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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. A dazzling new short story featuring Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil . . . On the distant planet Dorvalla, precious ore is mined by two competing companies: InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Limited. Neither rival suspects that they are central to a sinister plot masterminded by Dart BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. A dazzling new short story featuring Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil . . . On the distant planet Dorvalla, precious ore is mined by two competing companies: InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Limited. Neither rival suspects that they are central to a sinister plot masterminded by Darth Sidious, Lord of the Sith, himself. Dispatched by Sidious on his very first solo mission, Darth Maul infiltrates Lommite Limited. There, his unique gifts of deception and subterfuge will set off an explosive chain of events that could destroy both companies, leaving them ripe for takeover by the Trade Federation. But a vengeful Lommite Limited Manager with his own thirst for retaliation against InterGal could blow Maul's cover--and all of Sidious's fiendishly layed plans . . .


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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. A dazzling new short story featuring Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil . . . On the distant planet Dorvalla, precious ore is mined by two competing companies: InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Limited. Neither rival suspects that they are central to a sinister plot masterminded by Dart BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Star Wars: Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter. A dazzling new short story featuring Darth Maul, merciless apprentice of evil . . . On the distant planet Dorvalla, precious ore is mined by two competing companies: InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Limited. Neither rival suspects that they are central to a sinister plot masterminded by Darth Sidious, Lord of the Sith, himself. Dispatched by Sidious on his very first solo mission, Darth Maul infiltrates Lommite Limited. There, his unique gifts of deception and subterfuge will set off an explosive chain of events that could destroy both companies, leaving them ripe for takeover by the Trade Federation. But a vengeful Lommite Limited Manager with his own thirst for retaliation against InterGal could blow Maul's cover--and all of Sidious's fiendishly layed plans . . .

30 review for Saboteur

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    Darth Maul as agent of chaos. Elric would be proud. James Luceno’s 2001 novella, Darth Maul: Saboteur provides a fun backstory for Darth Sidious’ behind the scenes machinations occurring before the Phantom Menace and his use of Maul as an agent provocateur. Just as in Tarkin, Luceno does a great job in expanding the Star Wars vision into economic and sociological realities that help to provide depth and at least a semblance of realism into the fantasy. And it has Darth Maul action; he’s cool with t Darth Maul as agent of chaos. Elric would be proud. James Luceno’s 2001 novella, Darth Maul: Saboteur provides a fun backstory for Darth Sidious’ behind the scenes machinations occurring before the Phantom Menace and his use of Maul as an agent provocateur. Just as in Tarkin, Luceno does a great job in expanding the Star Wars vision into economic and sociological realities that help to provide depth and at least a semblance of realism into the fantasy. And it has Darth Maul action; he’s cool with the two sided light saber!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

    I wasn't expecting much from this short story but was pleasantly surprised by what James Luceno has accomplished with "Saboteur". Maul is always operating on the sidelines, here, manipulating events (hence the title) to achieve Sidious' ends rather than just being a heavy. Considering the role he played in the first film and how little we know about him, this could have been a heavy-handed action story to showcase the underused character. Instead, Luceno plays it for mystery, ties it into Episod I wasn't expecting much from this short story but was pleasantly surprised by what James Luceno has accomplished with "Saboteur". Maul is always operating on the sidelines, here, manipulating events (hence the title) to achieve Sidious' ends rather than just being a heavy. Considering the role he played in the first film and how little we know about him, this could have been a heavy-handed action story to showcase the underused character. Instead, Luceno plays it for mystery, ties it into Episode I, and I think this was very much the way to go.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Criss Rosenlof

    A short read, but well written. Those who are fans of the dark side will enjoy this look into the life of Darth Maul before his untimely end at the hands of Obi-wan. ;)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    Star Wars Legends Project #61 Background: Darth Maul: Saboteur was published in early 2001 as the first Star Wars eBook. It was later republished in the paperback of a novel released at the end of the year. It was written by James Luceno as a prequel to his novel Cloak of Deception. Originally hired to help oversee the development of the New Jedi Order series, Luceno ended up writing three of the novels himself, including the final book. He has gone on to write several more Star Wars novels, Star Wars Legends Project #61 Background: Darth Maul: Saboteur was published in early 2001 as the first Star Wars eBook. It was later republished in the paperback of a novel released at the end of the year. It was written by James Luceno as a prequel to his novel Cloak of Deception. Originally hired to help oversee the development of the New Jedi Order series, Luceno ended up writing three of the novels himself, including the final book. He has gone on to write several more Star Wars novels, including one of the first to be included in the new expanded universe continuity. Outside of Star Wars, Luceno has written several stand-alone novels and a few film adaptations. He also collaborated on the 21-book Robotech series with his closer friend (and fellow Star Wars author) Brian Daley. Saboteur is set 33 years before the Battle of Yavin, 1 year before The Phantom Menace. As a prequel to Cloak of Deception, it features (in addition to Darth Maul) many of the same characters and locations as the novel, including the planets Dorvalla and Eriadu, local governor Tarkin and various members of the Trade Federation, etc. Summary: Two rival mining companies on the planet Dorvalla, InterGalactic Ore and Lommite Limited, are locked in a mutually-destructive struggle for control rife with sabotage and intrigue, but neither is quite devious enough to finish the other off. Enter Darth Maul, who has been dispatched on his first solo mission to manipulate the situation to the advantage of the Trade Federation, thus securing his master the loyalty of a certain Nute Gunray . . . Maul's skill at destruction are sure to serve him well here. The trick will be getting in and out with no one the wiser to his dark presence. Review: As I hinted in my initial description of the publication history, this is a fairly short work, but too long to be a short story and too short to be a novella. I believe that makes it a "novelette," which is a term I don't hear very often. Honestly, I'm not sure it isn't longer than some of the slimmer Jedi Apprentice volumes. I feel like maybe I'll appreciate this story a bit more once I've re-read the novel it's supposed to tie-in with. As it was, I just suddenly began realizing some of the connections partway through when Tarkin makes a brief appearance, and I remembered that Luceno wrote that other novel as well. Luceno isn't my favorite Star Wars author, but I don't tend to actively dislike his books, I just find them a bit bland at times. Saboteur suffers from a couple of flaws that aren't really Luceno's fault. First, the story barely scratches the surface of exploring Darth Maul as a character. We get just the bare minimum of some personality and no background. Now, part of that may be because this isn't very long, but I'd guess that at least some of it had to do with a lack of latitude to develop things about the character that hadn't been established yet. And that just means his portrayal is all over the place across different stories. Second, there aren't really any characters that we can really latch onto, because having a story centered around Darth Maul that doesn't really do much with him as a character means that whatever sympathetic characters we do spend time with are probably going to end up dead if they play an important role. Luceno tries to give us at least one interesting character, but it felt like we didn't spend enough time with him to earn that. Yeah, I guess I'm complaining that this short novel is short. However, after seeing how well the Darth Bane trilogy dealt with having an evil protagonist, this seemed like it could have done better as well. That said, it was just fun seeing Maul in full Agent of Chaos mode, expertly sowing confusion and destruction without anyone noticing that there is a 3rd party manipulating the situation. I feel like Luceno lowered the bar for Maul a bit by explaining how incompetent everyone else is so many times, but it's his first mission out on his own. Plus, it's clear that he's never really tested to anywhere near the limits of his abilities, which just makes him that much scarier as a force of darkness. Overall, this isn't super-memorable, but it's fun in spots and it ties in with a larger story. C+

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Taylor

    This was an excellent short read. I was struggling hard to avoid getting this digitally but it turns out that it was never printed while the "sequel" was. That's fine given the length. I strongly prefer physical copies and this is the first ebook I've read for pleasure since late 2012-early 2013. That said... This was a fantastic short read. I loved how we see Darth Maul work from the sidelines rather than brute force. The story ties well into Shadow Hunter (but reading it prior to this is comple This was an excellent short read. I was struggling hard to avoid getting this digitally but it turns out that it was never printed while the "sequel" was. That's fine given the length. I strongly prefer physical copies and this is the first ebook I've read for pleasure since late 2012-early 2013. That said... This was a fantastic short read. I loved how we see Darth Maul work from the sidelines rather than brute force. The story ties well into Shadow Hunter (but reading it prior to this is completely okay and spoils zero) because you can pick up a bit of Monchar's character that adds additional logic and explanation to the beginning while standing on it's own. It also helps setup Episode 1 in unseen ways, much like Shadow Hunter does. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it, especially for Darth Maul & fans of the Sith.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    Fun. Nothing special. I love Darth Maul.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ZeN

    Saboteur is a case of more is more. The story has poor development and the overall result of the plot meaningless. Darth Maul is treated as a menial henchman who does and says literally nothing, despite being advertised as the stories' main event. He is in few scenes and all he does is lurk in shadows, skulk around and then does nothing else. Speaks to no one because he likes to be silent sinister incognito. Saboteur is 40 pages of feeble politics commentary and 10 pages of Darth Maul making men Saboteur is a case of more is more. The story has poor development and the overall result of the plot meaningless. Darth Maul is treated as a menial henchman who does and says literally nothing, despite being advertised as the stories' main event. He is in few scenes and all he does is lurk in shadows, skulk around and then does nothing else. Speaks to no one because he likes to be silent sinister incognito. Saboteur is 40 pages of feeble politics commentary and 10 pages of Darth Maul making menacing faces when no one is looking. Literally a $1.00 ebook click bait. I was, indeed, disappoint.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laurence

    The subtlety of Darth Sidious is reflected in Maul. This type of espionage is how I would have preferred Rogue One. As usual Luceno delivers.

  9. 5 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 3.5 / 5 Not to say that James Luceno isn't a good writer or anything, but from what I've read of his work in the Star Wars universe--namely, this short story about Darth Maul and his entire Darth Plagueis book have led me to the conclusion that, while he may understand the Star Wars universe very well, he doesn't really know how to make it exciting. First of all, there's too much description and not enough action in what he writes. I know that it's maybe a demonstration of how well he unde Rating: 3.5 / 5 Not to say that James Luceno isn't a good writer or anything, but from what I've read of his work in the Star Wars universe--namely, this short story about Darth Maul and his entire Darth Plagueis book have led me to the conclusion that, while he may understand the Star Wars universe very well, he doesn't really know how to make it exciting. First of all, there's too much description and not enough action in what he writes. I know that it's maybe a demonstration of how well he understands the Star Wars universe--through trying to explain how politics in the Galactic Senate work, how trade between different star systems is possible because of big companies like the Trade Federation and other companies, and even just how something looks, as he goes into explicit detail on all three categories. However, showing and telling isn't really exciting if you don't have action to back it up. I will say this, though: he does understand his characters well. Maul was reinforced in my eyes as the almost machine-efficient assassin that was presented in Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, showing his ruthless efficiency and fanatical devotion to Sidious. Coupled with this story, I also read the short story of "Restraint", also by Luceno, which further delved into Maul's personality as a young man. Well, I was a bit more impressed with that, although Maul's character does seem to return to that aforementioned ruthless efficiency. Maybe it's because we see him at his best when he's up against Jedi, but anytime that he's taken away from that kind of Sith vs. Jedi action is almost boring to read at in comparison, even if there is action involved, because you just know that Maul will win. In the same way that failure is incomprehensible to him, so it becomes with a reader who gets familiar with him as a character. One more Maul book to go, and then I'm nearing the pre-Clone Wars books with Obi Wan and Anakin. Looking forward to finally moving away from the Old Republic Sith perspectives into Jedi perspectives, because, honestly, so far all I've been reading is Sith-related stuff. That's just how the timeline goes.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Darth Maul – Saboteur by James Luceno is a short story detailing a quick mission taken by Darth Sidious’s young apprentice, Darth Maul, prior to the events of The Phantom Menace. Put me in the category of being a Darth Maul fan without knowing actually why. Sure, he has the classic vicious villain look to him or it could be because he wields a dual sided lightsaber. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad there are dedicated stories and novels based on his character. Never would I have guessed though Darth Maul – Saboteur by James Luceno is a short story detailing a quick mission taken by Darth Sidious’s young apprentice, Darth Maul, prior to the events of The Phantom Menace. Put me in the category of being a Darth Maul fan without knowing actually why. Sure, he has the classic vicious villain look to him or it could be because he wields a dual sided lightsaber. Whatever the case may be, I’m glad there are dedicated stories and novels based on his character. Never would I have guessed though that Darth Maul is actually gifted in other arts besides being a Jedi sword master. “What is done in secret has great power.” – Darth Sidious Not much is known in regards to the Darth Maul character if you were like me who just watched the Star Wars movies and never getting to actually explore beyond that. He was a mysterious and quiet figure serving as apprentice to Darth Sidious but we all underneath that demeanor lurked a very powerful Jedi skilled in the way of fighting with his awesome looking, if unorthodox, duel sided red light saber. With Saboteur, we get to see that Darth Maul isn’t just all about using his lightsaber. Instead, we learn one of his other prized gift as a Jedi is actually in the arts of background deception and manipulation. Being able to sense and read people’s feelings allows him to better predict and manipulate an outcome of his choosing. This makes him the ultimate saboteur and perfect for stealth missions. That shocked me a bit at first but I really shouldn’t have been. Darth Maul is Darth Sidious’s apprentice and we all know how well of a manipulator he is. “You need fear me only if you fail me.” – Darth Sidious Saboteur is nice quick read on Darth Maul before going into other of his more length novels. If you’re just getting into the Darth Maul character like I am, be prepared for a surprise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stanislav

    As an action-adventure story on it's own, the work is not so exceptional. But as a piece of the huge puzzle that is the SW saga, it is worth reading. Of course I am discovering this puzzle piece a bit too late. Sixteen years ago, when it was first published, I would've been so thrilled by how it all fits together. And also when the hunger for new and original SW material was so hard to satisfy. Sadly this story is part of the star wars of my generation, and the word "original" does not apply to As an action-adventure story on it's own, the work is not so exceptional. But as a piece of the huge puzzle that is the SW saga, it is worth reading. Of course I am discovering this puzzle piece a bit too late. Sixteen years ago, when it was first published, I would've been so thrilled by how it all fits together. And also when the hunger for new and original SW material was so hard to satisfy. Sadly this story is part of the star wars of my generation, and the word "original" does not apply to it anymore. Now that Disney soiled the franchise and changed shifted the story. It was nice catching up with the events in the book though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peter Sawyer

    This novella was okay, but I wanted more Darth Maul. Like with Darth Plagueis, Saboteur was more concerned with the bigger picture of the political landscape of the Prequel era galaxy than providing an entertaining Darth Maul character story. The plot focused on two rival mining companies and Darth Sidius's desire to take them out for the benefit of expanding the power base of the Trade Federation. Darth Maul was a silent shadow in the story. He was not as present as many of the other characters. This novella was okay, but I wanted more Darth Maul. Like with Darth Plagueis, Saboteur was more concerned with the bigger picture of the political landscape of the Prequel era galaxy than providing an entertaining Darth Maul character story. The plot focused on two rival mining companies and Darth Sidius's desire to take them out for the benefit of expanding the power base of the Trade Federation. Darth Maul was a silent shadow in the story. He was not as present as many of the other characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Very short but excellent story. As long as you have seen at least Star Wars: Episode I you have everything you need to get into this book. This makes the fourth Star Wars book I have read from Luceno. All of them have been good, with this being the second to make it to my "favorites" list. I have two more yet to read ("Cloak of Deception" and "Millennium Falcon"). If those hold up, Luceno will be right up there with Timothy Zahn as the best Star Wars writers :) Very short but excellent story. As long as you have seen at least Star Wars: Episode I you have everything you need to get into this book. This makes the fourth Star Wars book I have read from Luceno. All of them have been good, with this being the second to make it to my "favorites" list. I have two more yet to read ("Cloak of Deception" and "Millennium Falcon"). If those hold up, Luceno will be right up there with Timothy Zahn as the best Star Wars writers :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott Williams

    This is the first Star Wars fiction I have ever read. It’s well-written, but there’s not much to it. I was hoping to learn more about Darth Maul but the focus is really on the Trade Federation and beginning to set the scene for the events of The Phantom Menace. I will check out book two in this series to see what happens next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    This very short book was a decent expansion to Maul's story. It isn't worth reading by itself. However, it is worthwhile when pairing it with the other books in this time period such as Darth Plagueis, Darth Maul Shadow Hunter, Maul Lockdown (skip this one), and Cloak of Deception. I would read this one before the others. This very short book was a decent expansion to Maul's story. It isn't worth reading by itself. However, it is worthwhile when pairing it with the other books in this time period such as Darth Plagueis, Darth Maul Shadow Hunter, Maul Lockdown (skip this one), and Cloak of Deception. I would read this one before the others.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Uhh......K It was good; for being as short as it was. I much more prefer longer novels. I like the series of events unfolding.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christian Smith

    Story: 7/10 "Darth Maul is in the shadows but his work is as devastating as ever." Story: 7/10 "Darth Maul is in the shadows but his work is as devastating as ever."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Anything about Maul is good. This is a shorter story, but gives some background to the mysterious character.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Mullet

    A Nice Intro to the World of Darth Maul Find out what happens as we start leading up to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Enjoy the story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jurgen

    Great short story, bit hard to follow at some point with all the factions and parties mixed into the intrigues...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Entropy843

    It's fun to read. It's fun to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Landon

    Didn't have enough substance. Should have been a full book. Didn't have enough substance. Should have been a full book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hope

    A short read but still very good!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    This story was like "what if corporate espionage had SITHS involved!?!?!?!?" Turns out it's still boring. This story was like "what if corporate espionage had SITHS involved!?!?!?!?" Turns out it's still boring.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessika

    I didn't hate this, but it really didn't bring anything of value to the table for me. No insight to Maul and dull machinations. Bit of a waste of time for me. I didn't hate this, but it really didn't bring anything of value to the table for me. No insight to Maul and dull machinations. Bit of a waste of time for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Vanloan

    Not bad They required twenty words to submit a rating sadly. The book was decent for what it was. No review needed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gromit Lisenham

    Great wee plot. Once again these sith characters are written as being very one dimensional!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alexandr Iscenco

    A short, but quite entertaining read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Travis Cummins

    Entertaining but pointless The story is well constructed and moves are a good pace but in the scheme of all things Star Wars it doesn't add anything new or needed Entertaining but pointless The story is well constructed and moves are a good pace but in the scheme of all things Star Wars it doesn't add anything new or needed

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-Bennett

    Interesting pre-Phantom Menace novella featuring Darth Maul. A look at some of the machinations that set the Republic's fall in motion. Interesting pre-Phantom Menace novella featuring Darth Maul. A look at some of the machinations that set the Republic's fall in motion.

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