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
Due to the cover art I was really expecting a Star Wars novel focusing on the relationship between Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but sadly they were marginal characters throughout at best.
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
But that's not a bad thing!
It was a good a story, likeable characters, some cool action.
The only downside is that I knew what is to come, since this novel takes place just before the evens of the Phantom Menace.
But, all in all, this was another cool Star Wars EU novel that I truly recommend! :)
Книгата е предистория на "Невидима заплаха" и обяснява окупацията на Набу. Това хубаво, ама защо толкова нелогични се случват нещата? Май само Хавек знаеше що-годе какво върши. Не съм доволна.
Background: Cloak of Deception was published in May of 2001. It was written by James Luceno, one of several Star Wars novels he has written.
Cloak of Deception is set around 33 years before the Battle of Yavin, less than 1 year before The Phantom Menace. Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Senator Palpatine all play major roles, as does the planet Eriadu previously mentioned in Luceno's Darth Maul: Saboteur (my review). Actually, the cast of characters is one of the largest I've ...more
Luceno's style still fails to impress me, t ...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
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
Cloak of Deception is the prequel to the Star Wars prequels and as such suffers from the short comings of that style. In the distant areas of the galaxy strife is building between the Trade Federation who are responsible for shipping through these remote areas and the independent-minded colonists living there. This takes the form of piracy and revolutionaries, and man named Cole takes a job as a privateer, attacking a rich prize freighter. And soon, he finds himself pursued by the ...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
I did have to look up the ship's name since it sounded so familiar. It appears a few ships were named as such, which doesn't fully surprise me.
Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon have been working against Cohl and continue to do so. They thwart the ,an at times and chase him across th ...more
Although I believe anyone can enjoy this novel, knowing the movies in and out makes readi ...more
Like James Luceno's other books he does a very good job of integrating other characters and storylines into his tale. This book is setup to be the prequel to the prequel trilogy. Given that restriction he does a very good job writing a gripping tale. We get to see Qui-Gon Jinn in action before his untimely demise and a lot of good background on the Trade Federation, as well as, why they were allowed to militarize. The Trad ...more
While adding a decent set-up to the events in Episode One and offering a more in depth view of how Palpatine managed to play ev ...more
There is nothing particularly exceptional to note about the book, except that it does a great job drawing you into the Star Wars world. The imagery of droids and space vehic ...more