jadesfire, please let me know if you receive it tomorrow (29May); I didn't order it because I didn't know if they'd hold it and not ship until the official release date. It seems they shipped it to perhaps arrive ON that date, which would be good to know for future reference. I'm picking one up tomorrow. Of course, I hear the WalMart put it out last Friday...d'oh!! If only WM wasn't so far away
Theodoros, Cloak of Deception is an E1-based story. As for the NJO series, I'll just list them all in order:
Dark Tide I: Onslaught
Dark Tide II: Ruin
Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial
Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
Edge of Victory I: Conquest
Edge of Victory II: Rebirth to be released in August
Ladysith, I got a tracking number from Amazon for UPS delivery and it looks like it won't get to me until Thursday or Friday. (I wish they would have used USPS two day delivery)
I usually don't order books on line but I had a $25.00 gift certificate to use so the book only cost me .28 cents
I just hope it comes well protected, I like my book jackets to be nice and crisp with no tears....it's the whole "mint-collector" thing
It has been my experience that Amazon packs items well when shipping; I've never had a problem with them before. I understand *completely* about perfect jackets and mint condition books, I am the same way myself! Always reach behind the pile to get one that hasn't been leafed through...and by the way, I'd gladly wait an extra few days also if I had a gift certificate
I picked mine up at WM this morning. I was lucky ~ it was the LAST ONE on the shelf!! I scrutinized it for any defects and luckily it was perfect (still stiff to open!)
Well, I liked it. It took me a little while to really get into it, like up to Chapter 10 or so. I think part of the problem was a slow start ... actually, the beginning has a bit of action, but it's hard to understand what it has to do with anything else until later in the book, which made it a bumpy start.
I really liked the way Palpatine was written, and as I read I was totally able to hear Ian McDiarmid's voice for his dialogue. Sidious also makes appearances, but no connection is ever made that they're the same person to the reader. Also, Maul never appears, or is even mentioned, which I like. He got his own book, and since this is a lot of behind the scenes scheming and set-ups, he wouldn't have fit in.
There are some guest appearances by various Jedi from TPM, as well as Vergere first introduced in Rogue Planet, and then popping up in the NJO. Also, and I wish a little more had been done with him, Luceno had Zahn's character Jorus C'Baoth appear for a moment. Nice touch to the continuity.
I don't know if Luceno's story is how GL might have actually scripted the months leading up to Episode I, but regardless I do have a healthier respect for the whole Trade Federation blockade idea, why and how it was set up, after reading this book. Still, there is a lot of scheming going on, and I'm sure I'll read it again soon just to connect all the dots a little better in my head, but overall I enjoyed it a lot.
And for only $15.60 at Barnes & Noble (40% off), how can I complain?
I suppose its the purist in me, but I haven't been able to get into any of the post ROTJ books, including the NJO series. I kind of liked the Tales of the Bounty Hunters/Cantina/Jabba's Palace books though. But anyway, I was interested in the prequel era books, so I picked up Rogue Planet. I thought it just stunk. Is Cloak of Deception any better than Rogue Planet? If so, I may pick it up while I still have some summertime left.
I've read both "Rogue Planet" and "Cloak of Deception." I was not a big fan of RP. Little further characterization of Obi Wan and Anakin. I was expecting much more. Cloak totally surprised me. It was much more a political book than I expected. There was some action, but most of the story was driven by political events. If I were to recommend one or the other, I'd go with "Cloak of Deception."
Don't forget that there is also the "Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter" prequel book. It is a fairly decent read. It goes by pretty quick. Basically, it is one big chase seen. Nice to read Maul in all his badness.
If you are REALLY looking for some good prequel reading, I recommend some comics. That is, if you consider comics reading (which I do). The Darth Maul limited series receives a big thumbs up from me. Maul is really in his character throughout the series. Also, the current ongoing Star Wars title is pretty good. "The Hunt for Aurra Sing" is an entertaining story arc. Just stay away from the "Starcrash" issue. Far away.
Yeah, I usually read the comics, alhough I missed Maul 1 & 2, so I kind of had to just figure out what was going on. I thought 3 & 4 were okay. I really liked the Hunt for Aurra Sing #1, I even did some customizing of figures based on it. But I was kind of disappointed by #2. I haven't seen #3 (is it out yet?), but hope it gets back on track.
I'll have to check out Cloak of Deception when it hits paperback....