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Coruscant Nights II Streets of Shadows (Star Wars (Del Rey)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Reaves
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26 Aug 2008 Star Wars (Del Rey)
With the Jedi all but wiped out in the grim aftermath of Order 66, the Empire’s power seems unchecked. But one lone Knight continues to fight the good fight–against all odds and when all else fails.

Deep in the bowels of Coruscant, Jedi Jax Pavan ekes out a living as a private investigator, a go-to, can-do guy for the downtrodden. Now a mysterious Zeltron knockout named Deejah approaches Jax with a case that needs to be cracked: to find out who killed her artist lover Volette, brutally murdered hours after his triumphant unveiling of a dazzling new light sculpture with obvious links to lightsaber pyrotechnics.

Finding Volette’s killer won’t be easy–too many secrets, too many suspects, and all kinds of motives. But with the droid I-5YQ’s help, and ex-reporter Den Dhur’s excellent snooping skills, the investigation is soon operating like a well-oiled machine.

Unfortunately, there’s a far more efficient machine hunting Jax. It’s a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as the clock starts ticking toward the final explosive showdown . . . to see who strikes first and who will die first.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (26 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477545
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Star Wars adventure for fans of Darth Vader and the dark times of the Empire! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Reaves received an Emmy Award for his work on the Batman animated tv series. He has worked for Spielberg's DreamWorks, among other studios, and has written fantasy novels and supernatural thrillers for Tor Books. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, as well as the cowriter (with Steve Perry) of the two Star Wars: MedStar novels and Star Wars: Death Star. He lives in the Los Angeles area. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid instalment 8 Jun 2014
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as with part one of coruscant nights the links to the rest of the star wars universe neither add nor detract from the story save for a couple of cameos from Darth Vader which liven things up. it is a shame laranth is under used in this outing and there is a lack of a coherent villain although the set piece with the main protagonist which is at the novels apogee is worth wait. looking forward to the final instalment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 20 May 2013
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This is, another fantastic adventure of Jax and his crew it's good that it focuses on personal issues a supposedly the story we already know and love. The betrayal of the Jedi and the fall if the Sith coruscant nights are a thrill a minute roller coaster ride
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift 4 April 2013
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Bought as a gift..was delivered promptly and is very good quality. Received by recipeint with a big smile,and I ordered Coruscant Nights 3 the same day this book arrived from the same supplier, I was that impressed.
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Excellent second volume of a trilogy! Vader and Aurra Sing are stalking Jax, and a stranger from Naboo is hunting Vader! While all this is going on, Jax and co are investigating the murder of a well known on....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still Average 2 Mar 2009
By Mark A. Domeier - Published on
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I probably should have given up on this series after the first one, but there was just enough with Darth Vader to keep me hooked. However, the second book in the Corsucant Nights series was just as average as the first one.
Again, scenes with Darth Vader keep my interest, as well as the appearances by Jedi hunter Aurra Sing. So much more could have been done with Sing over the years, but she's remained largely in the background until now. Sing is hunting Jax Pavan, the main character, and Vader is being hunted himself, this time by Padme's love-struck protector, Captain Typho.
Once again, the author attempts to impress us with his large vocabulary, and his story moves very slowly in places. Most Star Wars novels I find myself staying up late at night, eager to read the next chapter. So far, these two novels have helped put me to sleep at night.
Now I've given both books in this series three stars, which means they're not completely unreadable. I love the Star Wars universe outside the movies, but this series hasn't done much to flesh out the Star Wars universe after the prequel trilogy. Hopefully the final novel will have a payoff worthy of one more star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story continues... 6 Sep 2008
By Dave - Published on
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I'm really enjoying this series - this book is just as good as the first in the series - so keep reading! As I said in my review of "Jedi Twilight" I am just thrilled to see a whole new cast of characters in the Star Wars universe and I really am glad to see their further development in this book.

In this book you have the main core of characters really dealing with a few unrelated plot lines at the same time. In one plot line you have Jax Pavan and his comrades trying to solve a murder mystery in order to clear their own names - since they are under suspicion for it. In another they are acting as agents of the secret organization "Whiplash" - which is a resistance movement to the Empire and having to deal with an assasin hired by Darth Vader. A third plot line has Padame's old security chief, Typho trying to avenge her death - and in the process he crosses paths with our main characters.

For a just a 300 page book a whole heck of a lot happens - but Reaves gets the story telling done very nicely. All of the different aspects of the story are fit together very nicely and without any overkill. I was very impressed at how well every jived together.

Although it is still there - there wasn't as much "large" vocabularly as there was in the first book in the series - which seemed to be a complaint of some readers.

Also - Reaves really does a good job in his descriptive telling of the light-saber and laser fights in this story. There is absolutely no equal to R. A. Salvatore in writing fight scenes - but I would consider Reaves of the same caliber when it comes to churning out hand-to-hand, close quarters combat on the written page.

Best Star Wars to hit the stands recently (though the other stuff is good) - and these characters and stories are better than those from the latest "Force Unleashed" craze!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Little Better than the Last One, but still Average 8 Sep 2009
By Katrin von Martin - Published on
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Ultimately, I was disappointed with this book's predecessor (Jedi Twilight) and hoped Street of Shadows would hold more of the "hard boiled detective" feel this series is advertised as. In some ways, this book was better than the previous one, but on the whole, it was about the same: just average. Spoilers follow.

Most of the characters from the previous novel star in this one. Jax Pavan, Laranth Tarak, I-Five, and Den Dhur return as our heroes. Oddly enough, though, there's no mention of Nick Rostu. Considering he played a rather large role in Jedi Twilight, I was hoping to at least discover what had become of him, but I guess everyone has forgotten about him. Darth Vader returns as the main villain, aided by the Jedi hunter Aurra Sing. There are a couple of new characters, too, including the Zeltron Dejah Duare (whose name is spelled "Deejah" on the back of the book, for whatever reason) and Typho, one of Padme's late security officers.

The detective aspect I was waiting for in the first book finally appears in Street of Shadows, but it's a lot weaker than I'd hoped. What is interesting is that Reaves decided to include the destruction of the Caamasi home world, as it is a Caamasi artist that's murdered. Jax and friends set out with the victim's longtime friend, Dejah Duare, to solve the murder mystery. This could have been a very exciting plot...but it wasn't. In fact, the detective side of it was almost boring. I usually finish Star Wars novels in a week or so, often staying up late to finish them; it took me a few weeks to get through this one. The main plot just couldn't hold my attention and, perhaps it was just me, but there's no way I would have linked the murderer to the crime before it was revealed. For me, that's the fun of mysteries: following the clues and finding the culprit along with the characters. That fun couldn't be found here.

Meanwhile, Vader still wants to find Jax Pavan and has acquired the skills of Aurra Sing, a hardcore Jedi hunter, to help him in his task. I greatly enjoyed the addition of Aurra Sing to the story and greatly enjoyed reading her parts of the book. She's a great villain: cool, calculating, tough, dominating, and always on top of her game (or, almost always, as she is seemingly defeated at the end of the book). Considering this is a middle novel, I don't think it'll surprise anyone that Jax manages to evade Vader's clutches yet again.

There's a third, slightly less important, plot running alongside the previous two. Typho, one of the late Padme's security officers, is set on finding Padme's killer and getting revenge for her death. Unfortunately, a lot of his portions of the book are spent with him trying to figure out just who killed Padme, which the audience already knows and therefore isn't particularly awed or surprised at the outcome. He eventually figures out that Darth Vader must have killed Padme and sets off to, in turn, exterminate the Dark Lord. I think everyone can guess how that turns out: badly.

What remains to be the shining beacon (much like in the last book) is the characterization of most of the characters. Jax, Laranth, Den, I-Five, and Dejah all receive a good amount of character growth and the relationships between them continue to evolve (especially between Jax and Laranth). Again, Reaves thrives at giving personality and character to his own creations, but (again, like with the last book), he falls short at portraying the already established character of Vader. While Vader seemed a little more in character than the previous book, something about him still didn't feel quite right. I'm hoping that Reaves will nail the characterization by the last book. Aurra Sing was also well done and filled the role of villain quite well. Typho didn't really do much for the story, in my opinion, and will most likely fade into Star Wars oblivion. I found Typho to be a pretty boring character who seemed to know a little too much about every species he encountered. Regardless, with the exception of Typho and Vader, Reaves's characterization was the highlight of this novel.

All in all, this book was better than the first one. To begin with, it actually had a plot and explored the detective side of Coruscant the trilogy advertises, albeit not as well or thoroughly as I'd have liked. The characters continue to be a joy to read about and Reaves's writing can be engaging at times. However, the novel ultimately struck me as being boring and didn't really do anything to develop the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. I'd like to hope the third installment ends up tying everything together and ending with a bang, but I'm not getting too hopeful. 3 Stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Star Wars book with a ho-hum mystery 22 Jun 2009
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Having survived the purge, Jedi Jax Pavan now dwells in the underbelly of Coruscant assisting a fledgling resistance known as the Whiplash. A beautiful woman asks him to help her and her artist partner escape the planet, but before they can, the artist is murdered. As Jax sets out to find the killer, other seekers enter the picture. Bounty hunter Aurra Sing has been commissioned to locate the renegade Jedi and a grieving Captain Typho has set out to avenge the murder of Padme Amidala.

Street of Shadows is the second instalment in the Coruscant Nights trilogy. The book is billed as a detective story which sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to its back-cover blub. Sure, there is a bit of mystery, but it's not really the main focus.

That's not to say the book is bad. Although it's not as good as the previous volume, it is enjoyable. Michael Reaves writes with precision (he uses words I occasionally have to look up in the dictionary) and humour (this book contains what has got to be one of the funniest lines in the Expanded Universe). While the storyline isn't exactly riveting, it does keep you reading and sets the stage for a final showdown between Jax and Vader in the next book.

3.5 stars.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak compared to the 1st 3 Sep 2008
By N. Fuller - Published on
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I was heading to the beach this summer and was looking for a book to read and I saw the Jedi Twilight the 1st in this series and I loved it. The 1st one was really well done and I cared about the charecters and could not wait for the next. Well I bought this the day it hit the shelf and was disappointed. It was no where near as good as the other one, it was actually boring in spots but I remain hopeful that the next one will be good.
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