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Star Wars: Black Fleet Trilogy - Shield of Lies: Book 2 [Paperback]

Michael P. Kube-McDowell
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1 Jan 1920 Star Wars (Book 2)
As Leia must deal with a new threat to the  fragile alliance that binds the New Republic, Lando  becomes a prisoner aboard a runaway spacecraft of  unknown origin. The ship is following an unstoppable  path to its homeworld, destroyed by Imperial  forces. Luke continues his quest to learn more about  his mother among the Fallanassi, where his every  belief about the use of the Force is about to be  challenged. And while Leia ponders a diplomatic  solution to the aggression of the fierce Yevetha race,  Han pilots a spy ship into the heart of Yevethan  space and finds himself a hostage on one of the  vast fleet of warships under the command of a  ruthless leader.


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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Reissue edition (1 Jan 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553572776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553572773
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Even fans should avoid this trilogy. 12 Nov 2004
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
THE STORY:
Twelve years after 'Return of the Jedi', Leia is mired in the political storm that her campaign against the genocidal Yevetha is causing. Han is sent to take command of the fleet near Yevethan space, whilst Luke and Akanah continue their search for the Fallanassi. Elsewhere, Lando, Lobot and the Droids are trapped aboard the enigmatic spaceship known as the Teljkon Vagabond.
WHAT'S GOOD:
Kube-McDowell writes the military element of the story well and some of his characters from that element (particularly Etahn A'baht) are genuinely likable. Also, the Yevetha are a suitably detestable and cunning group of xenophobic maniacs, making a good enemy for our heroes.
WHAT'S BAD:
All the plotlines, most of the characters, alot of the prose and a good few other things besides. Luke's journey is boring and, as proved by the events of book 3, utterly pointless and the same goes double for Lando's story. Leia's political troubles are nothing that fans won't have read better written elsewhere. As for the whole Fallanassi/White Current thing, did the author really believe that fans would be pleased that he completely dismisses everything from the films and other novels?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, but some areas should be off limits . . . 14 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here, again, this series has been heavily panned in favor of other books by other favorite Star Wars authors, but I think it's only fair to say that not everyone can write in the same style.
What I liked:
The Yevetha crisis. Something to get the Republic off their butts and back into the action. It brings the military back into the picture, which, other than in the X-Wing series, occasionally gets glossed over. I, for one, am interested in the politics of the New Republic - we must remember that politics are behind much of the action. It's not always all about the shoot-em-up action on some remote planet. The ideas behind Nils Spaar - a megalomaniacal character who is incapable of holding equal ground with any species but his own.
Surprise! Leia's human. We, the readers, get so accustomed to her superhuman mentality that some can't accept when she stumbles or questions her judgement. This self-doubting keeps her three-dimensional, instead of turning into an Ivory Tower heroine. She's forced to do without Luke for a while, which is refreshing.
What I didn't like:
The whole "Luke looks for mom" storyline. I had been under the impression that in the "old days" (ie Heir to the Empire), that it was an established rule not to discuss this. Now, especially in light of the new movies, this storyline comes dangerously close to contradicting itself, I fear. When Luke first went into hiding, I though that this might be an interesting devlopment, that we might find some things out about what goes on in Luke's head. Instead, he gets drawn into the whole mom thing, by this girl who plays on his momentary lapse of self assuredness. I did not like this female character, and I didn't like the "White Current" storyline behind her. Nowhere in the Star Wars universe have we heard of this sect before, yet the stories of the Jedi and the Sith go back for millenia. Even in "Courtship of Princess Leia," the women acknowledge the Force. I have really yet to understand what this "White Current" is all about - are they healers? witches? What can they do?
The Lando/ship thing is dragging badly, and that's sad. I love Lando's character, especially after reading the Han stories, and this could have been something really interesting to drop him into, but instead, well, it's just blah. The mystery of what the ship is, and what it's for is dragging on too long. We want answers; cool, plot-twisty ones, and so does Lando. And LOBOT! Wow, we haven't heard from him since Bespin - and frankly we haven't heard much from him here either. In the future, please don't treat Lando as an expendable character. He's got an great background, and deserves more than he got here. I know he must be bored by now.
This series is ok, but before Mr. McDowell writes more Star Wars, the writing needs a bit more spit and polish.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suffers by Nature 11 Nov 2001
By Handofthrawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Here Kube-MacDowell tried to bind two parts of a trilogy together and, alas, failed in his venture. Far too much time is spent on the flaws, uninteresting 'Luke' and 'Lado' storylines and not enough on the 'Leia' storyline, which actually exhibits intelligence. While 'Before the Storm' had at least some interaction between storylines and lots of politics and military work, 'Shield of Lies' has absolutely no inter-story interaction. The 'Leia' storyline is still good (unless you thinkg Ewoks beating up stormies is cool) but doesn't get enough attention. The Battle of Doornik-319 is the best part of the book by far, and even then there are far better parts elsewhere in other books. It's hard to say if I reccomend the book or not, alas. 2/3 of it are a waste, but the other 1/3 is worth reading and connects well with the rest of the series. Decide for yourself after reading the 'Leia' segments of 'Before the Storm' if its worth the money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars eh... spoilers, if it even matters in the first place 27 Jun 2008
By Devin R. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
1. Lando - Lando, Lobot, and the droids make a complete circle throughout an otherwise interesting spaceship, only to get nothing really done. One thing to be said about Kube-McDowell is that he's the first author to develop Lobot as a character

2. Luke - this is my least favorite section. akanah nags and nags and nags, and luke cowers and whimpers as she cracks the whip. Pretty much, they walk around some planets, constantly looking over their shoulders unnecessarily. I'll have to admit the part about akanah's father kind of made me genuinely sad.

3. Leia - easily the best section. Leia portrayed as incompetent, which pins her self-esteem to the floor. Senate tries to oust her. Nil Spaar is deliciously evil, but his character is a bit overdone and his tyranny a little cliché. Finally, K-wings are put to use in a fun little space battle at the end.

Ok. I understand that some important ingredients of a good novel are character development, plot construction, and dialogue, all of which this book contains. I know that star wars isn't all dog fights and blazing light saber battles and what not. But this book lacks what made Star Wars great in the first place, and that is at least an acceptable level of action. Apart from the space battle at the end and the tyranny of the Yevethah, there is no degree of excitement or tension anywhere else in this book. Sure, Lando's story line is cool and creepy, but almost nothing of consequence really comes from it. This is what makes the series so frustrating! I have yet to start Tyrant's test, but I will soon. I hope and pray that it will rescue this series from the drudgery of the first two books. That is all
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than the first! Just plain awful 19 Jun 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Like its predecessor, Shield of Lies continues bad characterizations, poor plot and long drawn out writing. The Luke out with a strange woman to learn about his mother story line to just annoying. This female character is simply annoying and Luke does not act all that much like a Jedi Master. Jedi Masters can tell when someone is lying to them! As for Leia the drudgery of political life is draining on her. Eventually stories about the running of a government can get boring and after the first book the Leia and political back-stabbing storyline is old and slow and boring. Han finally gets something to do, but due to the ineptness of the New Republic military (can't imagine how they beat the Empire at all) by the evil, is captured by bigoted Yevetha nazi beings introduced in the first book. Chewie has a subplot involving his son's journey into manhood, while Lando's adventure on the ghost ship is really painful to read. This series could have been so much better but a convoluted plot, poor editing and really awful writing make it among te worst set of books in the Star Wars universe.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. This if for the people who defend this trash 30 May 2004
By "kinslayer24" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is lousy. Its pointless and dragged out. If these 3 books were made into 1, it may be decent. But this 2nd book is just horrible.
I seen one person say "I am sorry that your limited intellect cannot stand plot development and intricate story lines"
1st of all, plot development is suppose to lead to a plot right? NOTHING HAPPENS. Lando solves nothing in book 2, Luke figures out nothing in book 2. Nothing happens.
2nd of all whats so intricate about a vessal that was made by a long lost race. Sure its in interesting ship, but it could have been wrapped up in about 50 pages. Not page after page, book after book.
Oh No, a Hitler like character in Nil Spaar. Dont get too intricate on me. Boring story.
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