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Editorial Reviews

"Longtime fans should get considerable pleasure from this addition to the saga." (Publishers Weekly)

Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance." (Library Journal)

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I have been very happy with this series

The performance was good, story compelling. makes driving in traffic something I look forward to

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loved it!

I was very happy to see there were more books following the thrawn series and these are the same quality

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Keeping Thrawn alive.

Love the Thrawn character and I was happy to listen on how the writers brought new life to him here. Also to see some more friendly faces like Talon Karrde and Mara Jade back makes this a great listen.

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Zahn doesn't disappoint

Very good. The story kept me intrigued the whole time. Marc Thompson does an excellent job narrating except when he does Han Solo. Sound effects are a nice addition. I would definitely recommend it.

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Weak ending

Lots of character development with very limited actual story. And the ending of 'to be continued' or concluded or whatever is too overly commercial to inspire rushing to the next one

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Good, but not great

So, I am the biggest advocate for the original thrawn trilogy of books. I love those. this book was good, and established a lot for what I hope the next book delivers, but there were a lot of boring "talking" chapters where I wasn't as interested. overall though, I am not sorry I listened to it, and as always, Marc Thompson is my favorite reader of star wars books. He does an amazing job and brings so much life to these books.

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Thrawn!!!

excellent! a good continuation of the originally heir the empire trilogy. wish disney would have made these books into a movie or atleast a series.

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great!

Who let's anyone other than Marc Thompson narrate Star Wars books?! He brings them to life. every character sounds different. It sounds like a full cast. The story is strong. I highly recommend it to Star Wars fans.

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Another Great One

Great book and wonderful performance. Marc always does a nice job. Don't hesitate, listen to it.

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Not my favorite.

A story that kind of leads to nowhere. When the performance was OK, it becomes irritating at times.