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The Cestus Deception

The Cestus Deception - Steven Barnes In this novel that takes place during the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jedi Kit Fisto are sent by Chancellor Palpatine to the planet Cestus to stop their production of new droid technology that can be used against the Republic and is specifically designed to kill Jedi. Once they get to the planet they are enwrapped in web of deceit, political wrangling, and corporate espionageThere are dark forces at play that Kenobi can't detect and later comes to find in the form of Sith apprentice Asaj Ventriss.

There was a lot to like in this novel. There were certainly many action and fight sequences to maintain my interest. There were also numerous plot turns. One of the things I especially enjoyed was the humanization of the Clones. Often they are portrayed as collective units with no really personality. They are just vehicles for the plot. But in this case, the Clone Jangotet develops a relationship with female pilot Sheeka Tull. He experiences a great deal of change in the story, and it maintained a pleasant side story to the main action. The conclusion was fiery. In all, this was a good novel for Star Wars enthusiasts.

Carl Alves - author of Blood Street