I just wanted to write an opinion on this book, being that I just finished it.
I was not impressed with this book. If you HAVE to read the whole story, then this is a book that you should read. If you are looking for entertainment value, read something else. The book did start off good, but it was just alot of plotting and setting up of the story for Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter and the Phantom Menace.
While I am glad I read the book, purely for the background info on several key characters, I would not recommend this book for someone just wanting to read a great Star Wars book. Check out before mentioned Shadow Hunter, any of the Timothy Zahn books, and Shadow's of the Empire if you're looking for a good story.