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Planet by planet, darkness creeps across the galaxy. Among warriors and generals, among ordinary beings living in far-flung worlds, the fear will not go away: We are losing this war. . . .  Anakin Skywalker feels it, too. The Separatist Alliance, with ruthlessness and treachery, is beating the Republic to every strategic target. But after a costly clash with General GrievoPlanet by planet, darkness creeps across the galaxy. Among warriors and generals, among ordinary beings living in far-flung worlds, the fear will not go away: We are losing this war. . . .  Anakin Skywalker feels it, too. The Separatist Alliance, with ruthlessness and treachery, is beating the Republic to every strategic target. But after a costly clash with General Grievous for the planet Kothlis, Anakin has a mission that will focus his anxious mind. Alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi, he is posing as a long-lost native of Lanteeb, an impoverished world on the Outer Rim. This seemingly unimportant planet has drawn the interest of the Seps—and Anakin and Obi-Wan soon discover the disturbing reason: A scientist enslaved by General Lok Durd is drawing on Lanteeb’s one natural resource for a devastating bioweapon. Now Anakin and Obi-Wan have entered the eye of a storm. Their presence has been exposed, Lok Durd’s plans unveiled, and a fight has begun for survival behind enemy lines—and a chance of winning a war that must be fought at any cost....

Title : Stealth
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Stealth Reviews

  • Ron
    2018-10-09 11:04

    Well, this was unique. I've read cover blurbs that give away the set up of the book, but never before have I read one, as Stealth has, which gave away the entire plot. Granted, this book was just a four hundred page setup for the second book of the series, but you'd think they'd leave the reader some suspense.Okay story and writing. Tired of the repetitious Anakin and Obi-Wan arguments. Glad to see Ahsoka growing. Hard to believe only Bail Organa sees Anakin and Padme's relationship, but that's SW canon, so . . . . Interesting that so many of the expended universe novels portray the Jedi as clueless buffoons, if not outright villains.Written like a youth story, rather than adult, but it's hard to tell with the SW universe.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2018-09-17 16:22

    “No matter how bleak things got, or how tempted they were to despair, light would prevail over darkness”The Clone Wars rages on and Obi-Wan and Anakin continue to lead the front-line assaults against the Separatist. But information is coming in of an operation on Lanteeb. Under the nose of Chancellor Palpatine, Bail Organa and Master Yoda send Obi-Wan and Anakin to investigate.I Liked:One thing that has continued to astound me about Karen Miller is her grasp on major characters. When Anakin and Obi-Wan are in her hands, they act and feel like the characters from the movie. Anakin is perfectly tortured, adept and caring while Obi-Wan is nicely struggling with his own set of issues (being a bad master, his relationship to Anakin) and being somewhat aloof.What is even better is how Karen Miller writes the pair together. The movies never quite got the supposed “joking” but “tender” relationship between the pair. Here, it is obvious the two are brothers in arms, yet they have differences of opinions that quite frequently (due to Anakin's impetuous nature and Obi-Wan's more sedate nature) causes them to butt heads. I could believe that these two could joke, then argue, but then be pals all at the same time.I am also impressed with Miller's grasp of Ahsoka and Bail. Ahsoka has always been rather annoying to me from the movie and the TV series. But Miller writes her as a caring, young, naïve apprentice and not the know-it-all Mary Sue from the show. Plus, I really liked how Ahsoka went on a mission with Taria Damsin. Bail is positively brilliant. He continues to leap from the page and become a real person, a real friend to Obi-Wan and a friend to the Jedi.And while I have caveats about it (see below), I actually don't mind the new addition to the list of Obi-Wan's girlfriends. I see no reason why our Jedi couldn't have had multiple liaisons in his life; many people have more than one boyfriend/girlfriend. Heck, many people get married and remarried and married and remarried. Plus, the Jedi only condemn attachment (unfortunately), not a “No strings attached” relationship.I was astonished at how well Miller wrote the beginning action sequence on Kothlis. A lot of writers have one niche, be it characters or action, and they can't move out of it. Miller does a great job capturing the characters and the movement of the battle as well. It was great to read a nice Clone Wars battle. I even liked how Bail, Padme, Obi-Wan and Anakin gather over dinner to talk about Lanteeb. There are far too many secret meetings, hurried transmissions or whatnot that seeing our characters act like people was great.I Didn't Like:As for Miller's original characters, I had a hard time buying them. Taria Damsin wasn't too bad, but she comes perilously close to Mary Sue for my taste (abnormal hair color, abnormal eye color, nearly human alien, dying of an illness that doesn't hinder her abilities whatsoever, a former romantic partner of Obi-Wan...I could go on). Perhaps toning down a few of her characteristics (making her be obviously alien, let her illness actually pull her down and make her fail, making her and Obi-Wan rivals as well as former lovers) might have improved this.The other original character was Bant'era Fharen, who is supposedly a super-smart biochemist. I say “supposedly”, because I could never buy that aspect of her. Firstly, I don't think she was described that well, as I thought she was yet another mid-20's Hollywood scientist, but she actually was a middle aged scientist. Also, and I know this is a problem for writers (I've experienced it myself), but the way Bant'era talks about her “sciency” stuff sounds more like a person trying to act “sciency” than a person who has studied and experimented with science for years. Not to mention, I find her more than a wee bit selfish for putting herself and twelve people over billions.I must admit, this book had me bored to tears at times. After the intense action at the beginning, the book slows down and segues into a Coruscant scene. While it is nicely done, and has a nice dinner sequence with Anakin, Padme, Bail, and Obi-Wan, it just grinds the story to a halt. The pace doesn't quite return until Taria and Ahsoka rescue one of Bant'era's family members, which is about 50 pages from the end. Not a good sign.Also, I was more aware of the “angsting” in this book and thus, I had trouble enjoying aspects. While Obi-Wan and Anakin's relationship is superb, they sometimes break into fights or discussions that overstay their welcome. Yes, we get they argue but love each other. Move on. The most aggravating thing to me was how everyone, and I mean everyone, commented on “how tired” Obi-Wan was and “how he should get some rest” and how Obi-Wan would always deny it and avoid it. Good grief! I can understand once or twice, but to have Anakin, then Yularen, then Ahsoka, then Yoda, then Bail, then Padme bring it get my drift.Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence:Barve, there were a lot of barving instances of “barve” in this book.Taria was a former lover of Obi-Wan. Anakin and Padme have an intimate moment at dinner (no, it's not that intimate).The book begins with a battle sequence on Kothlis that results in several characters (including Obi-Wan) being injured. Lok Durd abuses Bant'era and threatens her family.Overall:After the brilliant Wild Space, Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth doesn't quite live up. There is a bit too much angsting, too much pushing characters beyond the edge of their physical strength, too little movement in plot and action (particularly at the halfway point), and a little too unbelievable characters. Even with these faults, this is much better than a lot of EU, and I will definitely check out the end of this two part series, Siege.

  • Ghostrunner
    2018-10-17 15:10

    Cliffhangers are always annoying, but this book was mostly about Obi-Wan getting progressively more wounded and exhausted and filthy with every new chapter and being very stoic about it while literally every other character yells at him to get medical attention. And I'm very into that.

  • Erika
    2018-10-18 15:15

    Karen Miller’s high regard and curiosity concerning Obi-Wan Kenobi is quite charming. In her second Star Wars book, Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth, every character has a lot to shoulder in the war, even (and especially) Obi-Wan.Ahsoka has more to consider as Anakin’s Padawan than the teachings of the Jedi Order. She cares for his well-being and has learned how to read her Master’s emotions to help herself navigate and deal with his temperament. Anakin struggles with the responsibilities of being the Chosen One. What he feels they should do, what he should do as such a prominent figure, conflicts often with the wider doctrine of the Jedi, not to mention how delicately he juggles his forbidden relationship with Padmé. Obi-Wan still wrestles with his misgivings as a teacher and his emotions over the health of a dear friend. It’s clear, though, that as Bail Organa brings a frightening new element in the war to the Jedi’s attention, this cast of extraordinary beings have rather ordinary problems.All things considered: Obi-Wan and Anakin, for as much as they remain larger than life figures, symbolic of the Jedi Order and its potential, are still forced to deal with their very human emotions and drama. After a harrowing skirmish on Kothlis, Anakin and Obi-Wan are forced to realize they both need some much needed rest. Obi-Wan is still running a bit ragged from his encounter on Zigoola; Anakin and the entire galaxy agree. The pair are sent to Lanteeb anyway--a planet of no consequence until recent Separatist actions pique the Republic’s curiosity. Their physical wounds may be healed, but Anakin and Obi-Wan learn the hard way: some scars never go away.Gambit: Stealth is the first in a two-part mini arc that ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger. While the Lanteeb mission propels the action forward, the dynamic between Anakin and Obi-Wan is the strongest undercurrent of the novel. As Karen Miller reminds us, it’s rare at this point in the timeline for Obi-Wan and Anakin to run around together as they often did as Master and Apprentice. This realization is poignant when Obi-Wan considers his regret over Anakin; he wonders if Anakin ever really learned anything taught to him or if he’ll ever learn. He frequently reminded himself he was no longer Anakin’s Master--that old relationship is over, however much Anakin remains forever respectful of Obi-Wan.Miller strategically removed Ahsoka from the narrative. This helped move us away from just seeing Anakin as a Jedi Knight (with a Padawan) to consider his new role and relationship with Obi-Wan. The two can now face each other as adults, so to speak. Anakin’s undergone his right of passage and, while not an equal yet, is able to meet his former Master’s gaze without the guilt or shame associated with having done something wrong. Obi-Wan’s displeasure is the least thing from his mind. On this new, more level playing field, their dynamic comes to us as a war of values and beliefs.Obi-Wan is the consummate, duty-bound Jedi: cool, professional, objective, detached. Anakin is demonstratively compassionate, always willing to help someone in need; his emotions are close to the surface where Obi-Wan’s are tightly controlled. Anakin always feels the need to be involved. I think what Karen Miller does best--what she showed us in Wild Space--is her talent for creating character studies by placing two disparate personalities together and seeing what happens. In this case, two very different Jedi--one raised traditionally, the other not--ultimately come head-to-head in an argument fundamental to the the job description.Obi-Wan learns quickly that old habits die hard. As he fights the urge to teach lest he offend Anakin’s sensibilities and abilities as a Jedi Knight, he also works to understand the qualities in himself that have made him so different from his former Padawan. I loved the phrase Miller uses when she reminds us, “Obi-Wan Kenobi was a far more complicated man than a first glance would suggest” (p. 386). We learn, too, the dimensions of Obi-Wan’s psyche that are just as warm and inviting as Anakin, but honed through years of rigorous discipline growing up surrounded by other Jedi. Obi-Wan’s emotions are always checked by caution and propriety, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have them. He just deals with them differently. Karen Miller helps make this obvious through many touching scenes where Anakin is characteristically tormented and driven by his feelings, watched by Obi-Wan who must always remind him that the first thing about being a Jedi is prioritizing.The two have never been more different, have never been more in tune to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Miller captures their relationship wonderfully. They banter and feed off each other’s unspoken body language; they disagree and argue over intentions and dogma. Ultimately, they’re very respectful of each other and mindful of the consequences each action or word may bring.I was impressed before with the fresh perspective Miller brought to the Star Wars universe. With Gambit: Stealth she reminds readers what she does best is unearth the mechanics that drive characters like Obi-Wan to act as he does. I don’t think we could ask for a more staunch supporter of such a wry manipulator.As pleased as I was about this book, I am curious about one thing: if Star Wars has skittles, does that mean they have Starburst or Twix bars, too?

  • Dave-Brendon Burgh
    2018-10-01 16:07

    The fact that Karen is a damned good writer and storyteller doesn’t have to be discussed or explained; her Empress trilogy really impressed me, and (as I’ve said to many people) The Falcon Throne is, in my honest opinion, better than what GRRM has given us with ASoIaF. And Karen has written more than one Star Wars novel (The Clone Wars: Wild Space, was her first) and I really enjoyed what she did with Obi-Wan and Bail Organa, but damn, in Stealth, Karen really opened up – I haven’t read any other Star Wars novel which so deeply explores and explains the characters of Obi-Wan and Anakin. Not only is the tale fast-paced, with great action scenes, thrills and intrigue, and true Star Wars-moments, but Karen managed to make it really clear why Obi-Wan and Anakin respected and trusted each other so much, as well as showing us the depth of their bond. When I finished the book (and I still have to read Siege), I was struck with an incredible sadness, because the betrayal’s of Revenge of the Sith hit harder than even George Lucas could achieve (and I’m a huge fan of GL). I kind of wanted to somehow travel to Obi-Wan and Anakin and beg them to disappear, to leave the war and everything else behind. 🙁 Damned good book, and right up there with Star by Star and Traitor.

  • Dale
    2018-10-13 17:09

    I am enjoying how Miller fleshes out the character of Obi Wan. Also, how she (and other authors) flesh out Anakin's fall to the Dark Side. In this book you see the attachments and emotions that drive that fall. If you are a Star Wars dork like I am, this is a great read.

  • Anime Mage
    2018-09-22 15:56

    Introduction:Wow! Another awesome entry in probably one of my favorite series in Star Wars. Just so you know, this book is actually the fourth installment in The Clone Wars series…so I recommend that you read the previous installments before reading this one. So let's get started.Review:Basically the book starts with Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Ashoka and the rest of the 501st Legion going to stop a CIS invasion lead by the infamous General Grievous. The rest of the book focuses on Anakin and Obi-Wan infiltrating the separatist controlled planet of Lanteeb to stop the creation of a bio weapon (which ends up being the main storyline anyways).The first thing I loved about this book was the opening chapters. Holy buckets was it awesome! We get a beautifully written and introspective space battle with Anakin, and and equally deep, intense, and fast-paced ground battle with Obi-Wan and Ashoka and the rest of the clone army. This was probably my favorite part of the book. It just was so awesome! Like that is all I have to describe it. It's very well written, it's really intense, and somehow gave even more depth to what is essentially the deepest characters in Star Wars. I also love that the book had our main heroes fighting at a disadvantage. Basically the CIS had hacked the republic warships such that our main characters couldn't use any sort of communications during the battle. This combined with the stellar writing and voice performance of audio book narrator Jeff Gurner made this battle feel even more intense than it already was. It was just perfect.The second thing I liked about this book was the main storyline itself. I mean…it wasn't quite as awesome as the opening battle, but it was still pretty cool nonetheless. We get to see more insight into the relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan, the world-building pertaining to Lanteeb was pretty cool, and the execution of the overall storyline was pretty engaging. I also liked how the book ended with this really cool action sequence where Anakin and Obi-Wan have to escape from an entire legion of battle droids. That sequence was also pretty awesome. I also like that the battle at the end had alot of callbacks to the Battle of Geonosis (the one from "Attack of the Clones"). The other thing that I liked about this book was that it was able to tie into the TV show in a way that it could still be completely narratively satisfying on its own merits. The problem with the previous installment "Wild Space" was that you were required to watch the show in order to get closure on some of the book's storylines. That is not the case here. "Stealth" does a great job of having connective tissue to the actual show while at the same time telling its own story such that it is complete and narratively satisfying on its own. I also like that this book choose to tie into some of the better episodes of season one this time around...unlike "Wild Space". The episodes that "Stealth" ties into are "Jedi Crash" and "Defenders of the Peace", which I would say were some of my favorite episodes from season one. Just to summarize that story arc, basically Anakin and Ashoka crash land on a primitive planet and fight off a separatist invasion force with the help of the locals. It's a pretty solid story arc in my opinion and I think the book did a great job of tying into it. Now I have a couple gripes with this book. This book brings back one of the minor antagonists from season one: Lok Durd. It's not so much that I have a problem with the character himself. In fact, I would say at this character was an excellent antagonist in this book. He was ruthless, dangerous, and really did a great job of creating tension for our main characters. He was also a fantastic love to hate villain. He is just such a deplorable character that I hoped the Anakin decapitated him like he did with the other Trade Federation leaders in "Revenge of the Sith." (Sadly that doesn't happen). So overall, I found this antagonist to be incredibly effective for the story. However, this wasn't not my problem with him. The problem is that the last time we saw him was in than show in the episode titled "Defenders of the Peace," where at the end he was captured by Anakin and Ashoka. Now bear in mind this book takes place after that particular episode. The problem is that the book doesn't explain how our antagonist escaped after the events of "Defenders of the Peace". Literally, the book gives absolutely zero explanation. I would like to think that Darth Sideous freed him to create problems for the Jedi...yet the book doesn't tell us that though. Sigh. Such a preventable flaw! My second issue I had with this book was that General Grievous does not show up in the open battle despite being one of the most important parts of it. This just felt really weird to me. Why bother using this character if you weren't even going to actually put him in the book? It wasn't a huge gripe since the battle is so great that it didn't really need him. But still, had General Grievous had a lightsaber battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi in this battle...I would have considered this to be my favorite battle in all of Star Wars (being only just beneath the first battle of Geonosis mind you). But still, the battle was awesome.The other problem is that Obi-Wan has a "girlfriend" in this book that hasn't been previously introduced in canon. This is kind of weird, mainly because in both the TV show and the Expanded Universe he already has a girlfriend: Siri Tachi for Expanded Universe and Duchess Satine for the TV series. So the book adding in another girlfriend to Obi-Wan's roster just felt really odd. It kind of makes Obi-Wan seem like a hypocrite. Obi-Wan is supposed to be the perfect jedi, so he's not supposed to have attachments. In other words, having even one girlfriend is too much...if the prequel era is anything to go by. So having Obi-Wan having a third girlfriend would be kind of flying in the face of that. So Anakin can't have Padmé, but Obi-Wan can have three girlfriends?! WTF!! Why the book just didn't use Dutchess Satine or Siri instead is an absolute mystery to me. The girlfriend that the book uses isn't poorly written or agitating or anything like that... but it kind of bothered me nonetheless. The dumb thing is that the girlfriend in the story doesn't even add anything in hindsight. Had she just either been replaced by a pre-existing girlfriend or been completely erased all together, the book wouldn't of changed all that much. Granted, I liked her story line marginally and I also liked her dynamic with Ashoka. But still… It was an issue.However, the last thing about this book that bothered me was that Lucasfilm essentially divided this storyline into two parts. I heard from somewhere that originally both this book and its sequel ("Siege") were supposed to be one book. However, Lucasfilm decided that this book's storyline should be divided over the course of two books instead of just being one. As a result they probably had to add some filler so that this could be a full length book. This kind of shows. The pacing towards the middle parts of the book was kind of slow. It wasn't boring or anything, but I noticed that the pacing was much lower than it was compared to both the beginning and ending chapters. However, had both Stealth and Siege been one book, I feel like that this book's pacing would have a tremendously improved. However, this didn't completely destroyed the book for me or anything, mainly because the book remained fun from start to finish.Final verdict:Overall, this was a pretty good book. It was fun, action-packed, and was exceedingly well written. The audio narrator once again did a great job as he did with previous entries in the series. In spite of its many issues, I thought this was a pretty good book. I give it a 3.72/5 stars - another solid entry in my favorite line of Star Wars novels.

  • victoria.p
    2018-09-20 17:01

    Enjoyable Anakin and Obi-Wan banter and hijinks, with some occasionally painful foreshadowing.

  • Nicole
    2018-09-26 11:09

    Last things first: the cliffhanger is flarging mean. Leaving them in that state, even for book one of two? Ouch.Although because this is a book that cannot alter the ultimate fate of the two characters in question and because I have a bunch of stuff on my plate and coming up soon, I am not going to run out and immediately score part two. Hopefully, I'll get to it before I forget too much, though.The depth of character development, of emotion, in this book impressed me. The author really gets into the character's heads. What she does makes Anakin's eventual fall seem all the worse. The dialogue is brilliant. While I could hear the actors saying the words in my mind, those words were also better than what was in the movies--how the characters we know and love (or however we feel about them) should speak.The author's descriptions of the Jedi use of the Force, the way they exist within it, are right up there with the best depictions I've ever seen, up there with Matthew Stover and Steven Barnes. The way Anakin and Obi-Wan work together never sounded better.The situations/plot--okay, it's Clone Wars, it's the threat of a weapon of mass destruction (in this case, a biological weapon and thankfully not another version of a Death Star)--nothing that surprising. But things keep moving. And I'm not sure if this is the reaction the author was going for; but despite being given reasons to feel sympathy for Dr. Fhernan, the Corellian scientist the bad guys pushed to create the weapon under some pretty awful circumstances, I still don't like her--and it's not just because of what she decides to do about the Jedi. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

  • Barb
    2018-09-20 13:17

    May the Fourth be with you! It’s unfortunate that the Ahsoka Tano character (Anakin’s Padawan) was ever created, but that isn’t Miller’s fault. Luckily, Ahsoka isn’t in the novel too much. I really liked Miller’s first SW novel, Wild Space, but felt the first third of the book didn’t need to be there. It’s the same in this case: the scene on the ship sets up only part of the plot, and is longer than necessary. The rest of the story follows Anakin and Obi-Wan as they investigate a hunch by Bail Organa on a distant planet. I very much liked the relationship that Obi-Wan and Bail developed in Wild Space, but the portrayal of Obi-Wan’s relationship with Anakin in Stealth seems really contrived; their dialogue seems forced, with Obi-Wan being bitchy and Anakin being the immature teenager – even though he is now a full-fledged Jedi Knight. I also didn’t realize that this was the first of a 2-parter, and definitely isn’t a stand-alone novel.

  • Donna
    2018-10-08 13:13

    2 stars for the story plus 1 star for the audio.This was just okay for me. I'm no expert on Star Wars, let alone Star Wars books. I can only say I've watched the movies and I have read one book. So with that little disclaimer, I didn't love this. It read like youth fiction. With teenagers, I have read a lot of YF over the years and some of it is very well written, so I'm not slamming YF by throwing this book into it. I was just so tired of Anakin and his constant whining. It never ended. That annoyance bled into everything including the discord between Anakin and Obi-Wan. That too was so over done. There were a few other characters, as well, who suffered from Anakin's same affliction. I wish the dialog didn't fall flat because that would have helped the character development.

  • Molly
    2018-09-17 11:24

    I love star wars books and this was no exception! The relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan is always fun to follow.

  • Katrin von Martin
    2018-10-06 16:06

    It's been a while since I've read a Clone Wars era novel. "Cone Wars Gambit: Stealth" by Karen Miller seems a little different from the books I've read in the past. Spoilers follow. The book starts off with a bang by throwing the reader right into the beginning of an exciting battle over the planet of Kothlis. Anakin, Obi-Wan, Ahsoka, and the rest of the Republic fleet dispatched to defend the planet's important Spynet soon make the horrifying discovery that General Grievous has blocked their communications. With their communication systems down, the Jedi must rely on their skills and intuition to coordinate the battle in the air as well as on the ground. After the grueling encounter, Kothlis is saved by the Republic, but the fleet is badly damaged and needs to return to Coruscant for repairs. While Ahsoka goes with the wounded clone troopers, Anakin and Obi-Wan head to Coruscant for some much needed rest. There, they are approached by Bail Organa, who wants them to head to the planet Lanteeb, a seemingly unimportant mining planet that has been taken by the Separatists. Upon arriving at the captured planet, the Jedi discover that there is more at stake than initially realized: Lanteeb's only profitable mineral, damotite, is being used to develop a bioweapon by an unwilling scientist, Bant'era Fhernan, and the despicable General Lok Durd. They soon find themselves trapped, unable to get off the planet and pushing themselves to their limit to escape the Separatists at every turn. The plot itself is very appropriate for a Clone Wars novel, focusing on one planet and how it affects the outcome of the war overall. The ruthless desperation of the Separatists, as well as the diminishing hope of the Republic is very well portrayed and there always seems to be the sense that something bigger is brewing on almost every front, be it combat or politics. Miller seems to have a good grasp of what's going on in the Galaxy Far Far Away and how even a seemingly insignificant planet could impact everyone.However, that being said, the book feels very unfinished; I get the sense that this was initially meant to be one book that was stretched into two...and it shows. Certain plot elements that are brought up early, such as the communications jam and the infiltration of the Republic's shipyards, seem to be forgotten about halfway through the story and are never resolved. The novel ends on a cliffhanger with Anakin and Obi-Wan escaping into the darkness after a harrowing ambush. Simply put, nothing is really resolved. Sure, in a duology there are unresolved plotlines that carry from one book to the next, but usually each book accomplishes something. This one seems to be largely setup: the beginning and part of the middle of a story, but no end. This isn't a short book - it's 395 pages long, and it doesn't feel like there's quite enough story here to adequately fill the pages.The pacing also proves to bog the story down. The opening is truly exciting; Miller really excels at writing both space battles and ground combat. Every author has their writing niche, so to speak, and this very much seems to be Miller's. The ending is also fast-paced and action-packed, as are a few other encounters peppered throughout "Stealth." Between these sections, though, the story gets very boring. Although the time spent on Coruscant is important, it lasts way longer than it should. Many pages are devoted to the characters sharing their feelings and rehashing arguments; it quickly becomes tiresome to hear the same things rehearsed again and again by the same characters and the book would have been better (and shorter) had some of this been edited out. There were times when I was eagerly tearing through the pages, needing to know what happens next; alternatively, there were also instances where I had to put the book down because I was too bored with yet another discussion or seeming filler event.In regards to canon characters, Miller does a fantastic job with getting their psyche and characteristics down. Anakin is perfectly tortured, talented, and caring about all that are under his command; he continues to be haunted by the death of his mother and his slaughtering the Sand People on Tatooine. Obi-Wan faces his own issues and doubt concerning how good of a master he was to Anakin. The relationship they share is wonderfully captured here: they joke with one another and sometimes fight, yet it is clear that they have a tender, brotherly bond. There are a lot of great moments with these two. My one complaint would be that they're a little too quick to share their feelings with one another, which leads to the issue of oft-repeated discussions bogging down the story. Otherwise, these two are given a portrayal that is very much in-character.The other canon characters are also accurately presented. Miller seems to like Bail Organa, which is great since she writes him so well (and I don't recall seeing him in too many books before this). Padme seems more or less true to her character. I haven't run across Ahsoka in any of the novels yet and haven't watched the "Clone Wars" television series, so I have no idea how her portrayal measures up (I personally didn't care for her, but that possibly isn't Miller's fault). There were very few disappointments as far as the canon characters were concerned; they were a joy to read!The author's original characters, however, aren't quite as easy to buy as the canon characters. There seemed to be a running theme with the original characters: they were taken slightly too far. Taria Damsin struck me as a Mary Sue, which made reading about her unbearable sometimes. She's one of Obi-Wan's former girlfriends, has oddly coloured hair, oddly coloured eyes, is a member of an alien species that looks very similar to humans, is very adept in what she does, is tragically ill with a disease that doesn't seem to affect her abilities, and has a quirky attitude that people love. My issue with her is that she has too much going on; had Miller picked a couple of these traits and toned down the rest, Taria may have been an interesting character. Instead, she's yet another painfully overdone female in the "Star Wars" universe.The other prominent author-added character, Bant'era Fharen, is slightly more interesting. She's a scientist, captured by Lok Durd and forced to work on his bioweapon. She struggles with the events of her capture and losing loved ones as well as the guilt over working on such a terrible project. Though Bant'era manages to put things right in the end, she suffers a lot before that point. While perhaps not the best character to grace the Galaxy of Far Far Away, she demonstrated enough internal turmoil to be interesting in this setting. Unfortunately, the trend of going too far emerged with Doctor Fharen, too: a lot of what Bant'era actually says comes off as a person "trying" to be a scientist, rather than someone who really is a scientist. I've known plenty of scientists, and none of them speak with as much jargon as Bant'era frequently uses. With both of her original characters, Miller went a bit overboard with trying to convince us that they were special in some way, rather than letting the characters speak for themselves.I haven't read the author's other Clone Wars novels and, as I said earlier, I haven't seen the "Clone Wars" television series, so I have no idea if Lok Durd is Miller's creation or not. I found him to be taken a little too far, as well. Obviously, he's not the mastermind behind the Separatist plots, but I found it difficult to believe that he could orchestrate anything with how easily he flew into a rage and lashed out at everything around him. Also, why are all Nemoidians incompetent?On a random note, everyone seems to use the word "barve" at the drop of a hat. It doesn't matter who is speaking or whom is being spoken about, but "barve" is used by practically every character to describe an antagonist. It simply doesn't read particularly smoothly when every character is using this same word (Bail, Padme, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and others).Overall, "Stealth" is hardly the worst "Star Wars" book out there, but it's also not the best. It's entertaining and has some amazingly written action scenes, but the novel often felt like it was initially meant to be one novel that had been expanded into two. The pacing is a bit off with some characters rehearsing the same discussions over and over. Miller has a great grasp on the canon characters, but her original characters are a bit much. I can certainly say this: I'm eager to read the second book in the duology. A solid 3 stars. This review is also posted on

  • Ben Yandle
    2018-09-30 13:20

    I enjoyed Miller's last Star Wars book Clone Wars: Wild Space. It examined and built up the relationship between Obi-Wan and Bail Organa which wasn't a very touched upon are. In my opinion she did an excellent job of showing the human and beyond human aspects of the characters in a tough situation. This book attempted to apply that same formula to a relationship that is already very heavily explored and the portrayal comes across as out of character. I do feel like she is good with less explored characters though. Her development of Bail in Wild Space was interesting, and her new character of Taria Damsin was one I would like to see more of.I did not really like this book very much, but I felt like giving it one star was too harsh because it was competently written. My problem with this book stems from the character portrayal of Anakin and to a lesser extent Obi-Wan. Anakin was pretty much chanting about having to get them, the droids, all a couple times. It felt very off for him. He also seemed to be subjected to the wildest and quickest mood swings. Anakin was always kind of a moody character but this was just too much. His interactions with Obi-Wan tended to be made purely of snarky sarcasm or anger. There were just some really bizaree things in this book that suddenly became a big deal1)Jedi apparently can't lie. This is touched on a bunch towards the middle and end of the book. Anakin and Asoka, in separate situations are really bothered by the fact that they will have to lie to get something done. The even go far to say that Jedi don't lie, which is wrong. The amount of times a Jedi lies or manipulates the truth in this book a lot is more than I even tried to keep up with. Anakin is living a lie so him getting all angsty about it makes it even more nonsensical2) Anakin's time as a slave is suddenly weighing on him so much harder than it ever has before. It is brought up multiple times, including a whole "you wouldn't know because you never had to live that life" kind of moment that he spits at Obi-Wan in one of his all to frequent moments of rage.There were two other small things that bothered me but I might jsut be my nerd brain saying " hold on a second". At one point Obi-Wan calls him Master Skywalker. This was one of the few times they didn't seem to sound sarcastic at each other. I remember it being kind of a big deal that in the third Movie/Book ***SPOILERS *** that he was put on the council and not made a master. He was really angry about that ***SPOILERS END ***. I can't figure out why that was done. The second small thing that bothered me was at the end ***SPOILERS*** they end up falling into a trap filled with battle droids that they describe as being like that of Geonosis. I understand that they are important characters but the fact that they survive( with minimal injury) a battle, while exhausted and borderline starved, that like a 150+ fresh Jedi died in seems rather ridiculous ***SPOILERS END***

  • Darryl Dobbs
    2018-09-23 12:12

    Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth and Clone Wars Gambit: SeigeIn this two-novel set, Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi pose as natives on the planet of Lanteeb in order to confirm suspicions that the Separatists are close to creating a bioweapon. They confirm that it is indeed the case, but are very nearly killed when they are discovered. They wind up in a mining village several days of travel from the city (and the bioweapon plant) and end up saving the village. Granted, droids attacked the village because of them, but the villagers were mining materials for the bioweapon – unbeknownst to them – and their eventual death was inevitable anyway. After all, the raw materials would have eventually done the trick. Anyway, a great pair of books with lots of action and more displays of Anakin’s power and brilliance. I do, however, tire of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s fighting. They argue for the sake of arguing. I know that Karen Miller (the author) is trying to continue the growth of the Dark Side in Anakin and show both the love and the friction between the two Jedi, but it was a little much here (actually, it’s a little much in all the books).

  • Patrick
    2018-10-14 18:19

    This is fun. Karen Miller isn't my favorite Star Wars author because she tends to be a little loosey-goosey, tell-don't-show with characterization. But these two novels were good and I liked the variety of characters. I like getting Sidious and the dark characters' points of view along with the good. I like the continuing Clone Wars discussion/critique of compassion vs. Jedi detachment, right for the individual vs. right for the whole.

  • Ian Reay
    2018-10-08 18:11

    Great undercover Jedi story, setting up some great moments of Anakin and Obi-Wan having to act from the shadows and the clear philosophical conundrums that places these two Jedi in. One of the best written villains in EU Clone Wars novelizations. Karen Miller deserves a place among the great SW serial novelists!

  • Jenny
    2018-09-27 15:14

    This is story from the Clone Wars...Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi end up going undercover on the planet of Lanteeb in order to investigate a possible bioweapon. I enjoyed reading more about the character make-up of both of these characters. Plus the book reflects how powerful the Jedis were during this time period.

  • Rachel
    2018-09-28 11:17

    This turned out to be a pretty good read, even if it did take me more than 2 years to finish it. I liked the banter and even the arguing between Obi-Wan and Anakin. It gave some foreshadowing of things to come. It will be interesting to see how this turns out in book 2.

  • Aaron Kimpton
    2018-10-07 13:00

    Again great weekend read.

  • Lotten
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  • Jared
    2018-09-27 18:05

    Star Wars Legends Project #133Background: Stealth was written by Karen Miller and published in February of 2010. This is the first of Miller's duology within the five-book "Clone Wars" series of adult novels (she also wrote one of the other three).Stealth takes place during the Clone Wars, 21-22 years before the Battle of Yavin, some time after the events of the episode "Defenders of Peace" from the first season of The Clone Wars TV series. The main characters are Obi-Wan and Anakin with major roles played by Ahsoka, Padme, Bail Organa, and the Neimoidian Separatist General Lok Durd. Most of the action takes place on the Bothan colony world of Kothlis, on Coruscant, and on the distant backwater planet Lanteeb.Summary: The Clone Wars rage on and morale in the Core Worlds is running dangerously low. When Separatists infiltrate the Republic shipyards and infect the fleet with a virus that can shut down Republic communications, Anakin and Obi-Wan only narrowly avert a disastrous defeat. There is little time to celebrate, however, after Bail Organa learns that the Separatists have absorbed a totally insignificant planet in a remote corner of space with no possible tactical or political use, and they must go undercover to find out why. The mission brings them face to face with an old enemy, and a grave, imminent threat to the Republic's very existence that may be beyond the power of even the Jedi's greatest heroes to quell.Review: Karen Miller is a pretty good writer, no doubt, but this story is handicapped right out of the gate by something that really had nothing to do with her: Gambit was meant to be the 4th story in the 5-book series mentioned above, with the 5th to be written (like the 1st and the 3rd) by Karen Traviss. Then, The Clone Wars animated series decided to introduce a storyline involving the Mandalorians that raised significant continuity issues with Traviss's ongoing Republic Commando series of novels, and she decided to quit the franchise.The storyline in question was fairly inconsequential and unquestionably inferior to the Traviss material it spoiled, and it left dangling several plot threads she was in the process of resolving, so that's all very annoying, but it's neither here nor there at the moment. The key point to this review is that Traviss's abrupt departure left the publisher casting about for a novel to fill the open spot in this series. The solution they settled on was to ask Miller to expand the story she was working on for Gambit into a two-novel arc, of which this is the first volume.I have no idea what point Miller was at in the writing process when the plan changed, but she ended up taking a story idea initially slated to fill 350-400 pages and stretching it to nearly 800, and that's pretty evident in this first half of the duology. It takes a good third of the novel to even introduce the main idea that's supposed to be the actual thrust of the narrative, and there's some pretty obvious foot-dragging that a single novel version wouldn't have bothered with.The way Miller writes dialogue is one of the most distinctive things I noticed about her previous Star Wars novel. She's very good at spinning out long conversations that feel very natural and in-character . . . but the flip-side (and this was particularly evident in a novel that felt so padded) is that sometimes those conversations between characters feel like they've gotten away from her, like she doesn't know how to bring them to a natural conclusion so they just keep responding back and forth long past the point when the purpose of the conversation has been accomplished.That's pretty forgivable, however . . . but there's one additional feature of this novel that I can't give a pass: Jedi Master Taria Damsin. People who write Star Wars novels often like to try and leave their mark on the galaxy with the addition of a memorable character or three. Some writers are particularly good at this, others much less so . . . and while there are some really lousy characters that various authors have attempted to introduce into the continuity, I'm not sure I've ever run into an attempt that annoyed me as much as Taria. And it's not because she's a bad character or a badly-written character. She's not. It's the flagrant way that she does not belong in the timeline, and knowing that Miller knows better than to try and pull it off.Taria Damsin is one of Obi-Wan's peers within the Jedi order, one of his closest friends for decades, and a woman with whom he was romantically involved and for whom he nearly left the Jedi Order. There are two incredibly annoying problems with this:First, Taria appears in these two books and in these two books alone. She has never been mentioned before and never will be again. That's not enough to get us to believe that Obi-Wan has a long, close connection with this person that we've somehow never heard of before.Second, and more significantly this is the third woman Obi-Wan nearly left the Jedi Order for . . . What the hell, Obi-Wan? You are officially way worse than Anakin. Obi-Wan's official (and, in my head-canon, only) old flame is Siri, of course. Their relationship was developed across multiple series and the fallout from it eventually paid off in a brilliant and moving way. And I know that Miller is aware of all this because she directly referenced it in her previous novel while she was dealing with Anakin and Padme's relationship (which she did extremely well). But then "The Clone Wars" introduced another old flame, Duchess Satine of Mandalore, who appeared across about a dozen episodes beginning in the 2nd season. And not caring a great deal about things like the existence of Siri is the sort of thing I expect from a TV show, so that's whatever . . . but then Miller comes along and pops Taria out and there's just no excuse for that nonsense.Now, to be fair, I see that Satine was first introduced in an episode that aired less than a month before this novel was released, so I assume Miller conceived of Taria with no knowledge of Satine . . . but she darn well knew all about Siri, and that's enough. Taria doesn't have a whole lot to do in this novel, but the minor role she does play feels like it totally cheapens the Siri storyline that came before, and for what? I'm not sure, but it wasn't worth it.I really struggled to finish this book, and I'm not sure what kind of payoff it would take in the second to make me feel it was worthwhile, or that the decision to expand the story to two novels was worth it. It's not a bad story, or badly written, but it became a chore.C-

  • Jorge de la Vega
    2018-10-12 17:24

    Karen Miller has a knack for fleshing out existing characters beyond the parameters of what we already knew about them from other media, and without making it needless add-ons. She builds on the foundations of the characters and examines them deeply so as to make their development and progression organic. This, when coupled with a very in-universe story true to the feel of the Clone Wars TV series it spun from makes for a fun, thrilling ride, all the while remaining more complex and, yes, mature than the TV series would've allowed for. It's a surprisingly jarring tale about the war, and the lengths to which both sides would go to win it. Not to mention the author continues to shift paradigms by presenting a grayer Jedi Order, showcasing the many flaws in their ideologies which would, eventually, lead to their downfall despite them being at the pinnacle of their strength. And the cliffhanger is perfectly executed, too! Now for the concluding volume of both this duology and, sadly, the Clone Wars spin-off novel series.

  • Cindy
    2018-10-08 10:16

    Really nice take on Obi-wan and Anakin's friendship. Made what happens in A New Hope all the more painful.

  • Thomas
    2018-10-09 18:07

    The Clone Wars are still raging, and Karen Miller returns with another book set among the battle. She returns to Bail Organa's underground informants with Stealth, this time having them tell him about a remote planet, Lanteeb, that's been overtaken by Dooku. Obi-Wan and Anakin are sent to infiltrate the planet and discover what makes it so important to the Sith.That's a decent summary of the story, which is about half of what you would learn from the blurb on the back of the book. In fact, the blurb takes us through to page 350 or so, in a book that's 395 pages long. Also, the book moves along at a nice clip, enough so that as you near page 380, you'll wonder how everything is going to wrap up. It doesn't. This book is one half of the story, and ends on a cliffhanger that's about as bad as the one in The Matrix Reloaded.What I liked about Miller's first Clone Wars book was her characterization skills, which are present in this novel, too. I had some quibbles with the story, but her characters felt real and realized. There was one character near the end of the book who was rather insufferable, which was unfortunate, since she was supposed to be a sympathetic character. Also, her antagonist was a bit over the top, enough so to strain my suspension of disbelief. I think she's drawing on the cartoon with that character, though, so I'm willing to let that slide; the other character, though, needed some work.I had a hard time accepting that Obi-Wan and Anakin would be sent on this mission, since they're two of the most recognizable Jedi in the galaxy. It's even mentioned at one point in the story, though it's not addressed. Given the risks involved, it makes sense to send experienced Jedi instead of, say, Ahsoka, but why the two of them? Surely there were other, less recognized Jedi they could have sent.It's inevitable that the Expanded Universe books will contain some anachronisms, though Miller, for the most part, does a good job with immersing the reader in the universe. The roads and buildings are ferrocrete, and the windows are transparisteel, as they are in every other book, but in this book she references their cotton clothes. It seemed like an odd reference to make, and like the penny in Bid Time Return, it threw me right out of the story.The story is decent, and feels more like a story than some of Luceno's books (his strike me as more "look how much I know about Star Wars" than actual stories), but I didn't like this one as much as Wild Space. And I see that I summed up Wild Space as being a "decent read" that could have been better. Maybe Siege, or Stealth: Part Two, will bring this novel into better focus.

  • Eric Sullenberger
    2018-09-22 14:13

    Normally when there are a small group of books in a series I review them together. However, I'm going to make an exception this time because these two books were so different. Because The Clone Wars novels covered so much real-world time there seems to be at least two distinct sets. The first are the novels that came out after the release of Episode II and this window continued untilThe Clone Wars animated movie came out. At this point there became a second set of novels and this one falls into this set. I might be reading too much into it, but it seems to me that there might also be a division within that second set. One is between the release of the cartoon movie and the second sub-set is after the release of the spin-off animated TV series. If this second sub-set does exist this novel falls nicely into it.The Clone Wars novels seem to be a big mix of good or really bad. This novel is the first the I would call great. There is good action, high stakes, mystery, and intrigue. Furthermore, it focuses on Obi-Wan and Anakin, instead of a book being made to spotlight the Jedi-of-the-novel, that I have complained about in the earlier Clone Wars novels. And really, it is the first time we see the two of them together for any significant length of time in the Clone Wars novels.The action of the novel focuses on infiltrating a Separatist controlled planet to disrupt the development of another biological weapon. In addition to having real, suspenseful action which is hard to do when you know the main characters are going to survive because sequels have already been made [Episode III], there is a descent amount of humor and a great cliffhanger at the end. If it wasn't for the book sequel being so bad this would probably be my favorite Clone Wars era novel, but the sequel kind of ruined the whole thing.

  • Patrickderaaff
    2018-09-27 13:00

    A fine book about friendship. Karen Miller did another excellent job. A secret mission finds Anakin and Obi-Wan together during the Clone Wars, but now as equals instead of Master and Padawan. A fact Obi-Wan sometimes forgets, which is understandable. Ahsoka is not along for the ride, so the dynamic of Anakin and Obi-Wan’s friends/brother relationship has proper time to shine. And it does! Karen Miller is excellent at writing Star Wars characters, not just Anakin and Obi-Wan, but also Padmé, Bail and Ahsoka. I never saw the animated Clone Wars movie or the TV series, and I don’t plan to. But from what I read on the net, Ahsoka is quite annoying in it. In this book, she is not. I found her quite likeable actually. The novel started with a big battle in space, so I was worried that more battles would follow, since I really do not enjoy reading about big battles. Luckily this was not the case. The open end of the book did not bother me; this is to be expected with a duology. The interaction between the characters on Coruscant and Lanteeb was interesting and never got boring.And now, on to part 2!

  • DC
    2018-10-08 18:12

    The annoyance at all the colons necessary for the title of this book pretty much sums up how I feel about the book itself: ambivalent. There's an interesting story line, some thought provoking interactions between Anakin and Obi-Wan, some good getting into each of these main characters' heads, and even some nice little turns of phrase in describing stuff that makes me think "that was pretty."There's also a whole lot of the 1st half of this book that seems to have no bearing on the second half. Will this be brought together in volume two of this series? One can only hope, but it feels pretty contrived at the moment. And Miller's over use of sentence fragments as a literary device has worn me thin. It's a device I like a lot, actually - can really add some serious or humorous emphasis... but when it appears in pretty well every paragraph? Yeah... it looses the ability to add emphasis and just annoys.

  • Ernest
    2018-10-14 10:17

    A tie-in book to the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, this book takes Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi to a remote planet to investigate why the Separatist Alliance would be interested in such a place and whether thoughts of a bioweapon are true. The first two-thirds of the book were solid, if largely unremarkable. The last third of the book significantly picked up and it was there that Miller was able to pick up the pace and really move things along. Throughout the book, the characterisation of the two main Jedi was done reasonably well, in contrast to the characterisation of some newer, non-film original were felt a little flat.Although I would neither recommend nor not recommend this book to others, it was a reasonable book, worth my time having now finished it and the ending pulls one into the following book well.

  • Sarah
    2018-10-04 14:00

    Finally! Someone who loves Obi Wan Kenobi as much as I do. Ms. Miller definitely favors him in her writings. She has done this in a previous book as well. Hopefully she will continue to do so. :-)Anyway, this is the first book in the Star Wars: Clone Wars Gambit duology. This is a story line that is unique in the Star Wars universe. I have yet to read anything else within this universe that has to deal with a biological weapon. Which I find very interesting. There has been much told of the technology in the galaxy far, far away but nothing with the chemical possibilities. As always, Obi Wan and Anakin appear to be more brotherly and argue as such. I found this book intriguing and hope that you will too. I am excited to read the conclusion.