Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown (Unabridged)
by Joe Schreiber
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Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis. It'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 newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy. Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. 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.
From Zero to Ra'deek
As is the problem with all long books if you listen too long you tend to tune out now and again, however this one will keep you intrigued. Lockdown is a unique look at the character that we all wish hadn't been killed off so quickly in the movies. The author does a good job of depicting each character, giving you something to like and dislike in each one. Darth Plagueis also makes a few appearances which I thought was a nice touch and tied in other books he's done. I'm not surprised the book was so well done considering the voice over is done by the man who did the Bane series. All in all the book skips along at a nice pace and the true identity of Ra'deek will keep you on the edge of your seat.