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Allegiance (Star Wars)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  4,762 ratings  ·  207 reviews
A Star Wars novel set between the events of Epsiode IV: A New Hope and Epsiode V: The Empire Strikes Back, it features a younger Han, Leia, and Luke, as well as Mara Jade.

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
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Rock Peterson
As big a fan as I am of Star Wars, one thing I always had a problem with was the intentional dehumanization of the Imperial Troops. Most of course were nigh-faceless Stormtroopers, and many of the rank and file units were glossed over, leaving only the higher ranked officers who were portrayed as sniveling, overconfident, incompetent, and generally detached from any sense of "service" or "duty" (with the notable exceptions of Daine Jir, General Veers, and Captain/Admiral Piett). The Galactic Emp ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Timothy Zahn is my absolute favorite author so when I saw this book about Mara Jade in the Empire era I jumped.

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
Like most everyone, I am hoping that J.J. Abrams Episode VII will return some of the joy and wonder to the Star Wars Galaxy, but I am afraid the hope is more -less than -ful. I think, though, that my hopelessness is connected to my sadness over the loss of Timothy Zahn's fantastic work in the Star Wars milieu.

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
The parts with Mara Jade and the portrayal of Imperial stormtroopers were good. The rest was unnecessary. Couldn't Zahn just have written a book with Mara as the sole main character during her time as Emperor's Hand?

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?
As stated in a previous review, I had no idea Timothy Zahn had continued writing Star Wars books, and I'm trying to go through them in "chronological" order.

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
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It was a nice book and better then Quest and Outbound Flight that he wrote. Still not better then the other 5 he wrote...which isn't bad. His books are still way better then 95% of the other Star War books out there.

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
Christina (AKA Babbling)
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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
Every time I think that Timothy Zahn is done with the Star Wars Universe, he surprises me by coming back. Zahn was conspicuously absent from the New Jedi Order series (an 18 book epic that pitted the cast of the original trilogy against a race of bio-tech wielding aliens), and his Hand of Thrawn duology seemed to wrap up most major lingering questions raised by Zahn’s original Heir to the Empire trilogy that re-launched the Star Wars novels. With the rise of the New Jedi Order, and the sudden ex ...more
This book was a great Star Wars fix. The story kept me interested all the way through, and there was enough of a cliff-hanger ending that I can't wait to read Choices of One.

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,

Timothy Zahn + Star Wars = an excellent read in my book. It was great to see Mara in action as the Emperors Hand and the book really delved into areas that most during the Rebellion novels seem to miss. This book was about people rather than a mission, with the characters' individual missions almost seeming second rather than the main focus of the novel. Zahn successfully showed several things; the unease of some Imperials following the destruction of Alderaan, Leia coming to terms with that and ...more
One of my favourite Star Wars books to date.

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
To be honest, there is never much I expect from a Star Wars book nowadays than a quick read. However, this one is set in the post-A New Hope, pre-Empire Strikes Back time period, and is pretty well written and paced. It was a fun read, but not exactly the type of work that will draw in more fans to the expanded writings of the Star Wars universe.

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
An inserting twist on one of Star Wars' most recognizable characters - the Stormtrooper. Once again (as he did in Scoundrels), Zahn keeps the pace fast and frenetic by mixing up some of our pre conceived notions of evil and good in the SW universe. Plus, you get to ride along with Han, Chewie, Leia and to a lesser degree, Luke.

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
Ian Reay
Five to six months after the Battle of Yavin, Daric LaRone and other stormtroopers from the Reprisal were on Teardrop carrying out a mission meant to subjugate the planet's populace. Believing that they are sympathizers of the Rebellion, civilians were ordered executed by the Reprisal's command staff. However, the Rebels, including Han Solo aboard the Millennium Falcon, had already fled. Despite this being unknown to LaRone and his squadron, it was clear that the individuals they were ordered to ...more
My brother loves Star Wars. My brother raves about Timothy Zahn as an author. And he geeks out over stormtroopers.
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
Derek Weese
Much has already been said so this review shall be intentionally brief.

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
Brock Beauchamp
Timothy Zahn's best Star Wars books have revolved around his ultimate post-RotJ villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn. This book doesn't have Grand Admiral Thrawn in it or anyone of his calibre to hold up the book and keep readers interested.

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
Timothy Stone
Timothy Zahn is probably the most popular of all of the authors in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and for good reason. His intricate plots, spot-on characterization, and actual research into how things ought to work, make the books simultaneously the most like the movies of any material in the EU, while also being closest to the idea of “hard” science fiction of nearly anything in the EU. He also portrays the Imperials as having good people on their side, and not just cliched, mustache-twirlin ...more
Two and a half stars on this one. I think Allegiance would make a better movie than book, because it's really straightforward. I don't need books to be extremely complicated, but this amounts to the simplicity of find the death star, blow it up, get a medal. Except, with that movie, at least we have some enjoyable banter, funny moments, and interesting characters. The Stormtroopers are supposed to be at the forefront, and we are supposed to think hey wow not all imperials are bad, we are suppose ...more
Brad Wheeler
A pretty good book, especially by the standard of modern Star Wars novels. The plot is kind of weird and convoluted, but the characters were all distinct and the action moved forward at a brisk pace, unlike Zahn's disappointing Star Wars: Scoundrels. I picked Allegiance up for some easy road-trip listening and it served well for that purpose.

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
Apr 15, 2009 Ron rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Uncommonly good for fan fiction. Good in its own right.

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.
I enjoyed the various threads spun in this book. A bit predictable, but it is Star Wars. The story provided some background for future events and some of the main SW characters, such as Mara and her bad self, and it also gave the stormies a warm fuzzy lovable side.
Dan Gilman
Admittedly I'm a hard sell on Star Wars, I'm a loyal trekkie through and through. That being said, I did enjoy this book. I was recommended it because of his highly acclaimed Thrawn series (which I still to date have not read).

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,
My first Star Wars read in about 5 years, I am really glad I picked up Zahn to continue this journey. To me, Zahn is the master of the post-classic trilogy canon novel. His grasp of the SW universe and the way he really charges up the characters makes, to me, for the more enjoyable SW novels. This one takes place between Episodes IV and V, and makes the interaction between a lot of the classic characters very intriguing and enjoyable. A clever plot twist allows for Imperial stormtroopers to actu ...more
Albert Riehle
Mindless fun for Star Wars fans like me. Nothing special, but good enough reading. The plot was okay--nothing too great. My only real problem was Darth Vader's dialogue in the few scenes in which he was a part. I automatically tried to read them in my best Darth Vader voice-in-my-head and it was difficult because his dialogue was a bit convoluted and verbose.

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
Anne Bradley
This right here is what Star Wars novels are all about. This adventure, set between Star Wars and Empire, is true to all of the characters we know, gives us a young Mara Jade and introduces us to the concept that not all stormtroopers are...stupid.

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
Paul Dunahoo
Minor spoilers ahead!

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
Out of all the authors that have written Star Wars novels there are two authors that I love the most that make me keep coming back to read the Star Wars books and Timothy Zahn is one of those authors. He has written over 90 works ranging from shorts stories to novels since 1978. He has reinvigorated the Star Wars Expanded Universe with other writers but I believe that he is better then any of the other other then Aaron Allston. Yes I did, I named another author other then the one who wrote the b ...more
How good a sign is it when my overwhelming impression of a book to tell you is that "yeah, I didn't mind reading it." I gave this one two stars out of five. A common theme in positive reviews is how much everyone has enjoyed the humanization of Stormtroopers; I actually am not going to deviate from that because I agree that this was the book's chief selling point. Granted, there was little enough else going for it--a small corps of troopers desert the Empire because they have a problem with what ...more
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more
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“But Imperial stormtroopers were something else entirely. He and the others had survived a couple of brief encounters with them aboard the Death Star, but even at the time he’d had the feeling the Imperials had been taken by surprise and weren’t operating at full efficiency. Now, of course, he knew that Tarkin and Vader had deliberately allowed the Falcon and its crew to escape so they could track it to Yavin 4.” 0 likes
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