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Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 2 | [James S. A. Corey]

Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion, Book 2

When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance? When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo - something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines.

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Publisher's Summary

Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck - writing as James S. A. Corey - make their Star Wars debut in this brand-new epic adventure featuring Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia Organa. The action begins after the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.

When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance?

When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo - something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.

But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect - including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands.

But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s x-wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever.

©2014 James S. A. Corey (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Dave Whittier, CA 03-13-14
    Dave Whittier, CA 03-13-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "This IS the Han Solo Book You've Been Looking For!"

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I read all the Star Wars books. I stopped right before the New Jedi Order (when I was in college), and since then have only read two - Zahn's Scoundrels and Schreiber's Death Troopers. In general, the Expanded Star Wars Universe became too much of a chore for me - the continuity got too bloated, I heard some of my favorite characters were needlessly killed off, and it just wasn't as much fun as when Zahn's first books came out. So when I heard that James S.A. Corey - the writing duo of Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham who write the kick ass Expanse space operas - were doing a Star Wars book, and that it'd be a stand-alone Han Solo Star Wars books, AND that it'd be set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, well, I knew I'd have to make the jump to lightspeed and pick this nerf-herder up.

    Han Solo and Chewbacca are recruited by the Rebel Alliance to pull out spy Scarlet Hark from her assignment on a planet in the Imperial Core. The extraction doesn't go as simply as planned (their plans are awful). Scarlet has some loose ends to tie up, Han has a price on his head, and the Empire has their sights on a new super weapon. I don't want to give away too much, but suffice it to say blasters are drawn, planets are scorched, and Chewbacca is a far more profane wookie than I ever realized. (We always did wonder what he was saying, right?)

    In other words: Franck and Abraham do not disappoint. There were times when I was worried the story was going to take a long time building up to a plot point - say a heist - and then, like the Expanse books, they barrel right into the action, never sacrificing characterization, and move onto the next play. The characters we know feel like they've walked right off the screen, just as we remembered them. And we're introduced to several fascinating new characters: the aforementioned Scarlet Hark, who is as stubborn, gutsy, and wise-cracking as Han; Hunter Maas, an arrogant would-be alpha male who always talks about himself in the third person; and Baasen Ray, a down-on-his-luck smuggler and old friend of Han. Saying too much about any of them would be spoiling the fun, but I do want to say that they were all very well-developed. I was pleased Scarlet never became part of a romantic triangle with Han and Leia - their relationship and camaraderie had a very business casual professional feel to it, playing against the obvious type. But most of all, I was surprised and delighted by the shades of grey displayed by one character. Often, we generally know which side someone is on when they walk onto the screen (or page) in Star Wars. However, one character's journey really surprised me, and it was nice to see that they're can be acts of kindness and grace, even by characters who often came off as an utter bastard. It's a nice bit of characterization, and one I feel like we don't often see in Star Wars.

    Is it as good as The Expanse or The Dagger in the Coin books? No. Not even close. But I'd be lying if it wasn't loads of fun, and had me wishing that they'd do another Star Wars book someday, in all their free time. If you like any of their books, and Star Wars, you're gonna get a kick out of this one. It'll make you want to invite your buddies over for beer and an original trilogy marathon. And it'll probably make you want to check out all their other non-Star Wars books too.

    (And being a big fan of both Expanse series, and Abraham's Dagger and the Coin series, it's fun to pick out some of their kinks - whether it's where does the Rebel Alliance get their money from, a traveling Opera troupe, a labyrinth-like mad scientist laboratory filled with dead Storm Troopers. The only thing missing is vomit zombies. Basically, if they thought something was cool, and they could use it, they did.)

    I've listened to exactly three Star Wars books now, two of which have been narrated by Marc Thompson (no relation). I have to give Thompson credit - it's gotta be hard to come into something like Star Wars where the sound of the characters are pretty ingrained in our minds. In that regard, Thompson is a winner - his Han Solo isn't Harrison Ford, but it's the next best thing. And he gets all the bravado, cockiness, and general scoundrelness across well. His voices for other favorites like Luke and Leia aren't quite as good, but he makes up for it with the supporting cast and characters like Scarlet, Hunter, and Baasen. Where Thompson doesn't work so well is the line-to-line delivery. Often simple actions - like Han picking up a tool to repair the Falcon - are delivered with Shatner-esque forced excitement, and I would've preferred he let the material speak for himself a little more.

    The book is jam-packed with the standard sound effects and John Williams score that's have become custom for these things. The F/X are actually kind of fun, but the over-reliance on the John Williams score is distracting. When Han gets into a fistfight with an alien, and the SW soundtrack starts up, some of the tension gets lost for me. That said, it wasn't enough of a distraction to keep me from wanting to press play when I had the chance.

    If you've been nostalgic at all about Star Wars, and considered diving into one of the novels - Honor Among Thieves is your ticket to all the charm and excitement that made you fall in love with this scoundrel and his wookie co-pilot from a galaxy far, far away.

    (Originally published at the AudioBookaneers)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Mike 05-27-14
    Dr. Mike 05-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This is Han at his best"
    Where does Honor Among Thieves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10%


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Honor Among Thieves?

    Marc Thompson's amazing ability to generate tension during any of the action scenes. I think the two narrators worked together seamlessly.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson and Ilyana Kadushin – was your favorite?

    Han Solo


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathie Lang Huntsville, AL USA 05-18-14
    Cathie Lang Huntsville, AL USA 05-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "What happened to Chewie?"

    I enjoy most Star Wars books. While "Honor Among Thieves" doesn't rank at the same level as the "Thrawn" books, it is nevertheless a fun book to listen to. It is set after "A New Hope" and features Han Solo as the main character. Han is tasked by Leia Organa to retrieve spy Scarlet Hark from behind Imperial lines. From there the adventures begin. Former associate Baasen Ray, who has taken up bounty hunting, makes things difficult as he captures, loses and re-captures Han and Chewie.

    I really, really enjoy Marc Thompson's narrations. They are actually more like productions than someone simply reading the story. There are droid sounds and blaster sounds and ships taking off sounds. Marc totally nails Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. It was pretty funny that Baasen Ray had an Australian accent. The only reason I couldn't give the Performance 5 stars that Marc Thompson's narrations usually merit was Chewbacca. Marc - what happened to Chewbacca??? Chewies "voice" sounded different this time and it was kind of embarrassing. I'd say - if it can't be done correctly, don't do it at all. It isn't like he has "words" that he speaks - just leave it to be narrated by the story. When Chewie's voice is done correctly, it adds to the performance. Done incorrectly, it definitely detracts. Otherwise - great job as usual!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brian 07-23-15
    brian 07-23-15
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    "Mark Thompson makes this book great!!"

    Not as good as a Timothy Zahn Star Wars book but Marc Thompson could make the reading of a dictionary extremely exciting!!! A++++

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    Joey 07-15-15
    Joey 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great star wars book"
    If you could sum up Honor Among Thieves in three words, what would they be?

    exciting fun short


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Honor Among Thieves?

    hearing a grown man make chewbaka noises


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any seen with chewy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yessy 07-02-15
    yessy 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "connected knowledge"

    always like to know what happens between the big adventures to get the full picture of how it all came about and what or who helped in the final outcome.

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    J. Cooke 06-13-15
    J. Cooke 06-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Uninspired Story"

    This book felt like it was adapted from a comic book or a video game because it felt like a re-tread story where it's a race to capture a potential super weapon from an ancient alien species. The story was only improved because of the narrator.

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    Chris 04-06-15
    Chris 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story with dramatic performance."

    I bought this on the strength of the writers and their superb series "The Expanse", as well as an interview I'd heard about this title.

    Though the story is well-written, I didn't enjoy it as an audio product.
    This book has been recorded as a weird sort of audio drama. The performer does a great job with the voices - he really captures Luke and Han well, but I found all the music and sound effects distracting. I would have far preferred a regular audio-book reading.

    If you enjoy audio drama, you might well love this story, but if you prefer unadorned audio-books you might do better spending a credit elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan D 01-22-15
    Bryan D 01-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A fun ride,and how can you not love Marc Thompson?"

    I really enjoyed the story but as always Thompson's performance is what makes it. He really has a grasp of Star Wars and coupled with the music and excellent sound effects production this is a fantastic listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-17-14
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    "Star Wars Written to Perfection"
    Would you listen to Honor Among Thieves again? Why?

    I would listen to it again. The writing is right out of the original Star Wars series with Chewie's and Han Solo's dialogue done to perfection. The production value is excellent with plenty of background sounds that put you right into the center of a Star Wars action movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is always hard to bring such well known scoundrels as Han Solo and Chewbacca to life after someone else gave them their original voice. I was prepared to give Marc Thomson some slack because of this, but was pleasantly surprised that I did not need to. Also, James S. A. Corey has captured the tone of the original Star Wars perfectly. If I had any quibbles it would be the ship to ship space combat scenes. They seemed a little repetitive. That however, is a very small quibble indeed.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson and Ilyana Kadushin – was your favorite?

    Han was certainly well done, and whoever voiced Chewie did an really good job, but my favorite character was Scarlet Hark. I kept wanting to find out more and more about her. I was afraid she would turn out to be one dimensional, but that was not the case. More Scarlet Hark please.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The action certainly never lets up, but this is not a book I just HAD to finish in one sitting. For me this is good. I do most of my listening in the car going to and from work. There were plenty of times I was caught sitting in my car long after I had arrived at work or home, just listening and waiting for a good place to put it down. Fortunately the chapter breaks are well done and stopping never was extremely hard. This book though, definitely made me look forward to the drive home.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. S. P. Treeton
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    "Harrison Ford is in this"
    What about Marc Thompson and Ilyana Kadushin ’s performance did you like?

    The voice overs were very good, if a bit ethnic steriotyping, but then again, that' star wars. Gilbert Godfrey and an Italian android.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Harrison Ford book - half way through it goes from a spy thriller (running round not liking things) to Indiana Jones (Pick one, they do all three)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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