The Hutt Gambit (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #2)
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The Hutt Gambit (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy #2)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  5,920 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Here is the second novel in the blockbuster new trilogy that reveals the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo.Set before the Star Wars(r) movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler and thief.

Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy.But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Ch...more
Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 1997 by Spectra (first published 1997)
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Brad
Reading (or in the case of Star Wars The Han Solo Trilogy rereading) Star Wars books, with all their cheesie craptasticness is a great reminder of just how bad George Lucas' universe is.

It is all contradictions and stock characters and pretty lights and bad plots and predictability and self-referential bullshit and unspeakable dialogue and sci-fantastic worlds. And that's exactly why we love them so much -- or at least why I do -- because they are drivel.

So when A.C. Crispin, who is obviously a...more
Mary JL
May 22, 2012 Mary JL rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Sf adventure fan; Star Wars fans especially
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
It's not a spoiler as I think so many people have seen Star Wars. Han Solo did not succeed in the Imperial Space Academy. He actually made lieutenant; but then he inteferred when a vixious admiral was disiplining a Wookiee slave with a force whip.

Han expected punishment; he did NOT expect to be thrown out entirely. So what other job is there for a crack pilot than smuggling?

At first, Han is going to seek his future alone. But when Chewbacca saves him from severe injury in a bar fight, he decides...more
Ron
Fills gaps in Hans' past, but the meeting with Lando is too contrived. Nice to see that Han really is a scoundrel ... with issues. ;-)

And the whole Boba Fett business is completely out of sync with the Star Wars movie canon. It's not Crispin's fault; she wrote before Episodes Two and Three identified Jango and Boba jett.
Paul Darcy
by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997.

This novel, book two in the Han Solo trilogy, starts off with Han kicked out of the Imperial Navy and hounded by a Wookie. Yes, the Wookie is Chewbacca and Han rescued him from slavery. Slavery imposed on his kind and many other “aliens” by the evil Emperor Palpatine. The Wookie now, Chew-something as Han calls him, owes Han a life debt and doesn’t want to “beat it.” And aren’t we glad he didn’t?

The famous pair are finally united in this second novel and they...more
Jen
I didn't like this one nearly as much as the first of this trilogy, partially because I felt it started off without much setting at all. Yes, Crispin explains how we got from the proud Academy lad at the end of the first book to the smuggler at the beginning of this one, but it felt forced. Han Solo has to be a scruffy smuggler, and having so much happen offstage so that he is a scruffy smuggler came across as needing to fit the film Solo rather than truly developing the character.
I like that Br...more
CB
I just couldn't finish it this time. The further I read, the more forced the writing felt. Crispin works too hard to put in the vocal and physical mannerisms of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, rather than making the character her own. Likewise, I don't think she knew what to do with Lando. I love the characters and the concept, but simply could not stomach the execution.
Nathaniel Turner
I have few to no problems with this book. It was well-written, engaging, and tied in very nicely both with the book that preceded it and the book that followed it.

My qualms are minor. While I agree that people who speak in a certain way frequently use the same mannerisms and sayings over and over, I don't think it was necessary to rip quotes straight from the films for the characters we encounter in them - Han and Lando don't need to quote themselves to sound like them. The design of the charact...more
Andrew Lloyd
Awesome book! So much better than the first one in the series. Can't wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy!
Wuher
A young Han Solo saves an Imperial slaved Wookiee from possible death on the planet Devaron, causing expulsion from the Imperial Navy. He soon learns just how serious a Wookiee life debt is. The adventures of Han Solo traveling alongside his new partner, Chewbacca, throughout the galaxy employed by Hutts meeting new friends and old. A. C. Crispin’s sequel to The Paradise Snare and book two of the Han Solo Trilogy, Star Wars: The Hutt Gambit. It is a great book for which demonstrates and explains...more
Crystal Starr Light
"To make the big money, you gotta be willing to take those risks."
Han has just been dishonorably discharged from the Imperial Navy for intervening on behalf of Chewbacca, a Wookiee slave. Now, he is unemployed and burdened with a Wookiee, insistent on staying at his side due to a "Life Debt". But Han is clever. He pulls himself up and begins to hone his piloting craft by working for the Hutts, keeping just ahead of the bounty hunters, and meeting people who will influence his life in the future....more
Scot Eaton
I will admit clearly that once the story picks up in the last 100 pages, this becomes a pretty exciting book. However, there are just too many places where this book goes wrong.
1. This book is #2 in the Han Solo trilogy, but it picks up the story 5 years later. In this 5 years, Han is no longer in the imperial academy, and Chewie is already his lifelong companion. Their meeting is told via a brief flashback. The entire time reading this book, I couldn't get over the fact that I WANTED to be read...more
Socialbookshelves.com
There's a bit of history behind this review, and I feel like it's some sort of coming of age - this is the second book in Crispin's Han Solo trilogy, set before Star Wars (i.e. A New Hope) and featuring a young Han Solo. The first book is called The Paradise Snare, and I first read that when I was a youngster - I recently reviewed it and felt nostalgic, so I decided to get its sequel.

The thing is, I'm now twice the age I was when I read its younger sibling, and the author has sadly passed away -...more
David Alderman
As I sail through my 2012 reading list, I am really glad I decided to start it out with my favorite series of all time - the Han Solo trilogy by A.C. Crispin. I am now in the second novel in the series, The Hutt Gambit, and in this second installment, Han finds himself kicked out of the Imperial Navy with a Wookie - Chewbacca - glued to his side, indebted to him for saving the giant furball from slavery. And so starts the next chapter in Solo's adventurous life.

I love reading about Han's first c...more
Pierre Ghazarian
I read this on a belated bus, in one sitting. I liked it enough to keep reading even though Iwas dehydrated and the driver was playing the most horrible radio station he could find. It’s entertaining, not utterly mindlessly, but the heroism is a tad too much in this episode of Han Solo’s life, Isaw him more as a James Bond inside the Star Wars universe than as the cunning rogue I saw in the films. The Hutts’ background is an interesting and well-written aspect, though, and the characters are a l...more
Ethan
This one was surprisingly good, I really enjoyed it. In the first one, Han is somewhat unrecognizable in his youth. The younger he's portrayed, the further from the familiar he gets. But in this second one, he's older, more experienced, and doing the things that seem normal for him. I think the origins of the familiar friendships could have been fleshed out more. The pivotal meeting of Chewie is rushed and only described in retrospect. The Lando meeting is a little too convenient, and the charac...more
Yves
Après avoir été contrebandier, Han Solo décide de s'enrôler dans l'armée impériale comme pilote de Tie fighter. Son expérience sera de courte durée. Solo quitte l'armée après avoir sauvé la vie de l'esclave des impériaux, le Wookie Chewbacca. Les deux deviennent contrebandier pour la solde de l’infâme Jabba The Hutt. C'est durant cette période que Solo rencontrera Lando Calrissian. Un gros problème se pose pour les Hutt et les contrebandiers : les impériaux veulent attaquer Nar Shaada, la planèt...more
Joseph
Boy did I really want to give it a 4 star, but couldn't. This book introduces Chewy and have some more adventures for Han as he moves up in the world with smuggling and his connections with Jabba the Hutt. The Hutts story line is pretty good and there is an Imperial battle at the end. What I didn't like was the last 60 pages or so where it was a little too much Ra Ra for my liking. It was just like everyone was saying "Yeah" and "Alright," etc. It was just blah to me. This guys are smugglers and...more
Brian
This one was not a very good book. Still, it gives us more back story and that is why I am listening in the first place. However, the Hutt's are just portrayed in a very lame way. Same with Chewbacca. And the timeline is just moving so fast, it is an unnecessary hurry.
Moontyger
A fun book - in general, a fun trilogy, with plenty of Star Wars feel. But somehow, I can't quite escape the feeling that something's slightly off about her Han, though it's hard for me to say exactly what it is. In contrast, she writes Lando perfectly. He's only in this book intermittently, but he always seems exactly right.

The other interesting thing is that she somehow manages to almost humanize Hutts. There are frequent references to them eating and things about their appearance and yet, som...more
Ben
Definitely one of my top five favorite starwars books. A.C. Crispin really does a wonderful job of telling an exciting story. I felt as if I was on Nar Shaddaa with Han and Chewy. Also, the parts of the story that include Boba Fett are very exciting. This is the kind of a story that the classic starwars fan will enjoy. It shows Han in his swash-buckling exciting adventures as a Smuggler. The over-arching plot with the Hutts really shows the genius of the Hutts that we don't quite get to see in t...more
Jonathan Harris
The Han Solo Trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies ever.
Cary Spratt
Just finished this trilogy and quite enjoyed it. They follow Solo's life from his childhood all the way up to the moment we first meet him in 'A New Hope'. Book 2 starts shortly after Han meets Chewbacca. There's a lot about the Hutt clans (as the title implies), and we are introduced to Lando and Boba Fett, who has a somewhat different background than is presented in the prequel movies (the book predates them). It's not very significant to the story and fairly easy to ignore, especially for me...more
Kenneth Flusche
Thought I was re-reading as part of my tribute to A. C. Crispin, but found out I have never read. Crispin has a way of making characters become real people and she does an excelant job with many of my favorite Star Wars Characters.
Stephen Shores
Great in that it provides a backstory and also leaves space for the older Han Solo Adventures and Lando Calrissian Adventures books. What doesn't fit is that we see a lot of Han's moral development during the original movies. With all that went on in these books to shape his personality, he should have been more mature by the time he met Obi-Wan and Luke in the cantina. Frankly, it's hard for me to imagine being 'General Solo' until he is given that role in the movies. All in all, I enjoyed it,...more
Vitalijus Sostak
Light and fun Star Wars novel, I enjoyed it.
Nicolas
This is a really good trilogy so far. I think I actually enjoyed book two, which is surprising. As I just experienced with Batman: War Games Part II, the middle book in a trilogy is usually the worst because nothing really begins of ends. This series works well, because while the books are obviously connected they could almost stand alone, independent of one another. There was a good mix of familiar characters and originals. I like all of the backstory with Han and the Hutts. Good series.
Austin Palmer
Sorta felt like a filler book, still good though.
Ed
These books aren't quite as interesting as I'd hoped. They tell the "back story" of Han Solo, but his entire childhood gets wrapped up in a few pages of the first one. After that, it's pretty much just the Han everyone knows, doing what Han does, and saying what Han says. There are love interests, which make the stories slightly more interesting, but it seems that Han tends to be lucky rather than good at avoiding death. Suspense is non-existent.
Bianca
Picked this up at a local library book sale and loved it. I'm Star Wars fan and this was my first hint at the expanded universe. Not only does it give you a taste of Han Solo's rebellious life, it doesn't make the reader feel lost. Yes, it mentions different worlds and people, and is part of a series, but it isn't crucial to read the other books in the series for this one to make sense. I thought it was a fantastic read for a sci-fi nerd.
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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...more
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