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Tells the complete tale of Grand Moff Tarkin, who guides the creation of the Death Star and paves the way for the Empire's supremacy--and whom even the dreaded Darth Vader obeys.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345511522
Branch Call Number: FICTION Luc
Description: 274 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Tarkin


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Star Wars Canon. We don't have long to get to know Tarkin before he's blown up, but he played an important role that we never knew about . . . until now.

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Sep 21, 2019

Tarkin is a mysterious character to the casual fan, but this story adds depth to his character and how he became the ruthless monster of the Empire. A good addition to Star Wars. It shows that Vader has respect for some members of the empire and doesn't kill everybody

May 10, 2019

A great back ground story on a small but pivotal character in the Star Wars universe

Apr 19, 2018

I myself loved Tarkins character from the original movies and this made me love his character even more knowing what he went through to get where he was.

Feb 04, 2018

I loved this book, it fleshed out Tarkin's character nicely and provided a great amount of backstory explaining why he is the ruthless commander that he is! My only regret is that it was not longer, as I feel there is much more to his story.

Aug 26, 2016

This book had its best moments when Sidious and Vader were involved; however, the rest of it was filled with overzealous space jargon and names that are impossible to pronounce.

Feb 03, 2016

I have always admired Tarkin - the one and only Grand Moff. so I had high expectations of this book which looked like it would bridge the gap from the Tarkin of the Clone Wars to the Tarkin that destroyed Alderaan. A good try, but off that mark.

What I was expecting was to further understand the man who was essentially the Empire's key military figure - like an Eisenhower, or von Rundstedt but on a galactic scale.

Instead we get insight into one childhood event and our main story is a relatively small-time game of cat-and-mouse. This should have been called "the Carrion Spike", not "Tarkin".

Nov 22, 2015

Not a bad read but thought it could be better. Had high expectations for it.

Sep 03, 2015

i am not a big fan of Tarken, but even i have to admit this is a great book.

Aug 21, 2015

One of the most surprising reads of the latest canon novels. I expected more of a biography (which it did sort of start off as). However, it also turned into a great back story to the early rise of the Galactic Empire and revealed essential motivations for Emperor Palpatine's drive for power, his reason for ridding the empire of Jedi, and his need for an apprentice. I only wish it were longer!

Dec 27, 2014

Good read. I expected something a little bit different though, more like a biography of Tarkin, and this is more an adventure set about 5 years ABY, with some flashbacks telling about his early childhood. However, the adventure story does take pains to clearly show deep insight into the character. One minor negative comment is the story seems a bit short, buy maybe I just really enjoyed it and wished it was longer LOL.

There's some pretty interesting interactions between Lord Vader and Tarkin made possible by the fact that in hierarchy of the Empire, these guys rank pretty close together so it's nice to see some frank conversations between the two- not just the usual groveling before the Emperor and then turning around and threatening everyone else that Vader usually does.


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