‘Star Wars: The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel’ – Chapter 3 (Part 4)

Okay, it’s Christmas Eve and Heather had to get up to go to work.  But, the kids and I actually got a chance to sleep in.  I got up around nine o’clock and watched Dr. Phil while the kids watched some T.V. upstairs and then we got together and started to finish packing things for the trip.  I’m still not out of the woods with this illness I had on Monday, because I still have diarrhea from the illness.  It’s a little annoying and I have to say that it’s going to make traveling interesting.  We worked until Heather got home and then we finalized some things and Heather and I took a small nap and then we got on the road.  We took it slow going to our undisclosed location.  We got there and changed for a Christmas Eve service and then celebrated Christmas with unknown people by opening gifts at the undisclosed location.  We went to bed really late because of the celebration at where we were at.  Tomorrow was Christmas day and we would still be at our undisclosed location.

Okay, so let’s talk about Part 4 of Chapter 3 of “Star Wars:  The Cestus Deception, A Clone Wars Novel” by Steven Barnes…..

Chapter 3 (Part 4):  Then Palpatine informed them of the real problem involving the JK’s.  Intelligence has informed them that the Confederacy is prepared to buy thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of these security droids.  Obi-Wan was amazed that he had such wealth and Fisto was under the assumption that these bioconstructs could not be mass produced.  Palpatine said he was wrong and that The Seperatists had plans to use these droids as battle droids.  Shan reminded them that Cestus is not doing anything illegal by selling security droids.  The fact that The Seperatists were replacing the memory chips is the illegal part.  Obi-Wan thought to himself that this is an example of how the Jedi may now loose their precognitive advantage druing battles in the Clone Wars.  Palpatine also informed them that Dooku is now supplying Cestus with Gabonnas and are helping to streamline the production process to increase production of Dashta Eels and the robots themselves.  He further went on to explain that he mastered a cloning technique far faster and superior to the Kaminoan technology.  Kit spit out  Jedi quote, “Those who place profit above freedom, generally end with neither”.  H ealso forsaw and ugly future of having to fight with an army of JK droids.  Obi-Wan said it would take a decree to get them to stop producing these droids.  Palpatine agreed but inisisted they were to try diplomacy first.  Kit asked if that was with a lightsaber, but Palpatine said he hopes it won’t come to that.  He told them that part of their mission is to convince Ord Cestus that Count Dooku is not the man to do business with.  He promised them the best resources and sent them on their way.

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