Star Wars Allegiance (Star Wars)
There are three plots that intertwine towards the end. LaRone, a stormtrooper, accidentally kills an ISB agent. He and four other stormtroopers desert and run to the nearest planet where they begin an investigation into pirate activities.
Mara Jade was sent to investigate a Moff's possible embezzlement. This leads to a pirate consortium.
Han, Luke, and Leia are originally sent to inv...more
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is a fan favorite, so it's no surprise he finally got around to writing more of her.
Even better, we get some great new characters: 5 stormtroopers who desert their post after accidently murdering an overbearing intelligence agent. They steal a shuttle loaded with weapons and cash and decide to use both to uphol...more
The good stuff was a nice spin on 5 stormtroopers that he introduces and gives a little bit of a background of his character Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand that he created. The only thing I didn't like about her was that it seemed like she was more advanced about being a Sith or having Je...more
Comments: Like with Outbound Flight, I never thought I’d be rooting for characters that are normally viewed as the bad guys in the Star Wars universe. The five stormtroopers, ordinary young men who joined the Empire because they wanted to keep the peace and protect the citizenry, get a rude awakening when they are ordered to kill innocent, and unarmed, civilians. One, Daric LaRone, kills an Imperial officer in self-defense and he is forced to fl...more
Allegiance is set in an interesting time period; right between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. While Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca are all in it, the main focus is more around Mara Jade (Codename The Emperor's Hand) and a group of stormtroopers that call themselves The Hand of Judgment. Through a series a circumstances,...more
The story centers mostly in Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand. The Emperors personal errand girl. She's been in a few other Star Wars books, but this book is the first to focus on the height of her career.
The story also involves a squad of stormtroopers who desert the Empire after being ordered to fire on civilian targets. After leaving the Empire service, they continue to fullfill thier oath of protecting the citizens of the Empire.
I really liked the idea o...more
For those of you who are fans, the added bonus of this book's plot is that it's Mara Jade's first official mission as the Emperor's Hand. There are a c...more
At the end of the day, regardless of the colour of the armour worn, serving a cause - be it for the wrong or right reasons - shines through. No crazy twists in my opinion...more
As a side note, I sometimes feel like Timothy Zahn writes in his own Star Wars universe. The book is packed with characters from his other stories, and not...more
Zahn had broken the code on creating fresh, exciting characters and tales within the the SW framework. Mara Jade like Grand Admiral Thrawn are more fun, if nothing else, than the cardboard cutouts Vader and Solo ended up. (Being mortal helps.)
Rumor has it a sequel it on its way.
Rather than bash the Star Wars series, I'll list this among the reasons I *like* the Star Wars series, it fits in with expanding a more adult and realistic view of the SW Universe, if you're a fan of the Knights of the Old Republic games, you know just how good SW can get,...more
I just... couldn't get into this one. Normally I love Zahn's writing, but in this case nothing was working for me - the characters all felt very flat, there was no suspense at all to the action, and then, most baffling of all, two semi-big-deal events in Mara's plotline happened completely off-screen at the end. I almost wonder if this wasn't a short story or novella that Zahn padded out to novel-length, because this is very uncharacteristic of him.
Since Allegiance is set in betw...more
Daric LaRone is one of the five stormtroopers who desert. He has started to question whether the Empire actually cares about its citizens....more
His ability to distill the complex political machinations in a galaxy full of disperate peoples into a simple storyline emcompassing only a handfull of characters never ceases to amaze me. Zahn has a first-class political mind and even t...more
Beach Reading Totals:
-Cool Vader cameos
-Cool adventures of the yo...more
I think some of the strength of Zahn's book comes from his usage of the time covered during the story, and he is able to touch on the still malformed Rebel Alliance.
Don't expect grand scenes with the classic characters, because their appearances are brief. Leia and Han are really the only key classic characters. Luke is still stumbling his way through the conflicts...more
THAT BEING SAID, I'm still a...more
Allegiance is an audio book that takes place between episodes IV and V of the the original Star Wars trilogy. The Empire is still large and in charge despite the loss of their Death Star while The Rebellion is trying to gain a larger following in their struggle to overthrow their oppressors. I particularly like this book for a few reasons: Timothy Zahn + Star Wars is always a win, it takes place during my favorite period in the saga, the book reads kind of like Star Wars mee...more