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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,480 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Barnes Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN:
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Ord Cestus, a planet mostly barren and inhospitable to life, was first colonized as a prison world, until a handful of hardy pioneers discovered its rich ore deposits and managed to build up a successful droid-manufacturing industry. But when the Clone Wars erupted, bringing severe rationing of imported resources and a Republic ban on the production of battle droids, Ord Cestus was threatened with imminent economic collapse.

Enter the Confederacy of Independent Systems - the Separatists - with a life-saving offer to purchase a generous quantity of the planet's most lucrative export: bio-droids. Possessed of tactical capabilities that rival the fighting abilities of even the most advanced Jedi, these sophisticated, techno-organic hybrid units would prove a most formidable weapon if ever deployed for military use.

Determined to halt the bio-droid sale, but fearing a show of force will result in a political backlash, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine dispatches a team of envoys, led by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But if all else fails, the Republic will not hesitate to launch a full-scale attack and wipe out not only the means of bio-droid production, but countless lives as well, to demonstrate the consequences of disloyalty.

For Obi-Wan, the prospect of such wholesale slaughter only serves to fuel his growing suspicions about the sinister path the Republic seems to be taking. As the leaders of Ord Cestus refuse to capitulate and Palpatine rapidly loses patience, Obi-Wan's hopes of a peaceful resolution are dwindling. Now, facing a crisis of conscience, Obi-Wan must find the wisdom and strength to prevent a bloodbath and safeguard the Republic while abiding by the ancient code to which he has pledged his life.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aric Smith | 2/20/2014

    " I thought that this book was very good. Too many books focus on Anakin but this book actually gives Obi Wan and Kit Fisto more play room. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kent | 2/16/2014

    " Based on some of the reviews I've seen for this book I didn't think it would be all that good, but after reading it I thought it wasn't too bad. It has a pretty good story plot and well developed characters. The story takes place on Ord Cestus where they are building force sensitive droids and the republic wants to them to stop before they start selling them to the Separatists. It stars Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto, which is cool cause he kicks ass and isn't centered around much. It has several plot twists and turns and delves into clone soldier life and morals. Like most of the clone wars era it is rather political, but it still makes for a good story. I'd recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/16/2014

    " Pretty good!! Obi Wan is awsome!! Better than Kit Fisto!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrickderaaff | 2/6/2014

    " Rather forgettable Clone Wars novel. Not much more to say about it I'm afraid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 1/26/2014

    " I liked this one better than Shatterpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 1/21/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one. The manipulation of Palpatine and how he was able to constantly play both sides of the war off of each other to achieve chaos is fascinating to me. I loved the characters and plot in this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasoches | 1/13/2014

    " Cool fighting (of course the fighting was cool, they're Jedi after all). The ending was very abrupt. There was the climax and then it was over. There's probably a follow up book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig | 12/20/2013

    " A pretty good Star Wars adventure book, set early in the film series. Anakin makes a cameo, but the story focuses on Obi-Wan Kenobi. It includes some interesting and thought-provoking insights on the nature of clones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jw423 | 12/20/2013

    " Number 4 after Episode 2. A great book about Obiwan and his atempts to track down a manufacturer of droids that are super droids. Even difficult for jedi to eliminate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/20/2013

    " Good Clone Wars novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/31/2012

    " A quick plot of the story of a clone trooper and a jedi "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carlos Chavez | 10/17/2012

    " boring the author does a horrible job of making you care for the characters when they die it just makes you feel like ok that was kind of dumb, at some points you could predict what would happen next.all in all not worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 6/28/2012

    " the first book I read that humanized clones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie | 11/30/2011

    " Don't remember this one so it wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ricky Ganci | 11/16/2011

    " The word to perfectly describe this novel: okay. Kit Fisto is my hero. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter McC | 11/11/2011

    " Surprisingly engaging book. First time I have read anything from the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/12/2011

    " This story was ok. since Obi Wan is my favorite character, I was hoping for a better story. This was supposed to be the story that focused on him, but it really didn't. It focused more on secondary characters. So in the end,it was ok, nothing great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 3/12/2011

    " Interesting in that it had great development of a supporting Jedi character, and really developed one of the clones, showing how the dominant mind set of the clones made the Jedi massacre possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie | 8/31/2010

    " Don't remember this one so it wasn't great, but it wasn't terrible either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aric | 3/25/2010

    " I thought that this book was very good. Too many books focus on Anakin but this book actually gives Obi Wan and Kit Fisto more play room. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carlos | 12/16/2009

    " boring the author does a horrible job of making you care for the characters when they die it just makes you feel like ok that was kind of dumb, at some points you could predict what would happen next.all in all not worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasoches | 9/9/2009

    " Cool fighting (of course the fighting was cool, they're Jedi after all). The ending was very abrupt. There was the climax and then it was over. There's probably a follow up book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 4/14/2009

    " Surprisingly engaging book. First time I have read anything from the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 2/20/2009

    " I really enjoyed this one. The manipulation of Palpatine and how he was able to constantly play both sides of the war off of each other to achieve chaos is fascinating to me. I loved the characters and plot in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/25/2009

    " the first book I read that humanized clones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jw423 | 10/1/2008

    " Number 4 after Episode 2. A great book about Obiwan and his atempts to track down a manufacturer of droids that are super droids. Even difficult for jedi to eliminate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 9/19/2008

    " I liked this one better than Shatterpoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 6/15/2008

    " One of the best Star Wars universe books I've read, that didn't have the name Zahn on the front. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 3/14/2008

    " Better than the average Star Wars book. Actual character development and depth. Strange concepts in this type of book, I realize. :)
    "

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About the Author
Author Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is a prolific author and scriptwriter who has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Cable ACE, and Endeavour awards. His work for television includes episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer LimitsStargate SG-1, and Andromeda. A lifelong student of human-performance technologies, he holds black belts in judo and karate, has an instructor certificate in Circular Strength Training, and is a trained hypnotherapist.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.