The 'Star Trek: S.C.E' series was published online in monthly ebooks and some time later, collected into paperbacks. This book collects 5 ebooks into one volume.
WAR STORIES 1&2
The da Vinci's salvage operation goes terribly wrong and soon the da Vinci is also trapped in the molten metallic hydrogen atmosphere which is decimating the ship and its crew. This is a non-stop action tale as the da Vinci crew desperately try to save their ship and then they learn the gas giant is home to a sentient race.
With the death of a major character and a body count in the double digits, this is a take no prisoners tale. The description of the evacuation of sickbay as it is torn apart by the planet's atmosphere is a breathtaking one, the evocative descriptions of how the surviving crew are slowly suffocating in stale air reeking with the smell of decaying bodies is nasty and a crew-members sacrifice to save the gas giant's inhabitants is almost tear inducing.
When this book opens Obi-Wan is rapidly approaching 13 the age by which a Jedi learner must be chosen as an apprentice or he/she will be sent away from the temple to work in the agri corps. So the Jedi are into child slave labour, how classy. The competition between the Jedi learners is vicious and Obi-Wan's future as a member of the agri-corps seems certain. He wants to be an apprentice to Qui-Gon Jinn who definitely does not want him.
Qui-Gon constantly rejects Obi-Wan and as a result Obi-Wan is sent to the planet Bandomeer to join the agri-corps. Qui-Gon is not portrayed as a nice person which certainly ties in with his behaviour in the movie (rejecting Obi-Wan all over again in his desire to train Anakin). Anyway as this first novel ends, Qui-Gon is on the same ship as Obi-Wan heading to Bandomeer on Jedi business and still Obi-Wan keeps up his sadly pathetic attempts to impress Qui-Gon who he hero-worships utterly.
Granted having one apprentice who almost wiped out an entire planet and then tried to blow up another planet should make you ponder on the validity of your training methods but instead Qui-Gon sits around wondering when Obi-Wan will go dark side as well.
In the end Obi-Wan saves the day while Qui-Gon broods. Their utter lack of even attempting to communicate with each other does not bode well for the future, making one wonder exactly what being a Jedi apprentice involves seeing as in Obi's case it seems to only involve being ignored and distrusted by his stupid master who he still inexplicably hero-worships. No wonder Luke messed up training Ben Solo.
Anyway even while running around the hills trying to avoid being killed by bad guys who can't shoot straight, Qui-Gon still has time for more long interior monologues on why he can't trust his new apprentice while Obi-Wan is getting really really sick of his Master's attitude toward him. By the end of the novel when all the trouble has been sorted out, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan have nothing to say to each other. Obi-Wan's eyes have opened a bit wider and his hero-worship of Qui-Gon has tarnished. Something has got to give.
The gangs leaders are Nield and Cerasi and they are powerfully charismatic and Obi-Wan starts to sympathise with them and their determination to stop the Elders, the older generation who want the war to go on, finally finding friends and people he can talk to and relate to. Obi-Wan begins questioning his role as a Jedi, since he and his Master are so distant. Yes, once again Qui-Gon is having his long interior monologues on why he can't trust his new apprentice.
It all comes to a head when Nield and Cerasi and their followers find a way to stop the fighting. Qui-Gon decides its time to leave and Obi-Wan finally reaches his breaking point when he discovers there are some orders he cannot obey. Obi-Wan has transferred his hero-worship from Qui-Gon to the beautiful Cerasi whom he has a unrealised crush on.
He walks away from Qui-Gon and the Jedi. Qui-Gon, being a monumental unfeeling bastard takes umbrage at his apprentice wanting to help people when Qui-Gon said not to, so what does he do? He gets in a ship and leaves, abandoning his 13 year old ex-apprentice on a planet where a civil war is about to either finally end or annihilate every last living thing on the planet. You have to wonder how the man ever became a Jedi anyway. What sort of person abandons someone little more than a child on a war torn planet?
Jedi Apprentice 6: The Uncertain Past
So while Qui-Gon broods and insists on being a one-man pity party. Obi-Wan's life once again gets flushed down the great mother of all toilets when Cerasi (who he was half in love with) is assassinated. Nield goes insane with grief and decides the Elders are to blame so he vows to resume the war and kill everyone who doesn't share this belief.
Caught between the crazy teenage leader of the Young who wants to commit genocide and the equally crazy leader of the Elders who wants to commit genocide as well, Obi-Wan decides to call for help. He calls Yoda. Yoda summons Qui-Gon who upon learning that Obi-Wan (whom he dumped in a warzone) is seeking help decides to leave the room as he doesn't care what happens to Obi-Wan who Qui-Gon is now convinced is as bad as Xanatos. Yoda makes the self-obsessed Jedi Knight go to Melida/Daan where he and poor Obi have a tense reunion.
Eventually the peace is made permanent thanks to Cerasi giving a message from beyond the grave. Qui-Gon manages to get his head partially out of his ass and Obi-Wan decides he needs to return to the Jedi and make amends. that however turns out to be slightly problematical. No wonder Obi-Wan messed up Anakin's training so badly, seeing what a kind, caring, considerate, nurturing mentor Qui-Gon wasn't. I'm surprised he didn't kill Qui himself instead of waiting for Darth Maul to do it.