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Star Wars: Der Pilot (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  6,483 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Nur knapp kommt Han Solo bei seinem Fluchtversuch vom Raumschiff des niederträchtigen Garris Shrike mit dem Leben davon. Er heuert auf dem Planeten Ylesia als Pilot an.
Bald wird ihm jedoch klar, dass die obskuren Priester, die den Planeten kontrollieren, mit aller Macht versuchen, ihre Herrschaft auszudehnen. Keiner der zahlreichen religiösen Pilger, die zu Wallfahrten kom
Taschenbuch, Erstausgabe, 397 pages
Published August 1999 by Heyne (first published 1997)
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Three stars is all I could muster, but I did have fun with this book. It was a great way to rest my brain after finishing Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward.

: This was the finest episode of Corellia 90210 EVER! I had no idea until rereading this that Young Han Solo was actually played (at least in the mind of A.C. Crispin) by a Young Luke Perry. Bad boy Han hanging out with the richies from Corellia (some family, and some family of the girl he loves), and he's so handsome and dashing and such a great s
I remember being a really snobby dork about these books- I thought I was going to hate them 'cause they were all trying to weave into the movies rather than going off on their own story. But surprisingly, these were great! Han's motivations are explained for his first appearance in A New Hope, we get his tragic first love, and find out why he gets to wear the Corellian Bloodstripes! Super necessary information!
Mary JL
Sep 25, 2014 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any SF adventure fan; Star Wars fans in particularly
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
If you are a fan of the Star Wars books, particularly if you are a fan of Han Solo, this is the beginning of an enjoyable trilogy.

Covering the ten years before the original Star Wars movie began--Chapter IV-A New Hope--Han escapes from the only 'home' he has ever known--the illegal ship Trader's Luck.

His ultimate dream: to enter the Imperial Space Academy. So, to get piloting experience, he takes a job piloting for the planet Ylesia. He soon starts picking up pratical expereince.

But he also find
Crystal Starr Light
"From now on, it's just me. Han Solo."
Han Solo. Rogue. Scoundrel. Scruffy-lookin' nerf herder. He's the smuggler that charmed our hearts in A New Hope, who came back to rescue Luke, who butted heads with Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and lead a Rebel task force against an Imperial fortress in Return of the Jedi. But where did he come from?
Han Solo was a young boy, employed by Gariss Shrike to pitpocket, pilot swoop bikes in races, and con people out of money. Tired of that life, Han
Cristián Morales
I knew it was going to be a 5-star at the first wookie growl, but this was incredible!
Star Wars the Paradise Snare was written by A.C. Crispin.
This book is about the adventures of the young Han Solo and his new found companion Muuurgh. Throughout the book we find out more about the Corellian youth’s past. The book explains the story of how he becomes the well-known rebel hero we all know. His journey begins on a small droid ship to the planet of Ylesia. Once on the planet Han gets a job piloting for Ylesian spice miners. On the planet he meets danger, drugs, love, and mystery. H
A necessary start to the life of Han Solo. Not great literature, but provides a foundational piece of SW universe history.
J. Aleksandr Wootton
I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read.

[In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to t
Reading Star Wars fiction is a guilty pleasure for me, so consider this a guilty five star! Aside from the original trilogy novelizations, I loved A Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the old Brian Daley Han Solo trilogy. I recall reading the Thrawn Trilogy in the 1990's, which was what happened after Return of the Jedi, and being captured by what was then an unspoiled dream of what the franchise could become. Since then, I haven't read much at all in the genre, and like most of us, endured a less ...more
Paul Darcy
by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997.

This is my first attempt at reading a Star Wars novel and, I’ll admit it, I read it because it features Han Solo. Now Han is probably the most endearing character to grace the Star Wars franchise (at least I think so) and hence I was compelled to give this novel - first of three actually - a go.

I’ll get the tedious writer’s annoyances out of the way first. Liberal use of the word “wryly” and “dryly” and other ly words kept kicking me out of the story and need
Dustin Gaughran
For the most part, I approve of this as a begging for Han Solo. It was entertaining and fits with the character that's already been established to us fans. My only point to of contention comes towards the end of the book, with two chapters reading like a class division romance novel. It was pointless to me, and I guess meant to show us a hardened Solo, mad at not having a woman he loved. It felt forced, because his goals, attitude and bravado are established, explained, and played up prior to th ...more
I have always been extremely skeptical of the Star Wars novels - to me it felt like someone getting published for fanfiction and the world Lucas built could get mangled in everyone's idea of what it could be like.

That being said, this book was AWESOME. The writing was very well done and it didn't treat the reader like either a) a child where everything had to be spelled out or b) like you should already get every reference in here so we won't explain anything. It was a very neat balance. The mom
I'd considered reading the Han Solo trilogy for awhile and the Memorial Day sale at Half-Price finally gave me a chance to pick up the first one (I wanted to see what I thought before I bought the others).

You never know what you'll get when you pick up a Star Wars books; sometimes excellent authors simply cannot write the characters while otherwise mediocre ones have them down pat. I'd put this one somewhere in between - this young Han occasionally felt possibly a little off to me, but not horr
This is the first in a series of EU (Extended Universe) novels about Han Solo's life before Star Wars IV: A New Hope. It spans everything from his early teens to the weeks before he meets Obi-Wan and Luke in the Mos Eisley cantina. It tells of his freeing of Chewbacca from slavery, his meeting of Lando Calrizzian (and, consequently, his winning the Millenium Falcon) and his many girlfriends before he met Leia which solidify his reputation as a "scoundrel." The writing is pretty good, but for Sta ...more
This was the very first Star Wars novel I ever read and it introduced me to a world into which I would dive wholeheartedly for the next several years. Han Solo would become my favorite character in the universe and I would dream of nothing else.

Looking back, I can't say exactly what struck my fantasy most about this book, but it was enough to send me searching desperately for the next in the series. Whatever it was, it captivated my attention so thoroughly that even now I can't help but read the
Ian Reay
This was the book that started me off on the whole of the Star Wars EU, it literally is a piece of gold, I've read all of the books in the Star Wars expanded universe so far and I can safely say that the Han Solo Trilogy, by A.C. Crispin, is the crown jewel.

In book one, THE PARADISE SNARE, we are introduced to a young Han, living life on the edge as a lackey to a Corellian criminal, Garris Shrike. Solo escapes, thanks to the sacrifice of his lone friend, a Wookie named Dewlanna, and is able to g
This is the back-story of the real, original Han Solo - the one who Shot First and began his return to interstellar good-guy only after he met Luke, Leia and the gang. The prose is functional, at times overly so but the story picked up and was compelling with its realistic capture of Han's personality. It never felt forced, contrite or arbitrary. A good, grim but not overly-so, realistic background to explain how our hero can grow up looking out for only himself, a scruffy semi-ruthless rogue wi ...more
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
The Paradise Snare (Star Wars The Han Solo Trilogy 1) by A.C. Crispin

Han Solo came from troubled beginnings, an orphan on the street, who made his livings from common stealing. Now, after being taken by the cruel space pirate, Garris Shrike, he breaks free after yearning for glory and adventure. He eventually wants to become a professional Imperial Navy pilot. But first, he must work on the planet Ylesia, a dreary planet full of fanatics and drugs, a place where dreams go to die. Will Han Solo m
Terri Paxton
Sep 14, 2014 Terri Paxton rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Han Solo fan, any Star Wars fan, any Star Wars OT fan,
This is a fun story that lures you in with trivia about Han’s past: and questions that may never be answered. This starts when he’s a teenager with flashbacks to younger, so he isn’t yet the Han we know from the movies. But we can see hints of how he will end up on that path.
His early childhood explains a lot: from learning to speak wookiee (it’s not what you think) to his look out for number one philosophy. But he still has big dreams of respectability. We see his creativity in trying to escape
It took me a while to get into this, but I really liked where it went. Crispin is out to set up the Han Solo who would become a scruffy smuggler winning the hearts of bun-headed princesses all over the galaxy; who was he as a kid? What made him a smuggler? Why on earth do we have to read through that many uses of the adjective "scruffy"?
So the opening scenes with Han's questionable and abusive childhood felt very shallow, honestly. Shrike, the villainous smuggler who "raised" Han, never felt ful
Evan Leach
Fun presentation of Han Solo's origin story. The story was a little uneven, but there are a few scenes that really shine (it's been many years since I first read this, but I'll never forget the thrilling descent through Coruscant). I remember being frustrated after finishing this in 1997 and realizing that the sequel wasn't out yet. If you want to read an entertaining book about Han Solo, this fits the bill. 4 stars, recommended.
Jim C
This book is part of the Legends expanded universe. It is the first book of a trilogy. It tells the story of Han Solo's early life and how he leaves his home world in search of his place in the galaxy.

This book was an enjoyable book. I think for the most part the author stayed true to form for Han's character and his development. I did wish that Han was a little more scoundrel than he was portrayed. In this book it felt like Han was a little too quick to do the right thing instead of looking out
A young Han Solo orphaned on the streets of Corellia without a clue as to how he got there or who he was. Every time Han tried to remember, it hurt. A lot. That was when he met Garris Shrike. He wound up living with Garris aboard the Trader’s Luck, along with dozens of other orphans. The orphans were forced to pick-pocket and occasionally had been physically abused. At age 19 Han Solo finally couldn’t take it any longer, he decided to escape the Trader’s Luck and apply for a piloting job on the ...more
Ian Peterson
I'm going back and re-reading a lot of the Expanded Universe books I loved growing up, now that Disney is going on an restarting the EU. The Han Solo trilogy was always one of my favorites. AC Crispin does a good job of portraying a young Han Solo in his formative years, his troubled upbringing under Garris Shrike, his friendship with the wookie Dewlanna, escape, and his first job smuggling for Ylesian drug manufacturers. As with most of the EU books, I'm not overly entranced with a high literar ...more
Andrew Splitt
I thought the book was O.K. near the end I sort of didn't like it because of Shrike. If you liked this book I would suggest the: (Han Solo Trilogy,#3) The Hutt Gambit also by A.C. Crispin
The story starts out with Han in his early years when Gardis Shrike brought him "home" to the Traders Luck where he learns to pickpocket from the streets and also beg. After that first introduction then Han is escaping and he has a Wookie friend Delwanna. He escapes the Traders Luck but with a heavy cost.... Del
I've wanted to read this trilogy for forever. Now that I did, I gotta say my feelings are mixed.

Is it bad? No.
Is it amazing. No.
Does it keep you entertained? ... Mostly.

The biggest problem has got to be with the character Bria. She is so worthless to this plot. She also brings out some of the most sappiest, cringe-worthy dialogue I have ever seen Han say. Also, the author REALLY enjoyed laying on the quotes/references form the OT. How many times can he call her 'baby' or 'sweetheart', the world
Here's a book I can get excited about - Crispin is an excellent writer (from what I've heard on the Twittersphere), and she certainly does justice to the ever-expanding universe of the Star Wars franchise. I'm sad to hear that she passed away - I didn't know, I must've missed the announcement. She tweeted me once, a lovely lady and a gifted novelist.

The Paradise Snare is the story of the young Han Solo (and the first book in a trilogy that tells the tale), and it's a powerfully emotive work that
Edward Creter
Han Solo is the quintessential tough guy of science fiction. He's rougish, sexy, funny and almost fearless to a fault, and it usually is HIS FAULT when things go wrong, which they do frequently, yet Han's adventures in Star Wars 4, 5, and 6 have completely captured the imagination of fans world-wide. His devil-may-care attitude ("NEVER tell me the odds!") is inspiring and refreshing, yet Han is, as his name suggests, a loner lost in a huge universe. In this three-parter written by Trekkie author ...more
What can I say, I'm one of those people who thinks that Solo is really the star of the Star Wars movies; I was very annoyed that eps1-3 didn't make a reference to him, even something as small as 'here's this kid I'm teaching to be a smuggler...'.

Anyway, a friend was cleaning out her house of books and I became the recipient of a Rather Large Bag of Star Wars novels... and I have finally dipped my toe in. I started here partly because SOLO, and partly because of this article about the author, AC
David Alderman
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A.C. Crispin, a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author who wrote tie-in novels for the “Star Wars” franchise and a prequel providing the back story for the popular movie series “Pirates of the Caribbean,” died Sept. 6, 2013 at the Hospice of Charles County in Waldorf. She was 63.

Ann Carol Crispin was an American science fiction writer, the author of over twenty published novels. She wrote
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