Science Fiction

Star Wars: Darth Maul: Saboteur

Author: James Luceno

Published By:
The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Some time ago, I told you about my foray into eBooks thanks to Star Wars Recovery was my introduction to the eBook world.  This was fortunate because I thoroughly enjoyed the novel.  So, it wasnít long before I was ordering my second Star Wars eBook, Darth Maul: Saboteur.

            At just 57 pages long, Darth Maul: Saboteur is the ultimate quick-read.  Set before the events of Phantom Menace, the story begins at a lommite ore mining facility called Lommite Limited, located on a planet named Dorvalla.  Lommite ore is one of the main ingredients of transparisteel, a strong, transparent metal used in building starships.  Lommite Limited has been having trouble lately on two fronts Ė the Trade Federation has been looking to purchase the company and its rival, InterGalactic Ore, is looking to put them out of business.  Seeking to keep the Trade Federation loyal to him, Darth Sidious sends his apprentice, Darth Maul, to Dorvalla to find a way to secure the planet and its abundant supply of lommite ore for them. 

            I enjoyed the novel, but Iím glad this wasnít my first eBook.  For one thing, most Star Wars fans are very intrigued by the character of Darth Maul and we want to know more about him.  Well, if your looking for the mystery of Darth Maul to be revealed, look elsewhere.  This tale is more about the conflict between two bitter rivals and how Maul uses this conflict to carry out his masterís orders.  Itís not the best Star Wars story out there, but it is well-written and it keeps your attention.

            It moves fast, but its 57 pages just doesn't allow us to get to know the main characters before the book ends. Only die-hard fans like myself will find any redeeming factors in this book. If you aren't a die-hard fan, you can skip this book, or you can buy the paperback version of Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, which contains Darth Maul: Saboteur in print format as a bonus at the end of the book.


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