Star Wars: Maul Lockdown By: Joe Schreiber 

51TNoNHfUSL._SL500_Star Wars: Maul
By: Joe Schreiber
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
Published by Random House Audio (2014)

I’ve been on a Star Wars audiobook kick for a couple of years now.  It’s funny I’m not a huge fan of Star Wars but I’m having lots of fun with these audiobooks.

This book takes place shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book is NOT the sequel you might expect. This is a standalone story that has but one objective: to let Maul loose to wreak havoc. Ironically, unleashing Maul means putting restraints on him, and that only seems to make him even more dangerous.

When those horrid prequels came out there were a few characters I was intrigued by and one was Darth Maul.  Maul just looks cool and with that double sided light saber.  This book gives us a background story to go by and to really get the meat of the matter when it comes to why Darth Maul is Darth Maul.

Jonathan Davis brings the characters to life with his extraordinary vocal workout.  The book then mixes in sound effects and a handful of classic John Williams musical cues, and you are immersed in the prison trying to escape with Maul.

Publisher’s Summary
Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

It’s kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

©2014 Joe Schreiber (P)2014 Random House Audio