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
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.
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