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

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,395 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
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
ebook, 400 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published March 1st 1993)
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Jan 25, 2012 Brad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 really good
Cristián Morales Marroquín
Estos libros no son excepcionales, pero es bien satisfactorio saber lo que pasa durante las elipsis de las películas. La experiencia del audio libro fue sobresaliente, e inevitablemente continuaré con
Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy.

De este libro me gustó bastante como desarrollan el paralelismo entre la vida de Han y los juegos de azar. Han nunca está en control de nada y siempre las noticias buenas se intercalan con las malas. Pobre y dichoso Han. Por suerte tiene a Chewie con él.
Mary JL
May 22, 2012 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  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
Jun 02, 2008 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
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
Jun 01, 2015 Chase rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I knew Bria and Han wouldn't last but it was still sad to see them separated that way. At least we know he finds another lovely lady. The author did a great job tying into IV and overall this was a great series. I am sorry to see it end though...
Stephen T 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
Nov 06, 2014 Andi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

If this was a person I'd ignore them completely.

This book, the final book of the trilogy, is the most lamest story about a Star Wars character I ever read.

I have never seen so much 'ha-ha' moments where the author thought it'd be witty to make Han say re-used dialogue from the first two films. I wanted to ban the word 'sister' from his vocabulary. What was once a sarcastic quip, now becomes an overused trope.

I HATE BRIA SO GOD DAMN MUCH. I hate how the entire series revolved around her stupid a
Andrew Splitt
Oct 21, 2014 Andrew Splitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Good book! Great end to the epic Han Solo Trilogy. The story starts off with Han going to the big Sabacc Tournament. Then it shows his old girlfriend and things get complicated. Bria is now a Rebel Commander. She is on Bespin, and Cloud City. Han makes through the first day of the sabacc tournament and he wins against three opponents. After the 3 and 4th days of play it narrows down to the final table. Han thinks he has a losing hand and then the cards ripple and change before his eyes! He now h ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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....
Aug 15, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, this is 2.5 stars, but I'll round up.

I think my strongest reaction to this was that Crispin tried to bring together too many loose ends. This, the last of the Han Solo trilogy, takes us right up to the first appearance of Han in the Mos Eisley cantina in Episode IV, but getting there from the Battle of Smuggler's Moon at the end of The Hutt Gambit is a bit of a bumpy ride. For one thing, Crispin tried to tie in several other pieces of the EU, which I didn't realize until I read reviews h
Prasidh Ramson
The concluding book in the Han Solo trilogy.

I found the book to be very pedestrian and indolent in it's story telling, action scenes and even in romantic encounters. While I appreciate that Solo's back story had to fit into the larger Star Wars universe, it was done in a contrived and almost patronizing manner. At least a third of the book appears to happen without the titular hero!

It begins with Han Solo winning the Millennium Falcon. Thereafter we learn of his and Chewbacca's growth in the pil
Rob Thomas
This seemed on the surface to be a recipe for success. Solo and Chewie are established partners? Check. Solo wins the Falcon? Check. Inevitable lead in to THAT scene? Check.

So what went wrong? The plot meanders, and for a smuggler Han doesn't do a great deal of smuggling. The Rebel mission the blurb talks about only takes place in the last quarter (if that) and seems to be written as an afterthought, a way of resolving the romantic arc quickly and efficiently, which it does by ultimately undermi
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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Mark Oppenlander
This concludes A.C. Crispin's Han Solo trilogy, but not on a high note. The book does effectively wrap up the various loose threads begun in the first two volumes of the series, including the Hutt clan war, Han's relationship with Bria Tharen and more. The book also sets the stage for "A New Hope," ensuring that Han wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a sabacc match, that Han is in trouble with Jabba for dumping a load of spice and that the Rebels have won their "early victories" against th ...more
Zoe Carmina
Four (non-canon) things that stuck out at me when I read the Han Solo Trilogy:

1. Kibbik is an idiot.
2. Boba Fett was not always an esteemed Bounty Hunter. He used to be a Journeyman Protector named Jaster Mereel (definitely not canon).
3. Hutts reproduce asexually, and, once pregnant, a male Hutt will turn female for an indeterminate amount of time, carrying the young Hutt in a belly pouch (similar to a kangaroo).
4. Chewbacca has a wife named Mallotobuck (and a child) who await his return on thei
Apr 08, 2016 Matisse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Got halfway through, and I'm putting it down. This one takes the lack of focus from Hutt's Gambit and ramps it up to eleven. There's one bright chapter with (view spoiler) and it lasted for all of a couple dozen pages. Then it was back to the stuff that bogged down Hutt's Gambit: the eponymous Hutts and their go-nowhere faux-intrigue, the focus on non-Han-or-Lando sm ...more
While this has a lot of the fun elements of previous books, the book overall is more subdued, and that's just due to the fact that the author has to get Han -- who in the previous book was living the sweet life as Jabba and Jiliac's favorite human -- to the point that he's down-on-his-luck, had to dump a shipment, broke-with-a-bounty-on-his-head spacer in the armpit of the galaxy by the end of the book (not a spoiler to be had in that sentence, haha, unless you live under a rock, which would mak ...more
May 29, 2014 Wuher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2016 Jaime rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really shows the time span well. It covers 1-2 years and ends about 10 years after the first book. Crispin was able to weave in other novels very well, including the Lando and Han Adventures.

Han and Chewie are low on funds. The former does a solo job to Bespin and ends up staying to play the sabacc tournament. The game is explained even better than in the past. He wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando in the process.

Bria Tharen is also there, along with others in resistance groups like
Jul 21, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Han Solo Trilogy are three of the best novelized Star Wars tales that can be told, chronicling Han's life from the age of 17 to about 27, with period ing insight into the beloved rogue's childhood, interests, and identity.

The Han Solo Trilogy rests in the Legends category, having been declared non-canon by Disney, but it remains Head-Canon by many Han loving Corellian reads.

The boy became a man, and the man rises into legend. Han struggles to remain the best smuggler in the galaxy, now havi
Jim C
Jul 08, 2015 Jim C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is the finale of a trilogy. The other two must be read to understand this novel. This one takes up the story directly from the second book. Han is entering the sabacc tournament trying to raise enough cash to buy the Millennium Falcoln (we all know he succeeds) and this book will continue his story until his appearance in the cantina in Episode IV.

This was an enjoyable trilogy up to this book. This trilogy was a nice insight into our favorite smuggler but this book deviated from that p
Oct 25, 2015 Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I've said before, this is the point in Star Wars (1997+) where we get into the 'amazing coincidence' of everything being directly related to a famous character or overall plot-point within one or two degrees of separation.

For example: any character involved with the resistance against the Empire has to be a MAJOR player in the Rebel Alliance whose worked directly with its leadership. Boba Fett is not only the galaxy's number one baddest bounty hunter but also the most FAMOUS one and has had bou
Ian Reay
Jul 07, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is the perfect ending for Han's young life, and a perfect setup for A New Hope. It ties in just right with the events we see in the movies, and answers some of the questions we fans have asked ourselves about the young Han Solo. It has exciting new characters while keeping in sync with the old from the films. The plot is fast-paced and exciting, and if you ever wondered about those spies responsible for beaming the Death Star plans to the Tantive IV, well, that'll be answered as well. ...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.

I Liked:
I mentioned in my review for The Hutt Gambit how I enjoyed seeing Crispin work with the tenuous material that other autho
David Alderman
Mar 17, 2012 David Alderman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Brett Roller
Sep 12, 2012 Brett Roller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Darcy
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
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