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
Outstanding. Couldn't stop listening. One of the best audio books that I've ever experienced. I can't recommend it enough. Great
Fan of sci-fi/fantasy and comedic essays. Possibly three penguins in a man suit.
A good standalone novel that brings in elements from across the Star Wars Expanded Universe - reading the other books (and watching related video) will enrich your experience of the story while tie-ins you don't immediately recognize will still stand on their own. Vital elements for a conclusive story.
Not so much the narrator as the overall performance could have cut back on the sound effects. While they sometimes do their intended task of enriching the experience, they ended up doing more distracting than enriching, for me.
The ultimate conclusion to the adventures Han, Luke, and Leia started in A New Hope!
The amount of time and focus spent on the visceral experience of injury seemed to have a disconnect with the cinematic experience presented by most Star Wars stories.
This is Troys weakest work that I've read. I've loved his work in LotF and FotJ but this one falls flat
Marc knocks it out of the park again.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
The Continuation of life after The Fate Of The Jedi
The regulars of course. Luke, Jaina, Lei,Han,Lando etc.... But the author has created some new characters that rock. I miss a strong female villain. But this book has several.
All of them he should redo every book. He makes the saga great. I hope he is highly paid.
It made me have faith in star wars books again. I love them but the last few were just okay not bad but just okay. this one rocked.
Please have Marc Thompson redo the New Jedi Order but make it unabridged. You would sell a lot of copies. Since they have like 19 books in series that's a lot of cash. do it.
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.
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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