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An ancient Sith ship hurtles into the future carrying a lethal cargo that could forever destroy Luke Skywalker’s hopes for peace.

The Civil War is almost over when Jedi Knight Jaden Korr experiences a Force vision so intense he must act. Enlisting two salvage jocks and their ship, Jaden sets out into space. Someone—or something—appears to be in distress.

But what Jaden and h
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 26th 2010 by LucasBooks
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May 24, 2012 Olivia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only masochistic Star Wars fans like myself
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I have read enough Star Wars books to know that when it comes to my favorite fake galaxy, things are far from egalitarian along gender lines. More often than not, women are shifted to the sidelines and the stories revolve around the doings of men. You know, the usual sexism that's prevalent in all forms of media: Men are important, women are tokens/sexual objects. This book though, this book decided to take it to a new level.

There are quite literally, NO women of note in the entire novel. None.
Star Wars: Crosscurrent, by Paul S. Kemp

Let me start by saying that I am a fan of Paul S. Kemp - I love his Forgotten Realms Erevis Cale series, and couldn't have been happier when I heard he was going to write a Star Wars Extended Universe book. I ran out to pick up "Crosscurrent" the day it was released and devoured it in the same day.

"Crosscurrent" takes place near the end of the EU Legacy of the Force series and features Jaden Korr, a relatively obscure Jedi Knight. Jaden is suffering from
Tom Parent
At this point I'm pretty much Sithed out. Coming from someone who has the code of the Sith tattooed on him, that should say something. For years the word Sith gave me goosebumps. I loved the Sith because the were mysterious and we knew so little about them but it seems like they've gone to the Sith well one too many times. You've got Banes rule of two Sith, Krayts One Sith order, Jacen Solo and his brief Sith order, the lost tribe of the Sith and now time traveling Sith?!?! C'mon now.
Although I am normally skeptical of Science Fiction literature, the Star Wars universe continues to surprise me with how many talented writers have chosen to contribute to it. Paul S. Kemp allows a story to be told within a brilliantly imaginative world, that, although he did not create, he has definitely contributed to in a big way. All of the characters are extremely likable (or not likable) and were able to keep me reading until the awesome, mysterious conclusion. There is a lot of powerful s ...more
Jürgen Willmann
Der Roman Gegenwind ist das zweite Werk des Autors Paul S. Kemp im Star Wars-Universum.
Die Geschichte spielt im Jahr 41,5 nach der Schlacht von Yavin und hat in der ersten Hälfte des Buches immer wieder Rückblenden auf 5000 Jahre vor der Schlacht von Yavin, kurz vor der Schlacht von Kirrek. Die Rückblenden spielen parallel zu den Ereignissen aus den Comics „Die Jedi-Chroniken“.

Jaden Korr, bekannt aus dem Videospiel Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy, hat eine Vision der Macht. Um den Ursprung dieser Vi
An important thing to note about most star wars books is that they operate in this huge expanded canon detailing the universe that we love so much. We know all about the jedi, the sith , the 'scum of the galaxy', and therein lies both the franchise's greatest strength, and potential weakness.
Crosscurrent is a typical example of a star wars book, in that it cannot function as a proper novel on it's own accord. Frankly speaking, the book by itself fails to inject much gravity into the conflict in
Crosscurrent is just so many bad premises rolled into one book, and executed with such an astonishing lack of skill, that it really makes me wonder about the people responsible for editing these books. I understand that most of the responsibility for a book should be laid at the foot of the author, but I would like to think that an editor's job, more than anything else, is to be a gatekeeper and exclude dreck like this.

So first of all, these books (Crosscurrent and Riptide are a duology, though
The story isn't that bad. It isn't too boring, but the idea of a creature eating another creature (both are sentient) is just gross. That's why I gave it a one star. As for the storyline, it was quite good. But the ending is becoming typical of all Star Wars EU books (view spoiler) It's as if they don't want to repeat the Darth Vader story but in avoiding that, they repeatedly never redeem or save someone (view spoiler) ...more
Matthew Ashby
The setup is strange, but it works. What does time travel have to do with what the characters find at the end of the story? It seems like a disconnected narrative and the characters don't feel like people, just generic archetypes. One character descends to the dark side for no real good reason, and the Kell villain is simply awful. I know that Paul Kemp did not come up with the concept of the Anzat, but he used it in his story and as a result, it's completely laughable. There were moments I felt ...more
Jody Mabry
To be incredibly honest I felt like an idiot when I first read this. This was my first Star Wars book, and for any of you out there who feel they can jump from a movie to a might be harder than you think. Crosscurrent is a time travelling Jedi adventure which simultaneously extends a series of short stories called "The Lost Tribe of the Sith." While the short story series and Crosscurrent take place thousands (if not more) years apart, they do show that while technology has improved, t ...more
Okay, I will say it: the main reason I read this book was because it had Jaden Korr as the protagonist. And it is Star Wars.
Paul S. Kemp really did a good job here. The Jedi and Sith from five thousand years in the past was neat, and, as I said before, it had Jaden Korr from Jedi Academy.
Crosscurrent was well written and well paced, with a good dash of humor as well as action. Will read Star Wars Riptide.
4.5 stars
Chris Morgan
First off I am a star wars fan and have pretty much read every novel written. The premise is interesting enough for one to buy the book, but this novel is just average once you start it.
Katrin von Martin
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Padawan Steve
I felt as if its problem was having two main characters who both had different objectives. One of which had great events leading up to it with strong character development while the other felt drawn out, only to be given an abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying ending given that it was hyped up throughout the book.

Premise was intriguing, the characters interesting (Relin especially) and likeable however it falls at bit flat midway, seemingly trying to fill in space until the climax which was very sho
Scott Mansey
In all honestly I did quite enjoy this book. I have not read a huge number of books from the expanded universe, but there are definately some strong plotlines and chatacters. Not really any strong female presence (not a problem for me but I thought its worth a mention).

I really enjoyed Jaden's character. A little mystery leading me to want to read more books involving his backstory.

The plot was a good idea. However, a little farfetched even for Stat Wars. Also, without a strong follow up novel
Dylan Gullberg
About halfway through the book I expected this one to be just another 3-star Star Wars book. The book starts off pretty slow. I wasn't sure where the author was planning on taking me considering the interlocking plot threads and constant switching from character perspectives. But halfway through the book everything came together. The is the first Star Wars book I've read that dealt with time travel, and quite frankly, the author managed to make it work in a rather creative and original way. I al ...more
Tony Black
This is only the second Star Wars book I have read by author Paul S. Kemp, the first being Deceived. The story really feels fresh and different from other Star Wars novels. It is the first story I have read that features (view spoiler) as a major plot device. The book centers around Jaden Korr, a character we have only ever seen in a video game before, and fleshes him out much more than the game ever did. The book even acknowledges how his character fluctuates between ...more
Stephen Van Ness
Interesting. Very interesting. I like Paul S. Kemp's time travel stuff, it was very fun to read about a 5,000 year old Jedi come to our time. I really enjoyed it, but the Kell plotline felt really out of place and random. I mean, Paul was building Kell's role up throughout the novel, but the character didn't end up with a major role. He was played up as a danger but didn't DO anything to enhance the plotline. That was one of my problems with the novel. Also:

The end of the novel felt l
So, the Dark Side makes you puke...

Time travel and Star Wars. It's like space peanut butter and chocolate. And I get one of my favorite characters (the whiner and angst-ridden Jaden Korr from the game Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy) in a brand-new adventure!

The main story arc of this book takes place 41.5 years after the climax of A New Hope, amidst the Legacy of the Force series and before Millennium Falcon, so Jaden Korr is in his mid-forties and sports a thick beard, some old habits and brand-new
Bryan Schmidt
This is Paul Kemp's first SWEU book and not quite as good as Star Wars: Deceived, which is one of my favorite space opera reads ever and a book that could be just as good set outside the EU as well. Not to be missed. Crosscurrent on the other hand, shows growing pains, which makes since since it's Kemp's first foray here. But he's more than up to the challenge. To me, the book didn't take off until the introduction of Khedryn Farr and his co-pilot Marr. They are dynamic and well developed with g ...more
This was a great SW novel. Mr. Kemp has made a huge first impression on me in writing this novel. Not only is the story interesting and highly engaging (I couldn't put down the book within the last 100 pages), but he did it without using a single character from any of the movies and you end up genuinely caring for everyone of these new characters by the end of the novel. Thus far, only Karen Traviss had dared to do something like that. I hope this will create a new wave of stories that are bound ...more

For as much as I initially enjoyed this book, it ended up as something of a let down. It promised an interesting writing style, the start of integrating the One Sith into the novels, many relevant characters, and this mysterious time travel stuff - sounded fantastic.
Then the merits of the writing style were overshadowed by the inappropriately contraction-free dialog. And Kell turned out to have No Point. And the One Sith turned out not to be a real part of the story. And Relin the time-travelin
The past and the future collide as an ancient Sith ship from the Old Republic hurtles through space and time bringing with it powerful Darkside amplifying ore that will threaten the unstable peace obtained after the fall of Darth Caedus.

Jaden Korr (first introduced in the XBOX title Jedi Academy) is now a full fledged Jedii knight. Scarred by his actions in the recent Civil War, Jaden wanders on the edges of the unknown regions searching for answers after he receives a distressing Force Vision.
Time travel is a science fiction staple but it's not something that is a major - or even a minor - feature of the Star Wars universe. So it's an interesting idea to see what would happen if a Sith Lord and Jedi Knight from the era of Tales of the Jedi suddenly found themselves transported five millennia into the future, to a galaxy just emerging from the disaster of the Second Galactic Civil War. As I said, a good idea, but as often happens it doesn't quite come off in the execution.

Far in the p
Patrick W
Originally posted on my review blog, Stomping on Yeti, at Words or Less: In one of the better Star Wars novels in recent memory, Kemp portrays a more intimate adventure focusing on two Jedi and their dance with the dark side. [return][return]Rating: 4.5/5 stars[return][return]The Good: Feels like Star Wars (and Dark Forces Star Wars no less); Tight plot focusing on a small cast of characters allows for character development and intrigue; Action sequences ...more
Did you know the dark side makes you vomit? In case you were wondering, Paul S. Kemp keeps up a healthy reminder in his debut Star Wars novel: Crosscurrent. It’s a bit of a crossover with two different Star Wars eras (literally) meeting face to face: Sith and Legacy Era (post-Jacen government). The book opens with more than a few chapters switching back and forth between the past (5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin) and the present (41.5 after). Kemp introduces several characters in both era ...more
My thoughts with some spoilers...

-I actually enjoyed the Khedryn/Marr portion of the story quite a bit. They were characters I could get behind. I would like to read more of them.

-Why are there basically NO women in Paul Kemp's galaxy far far away? It was extremely odd. Star Wars has always had strong female characters, but there certainly were none here. Most that exist are corpses...

-Was the ore really necessary? Seemed like a silly plot device that was just unnecessary in and of itself.

-The t
Jun 30, 2013 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Okay. Jedi Knight Jaden Korr gets a ridiculous vision, partly caused by guilt over spacing a bunch of not-quite-innocents, and it drives him to the backwater planet of Fhost, where he meets Khedryn Faal and Marr Idi-Shael, who are salvagers with a justice complex. Meanwhile, the Sith Saes Rrogon and Jedi Relin Duur accidentally travel 5000 years into their future - the present day in the Star Wars universe. They all eventually collide (along with a HELLA creepy brain-eater named Kell Douro) on a ...more
I ususally really like reading my husband's Star Wars books, but this one was a waste of my time. Although I am sure to most fans, it will be great, but for me, what keeps me reading these books is the continuing story of the characters I have come to love - Han, Leia, Luke - you get the picture. And if a book is not going to have them in it, it had better be a pretty compelling story with great new characters.

Unfortunately, this book had neither of those things. A story that begins in two diff
This installment in the Starwars Saga didn't really fit in anywhere for me. It was devoid of the main Characters that I have come to enjoy so much and didn't seem to fit in well on the timeline at all. It seemed very much like a standalone novel that doesn't need to be read in any order. Still it did have some exciting elements like new force theory, force elements and time travel that were all intriguing but lacked the excitement to keep me reading at the blistering pace that most in the Series ...more
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