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Star Wars Book Challenge 12: The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #3)

The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor’s secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn’s command, the Republic has one last hope–sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn’s terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C’baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.

What Star Wars novel should I start with?

The Thrawn Trilogy!!

Just finished it for the second time and wow. Still great and complete trilogy, filled with action and amazing storytelling. Zahn bravely pushes the saga in interesting new directions that sets the bar for all the novels that have followed. I think what I like about the each novel in this trilogy is that they have their own arc. Yet Zahn links this them all together in the end of it all. So read this set if you can!!

Star Wars Book Challenge 8: Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)

Star Wars: Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2)

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Star Wars Book Challenge 11: The Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars Universe)

Oh The Courtship of Princess Leia…… I remember reading this novel when it first come out. Before the time of the Disney, before the dark times that were the other three movies… Well I should say that. Overtime I’ve come to like the for what they are and it’s also fun to watch my kids watch them. Anywho!! Novel yes! Sorry…  Courtship of Princess Leia.. I think this is the first novel of Star Wars where it left me with a bad taste in my mouth.. So many unfinished story lines, plot holes, etc. I also found out that the author Dave Wolverton was to pen a trilogy. Starting with Courtship, which would explain some of the unfinished plots. But the whole thing was canceled like Fox slapping around Firefly…..Oooo To soon?.. The reasons being, I still don’t know and can’t seem to find anything about it. It’s funny reading through all the hate for this book tho hahaha. Comparing it to really bad fan fiction, yeah fan fiction.. Over all i would stay away from this one.

Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of 63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder, Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained “witches,” and a showdown with an invincible foe.

Star Wars Book Challenge 4: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #3)

star-wars-book-challenge_silver.png898955 Han Solo and the Lost Legacy is the third and final novel of The Han Solo Adventures trilogy, written by Brian Daley. It was released on August 12, 1980. It is a sequel to Han Solo’s Revenge. The whole trilogy was later reprinted on April 22, 1992.

There’s a fabled treasure at stake and a price on Han’s head. So he and Chewbacca head for a planet rumored to hide undreamed-of riches. But once they get there, Han’s beloved spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon, is hijacked by a band of assassins and killer robots. Their chances for survival are so slim, they might as well risk it all….

The fabled hoard of the mad tyrant Xim was beyond measure — it was also, as far as Han Solo and his Wookiee partner Chewbacca were concerned, strictly legendary. But the pleadings of an old spacebum who had once saved his life — plus the fact that a trifling misunderstanding had set the deadliest gunman in the galaxy on his trail, making a secret expedition to almost any place seem highly desirable — were enough to grab Han Solo’s interest.

But within hours of landing on the planet rumored to hold the treasure, Han’s beloved spacecraft Millennium Falcon was hijacked, and his party had to contend with assassins and an army of killer robots.

This was no way, Han Solo felt, for a pair of honest smugglers to make a living…

img_20160527_160045.jpgYou know that scar on Han Solo’s chin? Ever wonder where it come from? Well in this book you find out that it was a knife wound he received during a fight with a dockworker on Dellalt. I found myself liking this one a little more than the second book. It also stands alone and could possibly be read out of turn with no worries (which I did by mistake). Daley does a good job at finishing up the story line for Hand Solo and Chewy. Well before the movies at least haha. Feel that Daley really hitting his stride as an author in the Expanded Star Wars Universe in this novel or novels. It can be read as a stand alone adventure story and could make for some good movies *hint hint*.  If you find this book or trilogy READ IT! I never knew this was around till my friend let me borrow them. Now I’m keeping my eyes open for a set for myself ;).HSLostLegacy_art

Star Wars Book Challenge 3.5: Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2)

star-wars-book-challenge_silver.pngSo we have the next novel in the Han Solo Adventures Trilogy Han Solo’s Revenge (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #2) by Brian Daley.

775507For a cool ten thousand credits, Han and Chewbacca will do just about anything—except transport slaves. For one thing, it means an instant death sentence. So when a high-paying cargo shipment turns out to be a consignment of Lurrian slaves, Han and Chewie have to think fast. But Han forms a plan to turn the tables on the slavers and free the captives. Then, good deed accomplished, he scours the skies for the nasty joker who set him up—because revenge can be so sweet.

Han Solo’s Revenge is the second novel of The Han Solo Adventures trilogy, written by Brian Daley. It was released on October 12, 1979. It is a sequel to Han Solo at Stars’ End and is followed by Han Solo and the Lost Legacy. The whole trilogy was later reprinted on April 22, 1992.

“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”

-Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi

So if you want a Han Solo tale that tells it like it was, that offers Han as he was meant to be, Han Solo’s Revenge is for you. And if you think it is better that Greedo shoots first you need to stay away, and I am sorry, but there is no cure for your affliction. Great Humor, quick paced action and memorable characters. What more can you ask for :)? So far I’m really like this Trilogy and it’s nice to have a small peek into universe that George Lucas created. The only problem I have with the book was the ending, because it was rather abrupt and kinda jarring in fact. But over all it’s another fun Star Wars book to read and can’t wait till I start up the third one!

After a string of unsuccessful smuggling ventures in the Corporate Sector, Han Solo and his Wookiee copilot, Chewbacca, quit that part of space. Down on their luck after a botched smuggling run on the Rampa Rapids, Han Solo and Chewbacca found themselves on the planet Kamar, showing holodocumentaries to the natives. They soon realized they weren’t cut out for legitimate work, and found themselves nearly broke, with no prospects in sight. In these dire straits, Han and Chewie accepted a job offer from an anonymous employer to fly blind for a cool ten thousand credits. However, after flying the Millennium Falcon to the planet Lur for the pickup, they discovered that the cargo was a load of slaves—something neither Han nor Chewbacca had any tolerance for. Some fast thinking by their two droids, Bollux and Blue Max, provided the two with an opportunity to turn the tables on the slavers’ attempt to commandeer the Falcon, and escape with both their lives and their ship. As far as Han Solo was concerned, somebody still owed them for their trouble. So they set out to track down the recipients of their intended cargo to get their money one way or another.

Star Wars Book Challenge 3: Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)

Star-Wars-Book Challenge_SilverSo here we have Star Wars: Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends) by Timothy Zahn. Zahn has become rather revered to the Star Wars Fanboys out there, done to his Thrawn series. Plus a number of other Wars books he was written over time.

13573427To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head–and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba–and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.

All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers…or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both–including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike–and pull off the heist of the century–it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

giphySo think Ocean’s Eleven.. Not the ’50s Rat Pack version with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, rather the George Clooney/Brad Pitt version. I rather enjoyed this novel and had fun reading it for what it was. A lot of people are not fan of this book and pan it as a whole. I found some people saying that there wasn’t any Jedi in the novel or it’s not Star Wars with out the force.. I think they are missing the point to everything and the point of the story. it’s Han Solo! And it’s about him and his friends/crew, not Luke.. Since it takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back , it was really fun to see him echo or foreshadow famous moments and characters. Well written and the plot has lots of twists and turns. It is a fun read and you should check it out!98a4003224f86bdb078c61881e0f30e4d2c34087

Star Wars Book Challenge 2.5: Prophets of the Dark Side (Star Wars: Jedi Prince #6)

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Written by Paul Davids, Hollace Davids… Prophets of the Dark Side (1993) is the sixth and final book of the Jedi Prince. It is set in the Rebellion era and I wasn’t a fan of this book to much.. Writing seemed off at points and the ending was rushed and left open with many, many questions. Now this novel and series of Star Wars books are aimed more for young adults. I liked it for what it was and happy I read it. Just wasn’t my cup of tea and left me wanting more answers. But if you find yourself a copy I say give it a read.

192796The battle against the evil Empire rages on as heroic men, women, and aliens of the Rebel Alliance continue their struggle to end the era of darkness. But by rescuing an Imperial prisoner, have the Rebels brought disaster upon themselves?While on a perilous quest in the mushroom forests of Arzid, Luke and Ken are captured by Kadann, Supreme Imperial Prophet. Having tempted the young Jedi Prince into revealing the location of the Lost City of the Jedi, the Supreme Prophet plans to steal the ancient knowledge of the Jedi Knights. Now Kadann will rule over a new tyrannical empire, as foretold by the… “Prophets Of The Dark Side”

 

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Star Wars Book Challenge 2: Shadows of the Empire (Star Wars Universe)

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He doesn’t want to owe anybody, doesn’t want anybody to owe him. He works for whoever pays the most. He’s downright magic with anything that flies, and he can pick wing nuts off a tabletop with a blaster without scorching the finish. He’s a good man to have at your back when the going gets hot—as long as your money lasts.―Lando Calrissian, on Dash Rendar

Shadows of the Empire. So many great memories with this story line (novel and game). This has to be one of my favorite Star Wars book of all time and is definitely in my top 5. This novel was first published back in 1996, SOTE-N64that same year a third-person shooter video game was developed by LucasArts. It was one of the first games made available for the Nintendo 64, with more than 1 million copies sold as of 1997. Shadows was part of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project and takes place as a backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Plot goes as follows:

9549 Here is the untold story of the events that took place between the movies The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi: a novel in which Darth Vader still lives–and battles a villain as powerful and evil as himself.
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It is a time of crisis. Han Solo, frozen in carbonite, is being taken to the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. As Princess Leia mounts a rescue mission including Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, and a brilliant young pilot, Darth Vader pits himself against a cunning and ruthless rival. Xizor is the leader of a powerful crime syndicate who seeks to supplant Vader for the favor of their mutual master, the dreaded Emperor. Their target: Luke Skywalker. Suddenly Luke finds himself the potential prize of the two most evil entities in the galaxy–one who wants him alive…and one who wants him dead.

Steve Perry does a good job linking the two movies together (Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) and fills in/answer a lot of questions. How Luke built his new light saber and what Leia, Chewie and Lando did between movies. Also goes into Luke finishing up some more of his training to become a Jedi, Han Solo is still frozen in carbonite. Leia and Chewie are still getting use to Lando and trying to figure out if they can true him. It also introduces some new characters, Xizor the head of Black Sun the evil underground crime network of the Star Wars Universe and Dash Rendar. A Smuggler/freelancer (think Han Solo only not) personally I liked Dash as a character. I know some people found to be just a rip off of Han, but as the story goes on and into other novels/comics almost kinda wish they make this into a movie.

The only problem I have with the book and it kinda annoys me a little bit. Is the writing style…. most of the sentences seemed really short at times and caused this repetitive beat to the book. But that was the only problem I had really. Over all I love this book, I use to have a copy of it some where…. Don’t know what happen to it, had to borrow this one from a friend as well.

 

Star Wars Book Challenge 1.5: Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1)

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Next time I fall for one of these tempting offers, sit on me till the urge passes.―Han Solo, to Chewbacca

NUMBER 1.5!!! So here we have the first novel of the The Han Solo Adventures trilogy! A friend of mine let me borrow these book for the challenge and personal couldn’t wait to start reading them! I found myself really enjoying this novel and the over all story plot/idea behind the trilogy.

873195Han Solo trusts no one, and does no favors. But when the best illegal ship rebuilder in the galaxy disappears, Han and Chewbacca agree to go after him—after all, the Millennium Falcon needs some very special repairs. Their search pits them against powerful and ruthless enemies out to destroy them, and finally leads them to an airless speck of desolate asteroid—the Corporate Sector Authority|Authority prison planet known as Stars’ End.

Written by Brian Daley, it was released on April 12, 1979. A sequel, entitled Han Solo’s Revenge, was published on October 12, 1979. The whole trilogy was reprinted together on April 22, 1992. It’s mostly disconnected from the rest of the Star Wars Universe. It takes Solo and Chewbacca off to a distant place far removed from The Empire, Jabba the Hutt and more. While it does examine their pre-Luke Skywalker life, it makes no references to anything familiar other than the two characters, making it markedly different than most other Star Wars tie-ins. Still, the character do feel like those we grew to love on screen and they do have fun banter and action adventures. It’s well written and Brain Daley does a good job of telling a story. Given there really wasn’t much to go on at the time. Han’s quips and comments are true to the first movie as well as his ambitions and code of ethics. Some new characters that were added are two droids, Bullox and Blue Max. Both neat additions to the Star Wars Universe if a bit reminiscent of C3PO and R3D2. 

So far in this challenge I’ve read some short novels. Han Solo at Stars’ End (Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures #1) is only about 187 pages long. Most of this trilogy each book is just under 200 pages, Han Solo’s Revenge is 198. Making it the bigger one in the set and that one will be coming next month :). I’m really liking where this is going and enjoying this challenge a little bit more.

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Star Wars Book Challenge 1: Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends)

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So here we are with the first of the 19 books! As I stated before, I’ll be reading one Star Wars book a month till the release of Star Wars VIII. So on the 15th of every month I’ll be posting a new Star Wars book. Think of it as a fun way to count down to the the movie!

We have, Winner Lose All (Star Wars Legends) by Timothy Zahn (best known for Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy & (The Conquerors Saga) is a prequel “novella” to Timothy Zahn’s Scoundrels.

16156151Lando Calrissian’s no stranger to card tournaments, but this one has a truly electrifying atmosphere. That’s because the prize is a rare sculpture worth a whopping fifty million credits. If Lando’s not careful, he’s going to go bust, especially after meeting identical twins Bink and Tavia Kitik, master thieves who have reason to believe that the sculpture is a fake. The Kitiks are beautiful, dangerous, and determined to set things right—and they’ve convinced Lando to help them expose the scam. But what they’re up against is no simple double cross, nor even a twisted triple cross. It is a full-blown power play of colossal proportions. For an unseen mastermind holds all the cards and has a fail-proof solution for every problem: murder.

Winner Lose All is a short story and it’s only about 65 pages long. Now I read this before reading Scoundrels, but I have a good idea on what happen in that novel. I rather enjoyed Winner Lose All, it’s a classic tale of “get rich quick” gambles. Murder, frame-ups, gambling, conniving and thievery, it’s all here! I also like the new characters that Zahn made for the story line, I think the only problem I had with the story. It was a little slow to take off, it it all comes together in the end. Not a bad way to start off a new book challenge, now that the Star Trek book challenge is coming to an end. So if you happen to find a copy of this story, give it a read.

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