This review is coming fresh from my first experience with the Thrawn trilogy having just marathon it all the way through. As a disclaimer the bitter taste of Aftermath is still fresh in my mind so I apologize for having to reference it into explaining why the star wars canon lost so much from not including the Thrawn trilogy as its journey to the force awakens. Ultimately what makes the the Thrawn trilogy vastly superior to the "Aftermath trilogy" is in the characters;
The Thrawn trilogy gave us not only the original characters we know and love (Han Luke Leia ect) but also gave us new interesting characters like Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, the titular character Thrawn and an insane jedi master as good examples.
Aftermath on the other hand......
to fill the role of ex-imperial instead of Mara Jade (someone actually somewhat important in the overall empire) we get Sijnir whose thrown in to be a shield to the immediate criticism Wendig knew he would get from writing a piece of shit in 40 days that somehow became canon
To fill the role of the merc with a heart, instead of Talon Karrde (also someone actually important to galactic events) we get a forgettable zabark bounty hunter who I remember almost nothing about
To fill the role of former rebel roped back into the fight instead of (once again someone who actually matters in the grand scheme of things) former senator bel eblis, we get some former Y-wing pilot (also replacing the mother theme of Princess Leia)
replacing the head of state of the empire we go from the charismatic and ruthless Thrawn to the cliché character of Wulf who is completely incompetent because in Wendig's star wars "all men are dumb morons"
Plus rather than focusing on some back water planet, the Thrawn trilogy actually acts like Star Wars and actually "has a war going on". In closing this trilogy should have been the journey to the force awakens not the horrible Aftermath trilogy
So yeah...in typical Star Wars fashion, this was well produced. The only major drawback in this storyline is the accurate portrayal of the crazed jedi master. His constant formalizing of everyone's name is ANNOYING!
I have a hard time listening to some of the older audios, so it was a pleasant surprise to see Marc T re-do. Like always he did a superb job.
Long haul truck driver :-)
Great stories line, I just wished they would have continued it, the potential for the aftermath is great
The continual buildup of the invincible villains leads to a dramatic letdown when they are defeated so handily by the books second level protagonists.
The new republic continues to act in irrational ways, like allowing their heroes to rush off on fools errands and take unnecessary risks against staggering odds.
In general the authors description of the space battles is both unrealistic and unsatisfying. Lack of any description of the overall strategy from either side as well as little tactics during battle itself. Apparently only Thrawn is allowed to use his brain? The new republic never once uses any offensive strategy or tactics....just overall weak space battles. Blah.
A muscle in my cheek twitched when the author used "a muscle in xxx's cheek twitched" to describe some characters reaction to a vexing situation...come up with something else