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Star Wars: Crosscurrent (Star Wars Legends)

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An ancient Sith ship hurtles into the future carrying a lethal cargo that could forever destroy Luke Skywalker’s hopes for peace.
The Civil War is almost over when Jedi Knight Jaden Korr experiences a Force vision so intense he must act. Enlisting two salvage jocks and their ship, Jaden sets out into space. Someone—or something—appears to be in distress.

But what Jaden and
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Random House Publishing Group (first published January 26th 2010)
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Apr 20, 2010 Olivia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only masochistic Star Wars fans like myself
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I have read enough Star Wars books to know that when it comes to my favorite fake galaxy, things are far from egalitarian along gender lines. More often than not, women are shifted to the sidelines and the stories revolve around the doings of men. You know, the usual sexism that's prevalent in all forms of media: Men are important, women are tokens/sexual objects. This book though, this book decided to take it to a new level.

There are quite literally, NO women of note in the entire novel. None.
Feb 03, 2010 Leeanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Star Wars: Crosscurrent, by Paul S. Kemp

Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Paul S. Kemp - I love his Forgotten Realms Erevis Cale series, and couldn't have been happier when I heard he was going to write a Star Wars Extended Universe book. I ran out to pick up "Crosscurrent" the day it was released and devoured it in the same day.

"Crosscurrent" takes place near the end of the EU Legacy of the Force series and features Jaden Korr, a relatively obscure Jedi Knight. Jaden is suffering from
Tom Parent
May 10, 2012 Tom Parent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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At this point I'm pretty much Sithed out. Coming from someone who has the code of the Sith tattooed on him, that should say something. For years the word Sith gave me goosebumps. I loved the Sith because the were mysterious and we knew so little about them but it seems like they've gone to the Sith well one too many times. You've got Banes rule of two Sith, Krayts One Sith order, Jacen Solo and his brief Sith order, the lost tribe of the Sith and now time traveling Sith?!?! C'mon now.
Crosscurrent is just so many bad premises rolled into one book, and executed with such an astonishing lack of skill, that it really makes me wonder about the people responsible for editing these books. I understand that most of the responsibility for a book should be laid at the foot of the author, but I would like to think that an editor's job, more than anything else, is to be a gatekeeper and exclude dreck like this.

So first of all, these books (Crosscurrent and Riptide are a duology, though
Sarah Taleweaver
From time to time, I say that I “didn’t know what to expect” when I picked up a particular book. Never has that been so true as in the case of Crosscurrent: all I knew was that it was Star Wars and it took place during the Old Republic. I had no prior reviews, no specific recommendations, not even a back-cover blurb. I knew a little bit about both Old and New Republic eras from Wookieepedia and TV Tropes, but for the most part, I was going in blind.

Given that, it’s hardly surprising that I was c
Dec 09, 2014 Avery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I am normally skeptical of Science Fiction literature, the Star Wars universe continues to surprise me with how many talented writers have chosen to contribute to it. Paul S. Kemp allows a story to be told within a brilliantly imaginative world, that, although he did not create, he has definitely contributed to in a big way. All of the characters are extremely likable (or not likable) and were able to keep me reading until the awesome, mysterious conclusion. There is a lot of powerful s ...more
Nov 19, 2015 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, an interesting way to introduce time travel to Star Wars, and to include stories from both the distant past and the present of Star Wars continuity. The characters were all a little angsty, but their motivations were mostly clear. Kemp did a good job of occasionally mentioning old Star Wars characters and features to keep the reader grounded in a familiar setting, but does not lean on nostalgia to sell his story. This is not your typical Luke and Leia epic, these are characters and conf ...more
Chris Morgan
First off I am a star wars fan and have pretty much read every novel written. The premise is interesting enough for one to buy the book, but this novel is just average once you start it.
Katrin von Martin
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Feb 02, 2010 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you know the dark side makes you vomit? In case you were wondering, Paul S. Kemp keeps up a healthy reminder in his debut Star Wars novel: Crosscurrent. It’s a bit of a crossover with two different Star Wars eras (literally) meeting face to face: Sith and Legacy Era (post-Jacen government). The book opens with more than a few chapters switching back and forth between the past (5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin) and the present (41.5 after). Kemp introduces several characters in both era ...more
Patrick W
Jan 27, 2010 Patrick W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally posted on my review blog, Stomping on Yeti, at Words or Less: In one of the better Star Wars novels in recent memory, Kemp portrays a more intimate adventure focusing on two Jedi and their dance with the dark side. [return][return]Rating: 4.5/5 stars[return][return]The Good: Feels like Star Wars (and Dark Forces Star Wars no less); Tight plot focusing on a small cast of characters allows for character development and intrigue; Action sequences ...more
Sep 28, 2012 Varad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel is a science fiction staple but it's not something that is a major - or even a minor - feature of the Star Wars universe. So it's an interesting idea to see what would happen if a Sith Lord and Jedi Knight from the era of Tales of the Jedi suddenly found themselves transported five millennia into the future, to a galaxy just emerging from the disaster of the Second Galactic Civil War. As I said, a good idea, but as often happens it doesn't quite come off in the execution.

Far in the p
So, the Dark Side makes you puke...

Time travel and Star Wars. It's like space peanut butter and chocolate. And I get one of my favorite characters (the whiner and angst-ridden Jaden Korr from the game Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy) in a brand-new adventure!

The main story arc of this book takes place 41.5 years after the climax of A New Hope, amidst the Legacy of the Force series and before Millennium Falcon, so Jaden Korr is in his mid-forties and sports a thick beard, some old habits and brand-new
Bryan Schmidt
This is Paul Kemp's first SWEU book and not quite as good as Star Wars: Deceived, which is one of my favorite space opera reads ever and a book that could be just as good set outside the EU as well. Not to be missed. Crosscurrent on the other hand, shows growing pains, which makes since since it's Kemp's first foray here. But he's more than up to the challenge. To me, the book didn't take off until the introduction of Khedryn Farr and his co-pilot Marr. They are dynamic and well developed with g ...more
Jürgen Willmann
Der Roman Gegenwind ist das zweite Werk des Autors Paul S. Kemp im Star Wars-Universum.
Die Geschichte spielt im Jahr 41,5 nach der Schlacht von Yavin und hat in der ersten Hälfte des Buches immer wieder Rückblenden auf 5000 Jahre vor der Schlacht von Yavin, kurz vor der Schlacht von Kirrek. Die Rückblenden spielen parallel zu den Ereignissen aus den Comics „Die Jedi-Chroniken“.

Jaden Korr, bekannt aus dem Videospiel Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, hat eine Vision der Macht. Um den Ursprung dieser Vi
Jan 09, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK IS an absolute delight. It is full of that old school Star Wars bravado, that old school Jedi vs Sith (dare i use the word ’hatred’?) and full of everything that made Star Wars such an emotional and extraordinary place to visit whenever we felt the need to escape reality. Heroes. Villians. Light sabres. The force (of course!). Padawans. Death defying sub-missions performed in the name of what is right. Force visions so intense they leave the recipient no choice but to follow them. Dark ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Surya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important thing to note about most star wars books is that they operate in this huge expanded canon detailing the universe that we love so much. We know all about the jedi, the sith , the 'scum of the galaxy', and therein lies both the franchise's greatest strength, and potential weakness.
Crosscurrent is a typical example of a star wars book, in that it cannot function as a proper novel on it's own accord. Frankly speaking, the book by itself fails to inject much gravity into the conflict in
Dec 21, 2010 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is only the second Star Wars book I have read by author Paul S. Kemp, the first being Deceived. The story really feels fresh and different from other Star Wars novels. It is the first story I have read that features (view spoiler) as a major plot device. The book centers around Jaden Korr, a character we have only ever seen in a video game before, and fleshes him out much more than the game ever did. The book even acknowledges how his character fluctuates between ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started off a little slow, but after the first 100 pages i was pretty into it.
Jul 24, 2011 Sonny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The past and the future collide as an ancient Sith ship from the Old Republic hurtles through space and time bringing with it powerful Darkside amplifying ore that will threaten the unstable peace obtained after the fall of Darth Caedus.

Jaden Korr (first introduced in the XBOX title Jedi Academy) is now a full fledged Jedii knight. Scarred by his actions in the recent Civil War, Jaden wanders on the edges of the unknown regions searching for answers after he receives a distressing Force Vision.
Dylan Gullberg
May 16, 2014 Dylan Gullberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About halfway through the book I expected this one to be just another 3-star Star Wars book. The book starts off pretty slow. I wasn't sure where the author was planning on taking me considering the interlocking plot threads and constant switching from character perspectives. But halfway through the book everything came together. The is the first Star Wars book I've read that dealt with time travel, and quite frankly, the author managed to make it work in a rather creative and original way. I al ...more
Stephen Van Ness
Oct 16, 2011 Stephen Van Ness rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting. Very interesting. I like Paul S. Kemp's time travel stuff, it was very fun to read about a 5,000 year old Jedi come to our time. I really enjoyed it, but the Kell plotline felt really out of place and random. I mean, Paul was building Kell's role up throughout the novel, but the character didn't end up with a major role. He was played up as a danger but didn't DO anything to enhance the plotline. That was one of my problems with the novel. Also:

The end of the novel felt l
This was a great SW novel. Mr. Kemp has made a huge first impression on me in writing this novel. Not only is the story interesting and highly engaging (I couldn't put down the book within the last 100 pages), but he did it without using a single character from any of the movies and you end up genuinely caring for everyone of these new characters by the end of the novel. Thus far, only Karen Traviss had dared to do something like that. I hope this will create a new wave of stories that are bound ...more
Oct 27, 2009 DC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

For as much as I initially enjoyed this book, it ended up as something of a let down. It promised an interesting writing style, the start of integrating the One Sith into the novels, many relevant characters, and this mysterious time travel stuff - sounded fantastic.
Then the merits of the writing style were overshadowed by the inappropriately contraction-free dialog. And Kell turned out to have No Point. And the One Sith turned out not to be a real part of the story. And Relin the time-travelin
My thoughts with some spoilers...

-I actually enjoyed the Khedryn/Marr portion of the story quite a bit. They were characters I could get behind. I would like to read more of them.

-Why are there basically NO women in Paul Kemp's galaxy far far away? It was extremely odd. Star Wars has always had strong female characters, but there certainly were none here. Most that exist are corpses...

-Was the ore really necessary? Seemed like a silly plot device that was just unnecessary in and of itself.

-The t
Matthew Ashby
Jul 29, 2015 Matthew Ashby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The setup is strange, but it works. What does time travel have to do with what the characters find at the end of the story? It seems like a disconnected narrative and the characters don't feel like people, just generic archetypes. One character descends to the dark side for no real good reason, and the Kell villain is simply awful. I know that Paul Kemp did not come up with the concept of the Anzat, but he used it in his story and as a result, it's completely laughable. There were moments I felt ...more
Jul 04, 2015 Niki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The story isn't that bad. It isn't too boring, but the idea of a creature eating another creature (both are sentient) is just gross. That's why I gave it a one star. As for the storyline, it was quite good. But the ending is becoming typical of all Star Wars EU books (view spoiler) It's as if they don't want to repeat the Darth Vader story but in avoiding that, they repeatedly never redeem or save someone (view spoiler) ...more
Okay. Jedi Knight Jaden Korr gets a ridiculous vision, partly caused by guilt over spacing a bunch of not-quite-innocents, and it drives him to the backwater planet of Fhost, where he meets Khedryn Faal and Marr Idi-Shael, who are salvagers with a justice complex. Meanwhile, the Sith Saes Rrogon and Jedi Relin Duur accidentally travel 5000 years into their future - the present day in the Star Wars universe. They all eventually collide (along with a HELLA creepy brain-eater named Kell Douro) on a ...more
I ususally really like reading my husband's Star Wars books, but this one was a waste of my time. Although I am sure to most fans, it will be great, but for me, what keeps me reading these books is the continuing story of the characters I have come to love - Han, Leia, Luke - you get the picture. And if a book is not going to have them in it, it had better be a pretty compelling story with great new characters.

Unfortunately, this book had neither of those things. A story that begins in two diff
Mar 14, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I mostly liked this book apart from the description of Kell Douro's feeding habits being a little too graphic at times. The time-travel aspect is not that far-fetched when you think about the nature of hyperspace; "hyperspace corridors" are effectively wormholes - and any Farscape fan will be able to tell you that wormholes take you not just through space, but time as well. In this case, a damaged Sith ship can't jump properly so end up 5,000 years into the future, 41 years after the Battle of Y ...more
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