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Rebel Dawn

(Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,599 ratings  ·  171 reviews
Here is the explosive conclusion of the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo.

Set before the Star Wars movie adventures (the second trilogy), these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.

The Millennium Falcon is "the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy."  So when Han Solo win
Paperback, 389 pages
Published March 1998 by Del Rey Books
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Dec 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
Rebel Dawn would deserve ★★★★★ stars for the clever and entertaining way A.C. Crispin works us to the moment when Han meets Luke & Obi-Wan, if only ...

Rebel Dawn would deserve ★★★★ stars had it not claimed to be a Han Solo book. The interesting part of the story, what actually drives the tale along, is the fascinating battle between Jabba's Desilijic clan and Durga's Besadii clan. For the bulk of this book, Jabba and Durga appear to be protagonist and antagonist. This book would have been re
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With Rebel Dawn, Crispin gives us a Han Solo with which we're familiar. It makes sense (this is the closest we get to the events in Star Wars, so he ought to be by now), but in the previous books, we only see hints of him. Still, Crispin is showing us Han's development, so seeing hints in the previous books is to be expected.

Rebel Dawn also takes us back to the plot that started this trilogy: Bria; and the drug trade on Ylesia. More to the point, we finally get closure on the relationship betwee
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, I know I shouldn't be giving five stars to a silly Star Wars book, but I loved it that much. AC does a great job tying up all the loose ends, and brings the story right up to meeting Kenobi and Luke in the cantina, so it all fits. Also worth noting-AC did her research. She does tie in the the HAN SOLO ADVENTURES written by Brian Daley years before, so the timeline is continuous. Best things about this book:
1. Boba Fett plays a larger role, and you get a bit of insight into his character.
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A mixed ending to the trilogy. It brings us right up to the beginnings of the first film; explains how Han got his chin scar and the Millennium Falcon; as well as putting a lot more meat on the Lando and Chewbacca relationships. But, at times Han feels like a background character - towards the end the novel becomes much more about Bria's revenge than Han's story and only really falls back to him to tie up that loose end of their relationship before Leia arrives on the scene. Hopefully it was jus ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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It's just as good as the previous volume in this trilogy...which is me damning with faint praise. It's an enjoyable series of adventures & travelogues, but once again there is much that is glossed over, or communicated in the tell-don't-show style of the previous books. In fact, the plot of the late 1970s Brian Daley-authored Han Solo trilogy is summarized in interludes lasting a few pages each -- which is either audacious or outrageous, depending on your mood. In the end, you can't help but ...more
Mary JL
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: An SF adventure fan; Str Wars fans especially
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Now in posssession of his own ship, the beloved Millenium Falcon, you'd thnk Han and Chewie would have no problems, right?

Well, the Empire is pressing down so hard on its subject worlds, even a smuggler of Han's caliber have trouble making a goodlving.

Then a Rebel group offers Han a "can't miss' scenario. There is an incredible fortune at stake. Han gets half for his efforts and the Rebels use the other half to finance their revolt--buying weapons, ships; paying the odd bribe or two to corrupt I
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I give the trilogy as a whole a solid three stars. I think there could have been points were certain characters were developed better, but I wouldn't say I'm disappointed in the stories. The third book was decent, but one thing I let bother me was how obvious it was that book three was written after 'Shadows of the Empire'. Suddenly characters from that story are ever present in this one. By and large, the stories work as an origin for Solo. I still think adding in the love story was pointless. ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I finally finished this trilogy. From winning the Millenium Falcon to meeting Obi-Wan and Luke in the Mos Eisley Cantina, this is a very interesting read that develops Han Solo's background and character. While some purists might not like to know the details behind some details of Solo's past, I found it rather enlightening and adds another dimension to his character in the Original Trilogy that doesn't conflict with that story. A couple of those points include the conflict between H ...more
Jordan Bethea
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
One of the things I rate books like this on (books taking place in an established universe) is how much the author adds as much as exploits something already there. This book is where the series dips into the negatives, as most of it is just making all of Solo's life a series of coincidences. It takes everything there is about Solo from the movies, and sets up connections to those things in the book first. It stops adding new characters or plots or ideas. It's a competently written action story ...more
Jon Jakob
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice lead up to the introduction of Han Solo in A New Hope. My favorite parts were the windows we got into Hutt life and politics. They were so unapologetically sinister that it made a joy to read. This final entry raps up the Han Solo trilogy nicely. A very different view into the world of Star Wars that existed before the Prequel movies came to define much of the world and lore at presant.
Aug 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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There was so good and some bad to it. The good, there wasn't any "I got bad feeling about this...," it explains more of the Jabba/Han relationship, Lando/Han issue that they had in Empire, how he got the Falcon, Boba Fett was in it more, etc. This books does take you right up into New Hope, which is good and bad. I say bad only because it really limits what another writer can do with Solo's character before New Hope. She just did 3 books on him and there probably could have done more with him. A ...more
Stephen T Shores
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This completes the series. The reason why I give it three stars is because it's good, action-oriented sci-fi. The reason I couldn't give it more was because this isn't the real Han Solo. It's an overly-emotional guy in Han's clothes. Reading these books and interjecting The Han Solo Adventures in the slot Crispin leaves for them, then coming back to the rest of Rebel Dawn and continuing with what I remember of the movies...leaves Han Solo a schizophrenic mess. One minute he only looks after hims ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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a good story telling the youth and difficulties of han's life and loves, how he was a poor boy picked by a smuggler and trained to steal and beg, then learning how to fly and winning many races, he makes friends and finds inspiration to have a better life, leaves the home he knows at the death of his friend, a wookie, he finds employment with a hutt to find that they are snaring people to work as slaves....
Mar 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Well, Crispin managed to leave us exactly at Han Solo's first appearance in Episode Four. (And even set up Lando Carissian's debut in Episode Five.) Everything in this book and the trilogy focused on that goal. That many plots terms seemed contrived or nonsensical may be excused by that outside constraint.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Well I knew Bria and Han wouldn't last but it was still sad to see them separated that way. At least we know he finds another lovely lady. The author did a great job tying into IV and overall this was a great series. I am sorry to see it end though...
Caleb Hobbick
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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A great but a sad ending. Loved the series though.
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Well.. it's Han... okay? It's Han! Don't you like everything better with Han in it? Sure you do! He is the original Guardian of the Galaxy, the rogue, the charmer...
But as with the new Solo-Movie, the question is... does the backstory help him, or us to find out, who he really is?
The thing about these novels is, you get the thing you want... Han and Chewie action, some bump ins with imperials, rebels, a lost love, and it even ties in to the Han Solo Adventures of old, so it all makes sense...
Jordan Anderson
As a collective whole, Crispin’s “Han Solo” trilogy is easy to read, if not, at least mostly enjoyable. Her love of the titular character is clearly evident and, being written back in the late 90’s with only the special edition films and a small amount of other fictional content like Brian Daley’s Han Solo Adventures, it’s hard to deny that Crispin was, at the very least, modestly successful in writing a decent trilogy.

Unfortunately, Rebel Dawn isn’t exactly as great or as perfect as it could be
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unlike the last two books in the trilogy, there wasn't a lot of romance in this book, which is a good thing. The author is still fond of overusing ellipses to make suggestions rather than statements, which in my opinion is poor writing. However, I did feel the writing overall was better, and the story, for the most part, was interesting. Again there were a host of characters with hard-to-pronounce names, and I had to take notes to keep up.

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Tim Thompson
I really enjoyed this series! The Han Solo Trilogy has been one of my favorite's amongst the EU and legends tales. A.C. Crispin represented Han Solo and his backstory skillfully and deftly throughout all three stories. She had a great handle on who Han Solo was, his mannerisms, his speech patterns, all of who Han was. That isn't necessarily easy to do and makes this trilogy a commendable work.

This might be because I just finished it, but I seemed to enjoy this book the best of all three, althoug
Michael Joosten
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The payoff to the trilogy generally doesn't disappoint. There's still some of the forced coincidences going on (should I handwave them by saying "the Force?") that went on in The Hutt Gambit, and by interweaving the events of Brian Daley's Han Solo Adventures offscreen, Han Solo himself is actually absent for a chunk of the action.

The meat of the action is in the scheming between the Hutt clans, of Desilijic against Besadii, Jabba against Jiliac, Teroenza against Durga, Durga getting sucked into
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Rebel Dawn is the final volume in the "Han Solo" trilogy, a volume that stands more as an immediate prequel to the original Star Wars movie than a novel solely about Han. At its beginning, Solo is on top of the world; his new ship has him ahead of the other smugglers, he can't walk into a room without gathering female attention, and he's raking in the cash. At its end, Solo has been betrayed and unwittingly duped, made into an outcast with a bounty on his head, desperate for anything that will p ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've just finished re-reading the Han Solo Trilogy. This trilogy is a gem among the Star Wars expanded universe. A.C. Crispin is an amazing author (rest in peace) and although this story arc is not as excellent as The Thrawn Trilogy, it is still excellent story telling. A.C. Crispin started out strong with Paradise Snare (book 1). That introduced us to a young Han and the tropical world of Ylesia. I thought this was her best writing, as I was fully immersed in her creative and authentic setting. ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sheesh, this book. . .

This is the last book in a trilogy that allegedly tells us of the life of Han Solo from when he was a youngster to right before we meet him and Chewie in "Star Wars". The main issue here is that the books never do that. Because across three novels, we're dealing with a character that is so *not* Han Solo, no matter what name the author keeps typing.

We don't see young Solo grow into the man that we know. At no point does he become the Solo we know, nor do I believe that th
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In this novel, the last of the trilogy, we learn how Han wins the Falcon, his renewing relationship with Bria and what happens when they work together on an invasion of Ylesia, how he gets in trouble with Jabba at the end, and the leading up to the Cantina scene in ANH movie.
Other storylines, include bounties on Bria and Han and Boba Fett's track after them. Lando spends some time in this novel as well, helping Bria out. Also, the storyline with both Hutt clans battling it out, Jiliac and Jabba
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rebel Dawn is a fitting end to the Young Han Solo trilogy. We see Han at the top of his game, becoming one of the best smugglers in the galaxy in his new ship, the Millennium Falcon. The story masterfully weaves together characters and events from the previous books in the series. Compared to the happy-go-lucky feel of the original Star Wars movie, I'd say this one feels more like The Empire Strikes Back. It has a darker side. We feel the desperation of the growing Rebel Alliance as it struggles ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Rebel Dawn tries to integrate too many pieces (in preparation for the original Star Wars trilogy, in respect to other Han Solo canon) of Han Solo's history, leading to a story that feels fractured. Solo's connections to the nascent Rebel Alliance are too convenient, Jabba's sudden betrayal is inconsistent with the tenor of their business relationship, the most terrifying bounty hunter in the galaxy doesn't seem to live up to his reputation.

However shaky the plot piecing feels, it's still a fun s
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
- I loved so much about this book! I loved seeing Han's story right up to the point where he meets Luke and Obi-Wan for the first time in Mos Eisley.

- However, I do have a couple concerns. I feel like there wasn't enough time between Han's relationship with Bria and him meeting Leia for him to properly get over what happened. I also don't think he would jump right in to help the rebellion again after what happened with Bria. I just wish there had been a little more time lapse in between.

- I LO
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A journeyman book giving Star Wars enthusiasts the lead-up to the original Star Wars: A New Hope film and filling in the backstory of the recent Rogue One film. The writing is what one would expect from a book spinning off from a film series, adequate but not great, yet well edited. There are a lot of characters--almost too many to remember even at a fast read. I enjoyed visiting the Wookie home world for once. The Jabba the Hutt backstory is most interesting, but Han is only part of the central ...more
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Ann Carol Crispin (1950-2013) was an American science fiction writer, the author of over twenty published novels. She wrote professionally since 1983. She wrote several Star Trek and Star Wars novels, and created her own original science fiction series called Starbridge.

Crispin also served as Eastern Regional Director, and then Vice President, of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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