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Scourge In the heart of crime ridden Hutt Space a Jedi Scholar searches for justice While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret peril packed but potentially beneficial trade route a novice Jedi is

  • Title: Scourge
  • Author: Jeff Grubb
  • ISBN: 9780345511225
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • Scourge By Jeff Grubb, In the heart of crime ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about hisIn the heart of crime ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

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    1. Size matters not Inertia, however, is a pain in the butt At the death of his apprentice, Toro Irana, Mander Zuma arrives on Makem Te to investigate why his apprentice died under such unusual circumstances and to finish up the mission It becomes clear that Toro was addicted to a new, dangerous drug called Tempest As he investigates, he teams up with Toro s sister, Reen, a Bothan named Eddey, and a CSA agent named Angela Krin Where is the spice coming from and can Mander, the unconventional Jedi a [...]

    2. I enjoyed the book because it wasn t trying to be part of a trilogy or multi part saga, it didn t have cameoes or even mention ANY of the major characters in the Star Wars universe, and it took me places that I ve never been to, and I ve been following this universe for quite some time, so that s saying something A rookie Jedi dies, his Master investigates and before you can say I have a bad feeling about this the book is neck deep in gangsters, thugs, assassins, drug dealers, biker gangs, and [...]

    3. bookunderthesun 2The full article is available in the above link.There is nothing novel in a story which featured a protagonist who was not confident in his abilities, even if he was a Jedi Master But Mander Zuma was a different breed of Jedi Master he was an Archivist In other words, he was a librarian with spectacles to go with yes, he really had specs.What made Mander Zuma such an interesting character was his status as an Archivist again, librarian with specs I am used to Jedi Masters who pu [...]

    4. The rating is bumped up relative to others of this genre.A refreshing change of pace from most Expanded Universe fare Cast features none of the usual suspects and partly because of that major characters could grow during the story And yet the history, racial types and geography of Star Wars are well represented An amazingly subtle, well plotted storyline.

    5. While I certainly enjoy the long form series of Star Wars novels, such as the recently concluded Fate of the Jedi , I do think there needs to be a balance Much like the Star Trek novels, there s room for continuity laden continuations of the main timeline narrative, and stand alone novels set during a particular period or time When there are massive events taking place in the galaxy, one would expect that the consequences and shifts in the status quo will have a ripple effect on the smaller scal [...]

    6. I m familiar with this author from his gaming works, though admittedly I don t think I ve ever read any of his fiction I hope there are better examples than this book out there.I liked the premise something a little different in the Star Wars universe, something that wasn t Saving The Galaxy.xy.xy.xy I like that there were a good number of female characters.Butoh, butThe characters were flat and predictable not surprisingI ve discovered that most books that come based off of an actual roleplayin [...]

    7. I liked this book because it wasn t your typical Star Wars novel You won t see any of the big established characters of the Expanded Universe, while a few may be mentioned here and there the cast is all new The main character Mander Zuma is not your typical Jedi Knight He spends most of his time in the archives and is essentially a Jedi Librarian It was interesting to see a Jedi who isn t a complete unstoppable force in combat Finally, there are some Hutts in the novel that are about as far from [...]

    8. I thought the idea of a Jedi not being like Anakin, Obi Wan, Luke an interesting concept A Jedi that was not this swash buckling character would be a good change from the rest of the Star Wars stories It started out that way, but in the end went back to what Jedi s are warriors The story line is OK but I knew who the Spice Lord was just past half way through the book So it was no real surprise to me Overall an OK story and good short easy read I read it while I was on a long weekend.

    9. I didn t have high expectations when I started Scourge This is partially because it s the novelization of a roleplaying game sourcebook and, although Star Wars are my guilty pleasure reading and I don t necessarily expect great literature for them, the idea of that still didn t appeal to me I also have to admit that the cheap looking book cover turned me off a bit too it literally looks like something off of the package of a knockoff Star Wars Halloween costume package But I was pleasantly surpr [...]

    10. I really enjoyed the early portion of the novel It s nice to deviate from the main SW characters and follow along with another Jedi Mander Zuma investigates the death of his apprentice, Toro Irana, and discovers that a new and dangerous drug is at the heart of it Mander, along with Toro s sister and a Bothan pilot, dig deeper and find that the drug ring leads to a lesser clan of Hutts This is where things went off the rails a little and never could get back on them.Rather than rehash the story, [...]

    11. This is a standalone Star Wars novel from what is now called the Legends canon, which is set 19 years ABY, just before the Yuuzhan Vong invasion It focuses on a Jedi archivist who is drawn away from holocrons and texts to investigate the death of his former Padawan I enjoyed the fact that this adventure introduces completely new characters and does not try to shoehorn in appearances by Luke, Leia etc We delve into the history of the Hutts as well as exploring the relationship between Master and [...]

    12. Gggeeegh this book On one hand I don t like it because it feels like a rough draft Like this is the dialogue spine with minimal description thrown in for some clarity before you ship it to a good friend to make it bleed red ink While some scenery is described well enough to provide a good picture, it s skimmed over in other scenes And some of those damned similes really needed to be cut The two had as much in common as a droid and a puppy What the hell is that The transitions between scenes are [...]

    13. This is the first Star Wars book I read were I was like this is clearly fanfiction I guess all Star Wars are, but this oozed fanfiction vibes That didn t stop my enjoyment Just a fun action story that is in bogged down with politics or confusing plots I am aware this book is based on a role playing game of the same title This gives the book permission to tell a fun story using things from Star Wars.

    14. To my knowledge, this is Grubb s only novel in the Star Wars EU and his writing style and terminology is a bit of an adjustment compared to other established Star Wars authors but I enjoyed his approach for the most part Scourge is of a crime mystery tale than a galaxy spanning adventure that we have come to expect from the EU Additionally, it is a very singular tale Often a Star Wars novel will follow multiple characters and jump from scene to scene showing you the story from multiple angles T [...]

    15. It s a very original Star Wars novel, but it lacked pristine character development.Couldn t loved this even if the duel of Mika and Mander lasted longer

    16. This was the most I enjoyed reading a Star Wars novel in quite a long while The Coruscant Nights series was supposed to be the Star Wars take on noir detective fiction, but Scourge does it much better and convincingly The plot is simple, and hews closely to the noir formula There s a murder In this case, the victim is a Jedi Someone investigates the murder In this case, the dead Jedi s master The investigation leads into the dark reaches of the underworld, where the detective meets all sorts of [...]

    17. Scourge is a fairly bizarre, ballsy concept It is the novelization of a role playing game sourcebook Tempest Feud , built around the story of Scourge The story is meant to be playable in any era with an established Jedi Order, and for that reason and the inherent lack of detail in the sourcebook, the story was vastly looser canonically before the publication of the novel This is something that happens with almost all games the race, gender, name, and choices of almost every SW video game protago [...]

    18. Star Wars crime mystery Absolutely nothing wrong with that and quite a lot of right Enjoyed reading new characters in a known and loved setting A fun read with a few sly digs.

    19. Toro Irana is a novice Jedi on Makem Te who accidentally kills himself and others in the process The dismemberment of an arm was frustrating to read Been there dozens of times This needs to stop being a SW trend His master Mander Zuma investigates the event and meets Toro s sister Reen and her Bothan friend, Eddey The three learn that Toro had been poisoned for a number of months with a hard spice named Tempest This leads Zuma and the others closer to the Hutts than Toro s mission even would hav [...]

    20. This is the first book I have read that is set in the post Battle of Yavin timeline focusing completely on brand new characters Now, there are some interesting parallels The story focuses around a Jedi master, a hotshot pilot and a furry copilot However, the characters go in a different direction The Jedi Master is an archivist, Librarian the pilot is a female Pantoran, blue skinned alien and the copilot is a Bothan, lion like spies There were some humorous instances and some well written combat [...]

    21. This wasn t one of my favorite Star Wars novels, but it was serviceable None of the usual characters appear at all, which is a refreshing change as much as I love the regular cast, there is only so much that can be expected to happen to them With new characters, on the other hand, the sky is the limit in terms of the growth they can go through which is part of why this book disappointed me a bit The author gives us a fresh cast of characters and of them all, only one actually goes through anythi [...]

    22. A solid adventure, which could have been something really good in capable hands The premise is a rich one a padawan dies violently, and his teacher sets out to complete his mission and investigate his death but the master is a Jedi archivist who s never been in the field before But the fish out of water theme isn t done justice Mander isn t portrayed as an excellent Ravenclaw set to a Griffindor task, but as a somewhat insecure and rusty Griffindor, to mix series metaphors The plot s quite good [...]

    23. Synopsis When Jedi Toro Irana is found murdered, his Master, Mander Zuma, searches for the truth behind his Apprentice s death To do so, Master Zuma must deal with Toro s sister, Reen, and venture into the world of the dastardly Hutts.Review This is a science fiction mystery novel, which smacks of some of the works of writer Jack McDevitt Unfortunately, Scourge pales in comparison to Mr McDevitt s writings Though this Star Wars whodunit has its moments, taking Lucas multimillion grossing space o [...]

    24. I didn t know at all what to expect from this book, and the prologue wasn t very promising to me But I enjoyed the tale quite a bit in the end The story felt fresh to me, and I mustered up interest in a character who was entirely new to me I d have liked to see him get a bit introspective about his relationship to the Force and or his apprentice, but in the end Star Wars novels never really get into that level of character motivation development I can still be disappointed about it, though.Anot [...]

    25. Based on an RPG campaign, and unfortunately it is evident throughout Every scene feels like an encounter designed to keep the protagonists busy, rather than advance the plot The writing was cringe worthy at times, and the characters were again very obviously designed for role playing and did not translate well to a novel.Two stars because it deals with a side of Star Wars not commonly seen in the novels A but of a real world feel, compared to the usual save the universe plot The detective murd [...]

    26. I enjoyed this Star Wars book I m a big fan of the Star Wars universe and was pleased when I won a free copy of this book from The protagonist Jedi Master Mander Zuma is a Jedi Archivist on Yavin 4 at Luke s Academy He is accustomed to spending his time in the library doing research then being out in the field on a mission But when his former apprentice turns up dead he vows to see the mission through Even though he doubts his ability to use the Force he gains confidence over the course of the [...]

    27. Scourge was great, but it could have been so much better The characters were well drawn, but lacking just that final master s touch The suspense was choppy in places where several characters I had thought to be important were removed from the action.From this book I discovered the drawback of having a Jedi as the POV character The Order seeks to avoid attachment Thus, I thought Mander Zuma s emotional responses to the plot points were lacking, as in not there My favourite stories are the ones wh [...]

    28. This book reminded me of X Wing Rogue Squadron, taken to the extreme, a Star Wars book without any of the characters that appear in the movies TV shows, where a Jedi librarian make that archivist has to find out why his apprentice was killed, and his own place in the Force at the same time A nice little detective action story set in the Galaxy Far Far Away, which feels familiar, with Hutts, Rodians, cantinas, even the Corporate Sector Authority from the old Han Solo books

    29. Never trust a Hutt That should be the tagline for this book And so starts the adventures of some random Jedi investigating the death of his former apprentice and gets involved in the spice trade A not terrible addition to Star Wars EU however it s pretty unexceptional and pretty unnecessary It comes from a Star Wars role playing game and I guess if you play the game the story may mean something to you To the rest of us it s just a quick and mildly entertaining read about an unexceptional Jedi.

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