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
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Exceptional Back Story
To learn of the back story of such a beloved Star Wars Classic Character on this journey was beyond words. The character development that you'll encounter is second to none.
The Man With on the Moon Base Lazer Cannon
To many of us Governor/Moff Wilhuff Tarkin is the Imperial Officer who wielded the power of the Emperor’s greatest weapon, stood on even ground with Darth Vader, and destroyed an entire planet to make a point in his small but effective screen time in the original Star Wars movie. Now you can experience his childhood. Thus providing him the foundation to conquer the galactic Politics in a galaxy far far away, and the nerves to mercilessly lead in Imperial Navy.
If you truly want to know how he becomes the man on the moon sized battle station you will have to pick this book up and be astonished.
James Luceno delivers again, and while I loved this book, I do think nothing really stood out about it or broke new ground. It is a story that is definitely worth a read or listen but to me nothing was really memorable about it.