“Only glory can follow a man to the grave.”
Tarkin follows the formative years of Tarkin, a master strategist and military commander. The book also follows his relationship with Sidious and Vader, and his rise to power. We see him work together with Vader to solve a complex problem and uncover a number of conspiracies.
I rate it a ‘must read,’ but I would definitely recommend reading Plagueis first, which incidentally is by the same author, and just as amazing.
The theme of the book and of its eponymous character’s life could be summed up well by a quote from one of its main characters, “Only glory can follow a man to the grave.”
“Between the trees, on gentle and too cleverly irregular slopes of sweet green grass, the bright umbrellas shaded the hotel’s guests from the unfaltering radiance of the [artifical] sun. A burst of French from a nearby table caught his attention: the golden children he’d seen gliding above river mist the evening before. Now he saw that their tans were uneven, a stencil effect produced by selective melanin boosting, multiple shades overlapping in rec tilinear patterns, outlining and highlighting musculature, the girl’s small hard breasts, one boy’s wrist resting on the white enamel of the table. They looked to Case like machines built for racing; they deserved decals for their hairdressers, the designers of their white cotton ducks, for the artisans who’d crafted their leather sandals and simple jewelry.”