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SciFi F Fwwadmin April 16, 2016 2781
Sith Lord in near constant battles much like ultimate fighting in a giant floating prison

I just finished reading Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber.  You have to ask yourself, "What could be better than a Sith Lord in near constant battles much like ultimate fighting in a giant floating prison?"

 If you are interested in plenty of combat action this is probably the book for you.  I listened to this story as an audio book and I always find Star Wars audio books to be highly entertaining and full of special effects.  This book was no exception since it had excellent sound effects and narrative.  The story revolves around Darth Maul attempting to find an arms dealer that is rumored to hide within the prison world of Cog Hive Seven and obtain a powerful weapon to give to some terrorists to help destabilize the outer rim.  This prison isn't normal in that the warden has regularly schedule battles between prisoners with lots of gambling done throughout the empire on the outcomes of the fights.

Of course Darth Maul quickly becomes a frequent combatant and to add to the difficulty he is told by his master, Darth Sidious, not to reveal his Sith powers.  Battles with prisoners of all kinds are a large part of this book with the finding of the arms dealer, Iram Radique, as the other major plot line.  There are a few other interesting characters such as Jabba the Hutt in the book but most of the characters are fellow prisoners with short life spans.

Overall, I found this book to be well produced but not among the best Star Wars books I have read.  If you are into characters that focus on violence and action you will probably enjoy this book but you will find it lacking in subplots or character development. Darth Maul is a very driven, strong-willed individual but I would not describe him as a deep or interesting character.  I found the book at 368 pages ran a little long because there just were not enough subplots or character development to keep me completely interested.  I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 because it did have some interesting combat and would recommend it for Star Wars fans but the story could have had more depth or subplots.

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