By James Luceno
From New York Times bestselling writer James Luceno comes an all-new Star Wars experience that unearths the motion and intrigue unfolding without delay prior to Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Mired in greed and corruption, tangled in forms, the Galactic Republic is crumbling. within the outlying structures, the place the alternate Federation continues a stranglehold on delivery routes, tensions are boiling over?while again within the convenience of Coruscant, the hub of civilized area and seat of the Republic govt, few senators appear prone to enquire the matter. and people who suspect perfect Chancellor Valorum of getting a hand within the machinations are baffled?especially while Jedi grasp Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi foil an assassination try 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 not anyone is solely above suspicion. however the maximum hazard of all is still unknown to every body other than 3 contributors of the exchange Federation who've entered right into a shadowy alliance with a dismal overlord. whereas the trio could be content material with more cash and less difficulties, Darth Sidious has grander, way more terrifying plans.
It is a time that assessments 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 desire for conserving peace and justice. but regardless of their such a lot valiant efforts, the assembly will explode into fiery chaos past everyone?s worst fears . . .
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