Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn makes his triumphant return to the Star Wars(r) universe in this first of an epic new two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet--a dead Imperial warlord.
The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats--one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones. Yet, perhaps most dangerous of all, are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings.
©2011 Timothy Zahn (P)2013 Random House Audio
"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance." (Library Journal)
Writing style really lacked subtle creativity I've seen in other star wars books. I enjoyed it none the less but wish the author went more in depth with more descriptive setups of different world and characters. I continually found my self wondering who the character was that was being talked about in a given chapter, something I've never struggled with before. But true to any good star wars novel the story had some depth to it and over all was a good read.
Love to read, mostly sci-fi. No spoilers ... ever. Seriously, people.
The story-line is a remnant of the Thrawn Trilogy. It definitely feels like it can't let go of that original storyline and make it a book of its own. The performance, however is just as good. If you enjoyed Marc Thompson's narration in the original 3, you'll enjoy this. You might be tempted, however, to fast forward through some dry parts of the plot line.
That said, it's "dry" for Timothy Zahn. It's still heads and shoulders above most other Sci-Fi writers, especially those trying to write Star Wars.
Similar to other Zahn Star Wars books, the story is entertaining though sometimes a bit stiff and narrowly constrained. The plot isn't as developed as the Thrawn trilogy but it moves along and should keep the listener entertained. However, Marc Thompson's stunning performance brings the book to life and adds depth and quality to characters that might otherwise be lacking. It's worth a listen just to be amazed by the range of Thompson. Truly outstanding and worthy of a credit just to hear the best narrator in the business excel at his craft. 3.5 stars for the book, 10 stars for performance by Thompson.
The whole story is so much fun. Extending the story and expanding on the origins of who I personally believe is the most interesting Star Wars character ever, was very gratifying. The expert narration from Thompson only made the whole thing that much more enjoyable.
I would compare it to the rest of Zahn's Star Wars books. All of his work in the expanded universe is very consistent.
Thompson narrated the Thrawn trilogy, as well as book 2 in this series. He is excellent and consistent across all of them.
I might have giggled a few times at the back and fourths between Luke and Mara.
I strongly suggest that anyone who enjoys books set within the Star Wars expanded universe to give this a listen, as well as other books Zahn. There is so much good stuff!
I loved the Thrawn series when it came out in the 90s. Maybe it was that I was at the right age or that it was the first books in the EU for Star Wars. These 2 books do not seem to measure up to me. I think it is in equal parts my age and the story. These are not for grown up fans IMHO. Plus it seems that they suffer from "the temple of doom" syndrome. I mean no matter how perilous the situation there is no real danger for any of the main characters. Still, Marc does his best with the voices.
I have not read the print edition. But I can not image that it is better.
Great storyline! Very entertaining.
Marc Thompson's is the best voice actor I've listen too.
These are the first three of a series, the next is The Hand of Thrawn. Listen to these first then the race back to the computer and buy the next.
Great writing, wonderful story and ten star narration. Star Wars has never been so good. These are meaty, rich stories that will keep you up at night, and late to work. Perfect!!!
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