By Michael Reaves, Steve Perry
"THAT'S NO MOON."
The dying Star's identify says all of it, with bone-chilling accuracy. it's a digital international unto itself--equipped with uncanny strength for a singularly brutal goal: to obliterate complete planets within the blink of an eye fixed. Its annihilation of the planet Alderaan, on the cruel command of Grand Moff Tarkin, lives in infamy. And its personal final destruction, by the hands of Luke Skywalker, is the stuff of legend. yet what's the entire tale, and who're the avid gamers, at the back of the production of this world-killing satellite tv for pc of doom?
The close to extermination of the Jedi order cleared the way in which for Palpatine--power-hungry Senator and Sith Lord--to grab keep watch over of the Republic, claim himself Emperor, and bring in a fearsome, totalitarian regime. yet inspite of the scary Darth Vader imposing Palpatine's sinister will, the specter of uprising nonetheless looms. And the Emperor is familiar with that basically abject fear--and the power to punish dissent with...
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Death Star (Star Wars) by Michael Reaves, Steve Perry