By James Luceno
From long island instances bestselling writer James Luceno comes an all-new celebrity Wars event that finds the motion and intrigue unfolding without delay earlier than Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in forms, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. within the outlying platforms, the place the exchange Federation keeps a stranglehold on transport routes, tensions are boiling over?while again within the convenience of Coruscant, the hub of civilized house and seat of the Republic govt, few senators look susceptible to enquire the matter. and people who suspect splendid Chancellor Valorum of getting a hand within the machinations are baffled?especially whilst Jedi grasp Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination try out at the Chancellor.
With the hindrance escalating, Valorum demands an emergency alternate summit. As people and extraterrestrial beings assemble, conspiracies sealed with huge sums of cash run rampant, and nobody is completely above suspicion. however the maximum danger of all is still unknown to each person other than 3 participants of the alternate Federation who've entered right into a shadowy alliance with a gloomy overlord. whereas the trio may be content material with more cash and less difficulties, Darth Sidious has grander, way more terrifying plans.
It is a time that exams the mettle of all those that attempt to carry the Republic together?none extra so than the Jedi Knights, who've lengthy been the galaxy's top wish for keeping peace and justice. but regardless of their so much valiant efforts, the assembly will explode into fiery chaos past everyone?s worst fears . . .
Features an advantage part following the radical that features a primer at the celebrity Wars increased universe, and over part a dozen excerpts from the most well known megastar Wars books of the final thirty years!
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