Old Friends: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kit Fisto, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine
New Faces: Assaj Ventress, Advanced Recon Commando A-98, Sheeka Tull, Regent Duris, Fizzik and Trillot
Places: Coruscant, and Ord Cestus
Review: As a fan of the SW books (I have all books in paperback, including the "Essential Guide To..." book), I was excited to get the new novel and take some quality time to read it.
Was I ever disappointed with this book. For once in my life, I put the book down on page 117, not even bothering to finish it. I never do that, I usually put it down, start a new book and then go back to it. Most times that works, but this book I couldn't stand the writing style or the plot so I decided to give up on it completely.
I think my problem was that I didn't like the clones of Episode 2. I didn't like their story in the movie and I thought a book might be different but I was wrong.
This book has a tendency to jump from Obi-Wan's quest for diplomatic solutions on this planet to Kit Fisto and the clones trying to organize a potential rebellion/uprising. The author didn't spend much time on either story before switching to the other story, not giving the reader time to develop a "realtionship" with either plot.
If you're a fan of Obi-Wan, Kit Fisto or the clones, by all means read this book. Beware though, if you like any of the bigger characters, like Anakin, this book is not for you as he leaves by page 3.
Title: The Cestus Deception