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Jedi Eclipse (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #5)

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A string of smashing victories by the forces of the sinister aliens known as the Yuuzhan Vong has left New Republic resources and morale stretched to the breaking point. Leia Organa Solo, estranged from her husband, Han, oversees the evacuation of refugees on planets in the path of the merciless invaders. Luke Skywalker struggles to hold the fractious Jedi Knights together ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published October 2000)
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Crystal Starr Light
Is this what being ADHD means?

Han Solo and Droma continue their quest to find his family amidst a billion other plots including, but not limited to: Droma's refugee family, the Yuuzhan Vong politicking with the Hutts, Viqi Shesh being a duplicitous politican (but what politician not with the last name "Solo" or "Organa" isn't?), Leia rubbing elbows with the Hapans, and the Solo boys going to Centerpoint to do absolutely nothing.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

I'm sorry if my summary sounds ra
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Scott Rhee
Intergalactic warfare is hell on a marriage. This is the take-away message of James Luceno's second book in his Agents of Chaos duology, "Jedi Eclipse".

I'm not sure at what point the Star Wars Expanded Universe went from being a space opera to a soap opera, but I'm pretty sure it happened somewhere around this book.

As the book opens, we learn that Princess Leia is currently "separated" from her husband, Han Solo. Months of being apart---both physically and emotionally---have taken its toll on th
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Mark
I remember at the end of this book being left realizing that the NJO was going to be prolonged for as long as they wanted to with pointless setbacks. Homies had to make that dolla, I guess. And I don't get to judge since I gave it to them.

But seriously, there are a small number of points in the NJO where the New Republic or an allied force suffers some senseless loss just to keep the war going and not for any narrative purpose other than that. The Battle of Fondor from the end of this particular
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
With the New Jedi Order series being one that comprises about 20 books, I guess I can't be too surprised when I hit a slump or two. Jedi Eclipse wraps up the Agents of Chaos story, and while I liked it better than Hero's Trial, I can't say I really enjoyed these two books. Many of the subplots were too dry, and the one involving the Ryn felt more like a gimmick than something actually meant to draw you in. At times I really felt like I had to force myself to finish the novel.

I would have given u
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Jesse
Feb 14, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, starwars
The new Jedi order completely outpaces anything in the Starwars genre. This series was Dark, exciting, fast paced, and inspired. The writing was fantastic and the level of philosophy and force history was unparalleled. If your a fan at any level of the Starwars Universe than this series is a must read. It is on my top 5 of all time for a series and I treasured every moment I spent in that time. But beware, this isn't your typical Starwars book, be ready for a level of intensity that you've never ...more
Seth
Dec 01, 2015 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing what has felt like an uptick in the quality of the series. Here's to hoping it keeps going.
Mark Oppenlander
The massive and complicated New Jedi Order series lumbers along. Several storylines are woven together, in this fifth installment.

Han Solo works with his new friend and co-pilot Droma to find Droma's family members, who have become refugees as they flea the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. As part of the search, they wind up on the agricultural planet of Ruan, where they discover that the ruling class plans to destroy their droid workers to appease the Yuuzhan Vong and use refugee labor in the fields inst
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Justin
Nov 25, 2016 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure why this book, which is the 5th volume in the massive New Jedi Order series and the closing volume of James Luceno's Agents of Chaos duology, was titled Jedi Eclipse, when the Jedi play such a minor role in this one. Even though another Jedi Knight dies in this book, the real star of this "series within a series" is Han Solo. Everyone else is just along for the ride.

While the Yuuzhan Vong invasion was still the focal point of the story, this book felt like one of the pre-NJO
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Josh Lewis
Sep 03, 2012 Josh Lewis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweu
First of all, let me say "Woah head, stop spinning." After I finished this book, I needed a few moments to reorient myself and figure out what the hell I had just read. Sadly, this wasn't an outburst of appreciation for the book, but rather near-head-exploding confusion. (I possibly should have also read this more slowly.) It was a difficult read without having to go back and reread certain sections. I won't list the entire plot here, but as a quick summary:

The New Republic organizations (Defen
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Jess Neuner
I'm looking forward to the day when Jacen Solo gets his head out of his own arse and realises that perhaps he's not the all-knowing genius he thinks he is. He doesn't trust anyone but himself to make the right decisions and ultimately, the New Republic and their allies pay a heavy price for that when he convinces Anakin to not take a shot that could have been a sizable victory over the Yuuzhan Vong.

While this whole thing does set up future development for both Solo kids to figure out where they
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Daniel
Aug 07, 2013 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I expected, the second part of Luceno's duology, "Agents of Chaos" (a subseries of New Jedi Order), turned out much better than the first. At one point, I turned to my wife and said, "This is the best book in the series so far."

Well, it isn't the best. It's quite good, though!

We spent a lot less time on random characters I've never heard of nor care about (*cough*Showolter*cough*), and a lot more time on some that are better established in the expanded universe. The main character is still Ha
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Shane Amazon
Nov 19, 2014 Shane Amazon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who follows my reviews knows that I can be very critical of James Luceno's work. On the other hand I can be very kind to his work as well. For the first time reading his books, I find myself not knowing whether to be critical or praising.

I can say that Jedi Eclipse is a well written book. Luceno's prose and writing style carry over well from book one of the Agents of Chaos two-parter. I enjoyed that Luceno decided to tell the stories of the people most affected by the Vong. Perhaps not th
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Chazzbot
Mar 06, 2014 Chazzbot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is less of a novel--you know, those books that tell complete self-contained stories--and more of a series of plot complications that ensure that many more book contracts in this series can be fulfilled. Of course, most people could probably figure that out on their own, and one of the primary appeals for fans of this franchise (I assume) is to keep reading about the adventures of their heroes in perpetuity. But Luceno's plot complications are not all that diverting. By the time we get to th ...more
Andrew
This novel was more enjoyable than Hero's Trial (Agents of Chaos, #1), mainly because the Yuuzhan Vong plan wasn't described to the reader at the beginning of the book. You know that they are planning a major attack, but the details are open. You also don't know how their interactions with the Hutts will affect things.

Han and his new "temporary" co-pilot Droma are looking for Droma's Ryn family, and Leia through her relief work locates them. The Solo/Droma team go exploring and expose some plots
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Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order:
Jedi Eclipse: by James Luceno

In this exciting edition to the New Jedi Order series things are looking down for the forces of the New Republic. The relentless Yuuzhan Vong onslaught has stretched New Republic armies to the breaking point. Now, Leia separated from her husband Han, oversees the evacuation of civilians from planets threatened by the invaders, while Luke struggles to hold the Jedi Knights together over how to fight the Vong. Han Solo himself is now
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Bernard
Mar 21, 2014 Bernard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wookieerrific
Book five of the New Jedi Order. I think the most powerful part of the book is the conversation Jacen and Anakin have toward the end. It is as if the entire book is just one big setup for their short conversation surrounding how the Force should be used. Well, at least the thread of the book surrounding the attempt to guess the invaders' next target, not the Han Solo rescuing Ryn refugees sub-plot. But regardless of the setup to that crucial conversation, which definitely has ripples into the ne ...more
John K
Nov 28, 2012 John K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Great addition to the New Jedi Order series. Actually, the initial enthusiasm after reading Vector Prime wore off after I read the next two books of the series (Dark Tide I & II), but not because they were not good. It's just that I was thinking of the total of 19 books and it seemed to me that it is pointless to write so many books about the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, I mean... what can possibly happen?

After finishing the two Agents Of Chaos books though (A Hero's Trial and Jedi Eclipse), I ha
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Jim Corbiere
Finished reading " Star Wars: Jedi Eclipse " Not bad. A lot of stuff going on. Almost seems as if it could have gone to a third part. A lot of characters were questioning themselves and growing which is always a plus to me.

The Yuuzhong Vong are winning victory after victory against the New Republic. The N.R. is divided and fighting amongst itself. Borsk Fey'lya has started anti Jedi sentiment, pushing the blame on them for the defeats. Leia goes on a mission to get some more allies to help fight
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DC
Oct 22, 2009 DC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well... I recently decided to continue my re-journey through the NJO. I polished off Hero's Trial not too long ago, and am a good bit into Jedi Eclipse. I remember being bored to tears by these two volumes when I first read them, but they hold up better than I was expecting. I'm not thrilled with them or anything, but they are passing more quickly and enjoyably than the first time around.
I think both novels - especially the 2nd - try to accomplish too much. There are too many plot lines, and as
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Blackraven
Die Neue Republik hat keine gute Moral.
Die Yuuzhan Vong versuchen die Neue Republik zu schwächen.Sie wollen den Krieg gewinnen. Botschafterin Leia versucht Flüchtlinge zu retten. Einge der Herrscher wollen den Krieg nicht und sich nicht daran beteiligen. Sie versucht sie umzustimmen und die Truppen zu vereinen.
Luke hat seine eigenen Probleme mit den Jedi. Sie wollen nicht zusammenbleiben und fallen auseinander. Die Jedi versuchen den Yuuzhan Vong Hinweise über die nächste Ziele zu entlocken.
Bis
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Nima Foladi
I liked this book more than the previous book(4)in the series. It had more action and surprise elements than the previous book, and like the previous book the main focus is on Han and he's new buddy Droma. Something that fascinated me was the Droma's species the Ryn. They are a nomadic Gypsy like species that travel through the stars. Much like Gypsies they are mostly unwanted where ever they go, and they have to rely on their skills as singing, dancing and fortunetelling to put food on their ta ...more
Blackraven
The New Republic has no good moral.
The Yuuzhang Vong are trying to weak the New Republic. They are trying win against the New Republic. They want to win this war. Ambassador Leia is trying to save the refugees. Some of the world's leader doesn't want the war and they don't want to join in. She's trying to change their minds to unite the troops.
Luke has his own problems with the Jedi. They don't want to stick together and they're fallen apart. The Jedi want some information about the next targets
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Adeline S.
This is the fifth book in the New Jedi Order series, and is written by the same author as the fourth, James Luceno. In my review of the fourth book, I complained about Luceno not getting into the character's heads. This didn't prove to be as true in "Jedi Eclipse". What I liked the most about this book was that it showed more of the Solo kids, or at least two of them. Jacen and Anakin Solo go off to try and re-enable a super weapon to be used against the alien race that has waged war on the New ...more
Max
Mar 06, 2012 Max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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Jim C
Aug 13, 2013 Jim C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A novel that takes place in the EU universe during the New Jedi Order series. Out of the whole series, this book so far is the worst one. I was going to give this only one star but the last 50 pages bumped it up to two stars. Until the conclusion, this book's plot was about military strategy and trying to implement them. It was boring and did not feel like Star Wars. Finally, when the action starts it had the feel of Star Wars. If you plan on reading the whole series this is a must read because ...more
Sean Neprud
Apr 05, 2014 Sean Neprud rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cloud-city
The worst of the New Jedi Order books yet.

Very little happens in this book until the very end. I got about 50 pages in to it, and stopped reading for about a month, because it wasn't interesting me at all. I finally powered through so I could move on with the NJO. Up until about page 250 (out of 350), it seemed like nothing was happening, just people going around, getting in little scuffles, but not leading anywhere.

When the eventual climactic battle did happen, it kind of came out of nowhere, w
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Ryan Herbert
Mar 28, 2015 Ryan Herbert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
***SPOILERS***

This book was a pretty good read, except for the staggering stupidity of Anakin and Jacen not wanting to use the Centerpoint weapon offensively. Okay, millions of people will die fighting an enemy with no redeeming values - or you could obliterate them. Pretty easy choice. So then their evil uncle takes the shot, and because Anakin didn't do it, he ends up killing a bunch of allies.

I haven't read this far yet, but it's easy to see how Jacen's stupid passivity and moral dilemmas ev
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Andrea
The only reason I gave this a 2 instead of a 1 is because I like Star Wars books. I do not like this author, I don't like the pacing of his books and I don't like his apparent need to write with a thesaurus next to him. It's OK not to use long, obscure words in an effort to make yourself sound smarter. I shouldn't have to keep a dictionary next to me to figure out what you're saying. I'm considered a bright person but when you use words like "cantilevered", "sangfroid", "stroboscopic" or "ombuds ...more
Tania
Dec 06, 2014 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book the least of the books in this series that I've read so far. Basically, James Luceno concentrates most of the plot on nonhuman creatures, and aside from Han Solo, the humans dealt with the most are "new" characters not seen in the movies. Leia is also in the book, but Mara Jade and Luke Skywalker are almost completely absent, as is Jaina Solo; and Anakin and Jacen Solo are only in the book too briefly, I felt.
Yves
Jul 24, 2011 Yves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars, sf
Han Solo s'est fait un nouveau compagnon lors du tome précédent. Il se nomme Droma et il est à la recherche de sa famille. Han part avec lui à la recherche de ceux-ci. De son côté, Leia essaie de trouver un endroit pour mettre en sécurité les réfugiés que peu de planète ne veut car les Yuuzan Vong les attaquent systématiquement.

Ce qui est bien de ce livre c'est de voir Han Solo reprendre du poil de la bête et s'impliquer de plus en plus dans le conflit pour aider son nouvel ami.
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James Luceno co-wrote a lot of books with Brian Daley as Jack McKinney.

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