Specter of the Past (Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn #1)
The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could des...more
Excellent cover art by Drew Struzan.
After second reading: Zahn is so much better than the norm for SW writers that he should either train the others or be the only person allowed to publish until the others come up to his level.
This one takes place about ten years after "The Last Command," when Thrawn was defeated and the New Republic won major victories. I liked the chance to see more of Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, and others, but I felt this novel was really rather bogged down...more
It's assumed that anyone reading this book knows the basics of the Star Wars universe: the Rebel Alliance dealt a major blow to Palpatine's Empire @ Endor, eventually retook Coruscant, survived Grand Admiral Thrawn's onslaught, and outlasted the Dark Empire. Pay attention to that timeline: Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and Jedi Knight Kam Solusar killed the resurrected Emperor and differ...more
Ten years have past since our daring trio has faced the masterful Thrawn. The New Republic is firmly established. Peace abounds...or maybe not? The Empire appears to want to negotiate peace, but a triumvirate within is working hard to continue the hostilities. And the New Republic may just destroy itself with the revelation of the Camaas Document, a document revealing the Bothans were involved in the destruction of Camaas many years befo...more
I didn't enjoy this book nearly as well as Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy. I felt the character interactions were forced and repetitive of what he had already accomplished. For example, the relationship between Ardiff/Pelleaon was practically identical to Pelleaon/Thrawn. Tierce/Disra : C'Boath/Thrawn. Also, the main characters have remained pretty stagnant. Han/Leia have 3 children, but it seems like the 15 year...more
Timothy Zahn, who wrote those novels, later called The Thrawn Tr...more
Other than that, a fairly decent read - still better than Kevin J Anderson's at...more
Some of the space battles get a little bit technical if you're not a big fan of the series. For instance, Zahn likes to state the number and names of the ships, which is great if you know what he's talking about. The first time I read this, however, I just kind of nodded and kept reading. If y...more
No one does Star Wars quite like Timothy Zahn. He knows how to play the characters just right and make good use of the different factions in the Star Wars universe to make for an interesting story. Zahn has added the most significant and lasting characters to the series after the movies themselves and is the author who really got people excited about Star Wars novels after his trilogy that starts with Heir to the Empire. Specter of the Past is a great book if you...more
As a teenager I loved Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy for capturing the magic of the original films and expanding their universe, but in the intervening years I'd developed a bit of snobbery to this sort of thing and didn't really imagine I would get much from them now.
Indeed, this isn't a literary masterpiece and it would...more
Spectre of the Past
Vision of the future
This series is everything you expect from Timothy Zahn and is a great 'filler' that provides an important step from the outcast Empire becoming a viable political party within the new Republic. This short duology also further enhances the characters and defines the relationships of the main characters within the Star Wars universe - most notable is the blooming love be...more
I especially loved the little nuances that tied it into the rest of Expanded Universe - mentions of events and character relationships and interactions. One of the moments that will stay in my memory for quite a while is young Jacen announcing smugly that he doesn't need any training, beca...more
The main antagonist of those stories was Grand Admiral Thrawn, a brilliant strategist who believed that a species art held the their weakness. Indeed, the novels were also the first to ever name the capitol of the Empire and the Old Republic...more
Timothy Zahn returns to kind of pick back up the Thrawn plot from his earlier trilogy, and sweeps away most of the unimportant books along the way. But hey, Luke and Mara Jade are finally working together. Hooray!
For some reason I've always felt like books about Star Wars are like dancing about architecture, to paraphrase Zappa. Half the fun of the movies are all the crazy shit that goes on in the background, and there's some of that in these books, but not enough. I really didn't like them, even when I was 14.
Timothy Zahn a sorti un très bon...more
The key missing element is my favorite character, Thrawn. His cold, detached brilliance and the fear he was able to effect in his enemies was the key driver behind the original trilogy.
Looking forward to reading the sequel.