Star Wars Galaxy of Fear #5
Ghost of the Jedi
by John Whitman
Published by Bantam
Scott's Rating: 1.5 out of 4
This is the fifth book in the Galaxy of Fear series. Borborygmus Gog, the evil Scientist for the Emperor, has one last step in his evil plan, Project Starscream. It involves something to do with the Force, which does not make Vader very happy. He sends an assassin after Hoole, Tash and Zak, despite Gog's plans.
On the run, Hoole decides to stop off at Jabba the Hutt's palace to see if he knows how to contact the Rebellion. Jabba says he does not, but tells them that there are rumors of Jedi active in a certain system. Trying to reach the Rebellion again, Tash decides to contact the mysterious Forceflow, an underground Jedi historian. He gives them coordinates to meet him at...which happen to be in the same spot Jabba told them about. When they arrive, they find the ancient space station Nepsis 8. It is rumored in legend to hold an old Jedi library. Oh yeah, it's supposed to have a curse, too.
While there, they run into a bunch of mysterious deaths and an old Jedi ghost who was killed by Vader during the Jedi purge.
The idea of a ghost of a Jedi Knight killed by Vader is very interesting. It's a concept that hasn't been explored in any books that I can recall. That was definitely the best part of the book. The brief appearance of Dannik Jerriko was neat, too.
This book pretty much follows the established formula of the gang stumbling into a Project Starscream trap, nobody believing someone when danger strikes, then a character from the movie saving the day. It does stay away from the movie character saving the day part, but Dannik Jerriko DOES save the kids at one point. The book was predictable and never lives up to it's potential by breaking out of the mold. Some of the characters "die" as usual, nobody believes a character who for the last 5 books has been correct when they felt something is wrong, and they keep accidentally running into these disastrous situations. And Hoole is oh so mysterious though we have yet to figure out why or even care. The story potential for the ghost Jedi was never fully realized, though it could have had a lot of ties to the prequels. What kind of idiot logic was the Jedi using when he thought nearly choking a girl to death would help scare her away from the dangerous library and keep her out of trouble? No wonder Vader wiped this sucker out. It was just a disappointing story. Even ripping off a Scooby Doo plot at this point would have been an original change of pace.
I have 12 of these books to read in order to finish reviewing them.