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Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson
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Oct 06, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, science-fiction, star-wars
Read in October, 2009

Star Wars fans might rate it four stars; everyone else probably two.

Shallow re-hash of classic elements from original movies. (Written before second set filmed.) The usual impossible, improbable and silly plot devices.

Flunks high school physics . . . again. After explaining why long hyperspace jumps are increasingly fatal, Anderson proceeds to have people make "direct" and Inner Galactic Core to Outer Core jumps with no casualties. The latter would be improbable to the point of certain death--or least being jerked out of hyperspace by proximity to some gravity well.

He also starts with the Maw being an almost impenetrable collection of Black Holes, then has people popping in and out on various routes, including the "back door" and a brute force (un-Force assisted) jump. Then an unlikely fatal plunge into a black hole figures in the climax--at least unlikely as described. Anderson apparently doesn't understand what a black hole is or, more likely, assumes his readers don't. Errors are forgivable; deceiving the reader isn't.

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