This Thursday evening, the folks at Lucasfilm have offered fans the chance to hear an exclusive preview of the upcoming audiobook release of Star Wars: Tarkin. The new novel penned by James Luceno will be the second in the new official Star Wars canon and is scheduled for release on November 4th.
From the official Star Wars site:
"Legislator. Military commander. Alderaan destroyer. Grand Moff Tarkin, one of the greatest villains of a galaxy far, far away, is back — in a new book set before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.Star Wars: Tarkin, James Luceno’s new canonical novel, hits bookstores on November 4, and brings the Empire’s most calculating tactician to life like never before."
The cover to the new James Luceno novel Star Wars: Tarkin, as displayed at San Diego Comic Con.
Fans who are eager for more of the Imperial Grand Moff can read an exclusive excerpt from Del Rey Star Wars, which was posted this evening on their Facebook page.
From the Del Rey Star Wars page at Facebook:
"“Governor, your presence is required on Coruscant,” Amedda said after a moment. Tarkin moved to his desk and sat down, centering himself for the holocam. “I’ll certainly try to make time for a visit, Vizier.”“Permit me, Governor, but that will not suffice. Perhaps I should have said that your presence is urgently required.”Tarkin waved a hand in dismissal. “I’m sorry, Vizier, but that doesn’t alter the fact that I have my priorities.”“Priorities of what sort?”Tarkin returned Amedda’s mirthless smile. There was probably no harm in sharing with Amedda information about the expected ship¬ments of matériel from Desolation Station to Geonosis—including vital components for the battle station’s complex hyperdrive generator—but he was under no obligation to do so.“I’m afraid my priorities are on a need-to-know basis.”“Indeed. Then you are refusing the request?”Tarkin glimpsed something in the thick-skulled Chagrian’s pink-rimmed cerulean eyes that gave him pause. “Let’s say that I’m reluctant to abandon my post at this time, Vizier. If you wish, I’ll provide the Emperor with my reasons personally.”“That’s not possible, Governor. The Emperor is presently engaged.”Tarkin leaned toward the cam. “So engaged that he can’t speak briefly with one of his Moffs?”Amedda affected a bored tone. “That’s not for me to say, Governor. The Emperor’s concerns are on a need-to-know basis.”"
For a better understanding of Wilhuff Tarkin, check out a clip from a featurette found on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five DVD release. The clip, which features interviews with the series’ supervising director Dave Filoni and voice actor Stephen Stanton, can be enjoyed by watching the video below:
Fans can preorder the new Star Wars novel by visiting the official Del Rey Star Wars release page, here.
What say you, Dork Siders? Are you excited for the release of the new novel Star Wars: Tarkin? What are your thoughts on this cunning Imperial? Do you think we may yet see more of the Grand Moff in Star Wars: Rebels? Perhaps he’ll be voiced once again by the incomparable Stephen Stanton! We here at DSOTF certainly hope so.
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