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

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  3,292 Ratings  ·  96 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, 398 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Arrow Books (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
Jul 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: julia Andersen, Paul Bennett, other Star Wars fans
Recommended to Nicole 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
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Kit's Fists
Ungh, so many mixed feelings on this one...let's just plunge right in to the review!

Jedi robes. So cumbersome.

Positives: Barnes sure can write some tight, compelling prose, and his treatment of the Clone characters was insightful.

Also, the action sequences were above par, particularly the close-quarters fighting scenes in which the author was able to draw upon his own considerable experts (multiple black belts, etc.)

Lastly, I honestly wasn't expecting that one of the most noteworthy deceptions in the book would be carrie
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
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Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
It was the abridged version and it was still too long.
B. Reese
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was almost as hard to read as "The Approaching Storm".


4/2016 update

the audio book is actually bearable. the sound effects.and music really help keep interest, absolutely necessary for this book. the audiobook also cuts alot of nonsense out, like the part where the clones are training. even so, it's still not that engaging. I listened to it all in one go and even abridged I wanted it to end.

looking back, this story is ultimately is kind of filler and adds nothing to the arc of the cl
Jeff Fabiny
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2004-5-season
the first book I read that humanized clones.
Jul 27, 2011 added it
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
Ben Briles
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If I didn't know any better, I might say that The Cestus Deception was written by James Luceno, which is pretty high praise for Steven Barnes, at least coming from me. I tend to associate Luceno with books focused heavily on politics and characters while maybe being a little light on the action at times, and this book is exactly that. Despite that, it never came across as dry or boring, which some other books in this style have issues with.

There are a few little nitpicks I have, though. Most of
Ashton Herrod
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
At the beginning of the book I thought that the author was trying too hard. He was heavy handed with Star Wars technical terminology. He tried to describe everything, from the intensely detailed thoughts of each character to the way the walls in the room looked. He described too much of the minutia in my opinion.

As I began reading into the middle of the book the immense detail eased up and the book became a solid three stars out of five. One problem here though was the lack of character develop
Stanislav Malchev
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Don't make my mistake:
When I started reading this novel I pictured the story through the cartoonish lens of the clone wars 3d animated show. Halfway through I realized that it is a grittier "Rogue One" or "Republic Commando" type of story. Before starting it, watch or recall Blade Runner and then start it.

I feel like I owe this book a five star review although I didn't give it a proper reading. Was too distracted to no fault of the author. A wasted opportunity as the Clone Wars era is my favour
Joseph Rogers
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is so elaborate with its plot that it could be made into a magnificent star wars film showing characters we've never seen in love action before and some we've only seen brief glimpses of. (I've always had a fascination with Kit Fisto).

There is so many things going on in this story that by the end you feel emotionally exhausted and completely enraptured by the characters and plot.
Better than it had to be

With the star wars name and a fanbase which devours any material of can get its hands on, this could have been a half hearted affair. Instead Steven Barnes pours a lot of effort into this story, with a unique alien race and interesting space politics. It can be a bit convoluted at times but worth a read.
Colleen Mertens
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This book follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fitso on a "diplomatic" mission to keep bioweapons out of the hands of the separatists. Obviously, diplomacy only takes them so far before the action takes over. The book is fun and action packed and lets you know more about Kit as well.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great set-pieces.

Incredible and deep-dive on Count Dooku.

So many memorable set-pieces, and character developments.

The best parts of the prequel trilogy novels are all present herein.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Star Wars Legends Project #119

Background: The Cestus Deception was written by Steven Barnes and published in June 2004. Barnes's only other Star Wars work is the e-book novella The Hive, published as a companion to this novel. He has also written a few dozen of his own novels, mostly sci-fi, as well as some writing for television.

The Cestus Deception takes place approximately 1 year after the Battle of Geonosis, 21 years before the Battle of Yavin. The main character is Obi-Wan Kenobi, along w
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I've read a book by Steven Barnes before, way back in 1998. Iron Shadows. I remember nothing about the story, but I liked it enough to finish it. Going into The Cestus Deception, I figured I would get a higher-caliber Star Wars story since it would be written by an accomplished author. Then again, Salvatore's take on Attack of the Clones didn't impress me that much, either.

The Cestus Deception is about a plot against the Republic that centers on the planet Cestus, where a new wave of battle droi
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
Shadab Siddiqi
Jul 13, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Darryl Dobbs
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
At this point in my (what’s looking to be a two-year) adventure, business really picks up. It’s clear to me that the big wigs behind the Star Wars universe made the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith movies to work on multiple platforms – from games, to novels, to novellas, to TV series, to the animated movie to comic books. Each platform ties into the Star Wars universe in general and the legendary Clone Wars specifically. The movies themselves, as we know, fell short of expectations. ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Michael Tidd
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: starwars
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
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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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. He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch, as well as the Stargate SG-1 episode "Brief Candle" and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of its Parts". Barnes' first published piece of fiction, the novelette The ...more
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