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Star Wars: Ambush at Corellia (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  7,161 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back  to the home world he left many years before.  Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children  and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with  agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds  himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even  he understands. One thing is clear: the five  inhabited worlds of the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 9th 1995 by Bantam Books (first published February 1995)
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Scott Rhee
So far, of the Star Wars Expanded Universe post-Episode VI books that I have read since Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" trilogy, Roger MacBride Allen's "Corellian Trilogy" comes closest to the fun and excitement of the original trilogy. Of course, I have only just read the first in the series, "Ambush at Corellia", but if it can maintain the momentum in the next two books that makes this first book so riveting, then Allen has a winner.

The story centers around Han Solo in this one, as he prepares for a f
Better than average SW novel, but with a hokey set up: no government would let it's Head of State "vacation" in a remote, recluse system where all recent agents of that government have disappeared. Okay, it's Star Wars. Our heroes try to do stupid stuff all the time, but the set up is as unreal as the star-destroying gravity wave projectors. (Shouldn't have mentioned that.)

Too many typographical errors. Someone didn't read the proofs.
May 11, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it
An engaging start to the trilogy, with a surprising ending.
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 15, 2010 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The time has come for Han Solo to go home to his homeworld of Corellia. He along with Leia, Chewie, and his children go for an important trade summit. But a New Republic Intelligence agent, Belindi Kalenda warns him of the unknown situation on Corellia. Once there, the situation escalates, as none of the major species (human, Drall, and Selonian) can stand each other.
Meanwhile, Lando (with the aid of Luke) has a different mission in that could make him comfortably rich for the rest of
Sep 01, 2015 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, this would be 3.5 stars. *sigh*

I think one of the strongest things about this book is not the delving into the politics of Corellia or even the ways that Allen sets up some great commentary on how utterly unhelpful prejudice is (although that's really good), but rather showing the quartet of Han, Leia, Luke, and Chewie as family people. It's freaking adorable to watch Han be a dad and to see the way that that Han and Leia's kids interact with Uncle Luke and Chewie the hardcore nanny. T
It probably helps that in the Star Wars universe you can never go wrong with throwing a bunch of Corellians together and seeing what happens. Corellians are simply the coolest, not least because of Han Solo, but also the likes of Wedge Antilles, and myriad other Corellians introduced into the EU. This is probably why something like 97% of all non-Jedi Mary Sues are Corellian in some way (and then there are the rare species, the Corellian Jedi, like Corran Horn).

The Corellian Trilogy is interesti
Feb 05, 2012 Donovan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Corellian Trilogy is set 14 years after Return of the Jedi. It consists of:
Ambush at Corellia
Assault on Selonia
Showdown at Centerpoint

Plot ***Spoilers***

Ambush at Corellia
Eighteen years after the Battle of Yavin. This story was centered around the Corellian system, consisting of a group of habitable planets known as the Five Brothers: Corellia, Selonia, Drall, Talus, and Tralus. Because the system was known for possessing an inward-looking political structure, and was not recipient to any of
Ethan Smith
Jan 25, 2017 Ethan Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good intro to the trilogy. Not quite as intrigue-filled as the Thrawn trilogy, but the characters we know retain their appeal. The Luke-Lando sidequest is a bit interesting, but all-in-all, it's a fun read.
Darryl Dobbs
An enjoyable storyline with yet another silly subplot that had no business being there. As for the main plot, it does require a lot of mind-stretching and overlooking some serious holes. But only the usual ones that crop up in the SW world from time to time, such as "how did they come up with this technology during this era, when for 10,000 years technology hadn't budged by much?" and "Trillions of people in the galaxy and they run into Han Solo's cousin as their nemesis?"

But overall, the Han/Le
Mark Oppenlander
This is the first book of a trilogy, so I will undoubtedly have a much better sense of what I think of it when I have finished all three books. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this first installment.

The story involves the Solo family headed for a much needed vacation on Han's home planet of Corellia. Unfortunately, there are economic problems and social unrest occurring between the three sentient species on Corellia (and in the system as a whole) and before you know it, the whole family is caught in the
Lucas Asher
This book was... lackluster. It had an interesting story (stories).

The first, main storyline was of the ruling family (Leia, Han, and their kids) travelling to the Corellia system, where a situation was emerging between the three races that shared the world.

The second was of Lando and Luke, who were off world-hopping, trying to find Lando a rich wife.

The main plotline had several subplots, about half of which were never resolved (though they may be in later books in the series). However, the t
Curtis Leonardo
I think my first, and most traumatic introduction of the incomplete story came with "The Empire Strikes Back".
I was fifteen when I fell in love with the first movie. It was a complete movie, with a beginning, middle, and a climatic end. You couldn't help but get all teary-eyed when the heroes got their due notice. I was eager to see the second movie, but was disappointed when there was no conclusion.
I think it was the first movie I had ever seen that annoyed me so much.
I got the same sensation
Simon Kissam
Jul 30, 2014 Simon Kissam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book had a lot of potential and even used some of that potential, sadly it doesn't quite live up to what it good be. First off, the idea that the Corellian system just wants to succeed from the New Republic and a local Imperial seizes power and is a small scale conflict (much like Black Fleet Crisis, another series with great ideas which fails to follow through) sadly turns into 'the bad guys have a superweapon' and this is another standard Bantam era fair book. Using Han Solo's cousin who ...more
Feb 21, 2015 Dex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After rereading the Brian Daley Han Solo trilogy I thought it was time to sample some of the more recent forays into the franchise. The Corellian link got me settled on this trilogy.

I wasn't blown away. The plot lines seemed basic and the characters are all quite two dimensional. Considering the size of the universe it's quite amazing that all the familiar characters of the original trilogy all end up in more or less the same place. None of them really seem to have moved on character wise, notwi
Cary Spratt
Feb 24, 2013 Cary Spratt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book. [EDIT - In fact, I enjoyed all 3 books immensely.] The main story about Corellia was interesting and Lando's adventures were great comic-relief. It felt like everybody was decently in-character and the more questionable plot points were for the most part at least acknowledged (why the Solos are taking their kids into a potentially dicey situation, the ridiculousness of Lando's Big Idea) -- 'hanging a lantern on them', as it's called. I'm looking forward to reading more about ...more
Aug 25, 2010 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well, still a 3 star rating if you ask me... The story was a little bit better, but there were parts that I skimmed over. I still think the whole Lando story with the might be wife didn't really have to be like that and him and Luke could have just been where they were in a different way. I am sure she might have some kind of connection in the last book. I also skipped a little bit when Han and Leia's kids were around.

A couple things that bothered me was what was the deal with Lando's attitude
Ian Reay
Jan 15, 2015 Ian Reay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am a huge fan of Han solo and loved this 2nd book trilogy, before I started to read it I knew it was going to take a lot of epic story telling to be up there with Crispin's amazing trio, and to be far its about one step away from it, only that the 1st trilogy was Han in his younger days and this is him some what settled down, but dont let that out you off its only 14-15 so years since The Battle of Endor hes not an old man its just a more slower story till you get about 5 chapters in then you ...more
Christopher Hivner
In Ambush at Corellia, Han Solo, his wife Leia and their children go back to Han's home world of Corellia for a trade summit. But they are warned before they go that there are ominous things happening in the Corellian system and they must be careful. When they get there things are worse than they imagined as the 3 different species that inhabit the worlds are about to go to war with each other.

Unfortunately, this was the dullest of the Star Wars books I've read and the poorest written. There are
Dec 22, 2015 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this book as much as I thought I would. Although it is s good book it is certainly not one of my favorites. This book Ambush at Corellia by Roger Macbride Allen is about Han Solos trip to save his home plant from war. This book takes place 14 years after return of the Jedi. The new republic sends Han on a mission to to stop Corellia from erupting into war. But Han soon finds out, who really is on his side ? Who can he really trust ? After losing contract with Jedi master Luke skyw ...more
Stephen T Shores
Jan 30, 2014 Stephen T Shores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Minor spoilers)

Others have spoken of the weak and even stupid premise of this series, and I have to agree. Our friends in Coruscant seem to have collectively turned off their brains and sent Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and the family off into danger. No reinforcements, no fleet, nothing. Sheesh. But as dumb as the setup for this series seems, I found the book entertaining. The author is very detailed in his descriptions of people and places, and introduces several new characters who are legitimately
Jul 19, 2014 Wuher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Han Solo is ready for a vacation. Although to bring his family to visit his home planet that he himself hasn’t been to in decades isn’t quite that relaxing on his mind. Everything had been fine for Solo up until a New Republic agent warned Han that Corellia is now a very dangerous place to be. Han, with a daring smuggler’s mind, decided to think little of the warning, which he quickly learnt to regret. Join Roger Macbride Allen in book one of his Corellian Trilogy, Ambush at Corellia. In it incl ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Revan97 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars Ambush At Corellia is the first in the Corellian trilogy. Roger Macbride Allen does a great job bringing the classic Star Wars characters to life. Han, Leia, Chewbacca, Luke and Lando star in this fun filled adventure, and the Solo twins also bring fun and flavor to the tale. The story does take quite some time to get interesting, but it proves to be worth the wait. There are some excellent new characters introduced such as New Republic agent Belindi Kalenda and various other human, Se ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Not as good as some of the other Star Wars books I've read lately. The goofiness of the Lando marriage search subplot jars distractingly with the seriousness of the main storyline about Han and Leia’s trip to Corellia. It’s also oddly wordy, with characters going off on long bouts of exposition that don’t really seem to fit the scenes. Apart from that it was fun enough. With the action picking up towards the end and the way it sets up for the next book in the trilogy, I’m interested in seeing wh ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
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I really do like the Corellian Trilogy. It's a lot of fun and has some mystery to it. It's probably my third favorite Star Wars trilogy set after Return of the Jedi (first would by Thrawn, second would be Jedi Academy). My only problem was that I remember listening to this book on tape (sorry, is it called audio books now? used to be on tape back in the day), and all I wanted to was listen to the tape version because it was done really well. Sigh. I guess if that's my only problem, then thi ...more
Feb 15, 2011 William rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I cannot complain too much about the lack of a conclusion because it is book one of the trilogy. That being said, I am still a champion for one longer, although, less convoluted novel. The Lando storyline was weak, and Luke, a full blown Jedi Master isn't getting used the way a Jedi should be used. Potentially, this story will make better use of Luke in the future, and Lando...well Lando can do what Lando does. I have not enjoyed any Lando storylines in some time.
May 01, 2016 Ingrid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read this trilogy for years ever sense I found out that Anakin had a connection to Centerpoint Station but I didn't know the story. I love all the books with the Solo kids! It's sad what happens to them but fun to read about them when they are so young.

This book is a good set up for the books to come but the whole Lando/Luke plot line seemed tacked on. Funny but an odd subplot. The book ends on a nice cliffhanger that made me start book 2 immediately!
Ryan Solski
Nov 27, 2012 Ryan Solski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking through my gifts from age 13, I found a set of Star Wars books that were never filmed. This one was fun, made sense, and had a tame plot compared to the feature films. Cool use of the children of the cast as narrative viewpoints that balance the familiar thrill of the lovable main characters from the original Star Wars film trilogy. I recently sat at the theater beside someone who looked remarkably like George Lucas, strange...
Feb 27, 2011 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, selling
I realized I've had this trilogy on my shelves for years, but had never gotten around to reading it. Meh. It takes place ~20 years after fall of the Empire, so after the Thrawn trilogy and I'm pretty sure the Jedi Academy, but I'm not sure where it fits with other things. Not the best star wars book I've read, but not the worst either, and there's some stuff here that might be setting up cool stuff in the later books - I don't know yet, though.
Matt Howard
I really enjoyed the begining book of The Corellian Trilogy. With trouble brewing in the Corellian Sector, Han Solo takes his family takes his family to see his homeworld, while secretly trying to discover the cause of the trouble. I enjoyed this book, as well as the entire series, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as other Star Wars Books.
May 25, 2014 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So far, the trilogy is every bit as good as I remember when I first read it as a kid. The subplot with Luke and Lando (and frankly, a little seedy, even for Lando) but the main plot is wonderfully rendered and was definitely written with Harrison Ford's voice in mind. Hopefully, "Assault on Selonia" will prove equal to the challenge.
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Roger MacBride Allen is a US science fiction author of the Corellian Trilogy, consisting of Ambush at Corellia, Assault at Selonia, and Showdown at Centerpoint. He was born on September 26, 1957 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Boston University in 1979. The author of a dozen science-fiction novels, he lived in Washington D.C., for many years. In July 19 ...more
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