The Truce at Bakura (Star Wars)
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The Truce at Bakura (Star Wars Universe)

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No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal: total domination. Princess Le...more
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published December 1994 by Bantam Spectra (first published January 1st 1993)
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Siria
Yes, I know, another SW:EU novel. But they're a special brand of crack, and it's fun revisiting the things I was so thoroughly addicted to in 1996/97. This is probably one of, if not the best, novel which has been written in the Star Wars extended universe. Like all the rest of the EU novels, this is really just glorified fanfiction, a fictional romp through the history which the films don't cover; however, it's one of the better examples of the genre. The storyline rollicks along, the character...more
John Yelverton
A fantastic addition to the original trilogy for those who must know what happened next.
Alex
*SPOILER ALERT* I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Star Wars fan, there is no age limit. This book is key in reading about the future of the Star Wars universe. The book takes place in the following moments after Star Wars IV, after second Death Star was destroyed. It started with Wedge finding an old messenger ship that was sent by the Empire. The message was telling the Emperor that the Ssi-Ruuk were attacking Bakura and that they were in need of reinforcements. The Alliance decide...more
Chelsea
In my opinion, one of the best Star Wars EU novels. I found the characterization of Leia and Han particularly good, and I enjoyed the struggles Luke faced dealing with his new identity as a Jedi master.

She did a good job with the interplay between Han and Leia, considering that at the end of Return of the Jedi, their attraction is obvious, but they haven't spent time together or learned how to resolve disagreements. Well done.

No, there's no sex, only thwarted attempts at make-outs.



The only real...more
Miles Reid-lobatto


It's been years since I was a voracious reader of the Star Wars novels and it's been even longer since I read 'Truce at Bakura.' Honestly, it's pure fun, it's the Star Wars characters before they got bogged down in the huge sprawling expanded universe that the novels eventually became. The Luke, Leia and Han of the novels had settled into new roles so it's refreshing to see Luke as the powerful yet inexperienced Jedi instead of the enlightened Jedi Master of later books. In fact, some of the boo...more
John Coakley
In Kathy Tyers' novel "The Truce At Bakura," Tyers expands on the massive Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Tyers' spin on the Star Wars universe is an original one that could be seen as a realistic addition to the existing plot of Star Wars. However, where "Bakura" falls slightly short is in depth. While I did enjoy the story, especially early on, the book lacked a natural ability to keep the reader interested. Personally, this is what separated "Bakura" so much from the existing "St...more
Jesse Booth
I'm surprised this book has such a low average rating. For a Star Wars book, it was actually pretty good. Beyond that, it's Sci Fi elements were spectacular, which completely enhanced the story for me.

Tyers brought in a new alien race (the Si Ruu) that capture humans and rips their living energies to droids. This is their entire galactic conquest, to rule the cosmos buy enslaving souls as batteries. I think it's a cool idea.

The story literally picks up where Return of the Jedi ends, with Luke st...more
Colin Barnes
Pretty decent read. The characters were familiar and the dialogue suited them well. I liked Luke's challenges but felt some of the action scenes were a little rushed in and out as were some of the climactic moments and I didn't get much of a sense that the characters were truly in trouble, but it was authentically star wars and a fun read.
Cathrine Bonham
I have had the honor of meeting the author Kathy Tyers and listening to her speak about the exciting adventure of being asked to write a Star Wars novel.

This novel picks up one day after the events of the movie Return of the Jedi. And there is so much that you don't give a second thought. How does Leia deal with knowing Vader is her father? How does Luke feel about being the last Jedi? The Emperor is dead but is the Empire? All of these questions and more are answered in this novel.

The interesti...more
Daniel
Jurassic Park in the Star Wars universe...

I'm kidding but when I read the novel, Jurassic Park did come to mind. I never would have thought that evil dinosaurs where trying to enslave human spirit forces to power droid ships. That seemed like a stretch. Especially since it takes places right after Episode 6. I like seeing the aftermath of Episode 6. I like seeing Luke's struggle with himself and the temptations of the Dark side of the Force. Seeing Luke hurting from his battle with the Emperor,...more
Kym Andrew Robinson
This is one of the earlier expanded universe Star Wars novels that were quite popular in the 1990s. Fresh after the success of the Zahn series, many authors began to speculate and create a new Star Wars story arc.

Set immediately after the Battle of Endor this book introduces a new threat so that the remnants of the Empire and the Rebels-New Republic forces must unify in an effort to best this common foe.

Well written with an over obsession with the established film characters, a point which I fel...more
Philip
I'll confess I didn't read the whole of it, only the first quarter or so. I stopped because it was rather dull and plodding, requiring a lot of effort to keep going. I can only assume the book starts to get interesting later on, though that would be a rather paltry reward for the rather dull first 80 pages of the book.
Holly
Jun 10, 2014 Holly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: anna
I'd read this book years ago when it first came out, and being a bit of a Star Wars fan, so I picked this one off my shelf to read it again. I remembered it being a good book, and that's my assessment still after rereading it.

I think it will appeal most to fans of the original trilogy since the story takes places immediately after the Battle of Endor, where "Return of the Jedi" ends. All the original characters are here...Han, Leia, Luke, Chewie, etc. The story takes the reader through an excit...more
Ron
This is more like it.

Tyers combines a good SF story with classic SW elements to create a tale of appropriately heroic scale. Her task was eased by the positioning of this story immediately after the close of Episode Six, but she expanded the SW universe into new territory.
Kelly
This one was quite angsty, if I remember correctly. You know how Luke had his absurd, mocked to the end of time reaction to "Luke, I am your father"? Well, this book is Leia's reaction to the same thing. And romance with her and Han. And.. some other stuff I can't remember.
Merida
This is, hands down, the worst book in the EU. Forget about killing off Chewie or totally improbably enemies (or weapons) this has got to be the stupidest book in the history of SW. Except maybe the one that went between IV and V. That one was just weird.
Stefan Keel
Started digging into the New Republic era expanded universe in anticipation for the new movies and to brush up on lore. This one was mediocre, really, with tons of reused phrases from the the films (episodes IV, V, and VI). Didn't really add to the expanded universe, ending up as just another adventure for the primary cast from the first three films. Still a bit of a compelling plot, new aliens with an interesting twist on the old "dominate the universe" motive, and the political tensions betwee...more
Theron Couch
Because I’m not enough of a nerd with the Star Trek, it was only a matter of time before I turned my attention to the Star Wars books and gave them a try. So here I am, starting at the beginning of the post-Jedi timeline with Kathy Tyers’s The Truce at Bakura, the first in the long developing timeline that expands beyond the movies. While there was enough here to keep me interested—and several things that shined—this was an uneven outing for me to start an expanded universe journey.

Truce at Baku...more
Becky
I really like it, Luke Skywalker continues battling temptation to the Dark Side and wins. Luke also helps a mentally scarred boy turn to the Light, it's a thrilling book. :)
Jamon
weak compared to Zahn
Megan
This book came out in 1993, following The Last Command by about six months. There’s an argument to be made that if I can’t tell from the text itself whether Kathy Tyers had time to read the last Thrawn book or not, that it really doesn’t matter.

Chronologically, this book occurs in 01142 (until such time as I edit the timeline, which I plan to do sometime soon) — the very next morning after the events of Return of the Jedi. It was one of the first books I read — looks like about the seventh one;...more
Travis
This is one of the first novels published in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. Given that distinction it hews very close to the original movie trilogy. The plot centers around Luke, Leia, and Han representing the victorious Alliance on an Imperial world threatened by alien invasion. The tension between the Alliance and Imperials is emphasized throughout. The Imperials still feel like a threat to the Alliance since the Alliance is weakened from its victory in Return of the Jedi. But the alien t...more
Adam
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and originality of this book. Reviews seemed to be fairly mixed and ambivalent, and that's usually not a good sign for a genre like Star Wars novels. However, I enjoyed Tyers' writing style, her understanding of and emphases in writing the characters, and the almost completely trope-free plot. The Truce at Bakura is really worth reading if only for its originality and interest. The plot is like nothing we'd seen in Star Wars before, and there is abundant...more
Olivia
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Crystal Starr Light
Not a day has passed since the big boom over Endor when Luke and Wedge retrieve a distress signal from the Imperials at Bakura. Spurred by a vision from Ben, Luke leads a force to Bakura, with Leia, Han, and Chewie (of course, Artoo and Threepio). At Bakura, our Rebels see the Imperial forces beleaguered in their fight against a strange alien species, the Ssi-Ruuk. But will Governor Wilek Nereus accept the Alliance's help? And can they defeat the Ssi-Ruuk anyway?

NOTE: I read the book many years...more
Yves
L'histoire débute au lendemain de la victoire de la Rébellion à Endor. L'empereur est mort mais pas l'Empire. Les rebelles reçoivent un message des impériaux de la planète Bakura. Ils ont besoin d'aide contre un envahisseur qu'ils ne sont pas capable de se débarrasser. Selon les chefs de la Rébellion, c'est une occasion d'avoir une planète impériale par la diplomatie. Arrivé sur la planète, ils se rendent compte que malgré une certaines hostilité de la part des autorités, ils sont bien reçus par...more
Scott Rhee
"Truce at Bakura" takes place the day after the events of "Return of the Jedi". Still basking in the glow of victory at the Battle of Endor, the Rebels pick up a distress call from a distant planet called Bakura. It's an Imperial message (an outpost that has yet to hear the news that its Emperor and Sith Lord Vader are dead) warning of an alien race known as the Ssi-ruuk that is attempting to take over the planet. Han, Chewie, Leia, Luke, and the droids decide to respond, hoping that coming to t...more
Alex
A day after the events of Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance is seeking to establish itself as a legitimate political force in the galaxy. Too bad planets outside of Endor don't really believe that Vader and the Emperor are dead. It seems that news doesn't travel so fast. With this in mind, the rebels intercept a call for aid from a planet called Bakura. The only trouble is that the distress call is meant for the Imperials which have just been defeated by Luke and his merry gang of freedom f...more
Heather
I recently decided I wanted to get into the Star Wars books after rewatching all six of the.movies and everyone recommended I star with this one.

Published in 1994, The Truce at Bakura is the story that directly follows the events of Return of the Jedi. The Emperor is dead but the Empire is yet to fall completely. On a far away planet on the outer Rim, the Ssi-Ruuk are attacking and the Imperials have sent a message to the Empire asking for help. The.Alliance gets the message and comes to the ai...more
Eric Farr
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She is the first child of Dr. H.C. Moore, an accomplished dentist and jazz musician who had served during WWII as a test pilot, and Barbara Putnam Moore, flutist with several California orchestras.

Kathy attended Montana State University in Bozeman, where she received a degree in microbiology, married, performed widely on her flute, and then became certified as a K-12 classroom teacher. After teach...more
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