Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Cloak Of Deception Review

Cloak Of Deception
by James Luceno

Review By: Neil Richard

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The plot in Cloak Of Deception fits it’s title. And once again, the Master of Lies (Palpatine) is at it again. There were so many twists and turns and so much manipulation, it’s no wonder the Old Republic gave way to the Empire. Palpatine does it all.

Aside from the generous helping of deception, the book was an average addition to the pre-Phantom Menace era. Valorum is still the Supreme Chancellor, Palpatine is just a lowly Senator, Amidala was just raised to Queen, and Obi-Wan is still apprentice to Qui-Gon.

The biggest thing this book brings to the table is the historical background that leads to the blockade of Naboo. The reader learns of all the manipulating done in the background to maneuver two Jedi to embark on a mission to Naboo. And the rest, they say, is history.

And now to add a little spice to an average read. The Fight For Truth led to Deceptions. The Master Of Disguise waited to spring The Shadow Trap during The Moment Of Truth. There was a Maze Of Deception that would eventually trigger The Cestus Deception. Because of this, the Path To Truth would reveal the Secrets Of The Jedi. Even a Sheild Of Lies could not hide Delusions Of Grandeur from a Traitor.

Obviously there have been many references to deception, lies, and the devious machinations of Palpatine in just titles alone.
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