Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected - and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force.When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes - and far deadlier consequences.
Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
©2013 Troy Denning (P)2013 Random House Audio
Luke Skywalker... 'Nuff said.
Everything! Marc makes the book come to life, it's amazing that he's the only one that actually narrates it.
Though it does have it's issues... sure. It is very compelling, so yes.
See, I love the book but there are issues with the story. It's not very consistent and it throws you off stride. (Not the good Timothy Zahn 'of stride') i think Mr. Denning can make great novels, he has shown this, but this could have been better.
(SPOILERS!) Personally I would have thought a better swan song would be a more classical Jedi vs Sith book but instead Troy goes for a more exotic Columi vs Jedi book that leads them to the Not-Mortis. Now this is were it slipped for me.
The monolith wasn't executed well, and it didn't really mesh with the already explained nature of the monoliths in the Clone Wars episodes (and my personal theory, that they are some type of Tho Yor.) The execution of Not-Mortis was not very well done, the Story threw you around, and the characters felt to wide spread in a similar way to the villains in Batman Arkham City.
Nevertheless the issues surrounding this story are problematic but the areas where they are aren't large, therefore it's like a couple bad bites in a brownie. I would definitely suggest this to any star wars novel reader, casual or otherwise. It's the swan song (So far as we know....) to the original trio team up so it can't be passed up. Unfortunately it's the swan song to the original star wars trio team up. :,( Don't actually trust that statement as i'm sure another novel will reveal the death/fate of Han, Luke, and Leia.
stars for connie
Marc Thompson I love the way he reads the book and how he brings the characters to life. I like the audible books because you get a feel of the action and he seems you are part of the story and you are more aware of the story.
All the old characters was back together and I was glad to see new characters. The story was good and I was kind of glad they was fighting a new foe instead of the just the Sith.
The Sith was present and this will strengthen the story and I hope it will lead to another story. Han, Leia, and Luke are older and the children are older also I think this is how the saga shall proceed.
Action and excitement he makes you see and feel the story. The special FX are also good they help you experience the story better.
I laugh at some of the scenes and I cried when I thought that Luke or Leia may not have made it. I felt sorry for some of the other characters too.
The story was good but they were a little off about Mortis and I think that could have been done a little better. But since I have been following Star Wars so long and I have seen the Clone Wars series it explain it better in one of their episode and the Dawn of the Jedi series by Dark Horse comics explains it better and you can just start putting all the pieces together. But I really enjoyed the book and I was glad that it was set after The Fate of the Jedi I hope that will be more stories In the future to build on the younger characters and other Jedi working together to make the Jedi more stronger.
The emotions, moods, music, feelings, and the ending of this cannot beat by reading.
A good continuation to the other star wars books.
The ending with Luke's revelation.
The ending was unexpected, but I guess it was bound to happen.
Marc Thompson has the ability to bring this average book into something I enjoy. His skills at bringing characters from a written media into an audio environment is simply amazing. All the star wars characters in my head have his stellar performance bringing them to life.
The star wars saga continues and is still got it.
Luke skywalker he had always been my favorite.
There are to many to name one.
I love these books and this author.
I really like the Books using the Star Wars characters at the age where the Solo's have a grandchild and Luke's son is now a Jedi. The story is fast paced and Marc Thompson always does a great job with the Audio. All Star Wars serious readers will enjoy this piece of the Tale.
I've been a fan of fantasy and science fiction since childhhood. I kind burned out on sci-fi and now stick mainly to fantasy.
Yes, It was a nice brisk read and Marc Thompson is, to me, the quintessential voice for Star Wars books.
The action is good and it is like spending time with old friends.
Marc Thompson is the voice of Star Wars. His narration of the characters are spot on. Just flawless in his execution at all times.
No, but I enjoyed listening a piece at a time. It is a good Star Wars novel. That being said there really isn't such a thing as a GREAT Star Wars novel. They are fun, light reads but nothing awe inspiring.
I'd recommend this book to any Star Wars fan. it is good for all ages. I listened to this one with my 12 year old daughter and she liked it just as much as I did.
A part time Library Assistant and general lover of books and stories.
I loved that it was an epic capstone to the adventures of Luke, Leia and Han. That it felt like the torch was truly passed on to the next generation of characters.
He brings an excellent range of voices to help flesh out well loved characters.
First, I'll answer the first obvious question. Yes, Marc Thompson does a brilliant job with the material. He easily elevates the book by a star at least. In fact it's safe to say that the book is worth the purchase just for Thompson alone.
There are a couple of bothersome things about Crucible. The villains and Denning's penchant for physically torturing our heroes. The bad guys are touted as geniuses but they're really dumb and silly. They should be no challenge for Luke, Han and Leia. I think had Denning played up the B movie aspects of the story with some humor and irony the way Matt Stover did with Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, we'd really have a tongue in cheek winner here. As it is, the ride is pleasant enough except for the odd torture sequence.
I don't think Denning knew that this would in all probability be the last post ROTJ novel. It was mostly written before the announcement of Episode VII. As it is, it is an oddly appropriate conclusion to the era. In lieu of this being a possible end I felt good about Denning's inclusion of so many well loved characters even if they often had little to do.
It felt a bit like an epilogue to the Fate of the Jedi series, which has a lot of unanswered questions.
A way back to the beginning...
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