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.
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.
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.
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".
Not a bad read but thought it could be better. Had high expectations for it.
i am not a big fan of Tarken, but even i have to admit this is a great book.
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!
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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