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Star Wars: Tarkin

de James Luceno

Sèrie: Star Wars: Canon (14 BBY), Star Wars (15 BBY)

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Tells the complete tale of Grand Moff Tarkin, who guides the creation of the Death Star and paves the way for the Empire's supremacy--and whom even the dreaded Darth Vader obeys.
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Interesting, but boring and lifeless. ( )
  jplumey | Feb 24, 2021 |
An enjoyable story about an iconic character. Definitely worth reading if you were ever enthralled by the creepiness and tenacity of Tarkin from the original Star Wars.

Structurally, the novel does a good job of going back and forth between Tarkin's relatively new assignment as the director of a secret project to build a new weapons platform (wonder what THAT could be…) and his coming of age on the Outer Rim planet of Eriadu. Without giving spoilers, I will say that I enjoyed how the two storylines merged at the end, with Tarkin both embracing the lessons he learned as a teenager and young man while still being able to move out of his provincial homeworld and gain glory and renown for both himself and those upon whom his success reflects. Not that they were good lessons, per se, but they certainly were…effective.

Luceno is a competent storyteller and craftsman. There were handful of spots where the wording might have been refined (e.g., one sentence that read something like "Tarkin's followers followed him…"), but on the whole I like what he did with the story. He was able to keep the pace flowing, while still offering insight into Tarkin's mindset and thought process. There was one point where I thought the depiction of Tarkin might be a little too Thrawn-like (from the EU books – I still haven't read the newer canon [b: Thrawn|31140332|Thrawn (Star Wars Thrawn, #1)|Timothy Zahn||51766424]), strategically speaking, but I am happy to say that Luceno maintains the essence of who Tarkin is throughout the story.

The only book I have read by Luceno before is [b: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel|29662066|Catalyst A Rogue One Novel (Star Wars)|James Luceno||50028005]. I would recommend reading Tarkin before that one, given some obvious (at least, after you read them) connections, rather than in the order I did. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
[a:James Luceno|9346|James Luceno|] did an excellent job here. He took a mostly underdeveloped character and provided a credible and intriguing backstory that aligns, and perhaps explains the little glimpses of the man we saw and hated in the original Star Wars.

I appreciate Grand Moff Tarkin as a character more after going through this book.

But perhaps the real nugget in this book is the exploration of the Emperor. I did not expect to get as much insight into his backstory, his motivations and goals as Luceno provided here. This was a rather pleasant surprise.

This book still doesn't reach the heights [a:Timothy Zahn|12479|Timothy Zahn|]'s [b:Thrawn|31140332|Thrawn (Star Wars Thrawn, #1)|Timothy Zahn||51766424] did, but in my opinion it surpassed [b:Lords of the Sith|22012290|Lords of the Sith (Star Wars)|Paul S. Kemp||41325693] in terms of tension and a compelling narrative.

It deserves that 4 star rating. ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
A nice chapter in the Star Wars realm...

An interesting take on a villain, making him more of a character. A good background to A New Hope- benefits from the prequels and the Clone Wars series. ( )
  mrklingon | Dec 3, 2019 |
It was a bit daunting to read a Star Wars book since it had been years since I read one and even though I still love Star Wars I just don’t watch the movie that often nowadays as I did when I was younger. Also, this book is about Tarkin, a character I never really cared about in the movie. But Darth Vader was on the cover also so that made this book seem a bit interesting to read.

But, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the book. It's a really, really good. Yes, it had some part that was a bit tough to get through, space fighting isn’t my favorite reading material, I prefer watching it on the telly. On the plus side, it was well-written, not too much and it was necessary for the story.

In this book we get the background story to Moff Tarkin, his childhood on Eriadu, his career to present time in the book when he is in charge of building the Death Star. But he must hunt, together with Darth Vader, down dissidents hell-bent on causing trouble for the Empire when a mission goes wrong and his ship Carrion Spike gets stolen.

As I said before this book was good so good in fact that I realized that I was rooting for Tarkin to win over the dissidents that he was chasing. I mean I know I had a weakness for Darth Vader since I was a child, but Tarkin? That felt odd. Now I’m not saying that he is good, he is not a misunderstood character. He is a firm believer in the Empire and he has done awful things. But James Luceno has written a so good portrait of Tarkin that you can see how he became the man he was when we for the first time met him on the Death Star.

If you are a fan of Star Wars then you should read this book.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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Tells the complete tale of Grand Moff Tarkin, who guides the creation of the Death Star and paves the way for the Empire's supremacy--and whom even the dreaded Darth Vader obeys.

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