Rebel Dawn (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #3)
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Rebel Dawn (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy #3)

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Here is the explosive conclusion of the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo.

Set before the Star Wars movie adventures (the second trilogy), these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.

The Millennium Falcon is "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy."So when Han Solo wins...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published 1998)
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Rebel Dawn would deserve ★★★★★ stars for the clever and entertaining way A.C. Crispin works us to the moment when Han meets Luke & Obi-Wan, if only ...

Rebel Dawn would deserve ★★★★ stars had it not claimed to be a Han Solo book. The interesting part of the story, what actually drives the tale along, is the fascinating battle between Jabba's Desilijic clan and Durga's Besadii clan. For the bulk of this book, Jabba and Durga appear to be protagonist and antagonist. This book would have been re...more
Mary JL
May 22, 2012 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: An SF adventure fan; Str Wars fans especially
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Now in posssession of his own ship, the beloved Millenium Falcon, you'd thnk Han and Chewie would have no problems, right?

Well, the Empire is pressing down so hard on its subject worlds, even a smuggler of Han's caliber have trouble making a goodlving.

Then a Rebel group offers Han a "can't miss' scenario. There is an incredible fortune at stake. Han gets half for his efforts and the Rebels use the other half to finance their revolt--buying weapons, ships; paying the odd bribe or two to corrupt I...more
I'm so glad I finally finished this trilogy. From winning the Millenium Falcon to meeting Obi-Wan and Luke in the Mos Eisley Cantina, this is a very interesting read that develops Han Solo's background and character. While some purists might not like to know the details behind some details of Solo's past, I found it rather enlightening and adds another dimension to his character in the Original Trilogy that doesn't conflict with that story. A couple of those points include the conflict between H...more
Dustin Gaughran
I give the trilogy as a whole a solid three stars. I think there could have been points were certain characters were developed better, but I wouldn't say I'm disappointed in the stories. The third book was decent, but one thing I let bother me was how obvious it was that book three was written after 'Shadows of the Empire'. Suddenly characters from that story are ever present in this one. By and large, the stories work as an origin for Solo. I still think adding in the love intery was pointless....more
There was so good and some bad to it. The good, there wasn't any "I got bad feeling about this...," it explains more of the Jabba/Han relationship, Lando/Han issue that they had in Empire, how he got the Falcon, Boba Fett was in it more, etc. This books does take you right up into New Hope, which is good and bad. I say bad only because it really limits what another writer can do with Solo's character before New Hope. She just did 3 books on him and there probably could have done more with him. A...more
a good story telling the youth and difficulties of han's life and loves, how he was a poor boy picked by a smuggler and trained to steal and beg, then learning how to fly and winning many races, he makes friends and finds inspiration to have a better life, leaves the home he knows at the death of his friend, a wookie, he finds employment with a hutt to find that they are snaring people to work as slaves....
Well, Crispin managed to leave us exactly at Han Solo's first appearance in Episode Four. (And even set up Lando Carissian's debut in Episode Five.) Everything in this book and the trilogy focused on that goal. That many plots terms seemed contrived or nonsensical may be excused by that outside constraint.
Nathaniel Turner
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The tale begins with Han Solo acquiring the Millenium Falcon, the very ship that had been on the top of Han’s list since he first laid eyes on it. With the Millenium Falcon, he and Chewy are able to complete smuggling runs for the Hutt in record timing. Everything was looking up for Han Solo, until an old friend was reintroduced along with an offer too good to turn down. A. C. Crispin’s book three of the exciting Han Solo Trilogy, Rebel Dawn. As it ends, it also explains the events that led Han...more
Crystal Starr Light
"I am no woman's fool, sister"
The saga of Han Solo and his Wookiee copilot, Chewbacca, come to an end in the final book of the Han Solo Trilogy. The plot between the Besadii and the Desilijic clans come to a head. And Bria returns to kick @ss and chew bubblegum, but she's all out of bubblegum.
NOTE: Based on the novel (read some years ago) and the audiobook.

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I mentioned in my review for The Hutt Gambit how I enjoyed seeing Crispin work with the tenuous material that other autho...more
David Alderman
In this final volume of the Han Solo trilogy, we're treated to the background on how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, a very epic glimpse into the world of Kashyyyk and some of Chewbacca's family, including his bride, and we get to see more of how the rebel alliance formed with the help of Han's old flame, Bria Tharen.

I hated getting to the end of this series because, as I've stated in my reviews of the previous two books, this is by far one of my favorite fiction series. A....more
Toby Andersen
Rebel Dawn brings the immensely readable and satisfying Han Solo Trilogy to an end - right up to the moment Kenobi and Luke charter the Falcon in A New Hope. The story brings all the threads of the trilogy together - Han and his cronies finish off Ylesia and Bria and Han's relationship narrative comes to an end.

What's great about this novel is the completely inter saga ness of it - almost every character comes up again in another EU novel at a later time and the book brings into context the Bri...more
Brett Roller
I’d like to be able to come to you today and say, “Oh, don’t worry. The Paradise Snare just starts the series off on the wrong foot. The remaining two novels are fantastic.” But I can’t.

The Hutt Gambit and Rebel Dawn are certainly better, but in the sense that accidentally being sprayed with women’s cologne is better than being dunked in whatever that stuff is they sell at Bath and Body Works. You may be reminded of your girl all day, but so will all the guys at the office.

Perhaps you recall my...more
Paul Darcy
by A. C. Crispin, published in 1998.

This, the third novel in the Han Solo trilogy, is set a few months ahead of the original Star Wars movie. (A New Hope) Han is all set to participate in a huge sabaac tournament on Cloud City as was set up from the last novel in the series.

Now just what could Han possibly win at a sabaac tournament, and who could he win it from?

Lando and the Millennium Falcon, of course - all part of the well known Star Wars movie lore. Even though we know this already it is fu...more
Après la Bataille de Nar Shaada, Solo participe à un tournois de Sabaac qui lui fera gagner des mains de Calrissian le Millenium Falcon, son légendaire vaisseau. C'est aussi à cette période que les problèmes commencent avec Jabba the Hutt. Cela commence lorsqu'il doit larguer une cargaison d'épice très coûteuse pour éviter la prison. C'est aussi dans ce tome que Solo commence à avoir ses premiers liens avec la rébellion par l'entremise de son ancienne flamme, Bria Tharen. Tous ces événements mèn...more
Mar 01, 2012 Dakota rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars Fans
Pretty decent. I don't know if Crispin intended for the reader to finish the book hating the rebel alliance, but after what learning what I know now about this fictional freedom force, I have to say I am disappointed.

For about 30 pages or so Han Solo is cut out of the story. Not what I call cogency, but still interesting minor character development. It definitely follows a narrative arc and leaves yo satisfied knowing that it was partially successful in tying together the loose ends.

I love star...more
Cary Spratt
Just finished this trilogy and quite enjoyed it. They follow Solo's life from his childhood all the way up to the moment we first meet him in 'A New Hope'. I knew only a tiny bit about Solo's past before starting these and loved the great background and insights into my favorite SW character. This last book starts with the card tournament where Han wins the Falcon from Lando. The majority of the book wraps up various threads started in the preceding 2, then brings everything into place for the s...more
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I was a bit disappointed with the ending of this otherwise very nice series. The author tries to set up the ending so that it naturally flows into the beginning of A New Hope but misses it completely in my opinion. In the last few pages Han, Chewie and Lando get betrayed by the Rebel Alliance and the girl he loves, who is a commander with the Rebels. And then only days later we would have the events of A New Hope where Han risks his live again for the same Rebel Alliance and anoth...more
this was the worst of the trilogy! it is just too condensed. why does han solo's story have to be so truncated? his love dies and then 10 days later or so he meets luke? CMON! too quick a turnaround.
There is not much to be said, other than that this is an impressive end to a great trilogy, and a superb transition to A New Hope. The incorporation of Brian Daley's original Solo trilogy in the timeline was a welcome touch, and makes me want to re-read those old faves from high school days. The arrival of both Boba Fett and the Millennium Falcon adds a full star alone! If Han Solo makes it to movie screens in the future, one can only hope that A. C. Crispin's trilogy will be the source material...more
Stephen Shores
This completes the series. The reason why I give it three stars is because it's good, action-oriented sci-fi. The reason I couldn't give it more was because this isn't the real Han Solo. It's an overly-emotional guy in Han's clothes. Reading these books and interjecting The Han Solo Adventures in the slot Crispin leaves for them, then coming back to the rest of Rebel Dawn and continuing with what I remember of the movies...leaves Han Solo a schizophrenic mess. One minute he only looks after hims...more
I didn't like how Solo became a supporting character in his own book partway through and I felt the ending sort of rushed and incongruous with the movies.
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Daniel Millard
A very proficient, jerking wrap-up to everything begun in the first two books. Bria is infuriating, Han is unforgiving, and the action during this book is quite good.

The events of The Han Solo Adventures all occur between the last book (The Hutt Gambit) and this one, leading to a bit of a disconnect on his part, while the story focuses upon Bria, Lando, and Boba Fett.

This final entry ties a bit abruptly to the beginning of A New Hope, but it does leave me suitably upset regarding Han and Bria’...more
Jonathan Harris
The Han Solo Trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies ever.
I loved this trilogy overall, but this book got a little bogged down with side plots. Obviously the Rebel Alliance is important in the Star Wars Universe, but the amount of time it was given took away from Han's story. Hutt politics also took up quite a few pages. It left this final entry a bit unbalanced. I liked how in the end things came full circle and I really enjoyed the connections to the original movie. Still, this was my least favorite of the trilogy and the puffed up side plots took so...more
Star Wars episode III? Good yarn and respectable prequel for the movie released back in 1977.
The final book finds Han caught up in the growing rebellion and reunites him with the planet Ylesia and an old flame (this book also provides the context for the scenes in Episode V when Han is given a hard time landing on Cloud City). This is arguably the best written of the Expanded Universe trilogies; you certainly will find no one better who can write 'Han Solo'. Crispin did her homework writing these and fans of the general EU will find some very cool references and cameos.
I like how this tied in so neatly with the start of the films but didn't spend too much time doing it - the book stands on its own and doesn't simply rehash other material. I enjoyed the perhaps obvious use of the familiar phrases characters are known to use in the films too. This was good enough to interest me in reading more work by AC Crispin, and also more stories in the Star Wars line (this was my introduction to this sub-genre).
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A.C. Crispin, a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author who wrote tie-in novels for the “Star Wars” franchise and a prequel providing the back story for the popular movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean,” died Sept. 6, 2013 at the Hospice of Charles County in Waldorf. She was 63.

Ann Carol Crispin was an American science fiction writer, the author of over twenty published novels. She wrote...more
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