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A Star Wars Legends novel by Steven Barnes, The Cestus Deception stars Obi-Wan Kenobi and his fellow Jedi Knight Kit Fisto, who are sent to the planet Ord Cestus in order to halt, through whatever means necessary, the production of the deadly bio-droids nicknamed "Jedi-Killers" by the criminal underworld. The two Jedi split forces, with Obi-Wan attempting a political resolution while Kit, with the aid of a small group of clones, trains the natives in case a more violent solution is required.
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But the Republic, slowly turning to a darker path as the Clone Wars escalate, is prepared to launch a full scale orbital attack on the production facilities if the Jedi fail, disregarding the countless lives that would be lost were such a strategy enacted. Facing a crisis of conscience, the two Jedi must find the wisdom and strength to prevent such a bloodbath and safe-guard the Republic, while abiding by the ancient code to which both have pledged their lives.

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  • Ambiguous Syntax: When the heads of the five families die in a bombing it’s mentioned that Debbikin is among the fatalities but is vague as to whether that means Debbikin the Elder -patriarch of the family- or Debbikin the Younger, the most involved in the company’s runnings.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Ambassador Snoil’s species are unable to mate while they have an obligation from someone else that could be called upon. Therefore Snoil is eager to repay a debt that he owes Obi-Wan for saving his life.
  • Defeat Means Respect: When Nate and a fellow clone discuss the skills of the Jedi, they simultaneously state “They beat Jango.” Viewing the fate of their genetic template/trainer as significant.
  • Good Stepmother: Sheeka to the children of her late husband, saying she married him partially to be with them.
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  • Ignored Epiphany:
Admiral Bakara had a distant sense that his lack of respect for the clones’ dignity and worth had decreased his own, but he couldn’t help himself.
  • Insane Admiral: Maybe not insane, but Admiral Baker is quite immoral and obsessed with glory, while disdain gin the clones and tossing them into the meat grinder.
  • Klingon Promotion: Trillot killed his way to the top of the local underworld.
  • Loophole Abuse: It’s illegal for Cestus Cybernetics to sell Battle droids to the Confederacy, but they can sell ‘’security’’ droids to individual planets inside the Confederacy.
  • Martial PacifistThe J-K droids go insane if they ever kill anyone.
  • Military Brat: Admiral Bakar comes from a dozen generations of soldiers.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The JK-Droids, given that JK stands for Jedi Killer.
  • Old Flame: Complicated with Sheeka, an old flame of Jango Fett who falls in love with the clone Nate.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Sheeka is pregnant with Nate’s baby when he dies.
  • Training from Hell: Baraka puts the clones through dangerous, live fire training which kills lots of them and refuses to let them stop early.
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