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The Phantom Menace: Star Wars: Episode I

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

Terry Brooks
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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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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4757 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 4789713679
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; 1st edition (28 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513DGWK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,181,493 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 buy it, buy it now! 1 Aug 2013
By August
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This film is good, but I always found myself asking questions, how they get there, why does this happen? But Terry Brooks explains in great detail, its a easy read and hard to put down. It makes more sense and is better then the film. Gives depth to characters we don't really see and even Jar Jar Binks is more bearable.

I can't wait to read it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written and exciting book 26 July 1999
By A Customer
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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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. A. J. D. White VINE VOICE
Having seen the movie and being more than a little bit disappointed in it, I was loath to read the book. But being a fan of Terry Brooks as an author, and spotting this book in a bargin bucket I decided to buy it.... and I would have to say I was glad I did, it is a good novel just a shame it was based on such a poor film.
Terry has worked very hard with the material given to him to insert some grit, emotions and characters into a story that lacked those.... and I would say he has done as good a job as anyone could, whilst keeping it true to the movie. For example Jar Jar is turned from the usless muppet he was, into a scared confused alien, who is way out his depth and struggling to survive. Anakin is given a history in pod racing and also some harder edges, I just wish this could have been carried onto the end of the book.... As for the rest of the characters they are all made more believable except for the "baddies" :(.
Its a great shame Terry wasn't asked to work on the screen play before the movie was made... I am sure he would have made the movie better if he had.....
If you are a fan of the Starwars universe then this book is well worth reading and if you are a fan of Mr Brooks but not Starwars (thou I find that hard to comprehend) I would give this book a miss.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting
Great purchase for my daughter who is just getting into the star wars story's, great quality, very prompt service thank you
Published 2 months ago by Jo42
5.0 out of 5 stars Star wars episode 1
Fantastic book a lot better than the movie and more detail into characters feelings and history overall fantastic and would recommend anyone to read it
Published 4 months ago by Jamie Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool
It's a amazing book and it is so much like the film. The best part is how they describe the fight between obi wan and qui gon vs darth maul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars Fan
Well it is episode 1 in a book and you do get extra bits in it that weren't in the film bits that tie certain areas together making the film seem all the better for it afterwards
Published 10 months ago by Tiffany Hughes
2.0 out of 5 stars Terry Brooks - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace | Review
Let's face it - Star Wars Episode I was never the greatest Star Wars film. In fact, short of Caravan of Courage (a rare Ewok special that I've downloaded but never watched), it's... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read - a great improvement on the screenplay.
Terry Brooks' rendering of `The Phantom Menace' does a great deal to change what I feel was a fragmentary and incongruous screenplay into a satisfying and enjoyable story. Read more
Published on 23 April 2009 by S Fox
3.0 out of 5 stars The FSFH Book Review says:
I've heard it said that the mason is only as good as the stone he works with, such is the case here. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2005 by Ian Tapley
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly adequate novelization of the film
With the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith only months away, it seems like a good time to begin preparing myself for the new film. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2005 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars A poetic and poignant novelisation of a terrible film
Brooks utilises poetic description and masterful story telling to transform the shallow, second rate film into a greatly memorable adventure. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, all things considered....
Considering, how disappointing the movie was I'm surprised at how well Brooks manages to get an okay book out of the mess. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2002 by Mette Kjøller
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