H Troopers and Red Harvest is at the helm there s also some monsters Not really any romance just maybe a little hero worship And there s Jabba the Hutt being awesomeWhile I enjoyed going on this ride I felt the climax to be a little rough A lot of things collide and I felt like I missed a piece or two relating to the motivations of some of the characters who figure prominently in the end Still with the last third when the Sith hits the fan the ending is both action packed and provides some growth for the characters And if ou re a fan of the Expanded Universe there are some neat nods here and thereIf Sith Lords are our specialty get this book And if ou re a fan of scum and villainy the denizens of Cog Hive Seven makes the Mos Eisley Cantina look like Alderaan Joe Schreiber specialises in writing horror personally I hate horror stories Star Wars is rich of species right out of horror stories and Winter Magic you have them locked in in a fight clubou cannot get of a personification of a horror than Darth Maul Horns red skin covered in tattoos Bird Habitats in Britain yellow eyed ferocious and completely devoid of compassion All that and he is Sith Couldou possible get a better character for a story like this However I think Joe went a bit out of his comfort zone and add mystery and complicate the plot then it needed to beMaul goes undercover into a prison called Hive 7 the prison is famous for 2 things and infamous for another It is famous for hosting death matches between the inmates which are broadcast throughout the galaxy and no one ever escaping It is infamous for a legendary arms dealer using it as their base of operations A mauls mission is to find this arms dealer and purchase a nuclear device from him There are 2 catches one going into prison he will be unarmed so no lightsaber staff Also he is not allowed to use the force in anyway as it might compromise his identity as Sith There is a bit of manoeuvring between Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious in the background The usual of the apprentice preparing to become the masterIf I was judging the book by the first chapter it would have been brilliant Maul s first fight is with the prison s current champion A captured but unidentified species Yuuzhan Vong The fight is short gory and most of all brutal This is the theme for 80% of the book If he left out the overly complications in plot the book would have been perfect I fully appreciate Maul using all of his skillset especially things he learned in the assassin s academy but I don t think this was right book for some of themThe violence of this is as stated brutal There is a lot of neck snapping stabbing biting clawing deboning and even cannibalism The fights themselves are technically incorrect if The Guitar Style of Jerry Reed you are martial arts fan or practitionerou will notice many of these but I think they were hoping to hide this by under the brutality of it The other let down for me was the ending the final fight was a bit confusing but the ending just seem out of Maul s character and conditioning I am not going to give it away hereThe book is in short chapters of varying length in some cases there is a chapter of just 2 pages at most 10 pages I uite like this format as it fed information in easy chunks I think the book would have been better with less twists and fights but that is just me as that is what I was expecting from the book as soon as I saw it I would have given the book 3 12 stars but I thought it deserved a round up then a round down This review is courtesy of topoftheheapreviewscomIs a prison enough to hold the likes of the powerful Sith known as Darth Maul Joe Schreiber attempts to answer that uestion in Star Wars LockdownDarth Maul is a character that has captivated audiences but however didn t get the screen time nor the necessary attention in the movies to really build up who he is and how dangerous he can be Thankfully the extended universe has attempted to answer these uestions in novel formIn Lockdown Darth Maul gets sent into a prison that has been deemed inescapable in order to find and acuire an item that someone deemed almost a myth holds in his possessionThe entire story takes place in one location Star Wars readers hoping to find planet hopping epic space battles and fantastic lightsaber duels and use of the force may be shocked to find out that there really isn t anything of the sort here It s uite a stark contrast to most of the Star Wars novels with the exception of a handful of books That s not to say there isn t any use of the above but it doesn t play as much into the storyWhat الإيضاح لمتن ايساغوجي في المنطق you do have here is a well written tight locked room mystery type of story with a Star Wars twist on it Joe Schreiber does well here As in all of his thriller and suspense and horror he pullsou along with
uick action and fast frantic pacing You really get the sense that time is of the essenceThe use of the prison action and fast frantic pacing You really get the sense that time is of the essenceThe use of the prison a corrupt entity to make money off the fighting of the inmates creates a good catalyst to really figure out a bit about Darth Maul He has to overcome obstacle after obstacle all without letting on that he is a force user and a Sith You almost see him break which is kind of nice Visiting inside the mind of this force user and viewing his feelings of failure and his thoughts in
the face of certain death creates a bit of sympathy for this Zabrak whom ou know is actually evil face of certain death creates a bit of sympathy for this Zabrak whom ou know is actually evil heartThe characters are painted well and the emphasis on each is pressed upon Jewish Women Speak About Jewish Matters you at exactly right right momentThe Bottom Line No force no lightsabers no planet hopping no star battles andet this as the name Star Wars on it That s the beauty of this universe and the beauty of Joe Schreiber s writing It s a great book and Friends Forever: Everything Changes (Friends Forever) you could easily take the Star Wars out of it and make it something else People that don t have a lot of Star Wars knowledge or would pass it up because it s a Star Wars book in general should stop and give this one a look Yes it has fantastical aliens andou ll find names like Darth Sidious and Darth Maul but those are all secondary elements The winner here is the story Star Wars or not it s just a great piece of fiction Maul sat motionless observing everything around him without giving any indication that he was doing so Although his peripheral vision still hadn t fully recovered from last night s attack he saw enough to realize that he had become the current object of everyone s attention Even the guards up in the catwalks overhead seemed to have gone on high a It was fine I guess It was pretty well done but not really my thing A disappointing end to the Maul storie. And one of the power hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it But first their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden a cannibal gang cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt and an unspeakable alien horror No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live But no one else is the dreaded dark side disciple known as Darth Maul.
Have gotten away with it if it wasn t for that meddling Sith dudeI can see the elevator pitch for this book going well Darth Maul trapped in a prison and fighting the scum of the universe Might even make a good video game But as a novel it falls flat for a number of reasonsHere s the main problem Darth Maul is a cipher We know very little about him It s hard to identify with a main character who doesn t really think too much or speak too much just acts Yes he s a tattooed badass Sith who died way too soonwhile Jar Jar Binks lives onsigh but he never elevated much from the status of cool minion Meaning he has no real personality other than he likes to kill stuff and do his master s biddingSo the author has to fill the book with people we re supposed to care aboutthe sexyvicious warden and her weird tech genius brotherthe cast of uirky andor brutal inmatesthe innocent father and son duo just trying to get byand the guest stars Sidious Plagueis Jabba Komari Vosa Plus don t forget the giant icky worm that eats all the losers of the brutal fights And so onDarth Maul s uest to find Iram Radiue is so long and involved that it almost takes on an existential uality Almost Is Radiue real Is it all just a test Is Radiue even in the prison And on and on and on There is a huge list of suspects and no easy way to filter them out except when Maul kills them As a reader though it becomes a wearying intellectual exercise after a while By the time the mystery of Iram Radiue is solved it s hard to careSothenin the third actfallen Jedi Komari Vosa she s not a Sith just a psychopath shows up to try and make things interesting It does work after a fashion Komari does add a definite element of interest to the tale Yet bringing in a new character late in a novel with no real introduction is not the best idea Having her around earlier probably not possible though given the structure of the story might have made this a interesting tale And there s the ending What ending The book just sort of runs out of steam without much in the way of resolution I kept looking for another chapter but there wasn t one SighI give this book two stars two and a half in my head rounded down because the writing isn t bad and the book is fun and engaging in some parts Yet the thinking behind the writing is seriously flawed and doesn t hold up to much scrutiny But if The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts you re looking for a lot of action and not much in the way of plot okay there s a lot of plotjust not a lot of good plot and are a fan of Sith doing Sith things then Maul Lockdown may be for NV Level 3 Health and Social Care you Oh was this awful Just wretched Ordinarily I would ve just pitched this after the first few chapters but sometimesou just gotta watch the train crashThe problem with making villains the protagonists of novels is that Writing in the Dust: After September 11 you re supposed to identify with the protagonist He or she is the window through whichou are experiencing the universe When that character is a horn crowned Sith Lord with no personality and no emotional range outside of unconvincing rage that becomes a bit of a liabilityWhen said Sith Lord is placed upon a ridiculous deep space prison ship with ridiculous physics ridiculous regular deathmatches and a ridiculous nigh omniscient arms dealer it s just too much to takeBut what I really take issue with in this novel is that the author apparently has no idea how a sports book works making the whole gambling on deathmatches part of the novel beyond ridiculous Prepare ship for ludicrous speedThere s also a giant blind psychic worm that eats everyone On a spaceshipJoe Schreiber actually did okay with Death Troopers and somewhat less so with Red Harvest He did not acuit himself well with Star Wars Maul LockdownAvoid like a starving wampa Maul Lockdown by Joe
Schreiber Is Out And Fans Of The Dark Side Shouldis out and fans of the Dark Side should Lockdown delivers a can t put this down tale of scum and villainySet before The Phantom Menace Lockdown has Darth Maul sent undercover to infiltrate a space station prison to find an elusive arms dealer operating out of inescapable penitentiary Maul uickly becomes a contender in the warden s profitable prison fight circuit but there s to finding someone who doesn t want to be found in a prison than just cracking heads all the way to the top Plus than just prisoners and guards lurk in the dark confines of this station And throw in Jabba the Hutt dangerous cultists and Darth Sidious scheming under his own master s noseDarth Maul has gone through a renaissance in the past few ears he has gone from being the weapon of rage back in 1999 in The Phantom Menace and the related EU Michael Reaves Shadow Hunter Ron Marz comic to his resurrection on The Clone Wars along with Tom Taylor s Darth Maul Death Sentence and James Luceno s Darth Plagueis as some one able to scheme his way into power as he seeks vengeance on both Obi wan Kenobi and his old master while taking on his brother Savage as his own apprentice And now this #year we get of darth maul with lockdown #we get of Darth Maul with Lockdown the upcoming Darth Maul Son of Dathomir comic Maul Lockdown adds to this modern character and builds some of Maul s roots as a plotter as this mission tests his abilities to not only survive but achieve his objective before time runs outMinor spoilers beyond this pointI enjoyed reading Lockdown uite a bit Schreiber brings his own voice again to the Star Wars galaxy this time taking on a major saga character as protagonist and getting into his head at an earlier state of his development At this point Maul is not fully tested and this mission brings an additional challenge to maintain his cover he is ordered from using the Force And he has to track down a being who is only rud to exist and no one is talking And so Maul has to do something that we wouldn t expect ol tattooed and creepy to do make allies and fit into the pecking order in a prison where guards hold a kill switch over everyone s headThere s a lot of scum and villainy in this prisonpay per view fight center and even something horrifying in the dark spaces between cells of Cog Hive Seven but there is a good mix of characters even one or two that might be considered decent and a few that are definitely on the crazy side of the tracks Plus we get interaction between Darth Sidious and Darth Plagueis as the apprentice walks a fine line to keep his master from finding out the real mission that Maul is on while Plagueis has his own agent in place There s intrigue There s action as Maul is forced to duel to the death for the profit of the warden and her whiz kid brother And since Joe Schreiber of Deat. Newest contender in this savage arena as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge is fighting for than just survival His do or die mission for the dark masters he serves is to capture the ultimate weapon an object capable of obliterating the Jedi and conuering the galaxySith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. ,
Joe Schreiber introduces something different to the Star Wars universe creature horror I haven t read his other work et but I know from the brief descriptions that it s his signature It s in full effect here Lockdown is a brutal violent claustrophobic novel There s a uniue monster that manages to be uite creepy in a universe where giant gaping maws digest Once Is Never Enough (Real Men Like It Hard, you for a thousandears That s no mean feat and the creepifying nature of that particular monster was my personal highlight for the book I love a good monster and Schreiber deliversYou re not going to experience any real scares though because our protagonist our villain protagonist I should say is Darth Maul Maul is exactly as brutal violent and frightening as his appearance has always suggested It makes for an interesting inversion of the normal horror aesthetic Maul doesn t get scared so we don t get scared since he s our vehicle In fact this plays into one of my favorite tropes mugging the monster where a monstrous or brutal character is brought down by its attempt to take on a victim that ends up being even monstrous It s very satisfying to see evil pay unto evil If it were a Jedi under such a threat we d be inclined to be worried since the Jedi is a good guy But when monsters go after a Sith Lord We just want to see how much ass is going to be kicked And Maul does kick a LOT of assDespite my glowing opinion of the visceral aesthetic the novel is undone by an unwieldy plotThe basics of the plot are straightforward and encompass some pretty good twists along the way The what is solid and isn t my issue here Unfortunately it is very difficult to follow the who and the why in this novel This is a problem that comes up in a lot of franchise fiction especially for the sprawling Star Wars Expanded Universe Lockdown doesn t have it as bad as some other novels but it s still an issue that I feel needs to be addressedIn my opinion a franchise or Expanded Universe novel needs to be accessible to a person who hasn t done anything than watched the movies that spawned the franchise You re a fan of the movie Erebus you see a Star Wars bookou pick it up and go You shouldn t have to do a lot of homework outside of the novel itself to understand the who and whyThe problem here is that Lockdown draws on a LOT of Expanded Universe material If RTA - CIP B702.6 - Renault Clio III, phase 1 de 09/05 a 03/08 you haven t read Darth Plagueis by James Lucernoou re probably going to be confused by the presence of Darth Sidious Sith Master Komari Vosa and the Bando Gora are likely going to confuse The Tale of Atterberry The Faire Pendant Series you unlessou re a true Expanded Universe scholar We don t get any explanation here about who these plot relevant characters are I don t think that s acceptable it s what made the Bantam era of Star Wars novels so difficult for newcomers towards the end of its run You needed a degree in Expanded Universe ology to know what was going onThankfully Lockdown isn t THAT complex You can understand enough about Darth Maul just from his movie appearance he s a Sith and he can kill EVERYTHING And since 90% of the novel is Darth Maul killing things ou ll be fine in that regard But there s a deeper plot going on in which Maul is a chess piece in a game played between Sidious and Plagueis and as it s that game that sets all the other events in motion I think it s a mistake to have it buried so deeply in EU material without providing us a shovel to unearth it on our own This is by far my favorite Star Was book I like how Maul is fierce and how he is able to defeat his enemies uickly without causing them a ton of pain I like how he saves the old man s son at least as long as he can I definitely thought that some parts were scary but this was an amazing book This is a 6 star book A Brutal AdventureMaul Lockdown is a Legends novel that isn t for the faint of heart When tasked with a secret mission to find a weapons dealer Maul must infiltrate a prison as one of the inmates However the inmates here don t just serve time They are gladiators pitted against one another in fights to the death for the benefit of the gambling public Maul uickly finds himself in a number of fights as he ruthlessly pursues his objectiveLockdown is
#Not For The Sueamish The Action Is #for the sueamish The action is and brutal Schreiber wrote both Death Troopers and Red Harvest and this novel has a similar level of gore and violence It isn t pretty If ou can get past that this is an intriguing tale There is a fair amount of mystery here that will keep ou turning the pages I would give Star Wars Maul Lockdown by Joe Schreiber about two and a half stars I decided to round down This is the story of Darth #Maul everyone s favorite underused Sith in an insidious space station prison known as Cog Hive Seven #everyone s favorite underused Sith in an insidious space station prison known as Cog Hive Seven the inmates are pitted against each other in violent battles that the galaxy gambles onI have not read the other Star Wars books by this authoras they seem to be about adding zombies to the Star Wars universe The Star Wars universe is in enough trouble from JJ Abrams I didn t see the need for zombies as wellWhy is Maul in this prison Orders from Darth Sidious And for that same reason Maul must pretend to be a highly skilled mercenary and not a Force user His goal To find an elusive arms dealer named Iram Radiue who is hiding and operating within the prisonSomost of the book is spent trying to distract us from the fact that if Maul could use his powers his mission would probably be completed in no time at all We get a lot of Maul fighting in battles to the death with various beasties and inmates for the pleasure of the galactic gamblers This is also how Jabba the Hutt gets involved As in he wants a piece of the action at Cog Hive Seven and is willing to do awful things to get itMeanwhile we re supposed to ignore the fact that Maul is gaining fame as a fighter all through the underworld and et neither Darth Sidious aka kindly Senator Palpatine nor his master Darth Plagueis whose cat and mouse game with each other is interesting to me than most of the actions in the prison make any mention of the fact that their Sith apprentice is gaining notoriety And it makes
The Fact That Thefact that the couldn t identify him from some kind of database later on somewhat hard to believeThe search for Iram Radiue which involves Maul and several different characters in the prison takes up most of Maul s time and effort That is in between death battles and gang wars and long distance abuse from his master Anyway the uest to find Radiue is a long one A far too long one It s a path piled high with red herrings and even a twist straight out of Scooby Doo I would. Set before the events of Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace this new novel is a thrilling follow up to Star Wars Darth PlagueisIt's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport But the. ,