I have always admired Tarkin - the one and only Grand Moff. so I had high expectations of this book which looked like it would bridge the gap from the Tarkin of the Clone Wars to the Tarkin that destroyed Alderaan. A good try, but off that mark.
What I was expecting was to further understand the man who was essentially the Empire's key military figure - like an Eisenhower, or von Rundstedt but on a galactic scale.
Instead we get insight into one childhood event and our main story is a relatively small-time game of cat-and-mouse. This should have been called "the Carrion Spike", not "Tarkin".