Cloak of Deception

Cloak of Deception

Book - 2001
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Random House, Inc.
From New York Times bestselling author James Luceno comes an all-new Star Wars adventure that reveals the action and intrigue unfolding directly before Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. In the outlying systems, where the Trade Federation maintains a stranglehold on shipping routes, tensions are boiling over?while back in the comfort of Coruscant, the hub of civilized space and seat of the Republic government, few senators seem inclined to investigate the problem. And those who suspect Supreme Chancellor Valorum of having a hand in the machinations are baffled?especially when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination attempt on the Chancellor.

With the crisis escalating, Valorum calls for an emergency trade summit. As humans and aliens gather, conspiracies sealed with large sums of money run rampant, and no one is entirely above suspicion. But the greatest threat of all remains unknown to everyone except three members of the Trade Federation who have entered into a shadowy alliance with a dark overlord. While the trio will be content with more money and fewer problems, Darth Sidious has grander, far more terrifying plans.

It is a time that tests the mettle of all those who strive to hold the Republic together?none more so than the Jedi Knights, who have long been the galaxy's best hope for preserving peace and justice. Yet despite their most valiant efforts, the meeting will explode into fiery chaos beyond everyone?s worst fears . . .

Baker & Taylor
A prequel to "The Phantom Menace" considers the truth behind Chancellor Valorum's fall from power and his friendship with the enigmatic Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn.

Blackwell North Amer
Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in bureaucracy, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. In the outlying systems, where the Trade Federation maintains a stranglehold on shipping routes, tensions are boiling over - while back in the comfort of Coruscant, the hub of civilized space and seat of the Republic government, few senators seem inclined to investigate the problem. And those who suspect Supreme Chancellor Valorum of having a hand in the machinations are baffled - especially when Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination attempt on the Chancellor.
With the crisis escalating, Valorum calls for an emergency trade summit. As humans and aliens gather, conspiracies sealed with large sums of money run rampant, and no one else is entirely above suspicion. But the greatest threat of all remains unknown to everyone except three members of the Trade Federation who have entered into a shadowy alliance with a dark overlord. While the trio will be content with more money and fewer problems, Darth Sidious has grander, far more terrifying plans.
It is a time that tests the mettle of all those who strive to hold the Republic together - none more so than the Jedi Knights, who have long been the galaxy's best hope for preserving peace and justice. Yet despite their most valiant efforts, the meeting will explode into fiery chaos beyond everyone's worst fears.

Baker
& Taylor

A prequel to The Phantom Menace considers the truth behind Chancellor Valorum's fall from power and his friendship with the enigmatic Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub., 2001
ISBN: 9780345442987
0345442989
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Star wars : cloak of deception

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mobourbon
Aug 20, 2017

Essential for understanding all the happenings of Episode 1 movie.

Yes, there are politics, but, there is also some great details on how Palpatine was manipulating everyone around him. He was really the master of everything happening in the galaxy.

You also get some great details on Jedi that are not in any of the movies. Which was awesome. There was also some great detail about the Trade Federation and characters that are forefront in the Clone Wars.

It is a bit of a long read...but, well worth the effort. It really gave me a better understanding of the inner workings of the Senate, Jedi and the Galaxy as a whole.

jrozehnal Aug 08, 2011

Well, in my opinion, there is too much politics and not so much action. I finished it anyway, just so I don't lose the "continuum" in reading the whole huge saga.

It earned 3* from me.

Darth Maul: The shadow hunter, which follows in the timeline is better.

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