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Outbound Flight (Star Wars)

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It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery–only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend . . . and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable–and doomed–Outbound Flight Project.

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by LucasBooks (first published January 1st 2006)
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My usual caveat: I am a Timothy Zahn fanboy. I have yet to read a work of his I didn’t like. Some, of course, are better than others, but I’ve loved ‘em all. So read this review understanding that.

For those not in the know; a number of years ago, Timothy Zahn effectively re-launched the Star Wars novels with his Heir to the Empire trilogy. It was a smash hit, and rightly so. Zahn managed to capture the SW universe perfectly, while introducing plots and threats that were actually interesting, ins...more
I know I'm a nerd, but I love the star Wars books. The first ones I read were my mother-in-law's Thrawn trilogy that take place 5 years after Return of the Jedi. Great series! That said, I've not been especially drawn to the 40+ other books that take place after the Star Wars movies. I love the books that take place before and during the first three episodes. The life of the Jedi order and the plotting of Palpatine/Sidious totally suck me in. The books in this timeframe also almost all indirectl...more
My healing as a Star Wars fan has come a long way since my trip to the theatre for my final kick in the balls at the booted foot of Revenge of the Sith. My tender testes put up with a whole bunch of abuse from Episodes I-III, and I thought I'd never be able to fall in love again, but much to the delight of my healing privates that fall is happening again.

I have two reasons, and both of those reasons have to do with the Expanded Galaxy of Star Wars and nothing to do with Star Wars itself.

The rating may be a little bit unfair, considering that the book itself does little wrong. Unfortunately, I got the impression that it didn't do much right either. The most impressive part here is Zahn's ability to adapt quickly to the "completely" new setting provided by the prequel trilogy. Outbound Flight is basically the book where Thrawn meets the prequels.

The problem is that the book was hardly exciting at all and the characters were more or less all uninteresting. Most of it consists of p...more
Jan 26, 2009 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Actually 3.5 stars.

Timothy Zahn succeeds again. Kind of a Thrawn prequel. Well done.

Zahn escapes the curse of fan fiction by hardly involving main stream Star Wars characters (Obi-Wan, et al.) in the main plot.

A fun story. Not great literature, but 99.9 per cent of books aren't.
Holden Attradies
When I think of Star Wars novels "Timothy Zahn" is always first in my head. He jump started the expanded universe into existence and his work is still the best out there, hands down. Lucas may have made it so a lot of his original stories no longer properly fit into canon, but ya know what? I liked his novels FAR better then the newer stuff and in my heart I view his books as truer to the feel and soul of the original trilogy.

So how does it pan out when Zahn tried to re-incorporate part of his s...more
Having read good reviews of Zahn's other SW books I figured I'd give it a shot and grabbed Outbound Flight. It was a decent read, fairly interesting plot, though it felt the whole thing was constructed just so that the final showdown could happen, which was utterly boring. *SPOILER AHEAD* Stratis just presses a button and everyone dies. *SPOILER END*

Granted, some characters are fairly interesting. Thrawn is written well and introduced in an interesting fashion. Car'das also has an arc over the...more
This book is definitely the best of Zahn's stories of the prequels. My dad bought me this after reading the Thrawn Trilogy, since I was hooked on those.

It is incredible for a fanboy like myself to experience Thrawn's rise to greatness in the eyes of Darth Sidious. That it wasn't just in the Empire that Thrawn was (arguably) the best tactician in the galaxy, that he had those abilities during his time with this people at the edge of the known galaxy, and could very well had used them during his...more
Outbound Flight gives the back story on the mission Outbound Flight, alluded to briefly in Heir to the Empire, and also serves as a bit of an origin story for Grand Admiral Thrawn, then known as Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo of the Chiss Expansionary Fleet.

Basically, if you love Thrawn, you'll love this book. It's very well-done, much better than any of Zahn's previous Star Wars novels (nostalgia doesn't influence this rating as it does with the Thrawn trilogy ratings). Characterization and plot c...more
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I would. I didn't enjoy all the Thrawn novels before and didn't like some Timothy Zahn's novels, but I really got into this book. It has a dual story that comes together at the end. I'm not going to go into a long plot summary. I liked how we finally got to see how Thrawn got involved with the Republic. I was intrigued by C'boath's Jedi philosophies and how he relates to others. I agreed with a lot of the reviewers that I felt Anakin and Kenobi were thro...more
I enjoyed the concept of Outbound Flight. To be honest, the build up felt quite a lot like Noah's Ark and the main Jedi like Noah himself.

Loose analogies aside Zahn's pacing and multiple plots threads are the strong points of this book. After reading it after Allegiance, I enjoyed Outbound Flight. (more than Scoundrels). There are some good backstories developed which lead into the Heir to the Empire/Thrawn trilogy - which I am looking forward to diving into. Most important character introduced...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the space opera novel Star Wars: Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn which is an excellent story which I bought from kindle. There are hundreds of novels in the Star Wars series all written by good science fiction authors and it's considered a bit of an honor to get asked to do one. What happens in one novel has an impact on what happens in other novels. In this novel the plot is that a ship loaded with hundreds of droids and stolen and under attack from Hutt's goes into hyperdrive an...more
Derek Weese
Outbound Flight was the second novel from the Star Wars line I decided to purchase, largely because of who wrote it. If the books spine says Timothy Zahn on the authors line, chances are, I'll at least give it a look see.

And, as generally happens when I read something Mr. Zahn wrote, I was surprised in a very pleasant way. Though, unlike his older works, I do have a bit of a complaint towards the end of the story.

First off, and this could surprise a few who assumed that, due to the books title,...more
This book told the origin of Outbound Flight, gave the first glimpse (chronologically) of Thrawn and told of Jorus C'baoth and his obsession. I think it was good background for the events in the Heir to the Empire Trilogy. Unfortunately I found the story a little flat, and actually wished that Obi-Wan and Anakin hadn't been involved, if just to give some of the other characters a little more time and spotlight.
Nov 26, 2008 Callista rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jamina, julia Andersen
Recommended to Callista by: Cilghal2, Marlene
I thought this one was better than its partner, Survivor's Quest. The story of what really happened on Outbound Flight was rather surprising, especially how the Jedi were perceived. The subplot involving Obi-Wan and Anakin felt like a bit of a cheat, even though it was obvious they weren't going to get to stay onboard. A good yarn, though. Recommended to Star Wars fans.
As a big fan of the "Heir to the Empire" series (I think they should make movies of this series, but Mark Hammil would have to loose a ton of weight)I really enjoyed this book, which is a look at Admiral Thrawn and the Chiss before even the clone wars began. Timothy Zahn is my favorite author of Star Wars novels and this one did not dissapoint.
Matthew Godlewski
A good, solid Star Wars novel. This is a somewhat of a prequel to Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy that kicked off the expanded universe craze (and which Disney has kicked out of canon). It introduces key players from that series, namely Thrawn and Jorus C'Baoth (the real one, not the clone), and key players when Outbound Flight is found by the Chiss years later and explored by Luke Skywalker. Be aware that there is minimal character building around Thrawn and C'Baoth and you should really read Zah...more
Chris the Protagonist Antagonist
More depth to the star wars universe has been added once again by Timothy Zahn. Senator Palpatine hinders the jedi by assisting them. How political of him. Jorus C'baoth, what can I say? He sucks Dractuvian caveworm, and Velusian fursnake. Did I mention he is a jedi master. How did that ever happen? But what eventually happens to him is a very interesting demonstration about the fine line between the light and ever present darkside of the force. Mitth'raw'nuruodo, better known by his core name T...more
Jun 28, 2008 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of SW expanded universe books.
Great SW book that is set during the near-end of the Clone Wars. Zahn is one of my favorite authors of SW-related material! Introduces readers to Thrawn, and weaves this storyline in with 2 others. Highly recommended!
Excellent prequel to Zahn's Thrawn trilogy and Hand of Thrawn duology. The book introduces several important characters and explains some aspects of their later lives. Most notably, Jorj Car'das (love that guy!), Jorus C'baoth (hate that guy!), and Thrawn himself (have a whole new level of respect for that guy!) are all present. Zahn yet again successfully preserved the spirit of Star Wars and the shared characters' personas (although, since we're talking about the episodes I-III here, I'm not s...more
Really loved this story because it did not center on the main star wars characters but others. I loved seeing the begining relationship with the Chiss.
My first Timothy Zahn Star Wars book, and it was very exciting. He is gifted at storytelling and building wonderful characters.
Chip Lichtenwalner
While it has been probably around 10 years since I read them, I remember really enjoying Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy as well as his duology. So, even though I read Star Wars books pretty sparsely nowadays, I picked this up from the library on a whim. With Star Wars novels, I don't expect much, it's light reading for me that I don't have to look to deeply into. Even with the lessened expectations I put on EU novels, I was still disappointed and left unimpressed, overall. This book chronicles t...more
A rather original storyline to the genre. It really sets up the reader for the companion volume: Survivor's Quest.
Jan 21, 2008 Becky marked it as to-read
Chris says "read it or die." Must be good if it inspires death threats... ;)
Oct 29, 2007 Nyamebekyere rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of star wars
Ever wanted to find out where Thrawn came from??? Read this book and find out.
I read this when i was 8, so i don't remember much.
Terence Mascarenhas
love me my star wars books!
Dylan Hesp
Timothy Zahn is the man and I was so pleased to see him venture into the prequel trilogy, and even better create the backstory from one of the most notorious characters Grand Admiral Thrawn, not to mention Jorus C'baoth as well!

I had read this previously, but was eager to re-read it and I'm so glad I did.

Outbound Flight is the story of C'baoth and his desire to send a Jedi investigation team into the unknown areas of space. C'baoth is incredibly head strong and is incredible sure of himself, it...more
In the book Star Wars Out Bound Flight is about how Jedi Master C’baoth is trying to make his project, Out Bound Flight happen. Manny things happen during the course of the book that jeopardizes the project. There are many characters that get introduced in this book, such as Grand Admiral Thrawn, in this book Commander Thrawn. While there are many new characters introduced there are many characters from the original six such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. C’baoth foils a murder plot cr...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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