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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.net

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Euan Morton
hr min
November 4
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Foxhound1991 ,

Enjoyable Book

I like James Luceno's writing style and i enjoyed this book. Im a huge star wars fan and want to hear the stories behind every person in them.
One of my favorite things about this book is whats going on in the background. The transformation of the Republic military into the Imperial military is taking place behind the story. Clones are slowly phasing out but still fighting, old ships being replaced by new models and prototypes of models we all know, and old tech breaking down and being used on remote worlds. This book takes Tarkin and places him in the turning point of galactic restructuring.

Well done, would recommend.

saxon0506 ,

A great book

I loved the last book and this book folds some of that back in like 114d. The book gives shades of grey and a humanness to tarkin which wasnt in the film and casts him in a different light its a well written book and a good story check it out,

Charizard4Prez ,

Spoiler-free Review

The second book in the new line of Star Wars novels is an expertly written, Empire-centric, frightening piece of characterization for one of films greatest ancillary characters – Grand Moff Tarkin. You may be wondering if a Star Wars book can be enjoyable without extensive use of Jedi, lightsabers, and the Force – but Tarkin delivers! Luceno is tried and true as one of the galaxy’s best authors, and Tarkin is no exception with his incredible vocabulary and plot design adding to what Luceno does best – characterization!

For me, here’s what I found to be the best elements of the book: Tarkin, Vader, and the Emperor interacting with one another. Luceno nails the heart of the three characters in a way that transports you right back into the original trilogy. The stories of Tarkin’s past might have been my favorite aspect of the read. Whether learning of his training on Eriadu or his rising in the ranks due to the manipulation of Palpatine, I loved the flashbacks. A note on the audiobook: Euan Morton captures the voices of Tarkin, Vader, and Palpatine in an unbelievable way; this might be the most I've enjoyed listening to a Star Wars audiobook.

While overall, I’d give this book at least a 9/10, I’d have to say there were a few times when I wasn’t as pleased. The only thing worth mentioning is that the antagonists (if you can even call them that – whatever you call the enemies of the main character when he’s a villain in his own right) never quite seemed like much of a threat. But I can imagine it’s hard to look threatening in a novel about Tarkin and Vader!

I’ll recommend this one to anyone who might be skeptical about the direction of the new EU, as well as to anyone looking to enhance their appreciation for the original trilogy of films.

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