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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing the legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.

He's the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin's guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy's lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel--by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin--whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire's supremacy . . . and its enemies' extinction.

Praise for Tarkin

" Tarkin tells a compelling tale of mystery while revealing much about a character who has fueled debate among fans since 1977, as well as the oppressive regime he represents. [James] Luceno has proven once again that the villains of Star Wars are as much fun as the good guys." --New York Daily News

"Another home run in the new canon . . . This is the highest and best distillation of Tarkin stories, old and new, we've ever been given." -- Big Shiny Robot

"A spectacular novel, with the intrigue, action, and profound characterization we have come to expect from the pen of Luceno . . . [ Tarkin ] provides a nuanced, multi-faceted anti-hero who is captivating, ominous, and calculating; in many ways, this is an origin tale of the Empire [and] a fascinating portrait of one of the more popular characters in the Original Trilogy. It may very well be one my favorite Star Wars novels." -- Coffee with Kenobi

"A fascinating look at the pathos of one of the galaxy's most criminally underused characters." -- TheForce.net
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2015
ISBN: 9780553392906
Branch Call Number: PB SCFI LUC
Characteristics: 337 pages. ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Star wars. Tarkin


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May 10, 2019

A great back ground story on a small but pivotal character in the Star Wars universe

Apr 19, 2018

I myself loved Tarkins character from the original movies and this made me love his character even more knowing what he went through to get where he was.

Feb 04, 2018

I loved this book, it fleshed out Tarkin's character nicely and provided a great amount of backstory explaining why he is the ruthless commander that he is! My only regret is that it was not longer, as I feel there is much more to his story.

Aug 26, 2016

This book had its best moments when Sidious and Vader were involved; however, the rest of it was filled with overzealous space jargon and names that are impossible to pronounce.

Feb 03, 2016

I have always admired Tarkin - the one and only Grand Moff. so I had high expectations of this book which looked like it would bridge the gap from the Tarkin of the Clone Wars to the Tarkin that destroyed Alderaan. A good try, but off that mark.

What I was expecting was to further understand the man who was essentially the Empire's key military figure - like an Eisenhower, or von Rundstedt but on a galactic scale.

Instead we get insight into one childhood event and our main story is a relatively small-time game of cat-and-mouse. This should have been called "the Carrion Spike", not "Tarkin".

Nov 22, 2015

Not a bad read but thought it could be better. Had high expectations for it.

Sep 03, 2015

i am not a big fan of Tarken, but even i have to admit this is a great book.

Aug 21, 2015

One of the most surprising reads of the latest canon novels. I expected more of a biography (which it did sort of start off as). However, it also turned into a great back story to the early rise of the Galactic Empire and revealed essential motivations for Emperor Palpatine's drive for power, his reason for ridding the empire of Jedi, and his need for an apprentice. I only wish it were longer!

Dec 27, 2014

Good read. I expected something a little bit different though, more like a biography of Tarkin, and this is more an adventure set about 5 years ABY, with some flashbacks telling about his early childhood. However, the adventure story does take pains to clearly show deep insight into the character. One minor negative comment is the story seems a bit short, buy maybe I just really enjoyed it and wished it was longer LOL.

There's some pretty interesting interactions between Lord Vader and Tarkin made possible by the fact that in hierarchy of the Empire, these guys rank pretty close together so it's nice to see some frank conversations between the two- not just the usual groveling before the Emperor and then turning around and threatening everyone else that Vader usually does.


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