At first, jacen believes Ben's conversion of the blame for his mother's death, but as time goes by (only a few hours or a day at mattress most he realizes that Ben knows it was Jacen, and waits for Ben's strike, the one that will take. The strike doesn't come, and Jacen becomes more and more annoyed with Ben because of that, eventually thinking him weak. Ben offers suggestions about how to betray his father, making Jacen think twice. So, at Kashyyyk, as Jacen begins bombarding the planet because han, leia and the jedi masters have all congregated there and the wookies won't give them up, ben offers more suggestions at quelling resistance. Jacen is completely unprepared when Ben strikes. Of course, jacen has to live, because this is only book 6 of 9, so ben has to fail, and it's through sheer chance, as Lowbacca explodes a shadow bomb almost right on the bridge at that exact moment, causing everybody to stumble. Still, ben managed to take off a small chunk of Jacen.
But when he breaks into Omas' apartments, where he is under house arrest, he feels in his heart that Jacen was leading him to this assassination. He refuses to murder Omas, asking instead that the man fake his death so he can get close to jacen. Omas decides that it is better that Jacen fully believe ben murdered him, so he runs into ben's lightsaber. When luke finds out, of course, he comes storming to jacen, in the middle of the kuat battle, and confronts him with, it seems, all of the force at his command. I loved seeing him like this, holding Jacen completely helpless. When Jacen tells luke he has to fight at kuat, or he'll harm the younglings on Ossus, luke leaves, and when he launches, all of the jedi leave the fight. It was a wonderful moment, but I thought they would go to Ossus. Instead, they do absolutely nothing about the younglings, not even communicating with jaina. Ben tries unsuccessfully to win back jacen's trust.
In that time, everybody says Jacen is trying to exert his influence to take over the jedi, but that, too, only seems to last a few pages, as gag troopers try to arrest Han and leia inside the jedi temple. In the second plot, jacen sees a way to end the civil war, by using a battle of attrition at Balmora, even if it eats away the entire fourth fleet, so that the separatists (they use a different name, but that's what they are) will. Jacen is surprised to learn of Jedi help at Balmora, and luke pulls off an extraordinary feat when he materializes in some sort of real vision in Jacen's ready room. He was real enough for General gavin Darklighter to hear him, yet he disappears and Jacen's guardian droid never saw luke. When, upon learning of Jacen's treachery in the temple, luke says they should set a trap for him, i was very excited to see what he had planned. It was a letdown to learn that the trap was simply to show Jacen that they could have set a trap and surprised him. Luke's honor won't let him do anything more, yet. Ben, on the other hand, wants to get close to jacen in order to kill the man who murdered his mother. Jacen "reluctantly" accuses Cal Omas, ousted Galactic Alliance leader, of arranging the murder, and tells Ben not to act on it, but Ben briefly accepts that as truth.
Inferno, book review, fear Forever
In the first plot, luke and Ben thin try to come to terms with Mara's murder. It's refreshing to see here that Ben knows in his heart that Jacen was the killer. I worried at the end. Sacrifice that Ben would forget all he knew about Jacen. As luke points out at the end, though, all of Ben's evidence is circumstantial. If there were lightsaber cuts, of which paradoxically there seem to be none, they mother could also be attributed to Alema rar, who was in the right place at the right time.
But the fact is that Ben knew Mara was hunting Jacen, and they landed on the same moon, which is how Ben knew where to look for her. I suppose that doesn't mean Alema couldn't have been there, too, though. I felt like i was missing several chapters as this book opened. Luke is said to have been in a true daze since mara died, and he has missed out on a lot. The daze lasts only a few pages, and apparently it's only been a week since.
Was tionne also killed, or just maimed? In fact, the force seemed to be missing for everybody at the Academy except zek, who used it to sneak up on the major and kill him, finally. Jaina wasn't much better. She seemed more like a republic Commando than a jedi. Why did she have to snap the sniper's neck physically, when she could have done so with the force? She states that luke could have incapacitated the guy from a distance, but she had to resort to killing.
So use the force to. Some of the jedi should have been able to kill Sherpa from a distance. Those are major gripes, but they didn't take up much story time, and except for the last one, didn't affect the plots, much. The easy flow of the excellent and snappy writing, along with the rest of the plot, made it an excellent read. One of my favorite kind of stories is where the bad guy gets at least some of what he deserves. My biggest wonder is if we needed five other books to build up to this. Could we have had this without half of the other books? Something needed to drag us down into the darkness Jacen (now Darth caedus) was creating, but I don't know if we needed all of those plotlines to get us here. Regardless, there are two major plots in this novel, which also branch out into some side plots.
Book, review : Neptunes, inferno
If jaina had killed the gag major Sherpa when she met him, i don't understand how he would have harmed the younglings. Surely she would have noticed a capital ship in good orbit for the threat evernote of bombardment? Would the other gag officers have gone on a rampage? Most were locked in with Sherpa, and surely the solusars could have taken care of the rest? I haven't seen Kam and tionne so impotent. Tionne should at least be able to sense the threat of the major's weapon. How the heck did Kam get killed by sharpshooters, with the force as his ally?
In one scene, luke pins Jacen to his chair, and crushes the base of the chair without even lifting a finger. Yet in the book's climax, luke, while definitely stronger than Jacen, has trouble finishing him off. In the first case, jacen was prepared, and was helpless. In the second, jacen was caught off guard, and held up his end of the lightsaber duel. It doesn't plan make sense, and I find that annoying. We also get leia, who can't seem to defeat Tahiri. Admittedly, tahiri has been practicing lightsaber fighting a lot longer than leia, but I have trouble seeing them evenly matched. Finally, the jedi Academy on Ossus.
wanting to revisit Anakin's death, which occurred. It might not feel like a long time to us since he died, but it has been four years, and Tahiri has been through a lot. Was Anakin the only person she ever had feelings for? And now she's addicted to the time-flowing that Jacen has introduced her. Also, jacen states that it's "unlikely" that they could change the past, and he thinks to himself it's actually "impossible". Yet he worries about being seen if they stay too long. Then there's the typical complaint about how characters' strengths vary depending on what the story needs from them.
The script could have used a few more polishes, as Im not sure the the romantic relationship between Hanks and Blunt and the father son relationship between Hanks and Hanks was well explored, or even required. Buck howard is a cartoon character, but Malkovich brilliantly brings the caricature to life. Film Rating: 7 out of 10, cool Posts From Around the web: ZergNet. I liked this book a lot. It was the best Denning book, i think, since. Star by star, and I really like the way this guy writes. It's not often that I read a book like this in four nights.
Book, review : Inferno, dan Brown - lavender and Lime
The Great Buck howard should probably be called The Pretty good Buck howard, The okay colin Hanks or The Brilliant John Malkovich. Hanks stars as a young man who quits law school, moves to los Angeles, and gets a job as the travel manager for the Great Buck howard, a down-and-out mentalist (read: not magician) who once appeared on The tonight Show with Johnny carson 61 times. His fame still gets him half sold out shows in little towns essay around the United States. Arrogant and demanding, howard is the worst kind of boss to work for (think meryl Streep from devil wears Prada without the success but at least its better than law school. Emily Blunt plays a publicist, hired to help relaunch the performers fading career. The film features a bunch of fun cameos from the likes of everyone from the sound effects guy from Police Academy, george takei to even Tom Hanks, who makes an appearance as Colins father (who woulda thought?). Too bad Toms charisma didnt get passed on to young Hanks, who isnt a bad actor, just not a great one.