Number of page: 352
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lauded Star Wars author James Luceno returns to pen an intense tale of ambition and betrayal that sets the stage for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before the Republic’s enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key. Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.
- Carvell Fenton
Good prep and good read Nice before seeing Rogue One, engaging read.
- Brian Voyles
Very good read Not a typical Star Wars novel like many of the Legends novels, but very well written with engaging characters. Much more focused on characters than lightsabers and the Force. More of a cerebral thriller than Sci Fi/ Fantasy. It gives good insight into Imperial politics.
- Joey Farrell
Wow, I bought this a couple of days ago after being emailed by Amazon about this new release by James Luceno and bought it immediately. Catalyst, is its name and a catalyst it is, making me wish that the Rogue One was out already! I thought it was a great book! Normally, I take my time with books as they tend to bore me but I was reading this book since 4am Sunday and just finished it now. I couldn’t put it down, it made me want to keep reading and now I wish it was longer to sate my quench but I guess I’ll have to wait for the movie for that I have to say though, that Galen and Orson are definitely cool new characters and I can’t wait to see them in the movies! Of course, I have to wonder what happens next? I hate having to wait and the only things I know is what was released on the trailers
- Taylor Neal
Excellent, engaging and exciting! We’re introduced to some of the characters of Rogue One early on, so as to endear us to them. Boy, does it work. The book isn’t as extravagantly energetic as some of the movies, but the plot is engaging all the way from beginning to end. If you’re a star wars fan and you’re excited about Rogue One, wish to learn more about the galaxy, or you just want to read a good sci-fi book, I recommend giving this one a read!
- Eugene Hietpas
Awesome Great information to connect Rogue One to Star Wars. Easy read
- Hunter Tabiendo
Good backstory What i feel so far as a good leadup to rogue one. Just what i was looking for
- Quin Skew
This reminds me of The Empire Strikes Back.
- Troy Hill
Good read Is a good run up to Rogue one
- Quinn Williams
James Luceno never disappoints
Star Wars 2014 Sampler
This eBook sampler is the perfect way to prepare for the next exciting era of Star Wars storytelling With Episodes VII VIII and IX on the horizon Del Rey is proud to present the first wave of novels that are part of the official Star Wars film canon created in collaboration with the newly formed Lucasfilm Story Group The exclusive previews of these four books starring fan favorites and set during and before the original trilogy will transport you once again to a galaxy that doesn t feel quite so long ago or so far away A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller Set during the mysterious Dark Times between Episodes III and IV A New Dawn tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths TARKIN by James Luceno Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars Darth Plagueis treatment bringing the legendary character from A New Hope to full fascinating life HEIR TO THE JEDI by Kevin Hearne The author of The Iron Druid Chronicles pens a thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and for the first time ever written entirely from Luke Skywalker s first person point of view LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S Kemp When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet they must rely on each other the Force and their fearsome fighting skills to prevail
Star Wars 2015 Sampler
The journey to The Force Awakens begins with this glorious eBook sampler of excerpts from six novels in the new Star Wars canon Starring beloved characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader from the classic trilogy as well as fan favorites from The Clone Wars and Rebels these original novels shed new light on the grand tapestry that is Star Wars all approved by the Lucasfilm Story Group and part of the official canon A new dawn in Star Wars storytelling has arrived and with this eBook sampler it s just a click away BATTLEFRONT TWILIGHT COMPANY by Alexander FreedA companion novel inspired by the hotly anticipated videogame Star Wars Battlefront this action packed adventure follows a squad of soldiers caught in the trenches of the ultimate galactic war between good and evil DARK DISCIPLE by Christie GoldenBased on unproduced episodes of Star Wars The Clone Wars this new novel features one of the great antiheroes in the Star Wars galaxy bounty hunter Asajj Ventress the former apprentice of Count Dooku LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S KempWhen the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet they must rely on each other the Force and their fearsome fighting skills to prevail HEIR TO THE JEDI by Kevin HearneThe author of The Iron Druid Chronicles pens a thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and for the first time ever written entirely from Luke Skywalker s first person point of view TARKIN by James LucenoBestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars Darth Plagueis treatment bringing the legendary character from A New Hope to full fascinating life A NEW DAWN by John Jackson MillerSet during the mysterious Dark Times between Episodes III and IV A New Dawntells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths
Tarkin: Star Wars
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 the 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 galaxy s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel by intimidation or annihilation Until then however insurgency remains a genuine threat Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents Darth Vader the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious and Tarkin whose tactical cunning and cold blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire s supremacy and its enemies extinction Praise for Tarkin Tarkin tells a compelling tale of mystery while revealing much about a character who has fueled debate among fans since 1977 as well as the oppressive regime he represents James Luceno has proven once again that the villains of Star Wars are as much fun as the good guys New York Daily News Another home run in the new canon This is the highest and best distillation of Tarkin stories old and new we ve ever been given Big Shiny Robot A spectacular novel with the intrigue action and profound characterization we have come to expect from the pen of Luceno Tarkin provides a nuanced multi faceted anti hero who is captivating ominous and calculating in many ways this is an origin tale of the Empire and a fascinating portrait of one of the more popular characters in the Original Trilogy It may very well be one my favorite Star Wars novels Coffee with Kenobi A fascinating look at the pathos of one of the galaxy s most criminally underused characters TheForce netFrom the Hardcover edition
The Rise of the Empire: Star Wars: Featuring the novels Star Wars: Tarkin, Star Wars: A New Dawn, and 3 all-new short stories
Witness the rise of the Empire with these two thrilling Star Wars novels plus exclusive short stories by Melissa Scott John Jackson Miller and Jason Fry TARKIN Compelling The villains ofStar Warsare as much fun as the good guys New YorkDaily NewsUnder Governor Wilhuff Tarkin s guidance an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction the so called Death Star moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality Until then insurgency remains a genuine threat Guerrilla attacks by an elusive band of freedom fighters must be countered with swift and brutal action a mission the Emperor entrusts to his most formidable agents Darth Vader the fearsome new Sith enforcer and Tarkin whose tactical cunning and cold blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire s supremacy and its enemies extinction A NEW DAWN Foreword by Dave Filoni A story with pacing and dialogue that feels like classic Star Wars NerdistEver since the Jedi were marked for death Kanan Jarrus has devoted himself to staying alive rather than serving the Force So when he discovers a conflict brewing between Imperial forces and desperate revolutionaries he s not about to get caught in the crossfire Then the brutal death of a friend forces him to choose between bowing down to fear or standing up to fight But Jarrus won t be fighting alone Soon he is joined by Hera Syndulla a mysterious agent provocateur with motives of her own in challenging the Empire for the sake of a world and its people From the Trade Paperback edition