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The Hive: Star Wars Legends (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) by [Barnes, Steven]
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The Hive: Star Wars Legends (Short Story) (Star Wars - Legends) Kindle Edition

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"A very well written book in the Clone Wars saga that will have fans lapping up every page" (Dreamwatch)

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Exciting Star Wars Jedi adventure starring Obi-Wan Kenobi.For fans of the movies and especially for fans of Obi-Wan, played by Ewan MacGregor in the new movies and Alec Guinness in the classic films

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3557 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (18 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1MZU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #547,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This is by far the worst of the 54 star wars books I have read so far. Even as an avid fan, this is a slow, pointless effort that could have been over in 2 chapters. Half way through I was actually trying to remember what had happened, for two reasons.
1) It was so bad I could only manage a few pages a night and so couldnt remember what had happened weeks ago, and:
2) Nothing had happened!!!
This book makes Obi-Wan out to be some sneaky, underhanded, but incompetant Jedi and Kit to be this outlandish thug. These are supposed to be skilled Jedi with Obi wan hailed as the negotiator for pity sake, not some refugees trying to sneak a win under a governments nose. This book demolishes the image that the films and books tried to build. Stupid bugs, Troopers naming themselves, useless anecdotes about Jango Fett, pointless politics tied loosely to the war! this was awful!
I love the star wars books, and so will keep it in the collection, but it will not be read again and unless you are a collector, please please please stay clear. Its just not worth it. If you want a Clone wars book, buy "Shatterpoint" or the magnificent "Labyrinth of Evil". Other timelines? the thrawn trilogy or most of the new Jedi order (start at the beginning though!)
So, sorry my first review is so bad but after so long enjoying the star wars universe I really cannot believe anyone let this be published and felt i had to speak out.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Cestus Deception is an overall good book, that seems to be the perfect mix of a Jedi centric book and a Travis Clone Commando book. I liked how many of the characters are spot on (maybe Kit Fisto seemed a bit off), but what seemed odd, that at the same time the characterization of organisations seemed off. For example it seemed to me, that the Jedi, especially Obi, were to quick to resort to deception, lies and manipulation as a weapon of war. I was under the impression the Jedi despise these things and would not use them at all. The Chancellor also seems to aggressive.
I also have always problems, when we have to many insectoid races in Star Wars, they simply do not seem really "starwarsy" to me.
But besides these nitpicks, that are responsible for the lower score I really enjoyed this book. Obi Wan is himself, although uneasy in the role, that was laid upon him, the Clones are really interesting and one of them has a special story thread that seemed like overreaching to me at start, but then really developed into a great part of the overall story (Jangotat and Sheeka).
In the end this was a perfectly skippable but enjoyable read.

This book comes with an added short story:

The Hive is a short adventure Obi Wan had with a fellow X'Ting during the events of the Cestus Deception book. It is like a deleted scene added at the end and I have to admit it was a wise decision to not integrate this with the book itself. The story is, as the main book, enjoyable but this time even more skippable, although the stake is actually quite high for the natives of Cestus.
If you have it, read it... if not, do not bother tracking it down.
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Format: Paperback
It seems that at some point a meeting was held to plan out the content for the Clone Wars books and in this meeting it was decided that each book would contain some element of War: Shatterpoint showed the corruption of character; the Republic Commando books show the troopers' side; the medstar books showed life behind the lines and Dark Rendezvous showed attempts at appeasement. It's not clear what Cestus Perception was supposed to be other than a chance to give Obi Wan his own adventure.

A hive-mind controlled insectoid race should be fairly unique but Star Wars already has similar races with the Geonosians and the Dark Nest Trilogy and this doesn't really bring anything new to the table. It's like an improv comedy routine where the writer's been given a Jedi (Kenobi) and a situation (Insect Hive) but the writer's failed to add anything exciting to those bones.

There's nothing massively wrong with it: it's a perfectly functional adventure, there's just not enough to make it stand out. As with so many Clone Wars stories, we're told this world is strategically important but you don't really get a sense of it being anything more than a generic world for minor events to unfold on. In its favour, Obi Wan is accompanied by fan-favourite Kitt Fisto, however Fisto's appeal was chiefly visual with his Rasta-ish appearance: it's not something that translates well through text.

The stand-out sequence is a fight atop an underground train with the two Jedi facing off against regular villain Assaj Ventress (the poor woman really has a lot on her plate). It's a high-octane chase that would fit well in the Clone Wars cartoons. It may be the only memorable moment but it's a good one.

Strangely, the bonus short story that adds pages to the book is arguably the better story. It has a similarly small-scale feel but with less pages, keeps things tight. It feels as much a story as the main bulk of the book.
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By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have just finished reading this book.
The Story draws you in stright away & centres around Obi -Wan & Kit Fisto's mission to Ord Cestus.
The story romps along with a few cameos from some of the other chracters from the starwars universe & is easy to read, unlike some of the New Jedi Order books.
Highly recommeded.
If you like Star wars - you'll like this book.
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