The Edelweiss book catalog's listing for Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber has a few key paragraphs that offer readers an early feel for the tone and content of the novel. Here are the noteworthy bullet points:
FOLLOW-UP TO DARTH PLAGUEIS: Joe Schreiber is working with author Jim Luceno to tie this story to the bestselling novel, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.
GREAT ENTRY POINT FOR NEW FANS: Set shortly before the Star Wars prequel film trilogy the book is being written as a highly accessible standalone adventure with strong cinematic influences including Scarface and Gladiator. Fans of the films who haven?t read a Star Wars novel will be able to dive right in.
It's great to see that Luceno and Schreiber are working together to provide strong continuity between this novel and Darth Plagueis. The fact that the book will be influenced by films like Gladiator only makes it more enticing.