The meme is hosted by Reading at the Beach.
The rules are very simple: spotlight a book written by an author whose first or last name begins with the featured letter. Include the book cover, title and author, a synopsis, and link(s) to retailer(s). If it’s a book you’ve already reviewed, link to the review. Return to Reading at the Beach and leave a link in the comments.
This week’s letter is: L
This week pick: Luceno, James — Cloak of Deception
From the back: Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi track a terrorist working for the Nebula Front, an organization that is targeting the Trade Federation. Things are not as them seem when the terrorist, Captain Arwen Cohl, steals valuable ingots from the Neimoidians, yet lets the cargo drift off into space. The plot continues to twist as Supreme Chancellor Valorum attempts to salvage the situation in the out-lying regions, without alienating the Trade Federation or the Outer Rim. In a bid to seem fair, Valorum agrees to hold a trade summit, even after an assignation attempt is made on his life. As the Jedi rush to uncover the plots and conspiracies, Darth Sidious sets his plans into motion, one that will ensure the Neimoidians gain complete control of the Trade Federation, and weaken Valorum’s ability to govern.
From my review: I enjoyed this book very much. It was filled with plot twists and hints of things to come, not only in The Phantom Menace, but in later episodes and books. Luceno never lets you forget that Palpatine cannot be trusted. He is shown, time and again, supporting Valorum; yet you know that he is plotting the man’s downfall, both as the simple senator of Naboo and as the Dark Lord of the Sith. (READ MORE).
Comments: In case you didn’t know, I’ve been a fan of Star Wars for a long time. The book I chose for today’s entry is set before The Phantom Menace (Episode I), and is one of my favorite books. I love the way Luceno wrote Palpatine/Sidious, and I think he did a really good job with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon as well (this is the only adult novel, set pre-Episode I, featuring these two). In my original entry, I started the post off by mentioning the lack adult novels featuring them (there are young adult, young reader, and comics). If you click through to read the entry, you’ll have to scroll down to read my thoughts about the book (the blog was less than a month old at the time, so it’s one of my earliest entries).
Note: The link below is to Fantastic Fiction, which has a variety of purchase options (including on-line secondary markets) for the US and UK.
Cloak of Deception (Luceno, James) at Fantastic Fiction.