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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; paperback / softcover edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099439972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099439974
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos: Hero's Trial and Jedi Eclipse goes back into time to Episode I: The Phantom Menace, with an all-new Jedi adventure set against the backdrop of Chancellor Valorum's fall from power.

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Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy,

the Galactic Republic is crumbling. In the outlying

systems, where the Trade Federation maintains a

stranglehold on shipping routes , tensions are boiling

over- and now even the comfort of Coruscant is being

invaded, as Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his

apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination

attempt on Supreme Chancellor Valorum.

As humans and aliens gather for an emergency trade

summit, conspiracies sealed with large sums of money

run rampant, and no one is entirely above suspicion.

But the greatest threat of all remains unknown to

everyone except three members of the Trade

Federation who have entered into a shadowy alliance

with a dark overlord. While the trio will be content

with more money and fewer problems, Darth Sidious

has grander, far more terrifying plans.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer VINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
THE STORY:
A prelude to 'The Phantom Menace', this book sets the film up as well as 'Shadows Of The Empire' did for 'Return Of The Jedi'. There are countless plotlines that flow through the book including Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's hunt for a pirate leader, the Trade Federation's scheming, Senator Palpatine's political maneuvering and the terrorist actions of the Nebula Front. It all culminates in a surprising finale on Eriadu.
THE LIGHT SIDE:
Although some may be overwhelmed by the political intrigues of this book, I found it to a brave and intelligent approach to the prequel era story. It's well written and evenly places action amid the intrigue. The best thing about this book is the way in which Luceno weaves it into the Star Wars mythos, with cameos from earlier novels as well as the new prequel era ones and a clever elaboration of things merely mentioned in Episode I. Also, there's some hints as to the contents of Episode II...
THE DARK SIDE:
The only real downside is that we all know how some of the plotlines are going to end, because of 'The Phantom Menace'.
CAMEOS:
Vergere, Jorus C'baoth, Hath Monchar, Luminara Unduli, Wilhuff Tarkin, Sate Pestage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Topjob on 29 Oct. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book basically covers the events that take place during the apprenticeship period of Obi Wan. It is a good book about the political problems in the star system. I think it would be very good if we can see this as pre-Episode I in the cinemas. The book is linked to Episode I with a short conclusion part. If you want to learn more about the Star System, Trade Federation, Jedi Council and Star Wars politics, then I definitely recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is really enlightening, because it explores the master-padawan relationship between Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon, also it reveals an awful lot about the events leading up to the blockade of Naboo. You can see exactly how Senator Palpatine plays everyone to put himself where he wants to be to become the Emperor! it is a must buy for anyone who likes Star Wars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross on 4 May 2009
Format: Paperback
Interesting, inventive, energetic, the story revolves around fast packed action and shady political discussions. If you want more than just the basic films, Cloak of Deception is a great way to expand on the Phantom Menace, such as the trade federation's rise of power, the Republics downfall, and a Sith lord's ultimate plan which leads to the rise (or fall, depending on your view) of Darth Vader.
If you're looking for an easy read, this is not the book your looking for, the author pulls no punches when it comes to creative and complex word choice, but that's what adds to the ultimate Star wars atmosphere all fans love.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 22 Sept. 2004
Format: Paperback
THE STORY:
Just before the events of Episode I, various plots are afoot as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious manipulates the Trade Federation, Senator Palpatine begins manoeuvering for political power and the Nebula Front terrorist begin attacking the Federation and Republic alike. As these events trouble the galaxy Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi pursue a wily and dangerous pirate called Arwen Cohl, against the advice of the Jedi Council.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This book has so much going for it! The story is a good combination of galactic politics and lightsaber-swinging action and would stand well alone. However, Luceno employs his remarkable ability to weave the threads of the Star Wars franchise together into a beatifully crafted...er...blanket? This book is crammed full of subtle cameos but at no point do they feel intrusive. Here's just a few of the characters to look out for; Vergere (from the New Jedi Order series), Jorus C'baoth (the guy whose evil clone is the villain in Timothy Zahn's classic Thrawn trilogy), Luminara Unduli (one of the Jedi from Episode II), Hath Monchar, Darsha Assant and Anoon Bondara (all featured in 'Darth Maul - Shadow Hunter'), as well as Palpatine's aides Sate Pestage (from the X-Wing comics) and Kinman Doriana (another Tim Zahn character). There's a great many more for fans to spot too, as well as a bit more background to just about every character featured in 'The Phantom Menace' (except for those irritating gits Jar Jar and Anakin).
WHAT'S BAD:
There wasn't anything that stood out as being bad about this book and it's certainly the best novel in the prequel era so far.
Buy it, read it and get the full story behind 'The Phantom Menace'.
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The core problem with most Star Wars books is they simply aren't that well written. James Luceno is one of the better writers - his New Jedi Order books stand out in that line - but can't escape the curse of these titles: characters, often undeveloped, jumping from one bland planet with a silly name to another. That aside, Cloak of Deception tries to mix the epic grandeur of the Star Wars saga with intergalatic politics and establishes a clever background to the tax dispute that prompts the incidents in Episode I. It also - brilliantly - shows us the master manipulator, Darth Sidious, pulling the strings behind the scenes and readers with a fair grasp of the SW universe will be able to read a lot between the lines. Kudos also for some cracking cameos from a broad spectrum of well-known characters.
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Cloak of Deception is a Star Wars novel by James Luceno, but it isn't like many other novels in the vast series. If you've read works by the likes of Joe Schreiber and Drew Karpyshyn, you'll be used to a lot of action in your Star Wars novels. Luceno provides sufficient action, but Cloak of Deception is largely a political thriller. Therefore, if the thought of senate scandals and tax controversies interest you, by all means purchase this novel; but if that very thought puts you to sleep, I'd avoid it and get a more fast-paced novel.

On the whole though, I really enjoyed it and I wouldn't think twice before getting another of Luceno's books.
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