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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.He's the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin's guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780553392890

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Aug 26, 2016

This book had its best moments when Sidious and Vader were involved; however, the rest of it was filled with overzealous space jargon and names that are impossible to pronounce.

Feb 03, 2016

I have always admired Tarkin - the one and only Grand Moff. so I had high expectations of this book which looked like it would bridge the gap from the Tarkin of the Clone Wars to the Tarkin that destroyed Alderaan. A good try, but off that mark.

What I was expecting was to further understand the man who was essentially the Empire's key military figure - like an Eisenhower, or von Rundstedt but on a galactic scale.

Instead we get insight into one childhood event and our main story is a relatively small-time game of cat-and-mouse. This should have been called "the Carrion Spike", not "Tarkin".

Nov 22, 2015

Not a bad read but thought it could be better. Had high expectations for it.

Sep 03, 2015

i am not a big fan of Tarken, but even i have to admit this is a great book.

Aug 21, 2015

One of the most surprising reads of the latest canon novels. I expected more of a biography (which it did sort of start off as). However, it also turned into a great back story to the early rise of the Galactic Empire and revealed essential motivations for Emperor Palpatine's drive for power, his reason for ridding the empire of Jedi, and his need for an apprentice. I only wish it were longer!

Dec 27, 2014

Good read. I expected something a little bit different though, more like a biography of Tarkin, and this is more an adventure set about 5 years ABY, with some flashbacks telling about his early childhood. However, the adventure story does take pains to clearly show deep insight into the character. One minor negative comment is the story seems a bit short, buy maybe I just really enjoyed it and wished it was longer LOL.

There's some pretty interesting interactions between Lord Vader and Tarkin made possible by the fact that in hierarchy of the Empire, these guys rank pretty close together so it's nice to see some frank conversations between the two- not just the usual groveling before the Emperor and then turning around and threatening everyone else that Vader usually does.


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