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Scourge: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jeff Grubb
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24. April 2012 Star Wars - Legends
In the heart of crime-ridden Hutt Space, a Jedi Scholar searches for justice.
 
While trying to obtain the coordinates of a secret, peril-packed, but potentially beneficial trade route, a novice Jedi is killed—and the motive for his murder remains shrouded in mystery. Now his former Master, Jedi archivist Mander Zuma, wants answers, even as he fights to erase doubts about his own abilities as a Jedi. What Mander gets is immersion into the perilous underworld of the Hutts as he struggles to stay one step ahead in a game of smugglers, killers, and crime lords bent on total control.

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  • Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
  • Verlag: LucasBooks (24. April 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780345511225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511225
  • ASIN: 0345511220
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,6 x 10,9 x 2,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 80.121 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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An all-new stand-alone Star Wars adventure set before the bestselling New Jedi Order series, delving into the mysterious and dangerous world of the infamous crime-lords, the Hutts! -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Jeff Grubb is an author and game designer. He is the co-creator (with Ed Greenwood) of the Forgotten Realms setting and one of the co-founders of the Dragonlance setting. He has written fifteen novels and thirty short stories set in such worlds as Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Starcraft, Warcraft, and Guild Wars. He has written and contributed to more than a hundred games and game support products, including the Star Wars RPG, the Star Wars miniatures game for Wizards of the Coast, and Star Wars Attacktix for Hasbro. He is also the creator of the Whappamanga VoxBox, a handy device that allows Wookiees and Gamorreans to be understood in Basic. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two cats, and currently builds worlds for ArenaNet, the makers of the Guild Wars game.

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Eigentlich hätte Jedi-Ritter Toro Irana für den Jedi Orden mit Popara the Hutt über die Koordinaten einer Route durch die Indrexu Spirale verhandeln sollen, doch in einem Anfall mörderischer Rage läuft der junge Jedi auf Makam Te Amok und stürzt aus dem Fenster eines Restaurants. Toros Amoklauf hat jedoch Konsequenzen und auf diplomatischen Druck hin entsendet die Neue Republik Jedi Meister Mander Zuma, um zu ermitteln was Toro zugestoßen ist und auch um dessen Mission fortzuführen.

Doch Mander Zuma ist alles andere als das Musterbeispiel für einen der neuen Jedi Meister. Als einer der ersten Schüler Tionne Solusars hat Mander den Weg eines Jedi Archivisten gewählt, auch da er weder sehr elegant im Umgang mit einem Lichtschwert ist, noch weil er sich bedingungslos auf seine Machtfähigkeiten verlassen traut. Auf gewisse Weise ist der Meister somit viel unsicherer als sein verstorbener Schüler, dessen Tod Mander schnell Rätsel aufgibt. Zwar war Toro durchaus keiner der emotional kühleren Jedi, doch ein Wutausbruch wie auf Makam Te erscheint auch seinem alten Meister unwahrscheinlich. Und tatsächlich, irgendetwas scheint Toro verändert zu haben. Eine seltsame spice-artige Substanz könnte für Toros Ableben verantwortlich sein. Doch nicht nur Mander sondern auch Toros Schwester, die pantoranische Schmugglerin Reen Irana und ihr Co-Pilot, der Bothan Eddey Be'ray, sind an der Verschwörung hinter Toros Tod interessiert. Gemeinsam beschließen die drei daher auf Nar Shadaa die Verhandlungen mit Popara the Hutt fortzuführen, einem der scheinbar wenigen gerechten Hutten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Fun Adventure of Spice, Hutts, and Jedi 24. April 2012
Von Skuldren - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Scourge is the first Star Wars novel to truly tackle the Hutts, and I loved the way they are stylized in the way of the Godfather. The Hutts really break out from their typical two dimensional characterizations into something a bit richer. Yet at the heart of this novel, it's very much a Jedi story. Throughout the core of the novel is the personal growth of Jedi Master Mander Zuma. He's not your typical Jedi and he comes complete with flaws, doubts, strengths, and a bit of humor. As an archivist for the Jedi library, his field skills are a bit rusty. His underdeveloped powers and experience, combined with his senior status, creates a Jedi character that is very different from what we usually see.

From investigations into drugs, Hutts, vengeful Rodians, the death of a Jedi Knight, and a mysterious Spice Lord who appears to be behind everything, Scourge is a fun adventure with some wonderful characters that bring the story to life. In a way, this is like a murder-mystery novel combined with the Godfather starring a Jedi librarian who learns to become a field agent. It's totally unique and very entertaining read that is just as good as Paul S. Kemp's Crosscurrent and John Jackson Miller's Knight Errant novels; a perfect addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen THIS IS THE BOOK YOU ARE LOOKING FOR! 26. April 2012
Von Cape Rust - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have had a tumultuous relationship with the wash rinse repeat cycle that the Star Wars novels fell into for so long until now. With his debut Star Wars novel Scourge, Jeff Grubb has restored my faith in the Star Wars books! As you can tell by the book description this novel is a mystery adventure that takes Mander Zuma into parts of the Star Wars universe hat many of us have heard of, but few have gotten a chance to visit, welcome to Hutt space! I was fascinated to get to peek into the behind the scenes operations of the Hutts. Jeff Grubb mentioned that he looked to the Mafia and the Godfather movies for inspiration. The great thing about Hutts is that you can count on the fact that they will betray and backstab you. At no point throughout the entire book do any of the characters forget this. At times the lines get blurry but I prefer knowing that the person that I'm dealing with will screw me over, then I can whatever I can to avoid the screwing and if it does happen it isn't a big surprise.
Two aspects of this book surprised me in the best possible way. The first was the time that Jeff Grubb took exploring the concepts and consequences behind the Jedi mind trick. Most fans have seen the mind trick used in the movies enough to become numb to the effects it has on its targets. In Scourge Thru the teachings of Mander Zuma we learn just how powerful this "trick" can actually be. The second aspect that I loved was the way Mander approached the problems he encountered. Mander is a Jedi who doubts his abilities as a Jedi. He is an archivist not a warrior. He looks at the light saber as a tool not an extension of his body. Manders greatest weapon is his intellect. It is nice to see a Jedi who has learned to harness his intellect the way most Jedi wield a light saber or hide behind wisdom.
I could fill pages discussing this book, but I would rather you buy a copy of it and find out for yourself why Jeff Grubb is such a damn good author. This is a well paced, well written, mystery, adventure that has a cast of characters that would be the envy of any Broadway show. Read this book and allow yourself to be taken back to those days when Star Wars made you want to throw on your prison orange jump suit, strap into your X wing and take on the entire Empire by yourself!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "Size matters not. Inertia, however, is a pain in the butt." 2. Juli 2012
Von Crystal Starr Light - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Size matters not. Inertia, however, is a pain in the butt."

At the death of his apprentice, Toro Irana, Mander Zuma arrives on Makem Te to investigate why his apprentice died under such unusual circumstances and to finish up the mission. It becomes clear that Toro was addicted to a new, dangerous drug called Tempest. As he investigates, he teams up with Toro's sister, Reen, a Bothan named Eddey, and a CSA agent named Angela Krin. Where is the spice coming from--and can Mander, the unconventional Jedi archivist from Yavin 4, stop it?

These days, Star Wars books have been mostly set in the "Fate of the Jedi" era or the long, long ago "The Old Republic" era. This little book, written by Jeff Grubb, Star Wars novelist newbie (though not unfamiliar with the franchise), bucks the trend. It stars all new characters and none of the Big Three. It is set in the "quiet" era between Timothy Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology and the New Jedi Order series. And it's story is a basic mystery, not a Superweapon of the week. And I think those all make this book as great as it is.

Star Wars is an expansive universe, and while I love stories about Luke, Leia, and Han, I also love it when an author can move away from the Big Three and make his or her own creations. Grubb has done this with his main characters, Mander, Reen, Eddey, and Angela. Firstly, THANK YOU GRUBB for the diversity. Taking a quick peek at the Character List shows that few of the characters are human--out of the 11 listed, only 2 are human (Angela and Mander). This carries true for lesser characters not mentioned in the List. I've complained endlessly about the humancentric stories, and it is SO nice to see such a variety of species.

The characters that Grubb has developed are unique and interesting. Mander Zuma is a Jedi archivist, more at home with "scrolls and books" than with swashbuckling and adventuring. I do feel that his bookishness wasn't as pronounced as it could have been, and we don't get a really good description of what he looks like (apparently, he wears "magna lenses" aka glasses--shame on the cover artist for missing this!!). However, it's nice to have a Jedi that isn't all lightsaber swingin', star-pilotin' rip-roarin' adventure seeker. Reen Irana was Toro's sister and looking to find out why he died. She was competent and capable, not requiring some male to rescue her every two seconds or swooning over whether Mander liked her. Eddey was super amusing; he was the brains of the operation, and while that did get a bit stereotypical, he was a lot of fun, and I felt he bucked the Bothan stereotype. Angela was another competent, capable female; the Hutts really pushed the envelope of what we expect (but I have some complaints...).

There was a bit of racial stereotyping: Rodians being incompetent and unable to succeed, the "gangster, untrustworthy" Hutt image, but overall, this is much tamer than most Star Wars novels.

I liked the concept of the story; I felt the execution was a bit all over the place. I was kinda hoping that the main character Jedi (Mander) would be the one addicted to the spice; however, that wasn't the case. But, honestly the story idea was interesting; sure, it's a common plot to have book nerdy guy go to solve a really action/adventure case, but Star Wars hasn't done that very much. And I really do like this idea of having mystery stories set in Star Wars (if only we didn't have a 10 page "And this is how I, the Bad Guy, did all this" exposition at the end...).

The thing I found challenging was figuring out where the story was going at any time. It seemed at times the characters were just floating from scene to scene, that they didn't have so much of a focus, that things were happening because A) it was exciting or B) that needed to happen to move the story. Some of the investigating was weak; a lot just falls into Mander's lap. The last half is probably stronger and has more of a focus, but I did find my attention wandering at times or asking myself, "And...why are they here?"

Writing wise, Grubb is very adept. Good pleasing prose, some funny scenes (I love me some humor), a really good understanding of the Star Wars universe. And for a newbie to the Star Wars novels, that is a big plus in my book.

So while this wasn't blow me out of the water amazing, I definitely enjoyed myself and will be looking forward to more of Grubb's Star Wars novels in the future. I wouldn't even be opposed to him writing more stories about Mander and gang.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A solid stand-alone adventure 18. Mai 2012
Von John Keegan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
While I certainly enjoy the long-form series of Star Wars novels, such as the recently concluded "Fate of the Jedi", I do think there needs to be a balance. Much like the Star Trek novels, there's room for continuity-laden continuations of the main timeline/narrative, and stand-alone novels set during a particular period or time. When there are massive events taking place in the galaxy, one would expect that the consequences and shifts in the status quo will have a ripple effect on the smaller scale.

The recent novels by Paul Kemp have shown that the smaller scale approach has its place, and this stand-alone effort by Jeff Grubb follows a similar strategy. In keeping with the recent releases spinning out of the Old Republic MMO, this novel is based on a role-playing module centered on the Hutts and an unusual Jedi named Mander Zuma.

Unlike many of the typical Jedi heroes, Zuma is primarily an archivist. In other words, a glorified librarian. An archivist who has undergone Jedi combat training, to be sure, but still, not one of the front line Jedi that we're used to seeing. And since this is set between the founding of the Jedi Academy and the arrival of the Yuuzhan Vong, it's not a period when every Jedi would be tasked with preparing for civilization-ending conflicts. Zuma definitely comes across as the kind of Jedi that has heard a lot about the galaxy, but hasn't quite experienced it for himself yet.

Zuma's apprentice dies under questionable circumstances, which leads Zuma on a hunt for the truth behind a particularly nasty kind of potent spice and the Hutts that produce and distribute it. Very quickly, the novel turns into the Star Wars version of "The Godfather", which is far more interesting than one would initially think. Hutt family politics are far from cordial, and Zuma finds himself in hot water time and again.

The plot never stalls, and the character interactions are top notch. Zuma is a fully fledged character with a solid support team in Reen (his apprentice's sister) and Eddey (a deceptively quiet Bothan). The Hutts are surprisingly unique, despite being saddled with the typical Star Wars homogenous species stereotype.

Grubb includes a character from the Corporate Sector Authority, which I barely remember from those early Brian Daley novels. While the character added a nice bit of complication to the story, in terms of the challenges that Zuma had to overcome to resolve the Tempest situation, I couldn't help but wonder if I was forgetting details of those earlier appearances of the CSA that might have added another layer to the story. I don't believe so, since the author placed the organization in context, but the thought did occur.

I was also a bit disappointed in the resolution of the central mystery. Perhaps it's just from reading/watching too many stories of this type over the years, but I figured out who the Spice Lord was relatively early in the proceedings. It didn't necessarily take away from the ending very much, since events flow very quickly towards the end, but like any mystery, certain things seem perfunctory once you've figured out what the characters still don't know.

All told, though, it was a very quick and pleasant read. For a tale that features none of the characters familiar to most Star Wars fans, takes place in a very small subset of the overall Star Wars universe, and focuses on implementation of a specific fictional sub-genre, it is very accessible.

Anyone picking this up should be prepared to accept that the size of the book is not indicative of the size of the story; as per the current PR push, there is a substantial amount of preview/sampler material in the back of the book. My digital version ended at a little over 60%, so adjust expectations accordingly.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not great, but entertains 9. Juni 2012
Von Matthew Njaa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I have read about 15 Star Wars books. I like most of them a lot, which is why keep reading more. I generally read only those that have received four or more stars on Amazon. This one, was not so great. The writing simply is not as good as those by, e.g. karpyshian (?) or Kemp. One aspect of the book that I did enjoy was the fallibilty of Jedi Mander. It was entertaining to read about a Jedi who fumbled with his light saber and who clearly was not on par with the heroes in other books.
The book is a fairly quick read. I got the kindle version and less than 2/3 was the novel. The remaining third was advertising for other books.
Unless you've read most of the other books and need your craving for more satisfied, I'd steer towards another book in the star wars collection.
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