The Cestus Deception

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The Cestus Deception
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Author Steven Barnes
Country United States
Language English
Series Canon C
Subject Star Wars
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Del Rey
Publication date

1 June 2004

1 March 2005
Media type Hardcover & Paperback

Hardcover: 416

Paperback: 480

ISBN 0-345-45897-4

ISBN 0-345-45898-2
Preceded by Shatterpoint
Followed by The Hive

The Cestus Deception is a science fiction novel by Steven Barnes set in the Star Wars galaxy during the Clone Wars. The book takes place one year after the Battle of Geonosis in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and 21 years before the Battle of Yavin in Episode IV: A New Hope.


Set during the Clone Wars, the story follows Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Kit Fisto and their adventures as ambassadors on the planet of Ord Cestus, which has started producing so-called "Jedi Killer" droids. While, Obi-Wan Kenobi takes the diplomatic approach with the leadership, Kit Fisto and a clone trooper squad start recruiting and training fighters from the working class of the planet to incite a rebellion, should Obi-Wan fail. While they deal with the intrigue and politicking of the locals, as well as intervention by the Sith minion Asajj Ventress, a love affair forms between one of their clone trooper bodyguards Nate and a female pilot who is attracted to the clone template Jango Fett.


  • Obi-Wan Kenobi: Jedi Knight (male human)
  • Kit Fisto: Jedi Master (male Nautolan)
  • Doolb Snoil: barrister (male Vippit of Nal Hutta)
  • Admiral Arikakon Baraka: supercruiser commander and trainer of the Clone Troopers of the Republic (male Mon Calamari)
  • Lido Shan: technician (humanoid)
  • A-98: "Nate"; ARC Trooper, recruitment and command
  • CT-X270: "Xutoo"; ARC Trooper, pilot
  • CT-36/732: "Sirty"; ARC Trooper, logistics
  • CT-44/444: "Forry"; ARC Trooper, physical training
  • CT-12/74: "Seefor"; ARC Trooper, communications
  • Trillot: gang leader (male/female X'Ting)
  • Fizzik: broodmate of Trillot (male X'Ting)
  • Sheeka Tull: pilot (female human)
  • Resta Shug Hai: Desert Wind member (female X'Ting)
  • Thak Val Zsing: leader of Desert Wind (male human)
  • Brother Nicos Fate: (male X'Ting)
  • Skot OnSon: Desert Wind member (male human)
  • Debbikin: research (male human)
  • Lady Por'Ten: energy (female human)
  • Kefka: manufacturing (male humanoid)
  • Llitishi: sales and marketing (male Wroonian)
  • Palpatine: Chancellor of the Republic, dispatcher (male human)
  • Caiza Quill: mining (male X'Ting)
  • G'Mai Duris: Regent (female X'Ting)
  • Shar Shar: Regent Duris's assistant (female Zeetsa)
  • Count Dooku: leader of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (male human)
  • Commander Asajj Ventress: Commander of the Separatist Droid Army (female humanoid)

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