The second half of Timothy Zahn's The Hand Of Thrawn story, this is a worthy successor to both the first three Star Wars movies, and Zahn's earlier trilogy about the legenday Grand Admiral Thrawn's attempt to remove the New Republic. The story picks up where Spectre Of The Past left off - Han and Leia striving to hold the galaxy together through diplomatic means, and Luke rescuing Mara Jade from her attempt to understand the mysterious "Hand Of Thrawn" reference she found. With a new force trying to run the remnants of the Galactic Empire, and a political time bomb forcing a timeframe, the heroes we know and love have never faced a threat as overwhelming as they do now.
Just finished this book and loved it! I'm 45, and while I've been a Star Wars fan since the original movie came out in 1974, I've never read any of the books...mostly because I didn't read much of anything there for years. Oh, I did read Splinter of the Mind's eye in Jr. High, I guess. Anyway, when I heard the next trilogy of movies was coming out, I decided I should read some of the "after the movies" stuff. I didn't know where to start, but many folks seemed to like Timothy Zahn, so I started with the Thrawn Trilogy and loved it, so the Hand of Thrawn was a logical next step.
I have really enjoyed all these books. Zahn is a very good writer and I was very entertained by both of these series. They read quite easily and he has a nice balance between action and character development and includes a nice sense of descriptiveness without being too detailed. I just checked out Survivor's Quest from the library and plan to read the rest of Zahn's Star Wars novels, then we'll see where I go from there!
Timothy Zahn writes compelling stories with believable characters. I could hear Harrison Ford's voice anytime Han had dialogue. The conversations are believable, and so is the plot. Just like the Thrawn trilogy, this duology is well written and a must-read for those fans of Ep. IV-VI who wanted more story about their favorite characters.
Reading this right before the launch of the new Thrawn book which will be cannon, and I must say I will miss this extended Universe. Few characters there are in the literary universe that match Karrde and Mara Jade. I'm sad to see them go from the Star Wars Universe (at least in Tz's hands). But this is an excellent sendoff.
Great book, after watching the horrible movie that is the Force Awakens, I have a newfound appreciation for the ending of this story arc (no spoilers here). It is the longest Star Wars novel as far as I know, and for a good reason. There are many problems that our heroes face and must overcome and Zahn does a great job of narrating this story.
Mr. Zahn has done it again. This makes the fifth novel I have bought and read set in the Star Wars Univerise by Mr. Zahn. All of them I give a Five star rating if not a six. Vision Of The Future was incredible. There is no other way to put it. It was everything I have come to expect from an author of Zahn's caliber. Being a Mara fanatic, I was over joyed to find that Zahn has stopped the abuse of Mara's character and even repaired the damaged done by previous authors. If you havn't read this book... What are you waiting for...???? GO GET IT! I just pray that the day comes soon when there are more novels produced by Mr. Zahn continuing from where this book leaves off. And hopefully not set too far in the Future either. I want to know what happens the next day after ceremony of Peace...
Thimothy Zahn has proven his great talent once again. As a big Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker fan, I especially enjoyed the development of their relationship! I already felt at the end of "The Last Command" that Timothy Zahn had this in mind, and now he finally got the chance to do it! The rest of the story also takes you in a firm grip from the first moment to the last. Many characters have been fleshed out and therefore becom more "real" for the reader, and a lot of questions have been answered that where hanging in space for a long time. The Bantam series couldn't have ended better!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! The only sad thing about this is that it's the last book in the Bantam series... and as far as I know, also he last book that takes place after "A New Hope". So one eye crying, one eye laughing, I'm very much looking forward to the books that will accompany episodes I to III!