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Vision of the Future (Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn #2)

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Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo are thrust into the middle of an impending civil war - and discover the shocking truth behind the rumored resurrection of the dead Admiral Thrawn. For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of The New Republic, remnants of the once powerful Empire make one las ...more
Hardcover, 520 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bantam Spectra
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Ashley
This definitely wasn’t as good as I remember it being, which is sad. But it was still good!

It’s just, I remember swooning pretty hard during the scene where Luke and Mara Jade finally confess their love. I remember it being epic, and significant (both in terms of importance and length). And reading that scene again, it didn’t feel either of those things. I guess I was bringing the swoon myself last time, which makes sense. I was very practiced at doing that in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. (I defi
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Scott Rhee
Sep 21, 2015 Scott Rhee rated it it was amazing
Superb. If I were to give Timothy Zahn’s novel “Vision of the Future” a one-word review, it would be “superb”.

But since I am chronically verbose, I can’t stop at just one word. So, those of you in the “less is more” camp will simply have to deal with it.

Zahn’s second book in his “Hand of Thrawn” duology is not only a satisfying conclusion to his Thrawn series, it is also an excellent conclusion to the entire “Star Wars” series started by George Lucas in 1977 with “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hop
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Lee
Jun 16, 2014 Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 Stars.

The second and final book in the Hand of Thrawn was everything it was supposed to be. Nothing more and nothing less. I must admit to enjoying the story, I think it was very well crafted by Zahn, told at a great pace and delivered masterly by the narrator. Certainly an enjoyable story. It has still left me on the fence with Star Wars books though, I can quite easily take em or leave em. I don't know what it is about them, that doesn't have me clamoring for more. Given that I enjoy scifi
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Ron
Jul 12, 2010 Ron rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
(rating relative to other Star Wars novels)

Excellent. Good plot twists, good suspense. Great character development.

This edition, BTW, had 694 pages, not the lesser number displayed by Good reads.

It must be hard to write a book in which none of the main characters can have much happen to them...like die. But Zahn did a great job, again, within the constraints of fan fiction.

Even though he was not credited for it, Drew Struzan's cover art was good, too.

If George Lucas hadn't already said that no
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Jess Neuner
May 19, 2016 Jess Neuner rated it really liked it
I think this is my favourite so far of Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books, and considering how much I enjoyed the others, that's saying a lot. We get a little bit of everything in this book - adventure, romance, exploration of new areas of the galaxy, new characters and species, and everything introduced in the last book wrapped up nicely.

I'm a big fan of Shada D'Ukal, insanely competent fighter who decides to join the New Republic only to find herself not needed, instead joining smuggler Talon Kar
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Tom
Jan 20, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it
audiobook narrated by Marc Thompson

Vision of the Future is 2nd book of The Hand of Thrawn duology. Zahn always does a great job with Star Wars and does not disappoint here. Is the New Republic going to enter a civil war over the atrocities some Bothans helped commit? How is the New Republic going to react to these rumors that Grand Admiral Thrawn is back from the dead? Will Luke manage to save Mara and discover the secrets behind these strange craft being spotted? What or who is The Hand of Thra
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Crystal Starr Light
Jul 11, 2010 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
"The more you tap into [the Force:] for raw power, the less you're able to hear its guidance over the noise of your own activity"
The New Republic is on the brink of collapse as members use the Camaas Document and the situation of the Bothans as an excuse to let loose on each other. Han and Lando make a desperate mission into the heart of the Empire; Luke goes to rescue Mara on a world in the Unknown regions; Leia receives word of the transmission from Admiral Paelleon--the first signal of peace
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Kathryn
Dec 04, 2011 Kathryn rated it liked it
Vision of the Future finishes off the Hand of Thrawn duology. Most of what I have to say about it would reiterate what I said about Specter of the Past; Zahn's strengths are characterization and plotting (though this particular book suffers a tiny bit from Loads and Loads of Characters and approaches a Thirty Xanatos Pileup toward the end).

The biggest weakness of this book is that Zahn is burdened with a lot of junk from other EU authors, making the book inaccessible to people who haven't read
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Tony Evans
Aug 27, 2014 Tony Evans rated it it was amazing
Great book. Surprising, I though the more interesting parts of the book were about Disra, Flim and Tierce. And the parts about Luke and Mara stuck in the Hand of Thrawn were kind of tedious. But the ending really saved the book and Admiral Palleon is my new favorite Star Wars character.
Michael Fox
Nov 14, 2015 Michael Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been geek'n out . . . Been looking forward to the new Star Wars movie, so I've just read my way through Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" series (5 books in 2 series). This one, Vision of the Future, was the grand finale. I've really enjoyed these series. Am now hungry for more!
Dan
Feb 16, 2016 Dan rated it liked it
A solid entry in the Zahn bloc of Star Wars novels, one that marked the end of an era (it was released in 1998 or 99 just before the Prequels, and plotwise is a end point to the New Republic-empire conflict that drove most of the EU books up to that point. Ironically, it has aged well because it seems to fit into the new TFA timeline (Imperial remnants out in the unexplored parts of the galaxy, an extragalactic menace, a weak and divided republic). If you cross your eyes enough the Zahn books ar ...more
Kelly
May 07, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
Here's the thing- I read this when I was 13. I don't remember much about it (a lot of action and general gripping thrillingness) except for one scene, but I remember that scene word for word. Probably because I am incredibly sappy.
Yves
Aug 21, 2012 Yves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, sf
Le supposé retour de Thrawn a réussi a insuffler une énergie nouvelle aux Restant de l'Empire et à briser le moral de la Nouvelle République. Pendant ce temps, Luke et Mara Jade découvrent un complexe de guerre nommé la Main de Thrawn qui est dirigé par l'ancien impérial nommé le Baron Soontir Fel. Luke doit donc détruire le complexe à seulement l'aide de Mara Jade.

Ce que j'ai aimé le plus dans ce livre est que l'auteur fait une mise au point de ce qui s'est passé entre les livres qu'il a écrit
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David
The second - and final - book in Timothy Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology, Vision of the Future thus follows on from Specter of the Past.

In this, Luke is off to rescue Mara, while the New Republic itself moves closer and closer to internal war over the involvement of a group of Bothans in the destruction of Caamas, all of which is due to the (unknown to the Republic) machinations of a trio of Imperials, one of whom is impersonating Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Looking back on this, it's also interesting t
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Ashish
Nov 07, 2012 Ashish rated it did not like it
There are some books that you know are a bad idea. I got this around a third of the way through, but kept going hoping it'll get better. Past the halfway mark it was beyond redemption, and I just wanted to get it done. When I got it done, it was even worse than I expected.
A story weighed down by not one, not two, but more than a dozen millstones in the form of extremely complex, unwieldy, and verbose story arcs attached to both old and newly introduced characters, all of whom are on their own l
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James
Apr 14, 2012 James rated it it was ok
Disappointing. I loved Zahn's original Star Wars trilogy and had high hopes for this book. It's an okay story, but it has too many threads, drags on, and the ending feels very much like "happily ever after." i think part of the problem comes from tying into too many other stories from the larger Star Wars universe. I haven't read any SW books other than Zahn's and there are times when the backstory looms very large. I frequently felt like I lacked the background to understand all the nuances of ...more
Sylvia
Jan 14, 2016 Sylvia rated it liked it
Shelves: obtained
what is it with creators in the star wars universe and their absolute inability to write romantic relationships between two people that aren't rooted primarily in being independent snarky dicks. i cannot help but deem this a homage to lucas' own anakin/padme 'romance', as it was that level of just why. sighhhh!!!!
Lynne Stringer
Feb 05, 2015 Lynne Stringer rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I have enjoyed Timothy Zahn's Star Wars novels, and I enjoyed this one. My only contention with it is that Zahn is unable to write romance. The 'romantic' scenes between Luke and Mara are stiff and awkward, which is a shame, because I think Luke finally getting a girl deserved a bit more than that. Maybe that's just because I am a girl, and one who likes romance, but still ...
I have enjoyed Mara's character from the first and I was happy to see her evolution as a character in this. Luke's charac
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Rob
May 17, 2014 Rob rated it it was ok
On the 5th book of the series, a long way from Thrawn and an even longer way from the original movies, Timothy Zahn's crappy writing has finally gotten in the way of awesome Star Wars action.

The climax (and even major action scenes) are themselves not good or interesting in this final book. He seems to have run out of tricks. Even the great unveiling of the enemy in the Empire seemed forced and anticlimactic.

Thanks for the Thrawn trilogy, Zahn. But this is a bridge too far for me. I can't recomm
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Kathleen
Sep 11, 2016 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
I've talked before about Timothy Zahn's first foray into the Star Wars Extended Universe, so let's talk about his second foray, the Hand of Thrawn duology. It consists of two books, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future.

Zahn likes ongoing plots that arc over the whole trilogy/duology/whatever, and the Hand of Thrawn is no different. Where the Thrawn trilogy's plot is about Grand Admiral Thrawn making a spirited attempt at taking over the galaxy, the Hand of Thrawn is somewhat more complic
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Timothy Stone
Feb 02, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I realized once again, upon taking up the second book in this duology, that Timothy Zahn's Star Wars Expanded Universe story The Hand of Thrawn Duology should have been a trilogy. The second book, here reviewed, is the longest novel contributed by any author to the Star Wars universe.

As Vision of the Future begins, several threads from the first book were picked up. Luke has gone after Mara Jade, to rescue her from the planet on which she has gone missing. Though he sees several possibilities f
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David Orphal
Nov 16, 2015 David Orphal rated it liked it
Review for both books in the series

Timothy Zahn is by far my favorite author working in the Star Wars universe. While the Hand of Thrawn dualology might be his weakest contributions, they are still quite good.

In the series, we get a glimpse of what Thrawn had been doing before his return to lead the empire after the battle of Endor. Unfortunately, it is just a glimpse, leaving this reader wanting much more.

We get a plot to return Thrawn to the head of the Empire. However, while that plot launch
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Eirik Hafskjold
Jun 09, 2014 Eirik Hafskjold rated it liked it
It has it's share of good and really good moments, but all of those moments happen on no more than a 100 pages. That leaves 500 pages that were not that entertaining. It has all the guys from the Thrawn-trilogy (and more), but the main story-arc didnt really do it for me. Of all the little story-lines I found that I enjoyed Admiral Palleon's the most. Its an ok read, but I expected more. Too long I guess.
Daniel
Aug 20, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it
The second volume in Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology is significantly better than the first, which spent a lot of time setting up this one.

The pacing, characters, and the plot were all great. I didn't think I would much enjoy the Caamas Document Crisis, seeing as most of the story revolved around retrieving said document, but I'm happy to say it worked.

Easily my favorite portions of the book were Luke and Mara. There's plenty of character growth to go around, especially for Luke. I like that Zahn
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Rocky Sunico
Jan 21, 2016 Rocky Sunico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
As the conclusion of a duology, this was a pretty good way to end things. As projected when I read Specter of the Past, most of the action was here and we had more than our fair share of both epic space battles and of course intelligent political maneuvering.

As much as I had some doubts about certain aspects of the plot initially, this book helped explain things more and keep things plausible (from a Star Wars expanded universe perspective).

In many ways, I feel this was Timothy Zahn's way of tak
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Wuher
Apr 23, 2014 Wuher rated it it was amazing
With the Caamas issue still raging on a civil war, the New Republic has no choice but to find a copy of the Caamas Document no matter the risk. The New Republic sends officials to bastion, pilots to Bothawui, a slicer to an Imperial station, and smugglers to another smuggler all in attempt of retrieving this one document. Bantam Spectra’s Vision of the Future is book two of the Hand of Thrawn duology by award winning Timothy Zahn, author of the historic Thrawn Trilogy. The book masterly plays ou ...more
Colleen
May 14, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing
It's telling that I read this book before reading the first in the duology, Specter of the Past, and still enjoyed the snot out of it. Zahn's plotting, as he brings disparate elements together, is amazing. The Chiss are amazing. Smugglers abound, and that's amazing. The Imperials (Moff Disra aside) are real sane people.

And Luke and Mara are super-awesome, and their climactic battle in the Chiss fortress is the most vivid, best written, in the entire EU, in my opinion.

Zahn, as far as I'm concerne
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Mary Fan
Jun 08, 2015 Mary Fan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Whew, this was a long audiobook! And yet I was still bummed when it was over. Sometimes, it's easy to forget how big the Star Wars universe really is, and Timothy Zahn does a great job of illustrating it in a way that allows us readers to explore the many corners of the galaxy while still having all the plot threads tie together. I must confess, half the reason I listened to this audiobook and its prequel was to see Luke and Mara finally get together. The other half is because the narrator is br ...more
Richard Houchin
Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future aren't quite as good as the original Heir to the Empire trilogy, but they are still among the best Star Wars novels I've read. Zahn knows how to make the Star Wars universe sing.
Sandra
Aug 28, 2016 Sandra marked it as did-not-finish
Not sure what happened here. I thought the Thrawn trilogy was great and I had a good time with Specter of the Past, so why did my Star Wars train come crashing to a halt with this one? Was it because, after I finished Specter, I was all set for the adventure to keep speeding along and didn't expect Zahn to start again at ground level and build it all up again? Or was it just that I picked a bad, busy time to read it? I don't know. Hopefully someday I can get back to it and finish it, but I'm not ...more
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more
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