Star Wars: Cloak of Deception (Star Wars Universe)
“The Chancellor has little real power… He is mired down by baseless accusations of corruption. A manufactured scandal surrounds him, “ Senator Palpatine told Queen Amidala in Episode I. Tracing the thrill ...more
NOTE: Based on listening to the audiobook and previous reading of the novel
If there is one thing Luceno is good at, it's integrating all of Star Wars Expanded Universe. He makes references to characters like Tarkin (yay!) and Vergere (ya ...more
He tried. There are plot twists galore, but knowing who everyone is--it's hardly a spoiler to "out" Senator Palpatine--and where everything will end up for the start of the Episode One movie, didn't leave Luceno much wiggle room.
The only jarring error, which he repeated, was the instantaneous nature of his faster-than-light jumps. As ...more
Most importantly for Star Wars fans, this book explains what the vague "dispute over taxation" at the beginning of Episode I is all about. Much of the information to be found here would have improved the film as well, by more fully explaining the motivations of key characters and more sharply setting the tension. For instance, the fact that the dispute isn't really about taxes, but rather abo ...more
Over the years have bought Star Wars books almost immediately when they were released, but I never was able to read then. They take a large part of my TBR-list. Now that I'm retired I have plenty of time to start reading from the beginning and see how the stories about the Jedi and the Sith develop.
The events are right before Phantom Menace where Palpatine gains power. It is more of a political book, but there is some action. The ending was good and clever, so that is a plus. It is one of those books that you really don't need to read. I liked Luceno's other SW books much better and they were written after this book. I got it from the library as pretty much all the other SW books that I wanted were checked out. So if you are in ...more
The story has a little less action than many of its kind, and instead you are treated to a lot of polit ...more
I get these from Half Price Books for about a buck or two apiece.
I have to mix in my fiction with all of the non-fiction I read and these are great.
This story is faster paced than some of the other Star Wars books I've read so far. It's action packed with some really great political intrigue. This one hits sometime right before The Phantom Menace and does a good job of setting up some background for the characters.
I'm en ...more
This book is a prequel to Episode 1, so we get to see Qui-Gon with Obi-Wan as his padawan. This is prior to any hostilities breaking out so there isn't very action to be found. Funnily enough much of the book is about the Trade Federation and taxation ...more
I give this 5 stars because Luceno pulls off the impossible. He actually makes George Lucas’ Episode 1 more creditable! As has been witnessed in the last decade, Lucas has been descending further and further into insanity (the latest sign being his changes to the original trilogy on Blu Ray) so it’s been up to other writers to clean up his mess and try ...more
"Cloak of Deception" starts slowly as Luceno sets up a political thriller in the Star Wars universe. As the political plots are established, the book picks up steam, and I couldn't wait to finish it. Setting the background for "Episode I: The Phantom Menace," this book explains the trade routes and taxation that will eventually lead to the Naboo blockade. If you were confused by the movie's political events, this is a good book to read before re-watc ...more
At last, what you've been waiting for: a prequel to the Star Wars ramble that will explain why Chancellor Valorum fell from power.
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From New York Times bestselling author James Luceno comes an all-new Star Wars adventure that reveals the action and intrigue unfolding directly before Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. I
I thought the book was better written (in terms of Standard English conventions) than many Star Wars and Star Trek books. In terms of plot and character development, however, it was not very good. Too much plot for too little book. It's really a politi ...more
What makes Luceno such a delight to read is his flowing style of writing, intricate plots, and genius use of the whole Star Wars canon. In his debut, Luceno gives the EU its first true political thriller, and its brilliant.
What also puts this book very high on my list is the large amount of materia ...more
He is a New York Times Best-Selling author currently living in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and youngest child.