Star Wars: Choices of One (Star Wars)
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
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
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
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
This book avoids some of the flaws I found in its precu...more
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
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.
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Timothy Zahn: ….
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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