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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345435419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345435415
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 941,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on 20 Aug. 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Shadow Hunter" is a prequel novel set in the Star Wars universe. The setting is on Coruscant just days before the event of "The Phantom Menace". Whereas "Cloak of Deception" was a novel set on a grander scale and told of the origins of Darth Sidious's plan for the Naboo trade blockade and dealt with political intrigue, "Shadow Hunter" is a fairly straight-forward action ride of a novel.
One of the Neimoidians who was instrumental in setting up the Naboo blockade has gone missing. Nate Gunray suspects that Hath Monchar is betraying the other Neimoidians and Darth Sidious knows that there is a betrayal even though Gunray has said nothing about this. To track down Monchar, Darth Sidious has sent his apprentice Darth Maul to find Monchar, kill him and kill anybody Monchar has spoken to about the upcoming blockade. Monchar has contacted a criminal named Lorn Pavan about selling this information. With Pavan we meet his droid, I-Five.
While this is going on Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant is sent on her final test before becoming a Jedi. She must escort someone back to the Jedi Temple, but while her mission initially seems unrelated to the other storyline in the novel the mission becomes complicated and eventually intertwines with the lives of Darth Maul and Lorn Pavan.
This is a very fast paced novel, and one in which we get to see a different side of the Star Wars universe: namely, the Sith. Darth Maul becomes a more interesting character as we learn a little bit more about his background and that of the Sith and part of a reason why there are only two Sith at a time. After the exposition, "Shadow Hunter" is non-stop and everything is constantly moving, driving the story forward. I was pleasantly surprised with this Star Wars novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2001
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This beautifully savage study of the dangers of excess in the Star Wars universe delivers by all accounts. A gripping, if harrowingly evocative piece of literature.
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By Simon Hughes on 15 Aug. 2013
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set just before episode 1 it shows the training of Darth Maul and how he becomes the master swords man and assasin he is
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Arnold on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Star Wars books hold something of a niche market, because those that are into them tend to be REALLY into them, and are big collectors of the 'expanded universe' novels.

When they are good, they really are good as books such as Steve Perry's 'Shadows of the Empire' and James Luceno's 'Labyrinth of Evil' are becoming cult classics amongst Star Wars fans.

Sadly, this effort from Michael Reeves falls far short of such high standards. Set 6 months before the Phantom Menace, the story is centered around the unlikely duo of Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant and down-on-his-luck spacer Lorn Pavan. A rogue Nemoidian is trying to sell a holocron containing a full expose of Darth Sidious' identity and plans. Assant and Pavan come to aquire this holocron, and Darth Maul is sent after them by Sidious to destroy the holocron at all costs. Communications being somewhat good in the Star Wars universe, it seems Reeves has had to put a real effort into finding a way to keep the pair somewhat isolated. Consequently, almost the entire book is a chase set in the basements of Coruscant's metropolis which tends to create a somewhat dull atmosphere. The real problem however is that Darth Maul is constantly outwitted by Assant and Pavan. Darth Maul, the epitome of Sith darkness is time and again outwitted and left cursing in rage as the pair slip through his fingers time and time again. Without giving away too many details, he ultimately has nothing to do with the eventual dooming of Pavan's treasure, as little more than bad luck eventually causes the holocron to be destroyed. Sadly this is a somewhat lacklusture story in which a supposedly unstoppable villain is made to look rather foolish as failure strikes him again and again.

better luck next time Mr Reeves, if indeed there is a next time.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
A Refreshing Change of Pace 1 Feb. 2001
By Nathan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter to be an interesting, exciting and fun change of pace from the more run-of-the-mill Star Wars novels. It obviously takes place in the Prequel Era, and covers the events immediately before the start of The Phantom Menace. Basically the plot is that a Neimoidian with news of the Naboo blockade tries to sell the information on Coruscant, so Darth Maul is sent to hunt the guy down and kill him, as well as anyone he has told about the blockade.
Michael Reaves is by no stretch of the imagination a fantastic author; his writing style and mechanics just weren't that great. However, this minor lapse is more than made up for by all the great elements to this book. Reaves introduces several new and interesting characters, which is a boon since because they aren't "main" characters, there are no assurances that they will survive, and the suspense is therefore much greater than in most of the Star Wars stories.
The author also explores a lot of hitherto underexplained and -explored elements of the Star Wars universe. For example, the fighting style known as tëras käsi has been referenced and mentioned a lot in previous novels, but here for the first time we see what it really is. Also, we get more insight into the Sith culture -- why they want "revenge" on the Jedi, why Darth Maul in particular is so obssessed with killing Jedi, and things that make the Sith's motivations in the films much more clear. The book goes more into the actual role of the Jedi in the galaxy, and how much influence they have, and it explores some of the problems with Jedi policy. Also, though Reaves is a newcomer to the Star Wars universe, there are enough small references to other works to please fans especially.
In terms of action, of which there is certainly plenty to be found here, the author had a lot of fun. New and innovative ways of killing and dying in the Star Wars universe, cool weapons and capabilities. And instead of giving us a blow-by-blow breakdown of lightsaber duels, Reaves instead opts to go more into the mindset of the fighters, how the Force helps and influences their actions and decisions, which gives us a unique view in that regard. In fact, for a novel more oriented towards adventure, I think that this book has an outstanding amount of introspection and thought regarding the ways, the use, and the limits of the Force, and the differences between the Light Side and the Dark Side.
There were really only a few small downfalls in terms of plot. First of all, the Obi-Wan subplot was really unnecessary. It didn't really go anywhere, and it didn't really establish anything new about the character anyway. Also, in this book it seems that Holocrons are also able to be used as simple recording devices -- I had thought from previous sources that they were something different. And finally, there was really no reason to introduce the "Crimson Corridor." There are already plenty of bad places that we know about on Coruscant, an easy example being the Southern Underground, without the author having to create an even new, even worse section than we've seen before.
Overall, however, this was a great effort. A quick, fun, and entertaining romp through the bowels of Coruscant, filled with fun and enjoyable characters that I for one would like to see more of in the future. Good job Michael Reaves!
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The immediate pre-history to the Phantom Menace 26 Feb. 2001
By Doc - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. Finally are we able to learn something of the life of Darth Maul. Taking place immediately before the beginning of The Phantom Menace, we follow the efforts of Darth Maul to prevent the premature exposure of the Sith.
Reaves combines action, suspense, and often humor, into an effortless, fast read. As the story takes place in the bowels of Coruscant, we see some of the incongruities of the Republic government, and the Jedi. We also get a few tantalizing glimpses of Darth Sidious, as he directs the actions of Maul in his pursuit.
The battles are very nicely written, without being overdone, and letting us into the mind of Maul, with his contempt for the Jedi, and basically all non-Sith. I had a few minor complaints about this book, but to discuss them would be to reveal essential events in the story.
I do recommend this book to all Star Wars enthusiasts, assuming you haven't already got this one. If you're waiting for paperback, you still want to remember to get this one. It reads fast, like all the Star Wars books -- you just can't put it down!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Fast and fun read! 27 Feb. 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book not quite knowing what to expect. Could this just be a story slopped together to cash in on one of the most popular villians in recent memory? A possibility. To me, Maul seemed in the Phantom Menace to be Darth Sidious' personal killing machine, and not a lot more. He didn't have the great characterization or presence of, say, Vader. But dang was he cool when he went about being that killing machine, and that fact, along with an uncontrollable urge to pick up every Star Wars novel that comes along, made me pick it up.
Fortunatly, this book is chock full of characters and the adventures they go through made me forget that most of the action takes place on Coruscant. Usually SW books hop from planet to planet. We get to know Lorn Pavan, a character I grew to really like, even though his dislike of the Jedi was annoying at first. But, like it has been pointed out, he had his reasons, and he grew a bit by the end of the story. This book also introduces us to the coolest droid since R2 and 3PO, the sarcastic, quick witted I-Five. His scenes with Lorn are great, up there in SW lore with duos such as R2/3PO, Han/Chewie and Luke/Mara.
Also, we find ourselves on a journey to Jedi Knighthood with Padawan Darsha Assant, who has her troubles, moments of doubts, and times when she really shines as a Jedi. As her path leads her to Lorn and co, the story really gets interesting, for this is where our friendly neighborhood Dark Lord of the Sith comes in. I've heard him compared to a Star Wars Terminator in this book, and that description ain't that far off. Like the movie, our anti-hero doesn't have a lot to say, but his actions always speaks louder than what he would say. He is truly a figure to be feared here, and anytime a character I began to care for in the story crossed his path, I feared for them.
Some would say that knowing the events of The Phantom Menace takes away any suspense from this book, but I say nay. There's plenty of suspense here, you don't know exactly what's going to happen to these characters; what twists and turns may come into play, so don't let that deter you.
The pages fly fast and the pacing is perfect. Never a dull moment, and I finished the book faster than anything in recent memory, but I give this book 5 stars for being a fast, vastly entertaining read with some laughs and tears. If that seems your cup of tea, it probably won't disappoint.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Star Wars goes "noir" in gripping "pre-prequel"...... 2 Feb. 2004
By Alex Diaz-Granados - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the things I find interesting about the Star Wars prequels is the notion that although most fans know the eventual outcome -- Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is going to declare himself Emperor, Anakin Skywalker will succumb to the Dark Side, and a climactic duel with his friend and mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi will leave Skywalker terribly scarred and transform him into Darth Vader -- the movies (flaws and all) give us the details of the story. To those few fans -- if the reviews of Episodes I and II on this site are a reflection of how many people do like the new movies by George Lucas -- who enjoy The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, the revelations about the decline and fall of the Galactic Republic, the roles, missions, and lifestyles of the Jedi Order, and the tragic transformation of a well-intentioned but vulnerable Jedi into the galaxy's most menacing villain are intriguing.
Because the prequels cover a much longer span of time than the Classic Trilogy and focus mostly on Anakin, his stormy apprenticeship with Obi-Wan, and his forbidden romance with Padme Amidala -- with Palpatine's rise to power as the backdrop -- there are always "untold stories" about the mysterious Sith and the soon-to-be-vanquished Jedi Order. A few details are divulged in the films, such as the Sith being limited to two members -- "a master, and an apprentice." But inevitably running time and other considerations preclude more detailed explanations about Darth Sidious (Palpatine's Sith alter ego) and his sly machinations to defeat the Jedi and take over the decaying Galactic Republic.
Some novelists -- Alan Dean Foster, James Luceno, Greg Bear, and Michael Reeves -- have written an Expanded Universe series of novels that seek to fill in some of the blanks about the prequel era. Bear and Foster, for instance, chronicle some of the events in the decade between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones in Rogue Planet and The Approaching Storm. Luceno and Reeves' novels, on the other hand, are "pre-prequels" set shortly before the events depicted in Episode I.
Whereas Luceno's Star Wars: Cloak of Deception focuses on the political machinations of Palpatine and sets up the downfall of Supreme Chancellor Valorum, Reeve's Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is a Star Wars film noir-styled mystery set shortly before The Phantom Menace. Darth Sidious and his greedy but none-too-brave Neimoidian allies are planning to blockade the small planet of Naboo to express the Trade Federation's objection to the taxation of trade routes. Everything is going according to plan: the Federation's fleet is preparing to head to the Outer Rim and the Naboo system, the battle droids are hidden in the doughnut-shaped starships' holds, and Sidious' sly maneuvers have thrown the Galactic Senate into a political maelstrom.
But when one of the four Neimoidian conspirators, Hath Monchar, reverts to his species' cowardly nature and flees to the city world of Coruscant, Sidious realizes that he must take decisive steps to prevent the Republic from discovering the Naboo scheme prematurely. Fortunately, he has a powerful asset: Darth Maul, his young, well trained, and formidable apprentice. The horned and tattooed Dark Lord and his double-bladed lightsaber should not have too much trouble finding one scared and desperate Neimoidian, even one hidden among Coruscant's teeming billions.
Reeves, of course, can't change the Star Wars galaxy's destiny and having Maul fail in his mission. He -- and the audience -- knows that the rise of the Sith and the Empire is set in celluloid and print, yet somehow he manages to write a suspenseful tale pitting the relentless Maul (who really got very little screen time in a movie that was heavily promoted with his likeness) against a strange alliance between the cynical rogue Lorn Pavan, a ne'er do well former employee of the Jedi Temple who lives in the fringes of Coruscant society, and Darsha Assant, a young Jedi Padawan on her first mission without her Master's direct supervision. Thrown together by circumstance and pursued by the relentless Darth Maul, these two characters -- and Lorn's sarcastic droid companion I-Five -- prove to be an unexpected challenge to the Jedi-hating Sith Lord.
Reeves' style and tone are similar to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer stories, albeit set in George Lucas' "galaxy far, far away." The characters are vividly described and are, for a space/fantasy genre novel, engaging and even believable. And even though -- like its film source -- the ending is not a surprise, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter is a fast-paced and entertaining read.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
?THX? 1 Feb. 2001
By taking a rest - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As someone who generally gets new Stars Wars books on the day they become available, I freely admit I am not as hard on these books as I probably should be. However I think most fans enjoy the Universe of Lucas so much, minor or irritating issues are less noted. There is one idea that is not an issue. To suggest this book lacks any suspense or surprise because virtually all readers have seen Episode I is completely absurd. All fans already know what happens to Anakin, and a variety of others from Episode I, as we have seen Episodes IV, V, and VI. There are over 150 other written works that take place before, during and after all the movies, and as readers know the whole epic is more enjoyable as influenced by how much of the reading you have done. There are hundreds a bits of information that are and will remain unknown to those who have never picked up a book. The movies are still great, but the reading adds another level of detail.
Michael Reaves does an average job with his entry as a Star Wars Author. The storyline is enjoyable, and much is learned about Darth Maul and the embargo that takes place in Episode I. Not only does the movie not detract from the book, the background information gained, enhances Episode I.
On the down side the information about Maul's entry to the Sith is fragmented, and placed in several spots in the book. They are not clean transitions, and the questions foremost in your mind are never dealt with. There is a training sequence that would be great on film, but it will remain in the book unless many more movies come to pass. Maul like other "bad" characters before him, has developed a huge following among fans, even though his part in the movie was short, critical, but short and quite final.
The book is loaded with light saber battles both single and double bladed, so the snap hiss fans will love it. The Jedi Philosophy is both nobly portrayed and practiced, and as always new pieces of information are shared with readers.
The book is one great chase with the last sentient in the Galaxy you would wished to be pursued by. And as the action takes place almost exclusively on Coruscant, the possibilities and endless locations of the City-Planet make for great reading. Some new and clever life forms are introduced, and the battles that are fought are not easy victories for either side of the force that is wielding a blade.
The next installment will be another Maul based adventure, and for the first time it will only be available as a download online. It's appropriate that the greatest science fiction epic ever created will be delivered via cyberspace and silicon.
I have one small issue and another I found annoying. Why did this Author decide to have one Jedi constantly introduce himself, as only James Bond would do? The other is a larger issue. When disbelief is suspended the reader should not be snapped out of it with the issue I already mentioned, even if it too is fictional. It is totally inappropriate to attempt to insert a reference to the fact-based world. It is even worse when done badly, and in this instance it certainly was. For future Authors, kindly do not rip me out of a tale and insert me into the electronics store down the street, or into a multitude of industry magazines that have zero bearing on the story. Promoting real world products not only kills the moments while it lingers, it is appalling when it is used for another Lucas owned consumer product.
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