Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn brings his epic two-volume series The Hand of Thrawn to an explosive conclusion with a discovery that rocks the New Republic to its foundations - and threatens to resurrect the Empire.
The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn. In his hands - alive or dead - rests the fate of the New Republic.
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Another great story from Timothy Zahn, with outstanding narration. Ending felt a little rushed but worth the time for the unabridged version.
I have to admit it wasn't my favorite of the Time Zahn Star Wars books but it was a sweet end to the always awesome Thrawn series. As for what isn't so great about it is how it a little to fractured for my total liking and the end seemed rushed. I do think this could possibly have been split up a bit more to a third book if you are going to have some many moving parts to it. All I'm all though I'm happy. It's too bad this stories isn't canon anymore but I can see how bit a pieces can be mined for later main Saga movies. Oh and always the voice talent for this series is top notch. May the force be with you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Please keep the unabridged versions coming! I recommend this to all who enjoy a great story.
As I said on the first book, "Wow", what s great story. Another example of why anything with Star wars and Marc Thompson is worth having. Get both books and listen back to back for the maximum benefit/enjoyment.
This is definitely worth the point. Get it.
I think the story could've been told in far less than 26 hours. There were great, entertaining moments, but there were also a lot of needless plotlines -- including everything with Karrde.
It's checked my former reverence of Zahn. He relies way too much on coincidence to drive his plots, and is too attached to his own Mary Sue characters.
Marc brings characters to life in a way I have not found with any other performer. He nails so many characters, of all species and genders. If Thrawn ever appears, I'd want Marc to voice him.
I think the original Thrawn trilogy would be a much stronger candidate.
Too bloated. Too little payoff. Too much coincidence.
This story didn't hold my enthusiasm as the others have, I really didn't enjoy much of the story line. It is my opinion that it was too drawn out. This entire story could have been told in half the chapters, there is very little action and more emotional drama that doesn't ingest me personally. The narrator Marc Thompson is as always great but his female character voices really start to annoy me half way through the book. Overall I think I would have rather saved my credits for another star wars saga.
Really good, except for the annoying bird people, they wouldn't shut up. Good book though.
"A Brilliant conclusion to the Duology!"
Random House's Star Wars productions are always top notch and this delivers on all cylinders!
This is by far the longest Star Wars novel i've read and the 3 part download emphasised this when i was revisiting the story in audio form.
The production level on these books is top notch, not only is the narration cleaned and crisp with very little sibilance.
Utilising the Lucasfilm library of John Williams Star Wars soundtracks as well as the in galaxy sound effects really helps to immerse the listener in the galaxy.
Marc Thompsons' portrayal of Han Solo is very accurate and also kinda comical due to his grumpiness (Han's not Marcs!). Very apt
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