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

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,390 Ratings  ·  133 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
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Mass Market Paperback, 340 pages
Published September 1997 by Del Rey (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
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Mary JL
Sep 25, 2014 Mary JL rated it liked it
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 vicious admiral was disciplining a Wookie 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
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Ron
Mar 10, 2009 Ron rated it liked it
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
Jan 09, 2012 Paul Darcy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Jerry
Aug 20, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it
The Good: The late A.C. Crispin's fleshing out of beloved character Han Solo is a great portrait. You read of Han's loves before he met the lovely Princess Leia, him fighting in interstellar dogfights, and his one-on-one interactions with his best buddy Chewbacca. Since the infamous Solo is a pop culture figure, fans of the movies will likely have a blast reading about his early days.

The Bad: Though this book was good overall, I did find it to be harder-edged than Star Wars usually is. Not only
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Andi
Oct 29, 2014 Andi rated it it was ok
This book really had me spinning.

I wanted to re-write the story. The story itself was cool. The dialogue for Han Solo and everybody else was god-damn-awful. This is what you get when someone decides to heavily base their dialogue off of what you hear Han Solo say in the films... even to the point where it's lifted word-for-word. Another reviewer made a comment saying that the fault with this (and these) book(s) is that they never seem to 'develop' Han or Han never comes out naturally. He's horr
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Jen
Aug 05, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
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
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CB
Jun 09, 2012 CB rated it it was ok
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.
Chase
May 12, 2015 Chase rated it it was amazing
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Matisse
Feb 02, 2016 Matisse rated it really liked it
So, there are two types of cowboy novels.

'The Paradise Snare' resembled works by Shaefer ('Shane') and Wister ('The Virginian'), with definite plotting and gentle sprinkling of characterization. I loved it to pieces.

'The Hutt Gambit' is the other type of cowboy novel. In college, I had trouble getting through Doctorow's 'Welcome to Hard Times' because it was, essentially, Cowboy Slice-Of-Life: The Novel. We saw long, drawn-out moments that did nothing but make us really, really know what the f
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Mark Oppenlander
In the second book of the Han Solo trilogy, our hero has lost his commission in the Imperial Navy and has resorted to smuggling to make a living. Down on his luck, he has fallen in to an uneasy partnership with a Wookie, Chewbacca, whose life he saved and who will not now leave his side. The book traces Han and Chewbacca's early smuggling career as they attempt to make a name for themselves and earn a living. They go to Nar Shadda, the Smuggler's Moon in the Hutt system, and find work with the H ...more
Max Gwynne
Apr 20, 2016 Max Gwynne rated it really liked it
A brilliant follow up to book one in the series, The Paradise Snare. In the Hutt Gambit, Han Solo starts to really emerge into the icon character we know and love from the films.

We discover how he meets Chewie, how we becomes involved with Jabba the Hutt, we see both Solo and Boba Fett meet for the first time, we are introduced to Lando Calrissian, Han sees the Millennium Falcon for the first time and it all concludes in an epic battle with the Empire. (Not to mention a brief run in with Darth
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S
Apr 26, 2015 S rated it liked it
I read this book in two chunks, as my digital loan expired before I was halfway through. It took me a while, the second time, to actually get into the plot.

It is a fast-paced and fun read for the most part, with a sluggish section during the plan for the battle for the smuggler's moon. I lost count of the affirming shouts there were in that section while Han and Mako laid put the plan. Too much, and quite boring.

What makes this a good read are the smaller moments and the continued development o
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Nathaniel Turner
Jan 15, 2014 Nathaniel Turner rated it really liked it
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
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Rob Thomas
Feb 16, 2016 Rob Thomas rated it really liked it
This was more like it. The banter between Han and Chewie feels like it does in the films, Solo finally starts acting like the rogue we know him as and there are sone great space battles and set pieces. Really liked the Maw stuff - know we'll be heading back there at some point - and the Jabba sections (while maybe not really capturing the voice of the Hutt crime lord, Ho-Ho-Ho) were a nice way of driving the story along. Still not high art but hell, the Falcon was in there and Lando was pretty c ...more
Jim C
May 16, 2015 Jim C rated it really liked it
This takes place in the Legends universe and is the second book of a trilogy. The first one should be read to understand what is going on in this one. This takes place five years after the conclusion of the first book. Han did not make it at the Imperial Academy and he is trying to find his way in the galaxy. These are events that happen before A New Hope.

I really liked this one as it brought back the feelings I felt watching the very first movie in the theaters. I believe the author has a good
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Andrew Lloyd
Feb 23, 2012 Andrew Lloyd rated it really liked it
Awesome book! So much better than the first one in the series. Can't wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy!
Andrew Splitt
Oct 17, 2014 Andrew Splitt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great book lots of lightning paced action. As a big fan of the the star wars universe I have always liked the other books. The book starts off after Han Solo leaves the Trader's Luck and after his time in imperial service. He saved a Wookie and the Wookie now owes Han a life debet. Han and Chewbacca start their adventure together while Han still worries about his old girlfriend Bria Tharen. Meanwhile Bria is leader of the Correalian Rebellion. Han hooks up with a few old friends from the Imperia ...more
Wuher
May 27, 2014 Wuher rated it it was amazing
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
Adam Koebel
Aug 21, 2013 Adam Koebel rated it liked it
HAN FUCKING SOLO
Jaime
Jun 02, 2016 Jaime rated it really liked it
This takes place 5 years after the events of the first book and spans 2 years or so. Han made it to the rank of lieutenant in the Empire before he saved a Wookiee slave (Chewbacca) from being killed. Stripped of his rank with dishonorable discharge, Han begins a bit lost and searching for a job.

The t'landa Til learn Han's alive and place a bounty on his head. Meanwhile, he heads to Nar Shaddaa and meets up with his Academy friend Mako. Vima Sunrider is in here, someone who I didn't know when I r
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Prasidh Ramson
Jun 30, 2015 Prasidh Ramson rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
The second book in the Han Solo trilogy kicks off with the titular hero dishonorably discharged from the Imperial Navy. We find Han Solo and Chewbacca as best friends, roaming the Galaxy doing freelance piloting and deliveries for the Hutts, amongst others. They fall in with a merry band of fellow deviants (we are introduced to characters who have larger roles in the movies) on the fabled smuggler's world Nal Hutta. When the Imperial Army takes interest on the activities on this planet - things ...more
Ian Reay
Jul 07, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
This was a great book with plots within plots, betrayal, and just plain greed.The second book in the Han Solo trilogy has more suspense and action in the story. Han is now a freelance pilot, who is working for the Hutts, as they are competing with each other over the smuggling operation in the galaxy. Han begin his adventure by being thrown out of Imperial Navy for insorbination. He becomes friends with Chewbacca, who believes in a life debt for saving his life. The two of them struggle to survi ...more
Charles
Apr 29, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
It was enjoyable at times but seemed to run stale at parts. Looking back it is easy to tell now that when this book was published (1997) the Star Wars "Expanded Universe" saga of books (called the EU) was starting to become more commercialized and less innovative. This coincides with the release of the Special Edition and the building hype for the disaster that would later become the Prequel films. At least at this point though, the book is still enjoyable for providing a necessary story for Han ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 15, 2014 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
"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.
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Scot Eaton
May 06, 2014 Scot Eaton rated it it was ok
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
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Dane Cobain
Feb 11, 2014 Dane Cobain rated it it was amazing
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 -
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David Alderman
Mar 02, 2012 David Alderman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
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Pierre Vorpuni
Jul 09, 2014 Pierre Vorpuni rated it liked it
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
Feb 19, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it
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
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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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