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Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived Hardcover – 25 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (25 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857680919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857680914
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The action scenes are clear, exciting and really easy to follow. Lots of Star Wars type explosions and action here! An enjoyable Star Wars novel." --Emotionally 14

"Paul S Kemp [is] quickly becoming the go to guy for Old Republic era Jedi and Sith battles with his fluid, well-described fight scenes and compelling characterisation." --Blogomatic3000

"Deceived should certainly keep Star Wars fans entertained, it's a little shorter than I would have liked but that's just a testament to the quality of writing and the attachment I felt to the characters." --Game-Pad

"Try this saga of a Sith war-fancier who tears down the Jedi Temple before he's even had breakfast." --Total Film

About the Author

Paul S. Kemp is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Star Wars: Crosscurrent, as well as nine Forgotten Realms fantasy novels and many short stories. When he's not writing, he practices corporate law in Michigan, which has inspired him to write some really believable villains. He digs cigars, single malt scotch, and ales, and tries to hum the theme song to Shaft at least once per day. Paul Kemp lives and works in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, with his wife, twin sons, and a couple of cats


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rollo Tomasi on 29 Mar. 2011
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If you have read Paul Kemps previous Star Wars novel Crosscurrent like me then you will be pleased to hear he has done it again and created an action packed novel with strong well written characters. At its heart lies Darth Malgus who is shown to be anything but your typical Sith Lord, what with his code of honour and his love for his 'servant'. He makes a refreshing change from the usual Sith Lords featured in these novels.The other two main characters in book are likable, although the ex soldier forced to turn to crime to pay for his sick daughter's treatment is a bit of a cliche.
What lets the novel down is its length, coming in at only 255 pages compared to usual of at 300. The rest of the book is just padded with filler designed to get you to buy the Fate of the Jedi novels.
Overall it is a good read but over too soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cylon Says on 10 July 2012
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This is definitely a case of "don't judge a book by it's cover" and for all the wrong reasons which is a shame, because the cover looks awesome. The cover character, Darth Malgus is far from the major bad-ass he appears to be and serves underneath another Darth and an emperor. After an auspicious, action-filled start, he meekly submits to being relegated to the sidelines, taking any scale of grandeur the plot has with him.

The whole thing is a bit of a conundrum: what there is of it rattles along at a decent pace, has some decently inventive moments, but nothing major seems to be going on. The plot shifts between the perspectives of 4 characters: Malgus, a Jedi, a smuggler and an assassin (note that I'd have to look back on the names, they're that memorable. The characters are thinly-realised with a very generic Jedi. There's nothing detestable about them: there's not enough characterisation to make you care. The smuggler is the only one given any form of background but they all seem to be minor players carrying out their minor lives against an epic backdrop.

It's such a jobbing effort, it's like the skeleton of a project that even the author didn't care about it. There's no description to flesh it out beyond a rough draft.

It just feels like it's an opportunity missed: perhaps the subsequent books will up the ante; perhaps it makes sense if taken in the context of the game of the same name, but it has to stand on its own merits and it's too underdeveloped to do so. When you're getting charged for a full book and only getting 317 pages you should get a complete story but this feels like Act 1 and an undercooked one at that.

Two minor details to add:

1. There are too many characters with names beginning with "A".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By spalanz on 21 Jan. 2014
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I've been a longtime reader of Star Wars novels, from the glory days of the Bantams right through to the present day. There are a fair number of turkeys in the run, and while I wouldn't necessarily say this should be among their number, I did find it lacking in some respects.

As a standalone novel, Deceived is largely okay, but there are a lot of good points that make me like it, but I couldn't help thinking that it was somehow flawed. Set in the Old Republic era, the novel ties into the MMORPG "The Old Republic", and the opening sequence of the novel has already been seen in one of the trailers for the game. That was a nice touch. However, I do have a slight issue with the Old Republic novels (that isn't limited to Deceived alone, I should add), insofar as they reference events that it is assumed we, the readers, know about, but which have not been "seen" by us, the real-world public. Fatal Alliance had the same problem, and I was left feeling a bit lost, like I'd missed something important, when things like the Battle of Alderaan were mentioned. I assume, though, this is nothing to do with the author, but by design of the publisher. I'm sure someone who has played the game would not have these same feelings, either, but nevertheless it did make me frustrated whenever such references cropped up.

The story is basically about one Jedi's desire to avenge the murder of her master during the sacking of Coruscant. Now, Star Wars fans the world over know that Jedi do not seek vengeance, etc etc, but this seems to be a disturbing trend of a lot of the EU literature to try to make Jedi more "human", but this is misplaced, to my way of thinking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 8 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is, for lack of a better word, FANTASTIC. For those that have read other star wars books this is just as good as them but different in a way that makes people understand the characters better and their motives. I'd recommend this to anyone who loves star wars.
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By Lost Perci on 10 April 2012
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The problem with franchise universe books such as this one is that the publishers rarely choose top grade writers. You don't see them hiring Iain Banks or Ray Bradbury to write them. It shows very much in this novel. Given the return of the Sith to known space and the probable end of the Jedi Order and the Republic, you would think that is what would concern the writer. Even more so given that this novel sets the stage for Bioware's new MMO: The Old Republic.

I'm afraid the author has chosen to write instead a writing school type book. Damaged hero, check, romance for the hero not resolved until the last bit, check, villain with a redeeming feature, check, Totally evil villains, check, double-cross and predictable plot twists, check. A great writer uses individual stories to tell the great story, this writer uses the great story of the collapse of galactic civilisation to tell us a story about characters we have never heard of, won't hear of again and don't care less about. You learn nothing of the Sith or the Jedi here. If you want to understand the Sith, there's a short moment in the video 'return' made for The Old Republic where a Sith lashes out at a spaceship in pure frustration, knowing he can't harm it but unable to control anger and desire. Malgus also shows a true Sith warrior in the video as he lovingly strikes down his master. Here, he's a character that would never have made it through the academy.

Sorry but I wanted a story about the return of the Empire and war on a galactic scale, what I got was a cheap action novel dripping with cloying sentimental overtones.
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