Monday, 28 February 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Star Wars: Clone Wars Gambit:: Stealth - Karen Miller

Release Date: 25/02/11


Planet by planet, darkness creeps across the galaxy. Among warriors and generals, among ordinary beings living in far-flung worlds, the fear will not go away: We are losing this war...

Anakin Skywalker feels it, too. The Separatist Alliance, with ruthlessness and treachery, is beating the Republic to every strategic target. But after a costly clash with General Grievous for the planet Kothlis, Anakin has a mission that will focus his anxious mind. Alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is posing as a long-lost native of Lanteeb, an impoverished world on the Outer Rim. This seemingly unimportant planet has drawn the interest of the Seps—and Anakin and Obi-Wan soon discover the disturbing reason: A scientist enslaved by General Lok Durd is drawing on Lanteeb’s one natural resource for a devastating bioweapon.

Now Anakin and Obi-Wan have entered the eye of a storm. Their presence has been exposed, Lok Durd’s plans unveiled, and a fight has begun for survival behind enemy lines—and a chance of winning a war that must be fought at any cost.


Usually I’m a fan of Karen’s writing but with this title in the Star Wars Clone Wars Gambit series it fell a long way short to keeping this reader happy. The plotline was stuff we’ve seen before almost a direct rehash, the characters felt flat and clichéd and to be honest with you so little actually happens that the tale really felt like a cash in on the franchise rather that a serious offering.

Whilst this is there to help finish this part of the series off (building to a climax for the next book) the whole thing really felt more of a damp squib than a roaring lion almost as if the author was a little short of managing to create a decent two-parter title without having to go for much overused plotlines. A great shame all in and one that I won’t be recommending to fans of the franchise. If you have to buy one book then make it the other recent Star Wars release: Knights Errant. You’ll be so glad that you did.

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