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R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. He has published more than a dozen novels. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.
Adult/High School-Salvatore has done a good job of fleshing out the story of the Star Wars II movie. The book introduces Anakin's mother; her husband; and her stepson, Owen, who will raise the future Luke Skywalker, and describes her capture and the failed attempt to rescue her. If that doesn't appeal, there is always the chapter describing Amidala's family on Naboo, whom viewers never even meet in the film. Perhaps more enticing, the book treats readers to the actual scene of Anakin's vengeful destruction of the Tusken Raider encampment, an action so pivotal to his future course in the Dark Side. Additionally, the audience can easily get confused as to the sequence of events during the movie-the book can clear that up. With its easy style and vocabulary, and hook of popular interest for young adults, this title may be just the needed spur for not-so-avid readers.-Carol DeAngelo, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Despite the lacklustre quality of the film itself, Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was the kind of phenomenal success that everyone expected, and there is no question that this second film will do equally well. Salvatore is an old hand at novelisations, and imparts a true professionalism along with the imagination required to reinvent a tale designed for one medium into another. Attack tells the story of the downfall of Anakin Skywalker, the young Jedi who became Darth Vader. In this book (which takes place 10 years after the events of The Phantom Menace) the 19-year-old Anakin is torn between his own dreams and his responsibilities as a Jedi as he and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, struggle to deal with the machiavellian plotting that is slowly tearing the Republic apart.
More on Anakin Skywalker before he became Darth Vader; from the screenplay of Star Wars: Episode II. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.