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Paul S. Kemp
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Star Wars: Crosscurrent (Star Wars Legends)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,642 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
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 h
Published (first published January 26th 2010)
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May 24, 2012 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.
May 24, 2012 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 24, 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 20, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent read from Paul S. Kemp. After finishing all of his Forgotten Realms novels and moving on through his Egil and Nix series, I found myself growing board with other authors. I'm not normally a fan of the Star Wars novels, but I find that Paul is able to inject his particular quality and style into the universe just as well as any other sandbox. The characters are well defined individuals with personality quirks and enough uniqueness to not just qualify as any other Star Wars arch- ...more
Jody Mabry
Feb 05, 2015 Jody Mabry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be incredibly honest I felt like an idiot when I first read this. This was my first Star Wars book, and for any of you out there who feel they can jump from a movie to a might be harder than you think. Crosscurrent is a time travelling Jedi adventure which simultaneously extends a series of short stories called "The Lost Tribe of the Sith." While the short story series and Crosscurrent take place thousands (if not more) years apart, they do show that while technology has improved, t ...more
Oct 11, 2014 ABC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I will say it: the main reason I read this book was because it had Jaden Korr as the protagonist. And it is Star Wars.
Paul S. Kemp really did a good job here. The Jedi and Sith from five thousand years in the past was neat, and, as I said before, it had Jaden Korr from Jedi Academy.
Crosscurrent was well written and well paced, with a good dash of humor as well as action. Will read Star Wars Riptide.
4.5 stars
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.
Aug 08, 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
Katrin von Martin
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Apr 08, 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
Padawan Steve
I felt as if its problem was having two main characters who both had different objectives. One of which had great events leading up to it with strong character development while the other felt drawn out, only to be given an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying ending given that it was hyped up throughout the book.

Premise was intriguing, the characters interesting (Relin especially) and likeable however it falls at bit flat midway, seemingly trying to fill in space until the climax which was very sho
Scott Mansey
In all honestly I did quite enjoy this book. I have not read a huge number of books from the expanded universe, but there are definately some strong plotlines and chatacters. Not really any strong female presence (not a problem for me but I thought its worth a mention).

I really enjoyed Jaden's character. A little mystery leading me to want to read more books involving his backstory.

The plot was a good idea. However, a little farfetched even for Stat Wars. Also, without a strong follow up novel
Dylan Gullberg
Jul 27, 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
Tony Black
Feb 19, 2015 Tony Black 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
Stephen Van Ness
May 24, 2012 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
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
Apr 12, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2012 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
May 24, 2012 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.
Feb 13, 2013 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
Patrick W
May 23, 2013 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
May 24, 2012 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
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