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Preview — Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
Allegiance (Star Wars)
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is looking into the illicit financial affairs of a planetary governor, hoping to find evidence that he might be funding the Rebellion. Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are sent on a ...more
There are three plots that intertwine towards the end. LaRone, a stormtrooper, accidentally kills an ISB agent. He and four other stormtroopers desert and run to the nearest planet where they begin an investigation into pirate activities.
Mara Jade was sent to investigate a Moff's possible embezzlement. This leads to a pirate consortium.
Han, Luke, and Leia are originally sent to inv ...more
While George Lucas was kicking me in the balls with Jar Jar Binks and pissy Anakin, Timothy Zahn was rubbing and tugging me with Grand Admiral Thrawn and the marvelous Mara Jade. I much pre ...more
But this will probably be my last Star Wars book for a time. What's the point in reading them when Disney has already ruined the universe before even making a single movie?
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is a fan favorite, so it's no surprise he finally got around to writing more of her.
Even better, we get some great new characters: 5 stormtroopers who desert their post after accidently murdering an overbearing intelligence agent. They steal a shuttle loaded with weapons and cash and decide to use both to uphol ...more
The good stuff was a nice spin on 5 stormtroopers that he introduces and gives a little bit of a background of his character Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand that he created. The only thing I didn't like about her was that it seemed like she was more advanced about being a Sith or having Je ...more
Comments: Like with Outbound Flight, I never thought I’d be rooting for characters that are normally viewed as the bad guys in the Star Wars universe. The five stormtroopers, ordinary young men who joined the Empire because they wanted to keep the peace and protect the citizenry, get a rude awakening when they are ordered to kill innocent, and unarmed, civilians. One, Daric LaRone, kills an Imperial officer in self-defense and he is forced to fl ...more
Allegiance is set in an interesting time period; right between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. While Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca are all in it, the main focus is more around Mara Jade (Codename The Emperor's Hand) and a group of stormtroopers that call themselves The Hand of Judgment. Through a series a circumstances,...more
The story centers mostly in Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand. The Emperors personal errand girl. She's been in a few other Star Wars books, but this book is the first to focus on the height of her career.
The story also involves a squad of stormtroopers who desert the Empire after being ordered to fire on civilian targets. After leaving the Empire service, they continue to fullfill thier oath of protecting the citizens of the Empire.
I really liked the idea o ...more
For those of you who are fans, the added bonus of this book's plot is that it's Mara Jade's first official mission as the Emperor's Hand. There are a c ...more
At the end of the day, regardless of the colour of the armour worn, serving a cause - be it for the wrong or right reasons - shines through. No crazy twists in my opinion ...more
Okay, I wasn't going into this book unbiased.
Pleasantly, it didn't take away one shred of enjoyment that this book gave me. From the original plot to the likeable characters, both old and new, this became my second favorite Star Wars book well-deserving of five stars. Watching the Clone Wars TV series, the haunting question occured to every watcher: Did the clones we've come to know ...more
Zahn is one of the few writers who works in the Star Wars Uni who actually does not, purposefully, dehumanize, dumb down, and cast insanity upon the 'villains' of the story-the Imperials. One thing I will always remember with a smile of satisfaction concerning the Zahn novels is that the Imperials are mostly competent, capable opponents with even some sense of honor. Most other authors forget this level of realism.
In this bo ...more
Thankfully, instead Zahn resorts to using a different time period - following after A New Hope - and character motivations to drive this story, even if the characters themselves are somewhat lacking.
The story is about several groups of characters and their allegianc ...more
As a side note, I sometimes feel like Timothy Zahn writes in his own Star Wars universe. The book is packed with characters from his other stories, and not ...more
Zahn had broken the code on creating fresh, exciting characters and tales within the the SW framework. Mara Jade like Grand Admiral Thrawn are more fun, if nothing else, than the cardboard cutouts Vader and Solo ended up. (Being mortal helps.)
Rumor has it a sequel it on its way.
Rather than bash the Star Wars series, I'll list this among the reasons I *like* the Star Wars series, it fits in with expanding a more adult and realistic view of the SW Universe, if you're a fan of the Knights of the Old Republic games, you know just how good SW can get, ...more
Everything else was good though. If you're not a Star Wars nut, this book probably isn't for you, but if you're a fan and want to spend so ...more
What it doesn't explain is why-oh-why didn't General Rieekan just send a messenger to pay off Jabba the Hutt before anyone got to Hoth. Would've "recruited" Han and Chewie a whole lot faster. However.
The litmus test is whether the reader hears a John W ...more
Timothy Zahn's name is synonymous with good space opera within the Star Wars Expanded Universe. That's what he's best known for. There's a good reason why. He wrote the Thrawn Trilogy, a series which started with Heir to the Empire and ended with The Last Command, bringing the fandom out of its dark ages. Unlike many early Star Wars authors, he continued to write stories in the universe, and he may be given a chance to write stories set in the new canon universe as well. So ...more