The title perhaps..... Ben is just the master of ceremonies here in this story... He has some key moments, especially as the story picks up, but this is a character-driven story by non-canon characters who are making their Star Wars debut.
Sure, it's a nice read. Especially if you like Westerns.
Sure, but he sure has fallen off from his performances in the past. Remember Star Wars: Shatterpoint? Still the best Star Wars novel narration or voice imitation ever (Davis's performance of Mace Windu) outside of Marc Thompson's Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian in the Legacy novels. This is like Kenobi's Shatterpoint novel, but as mentioned above, he doesn't feature as much in Kenobi as Windu does in Shatterpoint. With that said, I think Davis is trying just a little too hard, like he's trying to outperform Marc Thompson. I think Davis and Thompson are both great narrators, but Davis should focus more on bringing out the drama of the book with his signature tenor sound and leave the "man of a thousand voices" performance to Thompson.
No, this would be a straight to DVD title. But a story like this would have been a curious and interesting story arc for Kenobi in the CLONE WARS cartoon show. But perhaps REBELS will visit with Kenobi on Tatooine....
No, it was far from bad but not an excellent book either, but that's not to say that John Jackson Miller is a bad writer. Lucasfilm should definitely give him a call to write another novel soon, perhaps another post-Clone Wars novel, strictly with non-canon characters, with perhaps a few cameos from familiar Star Wars characters, al la Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader. Although, James Luceno did feature Vader and some other well-known Star Wars characters in the novel a little bit to where they were at least minor characters and not just making cameos. But you get the idea.
Zahn: Jade's character profile is written perfectly. The story is like an episode of NCIS. NCIS: Star Wars, lol!
Thompson: His performance of the men of the "Hand of Judgement". Especially his "Quiller" voice.
None, but it's classic Zahn. Mara Jade begins to discover that the side she serves may not be on hers.
As stated above, the voices. He brings those characters out of that book as if it were a pop-up. His overall mastery of the tone and approach to this story makes the narration sound darn near flawless.
Han and Leia's moment alone near the end of the story.
One tiny thing bothered me about the dialog Mr. Zahn chose when Leia addressed Han as "Han" and not "Captain Solo" or just "Captain". Keep in mind that the book is set in a time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back so Leia, not yet experiencing the defeat at Hoth and the pursuit of Darth Vader, hasn't begun to release her true feelings for Han on a personal level. She should still have the same vintage professional and studious approach towards Han that she had in dealing with Solo in A New Hope and not be addressing him as "Han" THAT many times in the novel. However, the scene where Leia gets jealous as Han speaks to a female rebel pilot at the beginning of the novel perfectly shows the vintage suppression of feelings and indifference in Han's attempts to frustrate her.
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