Another time, another galaxy. The mysterious crime lord Thrull has aspirations beyond controlling the underworld in a single corner of the galaxy. Thrull wants to bring the galaxy under one rule and build a legitimate Galactic Empire. For years he has been training an army of his followers and building his own private Armada. But he knows he must also find the Staff of Rahgorra, a weapon of mythic power.
To keep Thrull from finding the Staff the Galactic Security Bureau, peacekeepers of the galaxy, has pressed back into service a banished agent. Chameleon Del Rey was expelled from the GSB for avenging the death of a friend and for practicing the forbidden art of Jai Kin. Now he must train a young apprentice to use Jai Kin and find the Staff of Rahgorra before Thrull does in order to avoid a war that will stretch across the galaxy.
Mark Oetjens was born in 1971. He grew up in suburban Chicago. As a child he was diagnosed with Dystonia, a debilitating neuromuscular disorder. Though there is no cure for Dystonia, surgeries and rehabilitation allowed him to walk with only a slight limp by the time he started high school. He received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Anthropology, both from Northern Illinois University. As an adult a brain tumor, completely unrelated to his Dystonia, threatened to disable him a second time. Thanks to radiation therapy the tumor has disappeared. Mark currently lives in Phoenix, AZ.read more
Reviews forThe Staff of Rahgorra
Firstly I've read the authors blog and the other review with regards to the Star Wars similarities and I have to say I can see them too. Character names (Kiber, Captain Tarpel, etc.), planet names (Anoat system), vehicles (speeder bikes), and a lot of other similarites.
A galactic peacekeeping force wielding mystical powers with a central base known as the Monastery. Sound familiar? Each skilled warrior only having 1 apprentice. The whole order being wiped out by an evil mystical power user bent on becoming emperor. The similarities are constant the whole way through (and don't think I missed the Star Trek references. Kobayashi and Maru? Seriously?) The main character is a mix of Han and Obi-Wan while the other main character is a mix of Luke and Leia. The young idealistic character who is very strong in the "Jai Kin" but untrained. Who is also directly related to the evil overlord.
Not to say this is a bad book. It's not. It's well written and interesting. But it's so very familiar to me. I feel I've read this story countless times before. There was nothing unique for it to stand out. If somebody hadn't come across Star Wars before they might find this better, but the target audience will be people like me so that's unlikely.
A decent effort but something that feels far too much like Star Wars fan-fic.read more
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