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The Phantom Menace: Star Wars: Episode I [Kindle Edition]

Terry Brooks
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, an evil legacy long believed dead is stirring. Now the dark side of the Force threatens to overwhelm the light, and only an ancient Jedi prophecy stands between hope and doom for the entire galaxy.
On the green, unspoiled world of Naboo, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, arrive to protect the realm’s young queen as she seeks a diplomatic solution to end the siege of her planet by Trade Federation warships. At the same time, on desert-swept Tatooine, a slave boy named Anakin Skywalker, who possesses a strange ability for understanding the “rightness” of things, toils by day and dreams by night—of becoming  a Jedi Knight and finding a way to win freedom for himself and his beloved mother. It will be the unexpected meeting of Jedi, Queen, and a gifted boy that will mark the start of a drama that will become legend.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years, plus a brand-new Darth Maul short story by New York Times bestselling author James Luceno!

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When casting about for an author to novelise the script for The Phantom Menace--the first in a series of three prequels to the eternally popular Star Wars saga--it's no surprise that creator George Lucas chose Terry Brooks. After all, Brooks is a perennially bestselling epic fantasy author whose Sword of Shannara is a classic adventure story, not far removed from the swashbuckling exploits of our favourite Star Wars heroes.

Brooks handles the job of modern mythmaker well. He deftly juggles a hodgepodge of characters: a young stately queen (Amidala) and her handmaidens; a pair of Jedi knights (Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui Gon Jinn); a bumbling amphibious side-kick (Jar Jar Binks); two Sith Lords (Darths Maul and Sidious) who add more than enough menace to the mix; a couple of familiar robots (C-3P0 and R2-D2); a teeming host of Senators, Chancellors, diplomats, warrior droids, and spies, and one young slave boy who aspires to be a Jedi knight (Anakin Skywalker). With cinematic prose, Brooks brings to life a number of epic battles, skirmishes, and dog-fights in space--all the elements that we've come to expect from a rousing Star Wars instalment. The Phantom Menace doesn't stray far from those expectations: there is a clear division between the good guys and the bad; good things come in small (and surprising) packages; heroes lose battles only to emerge victorious on another day. But Phantom does illuminate in ways the other instalments didn't. For the first time, we get a glimpse at the whys and wherefores behind the curtain; at times it reads almost like a socio-political thriller as the emerging Federation shuffles for power with the waning democracy of the Republic. The Force is also further illuminated. Turns out it has something to do with "midi-chlorians"--microscopic life forms that live in the cells of all living things.

The Phantom Menace is a fun read, sure to satisfy Star Wars junkies young and old. And don't forget: turn your lightsaber off before you go into the swamp or you'll fry your energy pack. --Tod Nelson,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6573 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (28 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513DGWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,653,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunnig Visual Effects... In your Imagination 29 Jun. 1999
By A Customer
A couple of days ago, I was reading this book, when a friend came in, and upon noticing what I was reading said "Would you like to know how the new Star Wars film finishes?" "No No!" I cried as I was only half way throught the book. "Well you shouldn't have seen Return of the Jedi then, should you!" he laughed, and made a quick exit. I could only laugh, as of course The Phantom Menace is the prequel for the Original Star Wars Trilogy. Of course all die-hard fans know that there are a total of 9 films in the saga, but of course that George Lucas has had enough so far, and will not be making any more after Episode III has been released (Or so he says!). But anyway back to the book... The Phantom Menace (TPM) is a strange title, especially since the previous titles for the Star Wars films have been so awe-inspiring, and full of hope (in fact the first film was sub-titled "A New Hope"!). So I was a little on edge when I first came to read it. But being a die-hard fan I was not put off. The plot comes through very quickly and the book actually releases more to the audience than I think the film will. (Not seen that yet!) The basic premise is, if you don't already know, that the Trade Federation, a part of the Galatic Republic, has put up a blockade around the peaceful planet of Naboo. Two Jedi Knights, Obi-Wan Kenobi and his master Qui-Gon Jinn have been sent by the Chancellor of the Republic to soothe the situation. Of course things don't go to plan and soon the Trade Federation is landing its Robots on the surface and conquering Naboo. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan escape to the planets surface, meet up with the ruler, one young Queen Amidala, and escape the planet, but not before blowing the hyperdrive (sound familiar!). Read more ›
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After 16 years, the new installment of George Lucas's space opera unveils itself onto the big screen with the largest (Dolby EX-enhanced) bang the film world has ever seen. I pity the author who, upon taking the screenplay, shooting script and 'Whills' notes from Lucas, attempts to convey the sense of majesty and epic nature of The Phantom Menace without the use of state-of-the-art CGI that so aids the storytelling on the big screen.
Brooks has done a good job here, although you feel that he is never happy writing in a fantasy world that is not of his own design. The story is followed faithfully (as checked by reading through the Illustrated Screenplay) with a few deviations, although perhaps not as deep a background to the story as one would hope for in a novel based on such a rich fantasy landscape.
The narrative is compelling, and I found myself finishing the book in one sitting, although two possible reasons are : 1. The simplicity of the writing style and 2. My infatuation with the subject material. All things considered, I would therefore strongly recommend this book to all fans of both the film series (it *really is* a new Star Wars episode!!), and of the sci-fi genre in general, although I am convinced that the author would have performed better without the limitations imposed by writing in such a 'franchised' universe, such as Star Wars. To anyone coming to the Star Wars novels for the first time? Yeeeeah, it's not bad....but I'd try Timothy Zahn's books first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written and exciting book 26 July 1999
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Terry Brooks has definately captured the magic of Star Wars here in a top class novelisation of the film. Unlike most film novelisations, The Phantom Menace actually reads like a novel, rather than someone describing what they are seeing on the screen, which unfortunately happens in many screen adaptions. The action and technology is described in just enough detail to keep you engaged, but the only problem I had with this book is that it was over too quickly. (I've got rather used to reading other Terry Brooks books - at least an inch and a half thick). Looking forward to the next installment!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read or listen depending on the format 25 May 2014
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a review of the abridged audiobook on CD
I recently re-read the book after seeing the film on TV again. I have to say that the book is better than the film. It takes you to meet Anakin Skywalker, Watto etc before they meet Qui Gon and Padme and you get a better understanding of irritants such as Jar Jar Binks. The abridged audiobook is spread over three CDs. What I like about this book is it seems to be half way to being a radio series. There isn't a cast just a narrator; but he is ably supported by accompanying sound effects of light sabres, R2D2, laser blasts, pod racer engines, explosions etc. The audiobook begins with the Star Wars main theme which is an unexpected bonus. What detracts from this audiobook is some of the voice characterisations. The ones that annoy are Jar Jar Binks and Yoda. They are valiant attempts but they fail to hit the mark which is a pity because otherwise the characterisations are good in general. Despite being abridged the story flows nicely, the words are clearly spoken; and it is easy on the ear. I would recommend the abridged audiobook for those who want to absorb the Star Wars experience in a palatable bite sized chunk and don't have much time to read books. This audiobook could have been improved if this had been a full radio series (as episodes 4, 5 and 6 are).That notwithstanding it was a good companion while driving.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fantastically in sync with the movie!!!
amazing! wonderful language used- you can clearly tell the author is very talented Im a massive fan of star wars and was thrilled when I found out about the books too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. P. Moore
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Well, here we have the novelisation of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace - widely regarded as the turkey of the Star Wars films, if I'm not wrong? Read more
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