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Flashback: Darth Maul – Saboteur

April 15, 2007

I’m a long-time fan of Star Wars. I’ve enjoyed, overall, the Expanded Universe. I’m doing my best to read them in order (since I’ve got so behind). Some of these SWEU reviews were written before I formalized my book journal (Febrary 2006), so some will be over two years old.

First up, one of my favorites, is actually an e-book. It features one of my all-time favorite aliens, the Neimoidians. I just love them.

Title: Darth Maul: Saboteur
Author: James Luceno
Type: e-Book (also included with Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reeves)

Era: Republic, 33 years Before the Battle of Yavin.

Summary: On Dorvalla, a pair of rival ore mining companies compete for business. One company, Lommite Limited, has been suffering from “accidents” – sabotage – and plans to retaliate. Meanwhile, Darth Sidious dispatches Darth Maul to Dorvalla: he needs the Neimoidians to gain control of the shipping, so he can proceed with his own dark plans. The story sets the stage for the events in James Luceno’s Cloak of Deception.

Review: Darth Maul’s part of this story is mostly peripheral. However, his actions dictate the rest of the characters actions. He easily sabotages everyone else’s sabotage plans. In the end, the Trade Federation gets their contract. Luceno sets the stage for the events in the beginning of Cloak. It’s just as good as the novel, written with the same humor and unfolding plot.

Tarkin makes an appearance in this story.

Favorite Quotes:
“Compassionate and Neimoidian don’t belong in the same sentence, Monchar.” – Jurnel Arrant.

“How is it that whenever tragedy strikes, the first ones I hear from are the Neimoidians?” – Jurnel Arrant

“The Neimoidians are greedy and weak-willed. I find them unworthy.”
“You left out duplicitious and sniveling.”

– Darth Maul, Darth Sidious

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