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Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force [Paperback]

Dave Wolverton
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May 1 1999 Star Wars Jedi Apprentice (Book 1)
A dynamic new Star Wars series, following the adventures and education of thirteen-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn as they travel across the galaxy as guardians of peace. Combining action, Jedi detail, and the thematic significance that readers expect from Star Wars, "Jedi Apprentice" is sure to engage both Star Wars fans and newcomers to the Star Wars galaxy.

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Just before his 13th birthday, Obi-Wan Kenobi left Yoda and the other teachers at the Jedi Temple. But he wasn't supposed to become a Padawan, a future Jedi Knight, he was assigned to be a farmer! Jedi Apprentice: The Rising Force joins the headstrong Obi-Wan a few weeks before he's to turn 13, when he'll be too old to begin training as a Jedi Knight. Trying too hard to become Qui-Gon Jinn's Padawan, Obi-Wan shows his lack of discipline, and that--in addition to Qui-Gon's mysterious past--keeps them apart. But the Force keeps pulling the two together: Obi-Wan resigns himself to the Jedi Agricultural Corps on barren Bandomeer, only to find that Qui-Gon is on a mission to the same planet. Traveling there on a mining ship, the two must work together to forge a truce between the warring Hutt, Whiphid, and Arconan miners on board. The inexperienced Obi-Wan stirs up trouble but gets plenty of chances to redeem himself later--after the pirates attack and after the ship crash-lands on a hostile planet with the crew still at each other's throats. Experienced Star Wars author Dave Wolverton keeps the blasters firing and the lightsabers swinging in this fun, fast-paced adventure. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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4.0 out of 5 stars good introduction to beloved characters Aug. 15 2003
By audrey
This is the first book in the Jedi Apprentice series, which details the relationship between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn. In this first instalment, Obi-Wan is feeling desperate because he has one month to be chosen as a Knight's Padawan or else his Jedi training must stop. He clings to the hope that Qui-Gon will take him on, but Jinn has painful memories of an earlier apprentice, Xanatos, that keep him from wanting to take on another. Still, as Yoda explains to his friend, sometimes fate decides things for us, and he turns out to be right as Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan find themselves travelling together on a ship fraught with danger.
Since we know how this will all turn out eventually, what becomes important is the journey, and this first in the series is an enjoyable introduction to three great characters -- Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Yoda. The situations are interesting and the other characters are realistic, but the heart of the story lies in the excitement of seeing Jinn and Kenobi taking their first tentative steps toward a partnership. Great fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to read if you like "Star Wars"!! Oct. 19 2002
By Maria
12-year-old Obi-Wan Kenobi is headstrong and cannot control his temper. He longs to become a Padawan, in other words, become a Jedi Knight, before his thriteenth birthday. Since he would be too old if he is 13 to become a Jedi Knight, he tried desperately to become Qui-Gon Jinn's apprentice. Unfortunatly, he does not control his temper and Qui-Gon decides to not take him as his Padawan. But their path cross as they both go to Bandomeer with each of them on a different mission: Obi-Wan to become a farmer and Qui-Gon for a mission for the Senate. Trouble brews on the ship Monument as the evil Hutt called Jemba steals dactyl, causes sabotage, and lots of more brutal things. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan has to work together along with a fierce woman named Clat'Ha to stop Jemba and his evil Whiphids.
This book is exciting and you can't put it down until you read the whole story. If you read this book, I think that you would definently want to read the 2nd one, the 3rd one, and so on. "The Rising Force" is definently a great book to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent development of key SW characters July 15 2002
I'm 25, and although these books are written for younger readers, they are superior to many of the other Star Wars books with their psychological focus. Wolverton (and later Watson) carefully traces Qui-Gon's and Obi-Wan's development together, and captures the essence of the Jedi spirit. Approving this series and the Jedi Quest one was a great move by Lucas. I recommend that every serious Star Wars fan read each of these short books, as they flesh out key characters tremendously well.
Unfortunately, saber color and hilt design is a major problem on the covers of these books. _The Rising Force_ has a blue saber on the front, but the hilt isn't right. It looks almost like Kenobi's saber that he has in "A New Hope," and that he'll probably have in Star Wars III. However, we know from "Menace" and "Clones" that his early lightsaber is different (has the knob on the bottom with studs). Careless illustration.
Verdict: ignore the lightsabers on the covers, but revel in the excellent character development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of a terrific series... April 4 2002
Young Obi-Wan Kenobi has waited all of his life for the chance to become a Jedi Knight. With all of his training at the Jedi Temple, he believes himself ready to become a Jedi Master's Padawan. But his 13th birthday is drawing near, and before that time he must become a Padawan apprentice... or leave the Temple to become a healer or a farmer. Obi-Wan is becoming desperate and jumps at the opportunity to show his skills to visiting Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. But Qui-Gon has had a bad experience with his first apprentice and is reluctant to take a new Padawan, especially Obi-Wan whom he sees has a hard time controlling his anger and fear. Obi-Wan must leave the Temple to go to the planet Bandomeer to become a farmer. He is surprised to find that Qui-Gon is also on board the same barge which is also carrying miners. Obi-Wan is suddenly plunged into the middle of a war between the Arcona Mineral Harvest Corporations and the Offworld Corporation. Can Obi-Wan survive the journey to Bandomeer, and can he get Qui-Gon to trust him?
Unlike the rest of the Jedi Apprentice books (Books 2-18 and Special Edition 1 & 2), "The Rising Force" is written by Dave Wolverton, the others written by Jude Watson. Though I cannot complain about Dave Wolverton's marvelous job, I'm also pretty well-pleased about how well Jude Watson has been doing.
The first book explains a lot about how Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan first meet. Their beginning is far from simple and all smooth-sailings, which would be pretty monotonous if it was. Though the books are said for ages 9-12, like many other reviewers I agree that the Jedi Apprentice Series are for anybody. Extremely well-written, the emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the main characters are very well put down into words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome action and romance! Dec 22 2001
A great story. Marred only by the excessive violence and undertones of sexual violence which the author seems determined to insert. No wonder Dave Wolverton was fired and Jude Watson brought in to continue the series (not that she does a much better job, she seems determined to get Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon into bed together), his little foray into non-Scientology fiction dooms itself. However, the book is quite enjoyable with the right audience, not for children certainly, since the agricultural corps seems a little "ott" and the plot does tend to drag despite the promise of "lasers blasting and lightsabers" throughout. I have better things to do than read about trumped up knights on crashing ships and being attacked. The made up place names are ridiculous, however, the cover art is particularly up-market and very good. A dragging plot and excessive violence coupled with odd desciprions like "he jerked out" and "he grated" make this a low point in an otherwise excellent series. The further Star Wars moves from George Lucas the worse it gets. You can't help but feel he and John Williams (under his supervision) could have turned out an awesome betsetseller but insead we get this. If it weren't star wars it would get NO stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rising Force
Personnally, I might be too much a fan. But I like Dave Wolverton and even though its a kids book, it still is a good distraction when I'm tired of studying... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2009 by P. Cloutier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bedtime reading for my little Jedi....sometimes!!!
There is no real Star Wars reading material for young readers (4-7 years) However, this first book in a series for 9-12 year olds is just amazing. Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Flash back into the past...
In the starwars movies obi-wan is over 70 years old-in this book he is 12. Obi-wan is not even a jedi yet. It is a real prolgue. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent must have for the Star Wars Fan!
This book is the start of the life of one of the most famous Jedi Knights, Obiwan Kenobi. Learn how he ALMOST did not become a Jedi Knight and then finally teaming up to become a... Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Andre Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Work!
Finally, a Star Wars book thats NOT just trying to cash in on the movies!
Published on Aug. 28 2003 by J
3.0 out of 5 stars Call him Oafy-Wan� from a certain point of view.
Obi-wan Kenobi was considered a clumsy. For me this little childs ready is the beginning of the pre-quel trilogy era. The Jedi Knights are in yodas care. Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by JediMack
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the whole apprentice series
For the first book in a 20 book series, this one definitely set the tone for the whole series. Even though the whole series is supposedly geared towards teens and young adults, I... Read more
Published on May 30 2003 by "raiderlantz2000"
4.0 out of 5 stars mth
This book did not really appeal to me. It was OK but the rest of the series were much better, action wise. Also check out the Jedi Quest series for more action.
Published on Aug. 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is soooooo good!
The Jedi Apprentice series is excellent! I highly reccomend it for any star wars fan, whatever age you are. They are not just for the 9-12 year old group. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2002 by ceb111481
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
...these books are all age every chapter you read is full of great stuff I have a hard time putting these books down. Dave Wolerten is a great author. Read more
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