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Cloak Of Deception by James Luceno
on 18 December 2001
A prelude to 'The Phantom Menace', this book sets the film up as well as 'Shadows Of The Empire' did for 'Return Of The Jedi'. There are countless plotlines that flow through the book including Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan's hunt for a pirate leader, the Trade Federation's scheming, Senator Palpatine's political maneuvering and the terrorist actions of the Nebula Front. It all culminates in a surprising finale on Eriadu.
THE LIGHT SIDE:
Although some may be overwhelmed by the political intrigues of this book, I found it to a brave and intelligent approach to the prequel era story. It's well written and evenly places action amid the intrigue. The best thing about this book is the way in which Luceno weaves it into the Star Wars mythos, with cameos from earlier novels as well as the new prequel era ones and a clever elaboration of things merely mentioned in Episode I. Also, there's some hints as to the contents of Episode II...
THE DARK SIDE:
The only real downside is that we all know how some of the plotlines are going to end, because of 'The Phantom Menace'.
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