He is Xizor, Underlord of a galaxywide criminal organization, and he seeks to displace Darth Vader as the Emperor's right hand. To do so, he will hatch a brilliantly evil plan to discredit Vader in the Emperor's eyes. In the meantime, he will join the Dark Lord in an unholy alliance whose common target is Luke Skywalker.
"Would have been better Unabridge"
At the end of the 24th century, war is fought in a civilized manner: Each side hires mercenaries to engage in combat in specifically designated areas. To the victor go the spoils - whatever they maybe. After a couple of assignments involving more intrigue and skullduggery than the Cutter Force Initiative ever wanted, the unit is looking forward to being part of a straight-up, short-term industrial war on Earth.
As civil war between the Republic and the Separatists rages across the galaxy, nowhere is the fighting more fierce than on the swamp world of Drongar, where a beleaguered mobile hospital unit wages a never-ending war of its own, and where a Jedi Padawan is on a healing mission without her master. A battle is waged over the control of a priceless native plant, and an endless line of medlifters brings in the wounded and dying - mostly clone troopers, but also soldiers of all species.
In the early 23rd century, one of very few ways to rise above your caste is to become a player in the extreme martial arts game known as the Musashi Flex. Lazlo Mourn, a battle-scarred veteran, is ready to hang up his blades when his moves suddenly evolve toward a form of fighting unlike any the galaxy has seen. Journalist Cayne Sola wants the big story on the games, and not even the fiercest warrior will stop her.
"Great fun, well worth listening"
At the close of the 24th century, a series of revolutions has caused the galaxy to descend into chaos. With the Galactic Union’s army stretched thin, mercenary units have arisen for those who have the need - and the means - to hire them. Captained by former Detached Guerrilla Forces Colonel R. A. "Rags" Cutter, the Cutter Force Initiative is one of the best. A specialized team consisting of both aliens and humans, the Cutters offer services ranging from combat training and protection to extraction and assassination - as long as the target deserves it and their employer makes good on payday.
"HOSTAGE RECOVERY-ACTION DETECTIVE"
The threatened enemy offensive begins as the Separatists employ legions of droids into their attack. Even with reinforcements, the flesh and blood of the Republic forces are just no match for the battle droids' durasteel. Nowhere is this point more painfully clear than in the steaming Jasserak jungle, where the doctors and nurses of a small med unit face an impossible situation. As the dead and wounded start to pile up, surgeons Jos Vandar and Kornell "Uli" Divini know that time is running out.
"Love the book, but I don't like the abridgment"
At the close of the 24th century, a series of revolutions has caused the galaxy to descend into chaos. With the Galactic Union Army stretched thin, mercenary units have arisen for those who have the need - and the means - to hire them. Kay, the alien member of the Cutter Force Initiative, has returned to her brutal home world of Vast on a mission of mercy. Before she joined the merc team, she was a great healer. And now her skills are sorely needed. Hundreds of Vastalimi - including her blood-kin - are mysteriously dying. But is the plague a work of nature? Or is it a bioengineered virus, purposefully unleashed?
Minor viruses are eating away at the Net Force computers. The e-mail shut-downs and flickering monitors are hardly emergencies, but they've been keeping the tech department hopping. Same with the sudden rash of time-consuming lawsuits. No one in the Net Force has a moment to spare, which is exactly the way Mitchell Townsend Ames wants it. Because when the shadowy mastermind launches his master plan, he wants Net Force to be looking the other way.
While much of the world watches and waits for signs of alien life, a select group of men know the truth - that alien beings are here, today, walking among us in human form. These men are members of a top-secret agency dedicated to tracking and policing these aliens - an organization known only as Men in Black. James Edwards, a tough, tenacious New York City cop, has been recruited by Agent Kay to join the Men in Black, erasing his identity and protecting humanity from a fiery apocalypse.
"Men in Black"
Though the head of a major multinational corporation and a key player in world affairs, Samuel Walker Cox has a past that few people know about. But that group is about to get bigger. A computer disk has fallen into the hands of the Net Force, outing the powerful American businessman as a former Russian spy.
When a brilliant and evil lunatic plans to take over the universe, Cinch Carston, a solitary ranger who rides the galactic frontier, confronts the villain on a desert planet called Roget.
Responding to a summons by a desperate local leader, Cinch Carston journeys to the jungle planet Mtizito in order to round up a gang of terrorists and discovers an unexpected web of corruption that targets the Stellar Ranger himself.
Earth is but a memory...the real action these days is in The Magnicate, a league of all the human worlds in the galaxy. At the center of The Magnicate is the Hub, a huge artificial world from which control of Human Space flows. The Hub governmet is in the main, an instrument for progress and social good, but even so control sometimes requires force.. enter the Harriers.
Millions of women gathered in Washington and cities around the country Saturday to mount a roaring rejoinder to the inauguration of Donald Trump one day earlier. The historic protests of a new president packed cities large and small — from Los Angeles to Boston to Park City, Utah, where celebrities from the Sundance Film Festival joined a march on the snowy streets. In Chicago, the demonstration was overwhelmed by its own size, forcing officials to curtail its planned march when the crowd threatened to swamp the planned route.
"Women's Marches: Millions of Protesters Around the Country Vow to Resist Donald Trump" is from the January 21, 2017 U.S. section of The Washington Post. It was written by Perry Stein, Steve Hendrix and Abigail Hauslohner and narrated by Jill Melancon.