed well as the reluctant negotiator and warrior, questioning his methods all along the way while doing everything necessary to get the job done as peaceably as possible. Kit Fisto's character was an interesting foil to Obi-Wan’s as he chomped at the bit for action with vigor that seemed almost unbecoming of a Jedi. Then again, after chasing around the galaxy with Anakin Skywalker, who was absent in this adventure, Fisto might have seemed s ...more
Victor Orozco
Good. Having Obi-Wan Kenobi working alongside Kit Fisto (or as he is commonly referred to as the smiling Jedi for an a cute act committed against C-3PO at the battle of Geonosis in Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones) is amazing. Coming some time after Jabiim in which Obi-Wan was believed dead only to be found by Anakin my guess is that Anakin and he are taking a brief time off and for Obi-Wan to tap into a diplomatic mode inorder to stop the planet Cestus from building the Confederacy a p ...more
Shadab Siddiqi
Jul 13, 2007 Shadab Siddiqi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the clone wars.
Shelves: clonewars
The most recent book I finished from the clone wars novels. I only have Medstar I, II and Hard Contact to go...but back to our most recent good read:

Ord Cestus, a planet mostly barren and inhospitable to life, was first colonized as a prison world?until a handful of hardy pioneers discovered its rich ore deposits and managed to build up a successful droid-manufacturing industry. But when the Clone Wars erupted, bringing severe rationing of imported resources and a Republic ban on the production
...more
Lisa
The basic premise of the novel found Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto traveling with five clone troopers to Cestus, a former prison planet that had developed into a corrupt technology corporation, to negotiate an agreement that would put Cestus back in line with the Republic and steer them away from the Confederacy. Asajj Ventress screws everything up, and the Jedi are forced to use "aggressive negotiations." Meanwhile, a clone falls in love.



This was definitely one of the better Star Wars books. Usually, I
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Megan
I had read "The Cestus Deception" in high school and remembered enjoying the characters, but on a re-read realized that I'd forgotten how much detail and heart is in this book. Some Star Wars books gloss over characters' emotions and the impact of their situations, but "The Cestus Deception" takes just as much time for characters to figure out whether they should do something as describing whether they did. It's also full of memorable action scenes and images, and was especially interesting to r ...more
Brett
Sadly, the best part of this book is the afterword, which is touching and speaks for and to most Star Wars fans. The book itself is in a short chapter format which I usually love. It isn't a detriment here, but it doesn't make up for the rest of the books shortcomings. The plot is not really confusing but tries to be and is very sporadic. It drags throughout most of the books, and at times feels like readung an outline for a TV series story arc. This makes sense as Mr. Barnes has experience writ ...more
Brian
so, i listened to this in a couple of hours. it was on 2x speed and that didnt detract from the pleasure of it.

the thing is, i have listened to maybe 15 star wars books now and they are pretty formulaic and pretty easy to listen to.

anakin is ditched at the beginning - which was surprising. obi-wan and kit fisto go to the cestus planet and try to stop the production of jedi killer droids and mend relations between the corporation and the indigenous population.

diplomacy fails and battle ensues. m
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Sara
Although this was not the best Star Wars novel I have read, it was enjoyable. and interesting concept, although not executed the best way. I have to say I didn't really like the sections with Nate near the end as much as I liked the sections in the beginning. It was a character development that, again, wasn't executed the best.
I would not call this a wasted read, but it certainly isn't a must.
Yves
Ce roman est à mon avis un des moins bon de la période Clone Wars. Dans ce tome, Obi-Wan, Anakin et Kit Fisto, trois Jedi, doivent aller sur la planète Cestus pour empècher la planete de vendre des droïdes qui seront en mesure tenir tête aux Jedi. De plus, c'est une bonne façon de ramener Cestus dans la République.

Il n'y a rien de vraiment spectaculaire dans cette histoire. On a encore droit à de la maudite diplomatie, le fléaux des prequels de Star Wars. On a encore droit à un Obi-Wan ennuyant.
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Linda Jaejoong
Ich liebe das Buch!! Endlich mal eine Geschichte ganz für Obi-Wan und wo die Heldenrolle nur ihm allein gehört. Es ist einfach zu lesen und damit sehr verständlich. Ein sehr schönes Buch, ich kann es allen Fans von Obi-Wan nur wärmstens emfehlen!! Wir erfahren viel von seiner Gefühlswelt, die er so sonst nie zeigt. Auch sein Aufeinander treffen mit Dooku und seinen finsteren Handlangern erhöht noch einmal die Spannung des Buches. Auch erhält der Leser einen tieferen Einblick in die Welt der Klon ...more
electrise
asajj ventress being weird about obi-wan kenobi + amorphously-gendered bee mobsters in love with asajj ventress + truly awful radio play prose + lawyer snails = campy wreck loml
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Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952, Los Angeles, California) is an African American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician.

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