After his heroic battle against the Deathlords on the Ghost Planet, Jack Finnegan is looking forward to arriving at Omnicron Prime, the capitol planet of the Galactic Regalus Empire -the largest and most advanced civilization in the universe.
Things are looking bright for Jack. He has his unconventional group of friends, his mystical spaceship, and the girl of his dreams -Princess Anna. Not to mention a secret mission that could save Earth and everyone he cares about.
But things get complicated when he arrives at Omnicron. Not only is Jack uncomfortable being thrust into the spotlight for his courageous actions to save the universe, but he soon finds life in the Empire isn’t everything he’d dreamed it would be.
His friends abandon him to pursue their own interests. Greedy and cunning politicians conspire to steal his spaceship. Even his relationship with Anna is strained now that she’s gone from being “the girl next door” to the most powerful woman in the universe.
But beneath all that lies a new and terrifying threat from the Deathlords. A threat that grows in secret, slowly spreading throughout the Regalus Empire like a plague, and it threatens to destroy from within the only thing powerful enough to stop the Deathlords and their malicious rampage throughout the galaxy -the Empire itself.
Worst of all -Jack is the only one who knows about this new threat, and no one will believe his warnings.
Suddenly, the Empire is no longer safe for Jack and his friends. Even the people they’ve come to rely on the most can no longer be trusted. As those he’s sworn to protect turn against him, how can Jack hope to save the day?
Fighting the Deathlords was one thing. Fighting the “good guys” is quite another. Will Jack be able to find the strength to be the hero the universe needs?
Or will he finally be defeated by this Secret Army?
Guest Post from the Author….How COOL is this guest post? I love Star Wars! You have to watch 4-6 before 1-3 though, so you don’t screw it up!
5 Ways To Prepare For The Next Star Wars Movie
It’s no secret that new Star Wars movies are on the horizon, and fans are rabid about getting to see them. But waiting for them to hit theaters is enough to make even the Dalai Lama lose patience. So what’s a superfan to do in the meantime? Well, here are five things you can do right now to tide you over until the next Star Wars film hits the big screen.
Watch The Original Movies: While there are six total movies right now, encompassing episodes 1 through 6, let’s face it… only three of those movies are watchable. (Well, two and a half, considering how much you like Return of the Jedi.) The prequel movies just weren’t all that fun, and didn’t have the “magic” of the original films. Episodes 4 through 6 are where it’s at. So if you really want to get pumped up for the new Star Wars films, watch those. They’ll rekindle your love for the franchise and get you excited for the new movies to come.
Watch The Clone Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon didn’t start out all that great, but it slowly became a wonderful piece of television in its own right. In fact, one could argue it makes the prequel films tolerable. The prequels only featured the very beginning and the end of the Clone Wars. The show, however, really gives us lots of insight into this conflict. It actually showed us Obi-Wan and Anakin’s friendship, making their eventual split much more powerful, and through the character of his apprentice Ahsoka, Anakin’s slow disillusionment had agency and a cost. Also, Clone Wars didn’t gloss over portraying the cost of war, and gave names and personalities to the clones whose sole purpose was to fight and die. Not every episode was perfect, but hell, it managed to give depth to Darth Maul, and he was killed off back in The Phantom Menace. Watching the entire series will give you a rich and detailed look into the Star Wars universe, and help prepare you for what you’ll see in the new movies.
Play Star Wars Trivial Pursuit: Want to see just how big of a Star Wars fan you really are? Maybe you’d like to test your Star Wars knowledge against that of your friends? Well then, I’d suggest you pick up the Star Wars version of Trivial Pursuit. Yes, this does indeed exist. The trivia in this game runs the gamut from super easy (“What color is Yoda?”) to ridiculously difficult (“Name the actress who played Aunt Beru”). It can be a fun party game to play with your geekiest friends, and heck, you might even learn a thing or two!
Play Knights Of The Old Republic: Bioware’s two RPGS allowed players to delve into the Star Wars universe 4,000 years before the events of the movies in a way fans had never experienced before. The whole series felt almost mythic compared to the movies and modern stories, which was perfect for tales of ancient Jedi and their foes. The game allowed players to choose either the Light Side or the Dark Side while embarking on an adventure that felt suitably epic. But the real star is the ancient setting, which was so awesome it spawned countless comics and novels. But if you really want to go wild, try the Knights Of The Old Republic MMORPG, where you can completely immerse yourself in the Star Wars Universe! This game will keep you in a perpetual state of geekery as you level up your Jedi and romp around the galaxy in your own starship.
Read Some Great Sci-Fi Novels: Normally I’d tell you to read some Star Wars novels, but the powers that be over at Lucasfilm have announced that all books in the Expanded Universe are now null and void, so as to make room for the new cannon that the upcoming films are going to establish. So rather than get invested in old stories with no bearing on Star Wars anymore, you may want to read some other sci-fi to help get you in the mood for the movies. And there is a lot of great sci-fi out there for you to read! The Enders Game series comes to mind, as does the Dune series. If you’re looking for something more lighthearted, you can read The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series as well. But if you really want to have some fun, be sure to read the Earthman Jack Space Saga, starting with Earthman Jack vs. The Ghost Planet. It’s being called “Harry Potter meets Star Wars” by reviewers, so if you’re a Star Wars fan, you won’t want to miss it.
As you can see, there are lots of things you can do to tide you over until the new Star Wars films come out. And who knows? You might even like some of these suggestions better than the new films! (Doubtful, but hey, you never know!)
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Matthew Kadish is an independent author and world-recognized evil genius. When he isn’t writing or being evil, he enjoys relaxing at the beach and videos of puppies. Much like Scottish cuisine, most of his literary works have been based on dares. He currently lives in Las Vegas and always bets on black, because Westley Snipes has yet to steer him wrong in life. He is the most talented author ever. His mother tells him so every day.
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