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“For me Death Star commits the cardinal sin of too much too soon. Each chapter starts out with a different character to follow, and within each chapter is two or three different sections that tell the stories of even more characters. Here is the list of characters that all have major roles within...”see full review » see other reviews »
“An amazing look into the untold stories behind the Death Star with the plot interweaving with events from A New Hope.”Benjamin Stewart wrote this review Monday, July 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“For me Death Star commits the cardinal sin of too much too soon. Each chapter starts out with a different character to follow, and within each chapter is two or three different sections that tell the stories of even more characters. Here is the list of characters that all have major roles within the book...
Wilhuff Tarkin: Great insight into who the man is and his responsibilities as the military leader of the Death Star.
Villian Dance: Tie pilot who judges the good or evil of the Empire as events unfold.
Tenn Graneet: The man in charge of firing the superlaser beam.
Teela Kaarz: Death Star architect.
Rodo: Bar bouncer.
Nova Stihl: Imperial guard who happens to be Force sensitive.
Memah Roothes: Owner and operator of a pub, later recruited to work of the Death Star.
Kornell "Uli" Divini: Imperial surgeon.
Darth Vader: Darth Vader
Admiral Daala: Fleet commander and suspected love interest of Tarkin.
Conan Antonio Motti: Fleet Admiral and Vader victim.
Celot Ratua Dil: Convicted smuggler and murder.
Atour Riten: Librarian.
For me the only true compelling parts were the ones that followed Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. For the most part I found myself skipping large chunks of the chapters that followed the lesser known characters, not because they were not important to the story, but because I got all the needed information of what the author(s) were trying to convey within the first two or three paragraphs of the chapter.
The book ended up being pretty good, with a story that was imaginative and entertaining. However the complete lack of focus and the storylines that numbered near a dozen made for an overly complicated and unfocused tale. If you like the Darth Bane stories that had a very focused story surrounding only one or two characters then you'll probably be a little uncomfortable with this book, but if you liked Cestus Deception that had more threads to follow than you might like this one. For the average fan of the movies the book will offer way too much to get into, in my opinion. ”
“A very good story about the construction of the Death Star and some of the people involved in the building of it. For those wanting some more of the back story on the building of the Ultimate Weapon this is a very good book to read. Fits very well into the established Star Wars galaxy.”Jonathon wrote this review Friday, February 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the telling of the building and working of the original Death Star from the Star Wars saga. This tale is told very well, from the problems of the workers to the death of the Station. This is very good addition to the Star Wars universe.”Jonathon S wrote this review Sunday, May 22, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was a good book, I like the author and how he used characters from his previous star wars books.”Austin W wrote this review Saturday, March 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was an interesting look at the "interior" of the Death Star. All the new characters, plus the history of the station made it a really enjoyable read.”Jessica P wrote this review Saturday, January 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There are many, many Star Wars books and even more Star Wars stories, which take place over literally thousands of years in the Expanded Universe. Still, the best, most quintessentially epic story is the one told by the first three movies. Death Star tells the other half of that story - the stories of those civilians and military personnel living on the Death Star as it became the galaxy's most feared weapon. This isn't the Star Wars book about heroes; it's about a cantina owner, a small-time smuggler, an architect, a librarian, a doctor, a pilot, a guard, and the guy who pulls the trigger. It tells how they got to be on the ship in the first place, what makes it worth staying, and whether they decide to leave in time. I love the storytelling element here. It's far more of a social story than the typical war story, and you even get some insight into Grand Moff Tarkin himself. ”Lisa C wrote this review Thursday, December 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Haven't started reading it yet fully, but is about the men who came up with and constructed the Death Star”Courtney H wrote this review Tuesday, November 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It has darth vader in it. and he must find Princess Leia because she had the plans to the death star.”James wrote this review Thursday, October 21, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think that this was a great and fast read, but it was a little cluttered up with too many characters. The stories of all of them only came together in the last 30 pages or so, and it was a decent ending. What was really cool was hearing all of the classic lines from the movie but knowing the backstory and what was motivating them. ”Chris K wrote this review Sunday, July 25, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No