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[This story occurs during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 44 and 40 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[ The Only Witness ]

Paperback Youth Novel
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The Only Witness
Jude Watson
Scholastic Books
Story published as:
Paperback Youth Novel (2002)

If you have read this book, please rate it:
1 review [Average review score: 2.5 / 5]

An evil crime family controls the fate of a planet. Only one witness can bring them down, someone from the inside. In order to make it off the planet to testify, she's going to need the protection of the Jedi.
Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi take the assigment, thinking it will be easy. But nothing is ever easy when cime is concerned, and soon the two Jedi are entangled in a violent web of power, corruption, and lies. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan know their allegiance is to the witness. But can
she be trusted?

This story occurs approximately 8 years before the events of The Phantom Menace (40 years before the Battle of Yavin).

Related Stories (in chronological order):

Review by Bones, UK, 2011:

"After Qui-Gonís brush with the dark side in the previous novel, he and his Padawan are sent to escort a witness to Coruscant to testify against a crime syndicate. The plot really is as banal as it sounds and the events are relatively insignificant as Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon are thrown into yet another detective chase. We are introduced to yet another group of characters that have little to no emotional connectivity and the story rambles through one time-filling event after another.
"The purpose on this occasion is to allow Qui-Gon to mope (and sadly, I do mean mope) about the death of Tahl. Obi-Wan pointlessly becomes infatuated with the titular witness and his Master alternates between persistent paranoia and deep empathy with his new ward, neither of which really help to propel the story.
"This series has slipped from being an insightful commentary on the relationship between Master and Padawan to being really rather commonplace and uninteresting. The book itself is well-written and it does have a rather nice cameo by Jocasta Nu, but it just doesnít have any spark to it (mainly on account of listening to a Jedi Master moping)."

Rating: 2.5 / 5

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