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The Cestus Deception

(Star Wars: Clone Wars #3)

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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  3,522 ratings  ·  113 reviews
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 Ce ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published June 2nd 2005 by Arrow Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Crystal Starr Light
Ord Cestus is an out-of-the-way planet that the Republic reneged on their payments with. Which turns out to be a bad thing when the planet begins negotiations with the Separatists over a new droid, a JK or "Jedi Killer". Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto are sent with Doolb Snoil and ARC trooper, A-98 "Nate", to repair the situation.

While listening to this audiobook, I ended up with quite a few notes. I'll let my notes speak for themselves:

1. Yay, Kit Fisto is in a novel! And his lightsaber form is F
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Nicole
Jul 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: julia Andersen, Paul Bennett, other Star Wars fans
Recommended to Nicole by: Cilghal2
Well-written, with fully realised characters. Even made me forget at times that the alien race in question is basically a bunch of overgrown bugs. But that's one difference between the page and the screen. The story is an interesting study of duty and honour. The author really gets into Obi-Wan Kenobi's head and convincingly depicts how he operates within the Force. There's a very Zen feel to it. Obi-Wan's quiet confidence in himself as an instrument of the Force makes him powerful. He doesn't t ...more
Robert
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Kit's Fists
Ungh, so many mixed feelings on this one...let's just plunge right in to the review!

Jedi robes. So cumbersome.

Positives: Barnes sure can write some tight, compelling prose, and his treatment of the Clone characters was insightful.

Also, the action sequences were above par, particularly the close-quarters fighting scenes in which the author was able to draw upon his own considerable experts (multiple black belts, etc.)

Lastly, I honestly wasn't expecting that one of the most noteworthy deceptions in the book would be carrie
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carolyn m markley
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, the clone wars era is one my favorite to read about.. One of my characters in the book was kit fisto,it was nice to read something about him. The story take place on Festus with obi one and kit fisto costing the hive family Ventress is on planet to stir up trouble as usual.Another car after I like was made the clone,it was nice to see how mate interact with people of cestus and with himself. I like how author made mate more human than just cannon fodder. I would love ...more
fenrir
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
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Tina
Aug 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Star Wars fan who have to read all the books
This was my first Star Wars book, and I picked this one because of the hinting of a love story between Nate and the civilian woman (and my copy of the Republic Commando series hasn't arrived yet). I'm not really sure how picky I'm "allowed" to be about this book - I know I shouldn't "rate" it as I do "literature" (what a snob I am), but it's hard to ignore grievous errors when you're used to reading much more thought-provoking stuff. My issue on that regard relates to how Barnes tried to cram to ...more
Walt
May 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
This is one of the better Star Wars books I have read. The plot is clever and the storyline is not too predictable.

The best part about the book was the descriptive writing. So many Star Wars authors offer odd names and poor description of alien worlds, technologies, and species. Steven Barnes shows the reader what his characters look like, where they are, and how they are interacting in their environment. Even the action scenes were shown to the reader instead of dictated in a dull/ inexperience
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Helena R-D
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve had this book literally sitting on my shelf for about eight months and it is just now that I finished it. Was not expecting to have so many feels reading about the Clones involved in this mission and the subplot of how one of them gains humanity.

The main plot was honestly a distraction to the subplot, since the Jedi involved would save the day, which was super obvious. The secondary plot with the ARC and one of the locals is what held my interest.

Loved it and am glad that I read it now, rat
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Christian Smith
Story: 6/10

This Clone War's mission probably could have been more interesting
Bailey
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
It was the abridged version and it was still too long.
emzelf
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I really, really loved this book. Steven Barnes writes beautifully and crafts a very interesting storyline.

The world is well-developed and intriguing, especially the X-ting culture and the movie-version of the clone army. I enjoyed the insights into ARC trooper training.

The storyline about Sheeka Tull, a beautiful black pilot, and her romance with Nate/Jangotat an ARC trooper, was amazing. So amazing, that it overshadowed the other storylines. I found myself slugging through Obi-Wan and Kit Fist
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Peter Hale
It's hard for me not to like Clone Wars' era stuff. I grew up with The Clone Wars and YouTube vids of the Clone Wars microseries, so I accept about anything they chunk outta that era happily (and it always depends on if it's actually good quality.)

This one exceeded my expectations greatly. It's one of the best Star Wars novels I've ever read, maybe my favorite. I thought it'd just be "You know, I like Clone Wars stuff, and this'll be a nice little read.) But Barnes went above and beyond.

I mostl
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B. Reese
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was almost as hard to read as "The Approaching Storm".

Almost.

4/2016 update


the audio book is actually bearable. the sound effects.and music really help keep interest, absolutely necessary for this book. the audiobook also cuts alot of nonsense out, like the part where the clones are training. even so, it's still not that engaging. I listened to it all in one go and even abridged I wanted it to end.

looking back, this story is ultimately is kind of filler and adds nothing to the arc of the cl
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Jeff Fabiny
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Not horrible, not a page-turner either. I don't like how the books in The Clone Wars timeline often have plots revolving around the psyche of clone troopers. I suppose it's an interesting element if done right, but it never is. The authors try to relate them to stereotypical bad upbringings, and it doesn't quite fit. The clones lived such different lives and had THEIR GENES ALERTED there is just no plausible way they would face similar struggles as humans with broken homes in their childhood. Th ...more
Ghostrunner
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A list of important things in this book:
* Obi-wan has a lawyer friend who is a giant snail.
* the squid-headed people are called Mon Calamari. For real.
* the clone troopers have a complex military brotherhood culture.
* Obi-wan dances with a giant bee. The giant bee is impressed.
* Ventress is totally incapable of talking about anything other than how good it's going to feel when she kills Obi-wan. Even the giant bees are like, girl. Dig deep. Find some chill.
* Force- sensitive eels. With powe
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Robert
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: x2004-5-season
the first book I read that humanized clones.
Mary
Jul 27, 2011 added it
GReat book really shows obi wan at the peak of his skills and its a good gripping story about the change a trooper went thru as well
Matthew Abbott
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
It's a time of war, and Cestus Cybernetics on the Insectoid Hive planet of Ord Cestus are manufacturing advanced security droids embedded with living material from a force sensitive eel native to the planet. This makes the droids extremely skilled in combat, and under the brand of security droid it's all perfectly legal for them to be sold to whomever they wish, including the dreaded Separatists.

The republic has learned of this, and that the separatists plan on modifying the security droids to
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Elf M.
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steve Barnes was once a wunderkind of the cyberpunk set, a man who brought a sensibility to the genre that came from somewhere other than the dystopic dreams of white suburbanites. Like a lot of writers from that time who still get paid, he's branched out and moved on, and The Cestus Deception is a fine example.

Yes, it's Star Wars, and yes, it's Clone Wars, part of the now-disavowed Star Wars Expanded Universe, but it's a fun book. It's about Obi-Wan and Kit Fisto (I still can't believe that's a
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Ben Briles
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If I didn't know any better, I might say that The Cestus Deception was written by James Luceno, which is pretty high praise for Steven Barnes, at least coming from me. I tend to associate Luceno with books focused heavily on politics and characters while maybe being a little light on the action at times, and this book is exactly that. Despite that, it never came across as dry or boring, which some other books in this style have issues with.

There are a few little nitpicks I have, though. Most of
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Ashton Herrod
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
At the beginning of the book I thought that the author was trying too hard. He was heavy handed with Star Wars technical terminology. He tried to describe everything, from the intensely detailed thoughts of each character to the way the walls in the room looked. He described too much of the minutia in my opinion.

As I began reading into the middle of the book the immense detail eased up and the book became a solid three stars out of five. One problem here though was the lack of character develop
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Nick
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
As a big fan of both Prequel TV series Clone Wars and Rebels I have been looking for “clone war era” books.

This was a different style Star Wars books and I was used to reading. Definitely is more reflective of a “hard sci-fi” with more technical description of equipment and technology. I really joyed the comparison and contrast of the galaxy’s three most prominent group of warriors of that time era: The battle droid, the clone trooper and the Jedi.

And the potential shift in Power after a planet
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Stanislav Malchev
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
Don't make my mistake:
When I started reading this novel I pictured the story through the cartoonish lens of the clone wars 3d animated show. Halfway through I realized that it is a grittier "Rogue One" or "Republic Commando" type of story. Before starting it, watch or recall Blade Runner and then start it.

I feel like I owe this book a five star review although I didn't give it a proper reading. Was too distracted to no fault of the author. A wasted opportunity as the Clone Wars era is my favour
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Jeremiah Johnson
At first I was mildly intrigued by the depiction of the clone troopers' training. Unfortunately that was short lived and the rest of the book happened.
Anakin is sidelined almost immediately for ni discernable reason. I guess Barnes didn't want to write him? Obi-Wan's characterization was completely wrong.
The idea of humanizing a clone did nothing except bring about an unlikely end to the story.
And finally, lightsabers are used under water. Again...
Joseph Rogers
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant!

This book is so elaborate with its plot that it could be made into a magnificent star wars film showing characters we've never seen in love action before and some we've only seen brief glimpses of. (I've always had a fascination with Kit Fisto).

There is so many things going on in this story that by the end you feel emotionally exhausted and completely enraptured by the characters and plot.
UnionReader
Better than it had to be

With the star wars name and a fanbase which devours any material of can get its hands on, this could have been a half hearted affair. Instead Steven Barnes pours a lot of effort into this story, with a unique alien race and interesting space politics. It can be a bit convoluted at times but worth a read.
gabe
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
some parts were really excellent and the writing was absolutely gorgeous, at the same time though so much of it was unnecessary and some parts reeeally dragged on for a while. I loved the new characters though and I appreciated the exploration of clone mentality and the ways clones can move beyond the boundaries of their programming :-)
James
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow but great story

This book starts out great, gets really slow, then ends really well. With an interesting story, strong characters, and classic star wars action with a more mature perspective this novel is a great, if imperfect, edition to the star wars Canon.
Colleen Mertens
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
This book follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fitso on a "diplomatic" mission to keep bioweapons out of the hands of the separatists. Obviously, diplomacy only takes them so far before the action takes over. The book is fun and action packed and lets you know more about Kit as well.
Kyle Sala
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good foray into the clone wars... pun intended. Knowing that Palpatine is the Sith Lord, you can see how he deceptive planning is putting the pieces together for him to become emperor of the republic. I'm a fan of Kit Fisto so it was cool to see him in action.
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Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952, Los Angeles, California) is an African American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician. He has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch, as well as the Stargate SG-1 episode "Brief Candle" and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of its Parts". Barnes' first published piece of fiction, the novelette The ...more

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“Thank you, for creating this vast and flexible playground. Thank you for creating one of the twentieth century's most popular myths, a gift that has brought billions of happy viewing hours at a critical time in world history, a time when perhaps, we need more than ever to blieve in honor, sacrifice, heart, and that special magic called life itself.
As long as I live I will never forget The Moment when Luke Skywalker flew so desperately into the Death Star's trench, John William's score soaring magnificently, and the audience overwhelmed by Industrial Light and Magic's mind-bending inaugural. At that pulse-pounding moment, a moment when it seemed the individual human being could have no point or purpose, no meaning in a universe so vast and cybernetic, we heard Obi-Wan Kenobi whisper that we should trust our feelings.
The Force flows through us. It controls us. We control it. Life creates it. It is more powerful than any Death Star.
Hundreds of millions of people said yes, and sighed, and applauded, and went home or turned off their videos feeling just a little more empowered than they did before the lights went down and the Twentieth Century-Fox fanfare came up.
No small feat.
May the Force be with you, Mr. Lucas.
And with us all. Always".”
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