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Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities jIt was fine I guess It was pretty well done but not really my thing A disappointing end to the Maul stories Maul Lockdown by Joe Schreiber is out and fans of the Dark Side should rejoice Lockdown delivers a can t put this down tale of scum and villainySet before The Phantom Menace Lockdown has Darth Maul sent undercover to infiltrate a space station prison to find an elusive arms dealer operating out of inescapable penitentiary Maul uickly becomes a contender in the warden s profitable prison fight circuit but there s to finding someone who doesn t want to be found in a prison thanust cracking heads all the way to the top Plus than ust prisoners and guards lurk in the dark confines of this station And throw in Jabba the Hutt dangerous cultists and Darth Sidious scheming under his own master s noseDarth Maul has gone through a renaissance in the past few years he has gone from being the weapon of rage back in 1999 in The Phantom Menace and the related EU Michael Reaves Shadow Hunter Ron Marz comic to his resurrection on The Clone Wars along with Tom Taylor s Darth Maul Death Sentence and James Luceno s Darth Plagueis as some one able to scheme his way into power as he seeks vengeance on both Obi wan Kenobi and his old master while taking on his brother Savage as his own apprentice And now this year we get of Darth Maul with Lockdown and the upcoming Darth Maul Son of Dathomir comic Maul Lockdown adds to this modern character and builds some of Maul s "roots as a plotter as this mission tests his abilities to not only survive but achieve his objective before time runs "as a plotter as this mission tests his abilities to not only survive but achieve his objective before time runs spoilers beyond this pointI enjoyed reading Lockdown uite a bit Schreiber brings his own voice again to the Star Wars galaxy this time taking on a major saga character as protagonist and getting into his head at an earlier state of his development At this point Maul is not fully tested and this mission brings an additional challenge to maintain his cover he is ordered from using the Force And he has to track down a being who is only rud to exist and no one is talking And so Maul has to do something that we wouldn t expect ol tattooed and creepy to do make allies and fit into the pecking order in a prison where guards hold a kill switch over everyone s headThere s a lot of scum and villainy in this prisonpay per view fight center and even something horrifying in the dark spaces between cells of Cog Hive Seven but there is a good mix of characters even one or two that might be considered decent and a few that are definitely on the crazy side of the tracks Plus we get interaction between Darth Sidious and Darth Plagueis as the apprentice walks a fine line to keep his master from finding out the real mission that Maul is on while Plagueis has his own agent in place There s intrigue There S ACTION AS MAUL IS FORCED action as Maul is forced duel to the death for the profit of the warden and her whiz kid brother And since Joe Schreiber of Death Troopers and Red Harvest is at the helm there s also some monsters Not really any romance ust maybe a little hero worship And there s Jabba the Hutt a little hero worship And there s Jabba the Hutt awesomeWhile I enjoyed going on this ride I felt the climax to be a little rough A lot of things collide and I felt like I missed a piece or two relating to the motivations of some of the characters who figure prominently in the end Still with the last third when the Sith hits the fan the ending is both action packed and provides some growth for the characters And if you re a fan of the Expanded Universe there are some neat nods here and thereIf Sith Lords are your specialty get this book And if you re a fan of scum and villainy the denizens of Cog Hive Seven makes the Mos Eisley Cantina look like Alderaan This is by far my favorite Star Was book I like how Maul is Set before the events of Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace this new novel is a thrilling follow up to Star Wars Darth PlagueisIt's kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport But the.

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Ierce and how he is able to defeat his enemies uickly without causing them a ton of pain I like how he saves the old man s son at least as long as he can I definitely thought that some parts were scary but this was an amazing book This is a 6 star book This review is courtesy of topoftheheapreviewscomIs a prison enough to hold the likes of the powerful Sith known as Darth Maul Joe Schreiber attempts to answer that uestion in Star Wars LockdownDarth Maul is a character that has captivated audiences but however didn t get the screen time nor the necessary attention in the movies to really build up who he is and how dangerous he can be Thankfully the extended universe has attempted to answer these uestions in novel FormIn Lockdown Darth Maul Gets Sent Into Lockdown Darth Maul gets sent into prison that has been deemed inescapable in order to find and acuire an item that someone deemed almost a myth holds in his possessionThe entire story takes place in one location Star Wars readers hoping to find planet hopping epic space battles and fantastic lightsaber duels and use of the force may be shocked to find out that there really isn t anything of the sort here It s uite a stark contrast to most of the Star Wars novels with the exception of a handful of books That s not to say there isn t any use of the above but it doesn t play as much into the storyWhat you do have here is a well written tight locked room mystery type of story with a Star Wars twist on it Joe Schreiber does well here As in all of his thriller and suspense and horror he pulls you along with uick action and fast frantic pacing You really get the sense that time is of the essenceThe use of the prison as a corrupt entity to make money off the fighting of the inmates creates a good catalyst to really figure out a bit about Darth Maul He has to overcome obstacle after obstacle all without letting on that he is a force user and a Sith You almost see him break which is kind of nice Visiting inside the mind of this force user and viewing his feelings of failure and his thoughts in the face of certain death creates a bit of sympathy for this Zabrak whom you know is actually evil at heartThe characters are painted well and the emphasis on each is pressed upon you at exactly right right momentThe Bottom Line No force no lightsabers no planet hopping no star battles and yet this as the name Star Wars on it That s the beauty of this universe and the beauty of Joe Schreiber s writing It s a great book and you could easily take the Star Wars out of it and make it something else People that don t have a lot of Star Wars knowledge or would pass it up because it s a Star Wars book in general should stop and give this one a look Yes it has fantastical aliens and you ll find names like Darth Sidious and Darth Maul but those are all secondary elements The winner here is the story Star Wars or not it s ust a great piece of fiction I would give Star Wars Maul Lockdown by Joe Schreiber about two and a half stars I decided to round down This is the story of Darth Maul everyone s favorite underused half stars I decided to round down This is the story of Darth Maul everyone s favorite underused in an insidious space station prison known as Cog Hive Seven where the inmates are pitted against each other in violent battles that the galaxy gambles onI have not read the other Star Wars books by this authoras they seem to be about adding zombies to the Star Wars universe The Star Wars universe is in enough trouble from JJ Abrams I didn t see the need for zombies as wellWhy is Maul in this prison Orders from Darth Sidious And for that same reason Maul must pretend to be a highly skilled mercenary and not a Force user His goal To find an elusive arms dealer named Iram Radiue who is hiding and operating within the prisonSomost of the book is spent trying to distract us from the fact that if Maul could. Newest contender in this savage arena as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge is fighting for than ust survival His do or die mission for the dark masters he serves is to capture the ultimate weapon an object capable of obliterating the Jedi and conuering the galaxySith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. Maul Author Joe Schreiber

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Use his powers his mission would probably be completed in no "time at all We get a lot of Maul fighting in "at all We get a lot of Maul fighting in to the death with various beasties and inmates for the pleasure of the galactic gamblers This is also how Jabba the Hutt gets involved As in he wants a piece of the action at Cog Hive Seven and is willing to do awful things to get itMeanwhile we re supposed to ignore the fact that Maul is gaining fame as a fighter all through the underworld and yet neither Darth Sidious aka kindly Senator Palpatine nor his master Darth Plagueis whose cat and mouse game with each other is interesting to me than most of the actions in the prison make any mention of the fact that their Sith apprentice is gaining notoriety And it makes the fact that the Jedi couldn t identify him from some kind of database later on somewhat hard to believeThe search for Iram Radiue which involves Maul and several different characters in the prison takes up most of Maul s time and effort That is in between death battles and gang wars and long distance abuse from his master Anyway the uest to find Radiue is a long one A far too long one It s a path piled high with red herrings and even a twist straight out of Scooby Doo I would have gotten away with it if it wasn t for that meddling Sith dudeI can see the elevator pitch for this book going well Darth Maul trapped in a prison and fighting the scum of the universe Might even make a good video game But as a novel it falls flat for a number the universe Might even make a good video game But as a novel it falls flat for a number reasonsHere s the main problem Darth Maul is a cipher We know very little about him It s hard to identify with a main character who doesn t really think too much or speak too much ust acts Yes he s a tattooed badass Sith who died way too soonwhile Jar Jar Binks lives onsigh but he never elevated much from the status of cool minion Meaning he has no real personality other than he likes to kill stuff and do his master s biddingSo the author has to fill the book with people we re supposed to care aboutthe sexyvicious warden and her weird tech genius brotherthe cast of uirky andor brutal inmatesthe innocent father and son duo ust sexyvicious warden and her weird tech genius brotherthe cast of uirky andor brutal inmatesthe innocent father and son duo Charlestown Blues: Selected Poems, a Bilingual Edition just to get byand the guest stars Sidious Plagueis Jabba Komari Vosa Plus don t forget the giant icky worm that eats all the losers of the brutal fights And so onDarth Maul s uest to find Iram Radiue is so long and involved that it almost takes on an existential uality Almost Is Radiue real Is it allust a test Is Radiue even in the prison And on and on and on There is a huge list of suspects and no easy way to filter them out except when Maul kills them As a reader though it becomes a wearying intellectual exercise after a while By the time the mystery of Iram Radiue is solved it s hard to careSothenin the third actfallen Jedi Komari Vosa she s not a Sith Building the South Side just a psychopath shows up to try and make things interesting It does work after a fashion Komari does add a definite element of interest to the tale Yet bringing in a new character late in a novel with no real introduction is not the best idea Having her around earlier probably not possible though given the structure of the story might have made this a interesting tale And there s the ending What ending The bookust sort of runs out of steam without much in the way of resolution I kept looking for another chapter but there wasn t one SighI give this book two stars two and a half in my head rounded down because the writing isn t bad and the book is fun and engaging in some parts Yet the thinking behind the writing is seriously flawed and doesn t hold up to much scrutiny But if you re looking for a lot of action and not much in the way of plot okay there s a lot of plotjust not a lot of good plot and are a fan of Sith doing Sith y things then Maul Lockdown may be for yo. And one of the power hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it But first their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden a cannibal gang cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt and an unspeakable alien horror No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live But no one else is the dreaded dark side disciple known as Darth Maul.