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Star Wars: Tarkin [Kindle Edition]

James Luceno
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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'Of power, I could tell you much. One must seize the moment, and strike.' Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin

He's the scion of an honourable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly...and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises the Emperor. Under Tarkin's guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy's lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel - by intimidation or annihilation.

Until then, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and new-found evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious, and Tarkin - whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire's supremacy...and its enemies' extinction.

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"In short, this is a very, very good book." (Jedi News)

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It's an all-new Star Wars galaxy going forward - an exciting new era of storytelling.

Here is the story of the one that even Darth Vader answers to: Tarkin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars: Tarkin 13 May 2015
I had no intentions to read this book until it showed up on Netgalley and my inner SW-fan took over my body and requested the book. It was a bit daunting to read a SW book since it had been years since I read one and even though I still love SW I just don't watch the movie that often nowadays as I did when I was younger. Also this book is about Tarkin, a character I never really cared about in the movie. But Darth Vader was on the cover also so that made this book seem a bit interesting to read.

Boy now I'm happy that I requested the book since it was really good. Yes it had some part that was a bit though to get through, space fighting isn't my favorite reading material, I prefer watching it on the telly. On the plus side it was good written, not too much and was necessary for the story.

In this book we get the background story to Moff Tarkin, his childhood on Eriadu, his career to present time in the book when he is in charge of building the Death Star. But he must hunt, together with Darth Vader, down dissidents hell-bent on causing trouble for the Empire when a mission goes wrong and his ship Carrion Spike gets stolen.

As I said before this book was good so good in fact that I realized that I was rooting for Tarkin to win over the dissidents that he was chasing. I mean I know I had a weakness for Darth Vader since I was a child, but Tarkin? That felt odd. Now I'm not saying that he is good, he is not a misunderstood character. He is a firm believer in the Empire and he has done awful things. But James Luceno has written a so good portrait of Tarkin that you can see how he became the man he was when we for the first time met him on the Death Star.

If you are a fan of SW then you should read this book
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The raise of Tarkin 4 Dec. 2014
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The Book is good, well written. There are quite a lot of good things I took away from this book. Then main problem I have with this book is the subject the book is written about Tarkin. The man is just like his uniform drab greenish grey, immaculate and imperial through and through. In fair ness to the writers I don't think they could have made the story about the man any better.

The good things about this book are the writing is good and flows well. The book is well researched. This is the thing that made this rounded this book up from 3.5 stars to 4 stars for me. I was worried once Disney took over the Star Wars universe the continuity would suffer. That has not been the case so far. The book makes references to both of Tarkin's appearances in the clone wars series. There is also a mention of Darth Plagueis (written by the same author) so there is elements of continuity that fill me full of hope for future projects. I did enjoy the cat and mouse mystery which showed Tarkins tactical knowledge and expertise.

The book covers Tarkin's back story (origin if you will), being one of the first recruits of then Senator Palpatine and his meteoric rise up the military ranks for. His relationship with Darth Vader. Which is quite important as if we flash forward to The New Hope, he actually tell/orders Vader to release the young Moff he is in the process of choking. Not many would dare to do that, and even fewer would survive. So Tarkin must have must have earned some respect somewhere. This book ends a long while before New Hope and it does not have any of Tarkin's personal relationship in it.

I do actually like the way the James Luceno did not try and get me to empathise with Tarkin as the man is a nasty, heartless piece of work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely corking 13 Feb. 2015
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Ah, one of my favourite characters (because I watching Peter Cushing) from the Star Wars Universe and of course one that now has his own chance to step to the front and allow readers the chance to get to know his own dark personality. Whilst he’s not a force user (as so many of them seem to be) the reader gets the chance to delve deeply into a side of the Empire that we’ve never really had chance to get to know.

As expected from James, the book has great pace, really allows Tarkin to step out on his own and when added to solid prose and a cracking art is perhaps one of my favourite Star Wars titles to date. A good book for the Star War’s fan in your life and one I’d definitely recommend as a Christmas gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Larkin review 9 Jun. 2015
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This is a solid read. It does a good job of showing Imperial power, the relationship between Tarkin and Vader, and mixes mystery with action very well. It was every bit as exciting as A New Dawn had been.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not great 6 July 2015
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I was expecting the life story of Tarkin up to the Death Star but this is mostly flashbacks about his childhood and one particular adventure with Darth Vader.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sadly wasted potential 11 Jan. 2015
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I am a huge Star Wars fan, so a book about Governor Tarkin was a no-brainer. James Luceno has previously contributed greatly to the Star Wars expanded universe, such as the sequel to Episode III entitled "The Dark Lord", focusing on Darth Vader. I expected the same quality from his new book, Tarkin, but was let down.

"Tarkin" is essentially a convoluted mix of a Scooby-doo episode, the Benedict Cumberbatch version Sherlock, and boring exposition in the Star Wars setting. Characters familiar to the fans of the series (Darth Vader, The Emperor and of course Tarkin) do not bring the feel of the movies to the book, and often have dialogues that are out of character. I thought that this would turn out to be a political thriller, but instead got to know how Governor Tarkin likes his uniforms tailored or how he hunted on his home planet. The book is a long and boring cat and mouse chase trying to recover Tarkin's stolen ship with a few minor interjections of the cookie-cutter theieves' or the Emperor's point of view that ultimately that add nothing significant to the Star Wars saga.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome novel about the Grand Moff himself set just before Epiosde IV dark and thrilling!
Published 8 days ago by Ian Reay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was a gift for my grandson and he awards 5 stars
Published 1 month ago by Vivienne Williams
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Published 1 month ago by whats hot whats not
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and un-original
Was pretty disappointed with this book. First of all the beginning was slow, it took a while to get into the book and even then it never really 'took off'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Iain
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Did not add anything to the story.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Whorwood
5.0 out of 5 stars A Star Wars Biography
Tarkin is the second book in the new canon of Star Wars novels, and the first genuinely good one. The previous leader was A New Dawn which, for all its various merits, failed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arch Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly written book that brings a story that adds SO much to the...
What a book.
A superbly written book that brings a story that adds SO much to the best fantasy story ever written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Luke Hyland
2.0 out of 5 stars Another wasted concept. Boring and unnecessary
Another wasted concept.
Boring and unnecessary.
This does for Tarkin what Episode 1 did for Anakin Skywalker. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Shard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by Claire Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars First of the new canon I've read.
The second novel in the new canon, Tarkin succeeds in firming up the relationship between The Emperor, Darth Vader and Garmin himself whilst offering a few snippets of where the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Green
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