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Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

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The Cestus Deception
Steven Barnes
Del Rey [US]
Arrow Books
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2004)
Audio Book (2004, 2007)
Paperback Novel (2005)
e-Book (2005)

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1 review [Review score: 3 / 5]

Ord Cestus, a planet mostly barren and inhospitable to life, was first colonized as a prison world until a handful of hardy pioneers discovered its rich ore deposits and managed to build up a successful droid-manufacturing industry. But when the Clone Wars erupted, bringing severe rationing of imported resources and a Republic ban on the production of battle droids, Ord Cestus was threatened with imminent economic collapse.
Enter the Confederacy of Independent Systems, the Separatists, with a life-saving offer to purchase a generous quantity of the planetís most lucrative export: bio-droids. Possessed of tactical capabilities that rival the fighting abilities of even the most advanced Jedi, these sophisticated, techno-organic hybrid units would prove a most formidable weapon if ever deployed for military use. And now the Confederacyís intention to invest in what amounts to an army of bio-droids has sent ripples of alarm through the highest echelons of the Republic government.
Determined to halt the bio-droid sale, but fearing a show of force will result in a political backlash, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine dispatches a team of envoys, led by Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. Their mission: persuade Ord Cestusís government to abandon its dealings with the Confederacy, whilst secretly stirring up revolution among the planetís struggling underclass. Diplomacy is paramount. But if all else fails, the Republic will not hesitate to launch a full-scale attack and wipe out not only the means of bio-droid production, but countless lives as well, to demonstrate the consequences of disloyalty.
For Obi-Wan, the prospect of such wholesale slaughter only serves to fuel his growing suspicions about the sinister path the Republic seems to be taking. But the brash Jedi Master Kit Fisto and the detachment of clone soldiers assigned to the mission are ready and willing to do the Supreme Chancellorís bidding. As the leaders of Ord Cestus refuse to capitulate and Palpatine rapidly loses patience, Obi-Wanís hopes of a peaceful resolution are dwindling. Now, facing a crisis of conscience, Obi-Wan must find the wisdom and strength to prevent a bloodbath and safeguard the Republic, while abiding by the ancient code to which he has pledged his life.

The paperback version includes the e-book The Hive by Steven Barnes.

This story occurs 1 year after the Battle of Geonosis, approximately 21 years before the Battle of Yavin.

Related Stories (in chronological order):

  • The Cestus Deception
  • The Hive by Steven Barnes

Review by Darth Kondorr, Poland, 2014:

"The Cestus Deception is an overall good book, that seems to be the perfect mix of a Jedi centric book and a Travis Clone Commando book. I liked how many of the characters are spot on (maybe Kit Fisto seemed a bit off), but what seemed odd, that at the same time the characterization of organisations seemed off. For example it seemed to me, that the Jedi, especially Obi, were to quick to resort to deception, lies and manipulation as a weapon of war. I was under the impression the Jedi despise these things and would not use them at all. The Chancellor also seems to aggressive.
"I also have always problems, when we have to many insectoid races in Star Wars, they simply do not seem really "starwarsy" to me.
"But besides these nitpicks, that are responsible for the lower score I really enjoyed this book. Obi Wan is himself, although uneasy in the role, that was laid upon him, the Clones are really interesting and one of them has a special story thread that seemed like overreaching to me at start, but then really developed into a great part of the overall story (Jangotat and Sheeka).
"In the end this was a perfectly skippable but enjoyable read."

Rating: 3 / 5

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