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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn comes an exciting Star Wars adventure, set in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back—featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, as well as the deadly Mara Jade.

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when G

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Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
The choices of one shape the futures of all...

This is without a doubt one of the BEST Star Wars books I have read in a long time!

Choices of One takes place about eight months in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. The leaders of the Rebellion are looking for a new base and it almost seems too good to be true when they are offered sanctuary by Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector. An alliance with him will grant the rebels a safe haven, more weapons, and more people to join their cause...more
Dromeda
When an Outer Rim governor offers the Rebel Alliance a full-fledged base in return for help defending against an alien warlord the Rebels are left wondering if this is a genuine offer or an elaborate trap. Meanwhile, Mara Jade – the Emperor's Hand – is sent to the same sector to deal with its traitor governor.

I haven't truly enjoyed a Star Wars novel since the New Jedi Order series began and the only thought I had after reading the latest Fate of the Jedi book was "OK, I'm ready for a reboot" so...more
Bradley
Can’t believe its been 15 years since I first picked up Heir to the Empire…. starting down the long Star Wars road of EU.

This one is a sequel to Timothy Zahn’s previous book Allegiance, which I decided to re-read in preparation because I couldn’t remember a damn thing about what happened. In this a lot of Zahn’s old favourites make an appearance including Thrawn, Mara Jade, Pelleaon, etc, and once again the big three Han, Luke and Leia.

The good stuff: Zahn still knows how to weave a plot, crea...more
Sylvied
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. I really enjoy Timothy Zahn, particularly when he's playing in the Star Wars universe, and I developed an unhealthy attachment to Mara Jade at a relatively young age so I'm possessive enough of her character that I get grumpy if anyone messes with it. (Most of the NJO books got thrown across the room when I tried to read them. I gave up on them long ago and live in the past now Star Wars wise.)

This book avoids some of the flaws I found in its precu...more
Janet Sketchley
Masterful storytelling, complete with multiple plot lines and one of Timothy Zahn’s signature plot twists… and a spectacular climax that had me cheering out loud.

Choices of One has a cast that includes Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Mara Jade and Thrawn, and it takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

It can’t be easy to write about established characters whose future has already been mapped in other novels (the Star Wars series now extends for...more
Shawn Camp
Nov 22, 2011 Shawn Camp rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SW Fans who want everything in print
Recommended to Shawn by: Lucasbooks of course
Shelves: read-2011, epub
Lucasbooks : We would like you to write another book for our expanded universe, the readers enjoy your books more than any of the others.

Timothy Zahn: Sure I have a great idea that I have been thinking of that expands some of the characters I’ve developed from my last offering.

Lucasbooks : That’s great and all, but can we ask that you include a few things to ensure it becomes a bestseller?

Timothy Zahn: Um.

Lucasbooks : Can you include [image error] once more?

Timothy Zahn: ….

Lucasbooks : Also we w...more
Crystal Starr Light
I haven't had this much fun in the Star Wars EU for far too long!

A new villain at the edges of Unknown Space is rising: Nuso Esva. He is gathering alien races together with the intent of toppling Thrawn and the Empire. Meanwhile, Han, Luke, and Leia have a mission: the world of Candoras, on the edge of Known Space, ruled by Governor Ferrouz, is extending an offer to join the Rebel Alliance. But can they seal the deal before the Emperor's Hand, Mara Jade, and the Hand of Judgement get to him firs...more
David
It is my opinion that nobody writes a Star Wars novel on the same level as Timothy Zahn. I'm not a real fan of the extended universe of the Star Wars canon. I think the later novels about Han and Leia's children are pretty lame.

However, Zahn does the classic Star War stuff right. In this particular offering, the Emperor's hand, Mara Jade, is the primary character. She's off on a secret mission and she recruits the squad of stormtroopers from Zahn's earlier novel "Allegiance" to provide her with...more
Cameron Harris
Reading a Star Wars novel is a bit like playing the lottery. Sometimes you hit the jackpot (Revenge of the Sith) but more often than not you end up wasting your time (Planet of Twilight). The most consistently good Star Wars author has been Timothy Zahn and this novel is no exception.

The Choices of one takes place in between a New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back. The Rebel Alliance is in need of a new base after the Empire’s siege on their base on Yavin 4. To alleviate this situation, Luke Sk...more
Ron
The usual Star Wars Expanded Universe silliness as only Timothy Zahn seems able to tell it. This rating is relative to other SW EU books.

Choices of One inserts a new tale, not at the end of the expanding galaxy of SW stories, but in the middle: eight months after the climax of A New Hope (the original SW movie). Zahn manages to weave his "usual suspects"--Mara Jade, Daric LaRone plus four, and Thrawn--into a story consistent with who they--and the SW regulars, Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie, et al.--we...more
Jacen

I enjoyed Choices of One more than Allegiance, it's predecessor. In fact I enjoyed it more than the past couple of FOTJ books. Perhaps all of them. Yes Zahn contradicted and kind of embellished some of Mara's abilities with the lightsaber but I could brush it off. I'm not married to the exactitude of the finer details of canon at the expense of a good story. Especially when it's Zahn. And this was a good story that was well executed. Sure, Mara could have used the lightaber less and I'd have bee...more
L.
I enjoyed Choices of One more than Allegiance, it's predecessor. In fact I enjoyed it more than the past couple of FOTJ books. Perhaps all of them. Yes Zahn contradicted and kind of embellished some of Mara's abilities with the lightsaber but I could brush it off. I'm not married to the exactitude of the finer details of canon at the expense of a good story. Especially when it's Zahn. And this was a good story that was well executed. Sure, Mara could have used the lightaber less and I'd have bee...more
Samuel
An awesome tie-in between New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. It presents sub-plot after sub-plot, deception after deception with little, unexpected twists and turns.
Mara Jade returns with the five renegade stormtroopers along with the main characters from the original trilogy in a mission that brings in recognizable characters from the EU, one of the most prominent is by Zahn himself: Thrawn. Now a Senior Captain, Thrawn brings in a sudden jolt of excitement to hard fans because you know that he...more
Mike
I had high hopes for this book, as I really enjoyed Timothy Zahn's first Star Wars books, but it didn't meet expectations. It felt like the plot of the book was sacrificed to make a fan service book, mashing together a bunch of existing Star Wars characters (Han, Chewbacca, Leia, Luke, Mara Jade, Thrawn, and the Hand of Judgment stormtroopers) simply because they're fan favourites. On top of which, since the book is early in the Star Wars timeline, it felt like the author was constantly juggling...more
Kim
It's been a long, long time since I read a Star Wars book that knocked my socks off. They're just not what they used to be. As they push into the future, there's also been a trend of going back and filling in every conceivable space between previous books and movies. Unfortunately, these fill-ins tend to create inconsistencies.

Now, this is partly my issue--I'm a stickler for staying with the canon. Other people probably don't find this to be as ridiculously annoying as I do, but I'm going to ra...more
Mike
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Patrick Hayes
Wow! I should have read this when it first came out! This is a fantastic book that bridges the events between Episodes IV and V. It's eight months after the Death Star was destroyed and new base is needed for the Rebellion.

Zahn is expertly able to balance several different stories at the same time building to a fantastic ending. First, we have Luke and a rebel diplomat going to a planet that has decided to go pro-Rebellion; Leia and Han checking into the odd group of men looking for missile pro...more
Michael
Of all the writers of Star Wars books Timothy Zahn is my favorite. He has a consistent style which runs from book to book. He fleshes out the characters so that you feel you actually know them, particulary since you feel you should know them after all the movies and books written about them. This is particularly important when you are reading books which sketch in some of the unknown Star Wars history not previously covered. "Choices of One" may be the first encounter between the "Emperor's Hand...more
Brian
Choices of One takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. That's vitally important because if you miss that, the whole thing might feel off. Luckily, Zahn (per usual) pulls off this interesting point in the Star Wars canon with his usual style and creativity.

It's nice to go back to a time when Han and Leia were somewhat subtly flirting with one another and Luke wasn't the epitome of Jedi power that he is in the current stories. Instead, he's the fumbling farmboy who still doesn'...more
Marcus Faulkner
Around halfway into the book I found myself asking what the point of this story was, but because this is a Timothy Zahn novel I persevered expecting that there must be some twist or redeeming element at the end. And there sort of is, but it has little to do with the actual story. The story is flat, not very well constructed and rather obvious. The main plot though is rather incidental to the point of the novel. Having read it you will forget it. The story however gives Zahn the possibility to ad...more
Kaylin
A solid addition to the Star Wars universe that also has a killer cliff-hanger ending that makes me want to somehow get a hold of a copy of the next book in the series, Scoundrels, right now. But that's the fan-girl in me talking. For a minute here, let me talk about the things that could have been better. Yes, even the great Timothy Zahn has faults.

First of all, the time period that this book is very, very fleshed out, not leaving Zahn much room to maneuver his plot around in really creative w

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Brian
A continuation of story from Timothy Zahn's "Allegiance" novel from a few years ago and the 5 "deserter" Stormtroopers and their meeting with Mara Jade as well as their acquantance meetings with the more familiar characters in the Star Wars universe.

This time Zahn brings out his other more familiar character of Grand Admiral Thrawn from the "Heir to the Empire" trilogy. Though now he is merely a brilliant "Senior Captain."

Star Wars novels are very hit or miss for fans like me. I love reading f...more
Jenny McD.
As with all Star Wars books my disclaimer: I rate this book in the compass of comparing it to only other Star Wars books I've read. Star Wars is just Star Wars. Either you love them or you don't. A 5 star review is not the same as my Victor Hugo 5 star review.

The Choices of One can be a stand alone but it really follows are the characters set up in Allegiance. I strongly suggest reading that first if you haven't. It just makes more sense and you will better understand the situation of the awol...more
Lisa
Choices of One is marketed as a Mara Jade story however she seems to be in less than half the story in the end. The plot revolves around the Rebel Alliance receiving an offer of a base on a planet near the Unknown Regions, currently an Empire planet. We are reunited by our fearless Rebels from the original trilogy, Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie sans the Droids. In the end the Rebels are inadvertently brought into an alliance with the Empire against an even worse enemy. It was a not bad story in the...more
Phillip Nguyen
I didn't realize when I first picked up this book that it was a sequel to Allegiance. It was good to read up on LaRone and the Hand of Judgement again as well as throwing back in Mara Jade and the usual Rebels (Han, Leia, and Luke). Its interesting to see how Luke develops on his road to becoming a full fledged Jedi but I personally am not fond of the Luke that can hardly use the Force and doesn't really know how to use his lightsaber. I also find it odd that Mara does not realize that the Skywa...more
Donald
Oct 04, 2012 Donald rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Star Wars, fans of Timothy Zahn.
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
I love Star Wars. I also think Timothy Zahn is a great author. So I really like his Star Wars books. This one was no exception.

It had a couple of weak spots (carefully keeping certain characters from meeting, for example), but was overall a very fun read. I had a hard time putting it down.

I really like the Hand of Judgement. They feel like a group of characters from a roleplaying game, and it's a great deal of fun. Most of the characters are fleshed out a bit more than 'Is an Imperial, hates ali...more
Moses Operandi
I think "workmanlike" is an overused adjective for prose. But Zahn's prose fits it if anyone's does. It's good but nothing stellar, with a few annoying idiosyncrasies.

But his stories and characters are almost always top notch. Choices of One is better than Allegiance for many reasons, including more Thrawn, more space battles, and a better plot overall. The villain is weak, however, and there aren't enough character-building scenes with the Hand of Judgment, Zahn's charismatic group of rogue sto...more
Albert Nguyen
I am a Timothy Zahn fanboy. Ever since picking up the Thrawn Trilogy and Thrawn Duology to prepare myself for the upcoming sequel trilogy, I couldn't get enough him. So when I picked up this book after finishing Thrawn I went in expecting epic space battles, strong character development, and well written villains. What I got was, well....

Story:
The story takes place between episodes 4 and 5 shortly after the first Death Star is destroyed. Desperate to find a new staging point for their campaign a...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel Star Wars: Choices Of One by Timothy Zahn which is a very good novel which I bought from kindle. This novel was written in the part of the timeline when Darth Vader was still around and features characters like Princess Organa, Han Solo & Luke Skywalker. The action kicks off with a ship carrying contraband under attack and ordering a fellow ship to use its tractor beam on the 2 attacking ships even though due to the range it will rip the fuselage of the ship with the...more
Steven Shinder
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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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“Multiple species, with multiple viewpoints and racial philosophies, simply cannot hold power together for long. The dominant voice must certainly be wise enough to adopt ideas and methods from its allies and member peoples. But there must be a dominant voice, or there is only chaos. In this part of the galaxy, that voice is the Empire."

-Thrawn”
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“My point is that true leaders...understand the possible consequences of their decisions, and are willing to bear that weight. The question is whether that's a step you're willing to take."

-Carlist Rieekan”
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