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Never before has the incendiary mix of action, politics, and intrigue that has become Timothy Zahn’s trademark, been more evident that in this new Star Wars epic. On the heels of the stunning events chronicled in Star Wars: A New Hope, the newly minted heroes of the Rebellion - fledgling Jedi Luke Skywalker, smuggler turned reluctant freedom-fighter Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, a bold leader with a world to avenge - must face the harsh realities of the cataclysmic conflict into which they have so bravely plunged. From this point forward, legends will grow, treachery will abound, and lives will be irrevocably altered, in the long, hard fight to counter the fist of tyranny and restore hope to a galaxy too long in darkness.

The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses. Han has doubts about waging someone else’s war - and his contentiousness is one more burden for Leia to bear as she struggles to help keep the Rebellion alive. The three have been sent to mediate a dispute between Rebel Alliance factions in Shelsha Sector - agitating matters by forcing Han to deal not only with pirates, but with his more dreaded enemy, politics. At the same time, Mara Jade - all of eighteen and years away from her fateful meeting with Luke - is serving her evil master, Palpatine, well in her role as the Emperor’s Hand: tracking suspected treachery in the Empire to what may be high places - while trying to stay out of Darth Vader’s way.

But the Rebels will prove to be only one of the Empire’s concerns. For Imperial Stormtrooper Daric LaRone, his faith in the Empire shaken by the wanton destruction of Alderaan, will commit a sudden and violent act of defiance, and take four other enforcers with him, in a desperate bid to elude their masters’ wrath.

Each of these fateful actions, whether sanctioned, secret, or scandalous, will expose brutality and corruption, spur upheavals destined to shake the Empire to its core, and shape momentous events yet to come.

©2013 Timothy Zahn (P)2013 Random House Audio

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Middle of the road Zahn is still good Zahn

While Random House is recording old Del Rey Star Wars novels, I'd like them to take a crack at I, Jedi, Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor, and the entire New Jedi Order series. Just saying.

Marc Thompson is what buying these adaptations are about in some cases. This is that case. The book makes a much better audiobook than print novel. It's kinda dry. It doesn't quite pull you in like its sequel, Choices of One does. Let's hope we see that one recorded soon. Still, they could have picked way worse books to do. Fair story. Excellent execution.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Zahn is fantastic!

Would you consider the audio edition of Allegiance: Star Wars to be better than the print version?

I have both read and listened to Allegiance and I must admit that Marc Thompson made the journey extremely satisfying. I don't think it is fair to compare print vs. audio because they are different entities but I do find myself recommending the audio more often than the written word.

What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

Marc Thompson was able to capture the voice and style of well known movie actors...not an easy task considering the fan base.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great audio performance + Zahn's storytelling !!

Never Miss A Zahn Book. Like the different view of these storm troopers. Add in the Emperor's Hand plus Princess Leia Waiting tables in a cafe and well you have a must read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Brell
  • Spring, TX, United States
  • 09-08-13

Jade come to life!

What did you love best about Allegiance: Star Wars?

Zahn: Jade's character profile is written perfectly. The story is like an episode of NCIS. NCIS: Star Wars, lol!<br/><br/>Thompson: His performance of the men of the "Hand of Judgement". Especially his "Quiller" voice.

What other book might you compare Allegiance: Star Wars to and why?

None, but it's classic Zahn. Mara Jade begins to discover that the side she serves may not be on hers.

What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

As stated above, the voices. He brings those characters out of that book as if it were a pop-up. His overall mastery of the tone and approach to this story makes the narration sound darn near flawless.

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

Han and Leia's moment alone near the end of the story.

Any additional comments?

One tiny thing bothered me about the dialog Mr. Zahn chose when Leia addressed Han as "Han" and not "Captain Solo" or just "Captain". Keep in mind that the book is set in a time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back so Leia, not yet experiencing the defeat at Hoth and the pursuit of Darth Vader, hasn't begun to release her true feelings for Han on a personal level. She should still have the same vintage professional and studious approach towards Han that she had in dealing with Solo in A New Hope and not be addressing him as "Han" THAT many times in the novel. However, the scene where Leia gets jealous as Han speaks to a female rebel pilot at the beginning of the novel perfectly shows the vintage suppression of feelings and indifference in Han's attempts to frustrate her.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • 07-15-13

Just look at the starts!

Where does Allegiance: Star Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 5, as I mostly listen to Star Wars novels.

Who was your favorite character and why?

LaRone. He and the "Hand of Judgment" was my favorite part of the story.<br/><br/>If not him then Mara Jade, her arrogance is what pushes her to second because she hasn't earned her arrogance like, for instance, Vader.... Man if he were in the book as a core character he would be first cause.... Darth Vader!

Which scene was your favorite?

It's a tie between two scenes. <br/>1) After LaRone wastes (more like takes out the garbage.) the ISB officer. <br/>2) On board the Executor when Mara and Vader have there... discussion.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Timothy Zahn always hits home runs with his Star Wars novels and he did it again. The only issue with this book is...... It's to short. I wanted more, i did read 'Choices of One' before i listened to this but i still wanted more. I also wanted more Vader but i completely understand him being a small cameo-esk character.<br/><br/>I believe this is Marc's first attempt at Vader but you couldn't tell as it's flawless. Its really difficult to capture James Earl Jones's voice without James Earl Jones. <br/><br/>Marc is second only to Johnathan Davis when it comes to voice actors of Vader, he surpasses him in every other Voice especially Luke's. I've been listening to Marc's Grand Master Luke for so long and his young Luke seems a perfect mix of Ben's and Luke's voices.<br/><br/>Great book, Great narrator, Great story, i'm amazed by this book. However my Favorite Timothy Zahn novel will forever be 'Heir to the Empire'. i guess i'm bias that way.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Star Wars. Allegiance by Timothy Zahn

I love the Timothy Zahn books. They add some much depth and personality to the Empire's High Command political structure. Mara Jade and Vader are so cool in this book. A large portion of this book is also told from the perspective of 5 Stormtroopers. I like that the Stormtroopers are humanized in this story.

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  • Richard
  • Perth, Australia
  • 06-22-13

A little forced, but still a great read.

What did you love best about Allegiance: Star Wars?

Marc Thompson as always is stellar in his narration, and the middle third in particular made the book hard to put down.

Any additional comments?

Its no spoiler to say Mara Jade makes an appearance in this book as a third of it is from her perspective, but the "missed other plot characters by inches" trope felt a little over done in this book, particularly to anyone who has read further in to the extended universe. <br/><br/>apart from that little gripe, a good book for any star wars or mark Thompson fan.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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"Allegiance was Great! But where's the sequel??"

If you could sum up Allegiance: Star Wars in three words, what would they be?

Bold, New, Characters

Would you be willing to try another book from Timothy Zahn? Why or why not?

Yes.....Tim Zahn is a great writer!

Which scene was your favorite?

Bar Scene is by far the best scene!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Where does YOUR Allegiance lie?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Now I am waiting on The Choices of One

This is one of my favorite Star Wars books due to it coming from the Storm trooper perspective.

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  • Mark
  • salt lake city, UT, United States
  • 08-19-17

A satisfying Star Wars adventure

Allegiance is one of my favorite Star Wars story because it shows Stormtroopers who are human and believe in a cause. It also heavily features Mara Jade, which is also fun.

The title is also the theme of the book and we follow Jade, five storm troopers, Han and Luke as well as Leia as the action unfolds. The storm troopers are the main characters, and the five make for an enjoyable cast of heroes to root for. The excellent narration helps, as each of the five gets a unique voice to go along with their personality.

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  • DAN
  • 11-06-13

Doesn't really go anywhere

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It's set directly after the events of A New Hope. Some good characters and like the concept of a rebelling storm trooper unit but the story really doesn't go anywhere and just feels like its treading water.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rosie
  • 07-27-13

Great Narration, Lousy Story

***Spoilers***

I wanted to like this book, i really did, there is only 1 problem, i didn't. The story picks up shortly after Episode IV of Star Wars and has several stories going on at once. Probably the main story is about a band of Stormtroopers ( you know those evil guys in white armor we all loved to hate) well they decide to jump ship after an bizarre and contrived incident onboard their Star Destroyer to become some kind of roaving band of semi do gooders. Their characters are flat and lifeless through the entire book, they are not clones yet might as well be for the way they act. Mara Jade bounds about and instantly kicks everyone's butt she comes into contact with despite being little more than a kid. Zahn clearly loves his creation far better than any of the original Star Wars characters as she is pretty much unbeatable by anyone even Darth Vader ( yea right ) Luke, Han and Lea are all there but their characters are never developed or enhanced. The rest of the book is packed with 2 bit villans who come and go by the truck load.

This book Humanises the Stormtroopers far too much to the point where you start to feel for them and would like to sit down at a bar and have a beer or two, sorry but that's not the way I want to feel about Stormtroopers, they arn't supposed to be all Human and sympathetic, and heroic, they are the Empires evil crack troopes, something to be feared and hated. The rest of the book is a kind of rambling mixture of pirates and politics that really is of little interest and adds nothing much to the overall saga of Star Wars.

On the positive side the narrator was outstanding and all the voices very realistic, well done.



Narrator 5 out of 5

Story 2 out of 5

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jesper Hauerslev
  • 04-10-17

Complicated plot...

Great production as always and Marc Thompson's narration and performance is as impressive as ever. Sadly plot has too many threads and characters to keep hold of and Zahn relies too much on pure chance of events to drive plot forward which just makes the whole thing even more confusing.

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  • Gustav
  • 04-11-16

Excellent story. Marc Thompson is awesome

Excellent storywise , good pacing. Marc Thompson is as always the best narrator in star wars.

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  • Scott Agnew
  • 02-24-16

Great Book

Was great hearing a story from the storm troopers side. Recommend to any fan out there

1 of 1 people found this review helpful