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The Paradise Snare

(Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,453 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Here is the first book in the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief.

The first book in this exciting Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published May 1997)
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Three stars is all I could muster, but I did have fun with this book. It was a great way to rest my brain after finishing Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward.

★★: This was the finest episode of Corellia 90210 EVER! I had no idea until rereading this that Young Han Solo was actually played (at least in the mind of A.C. Crispin) by a Young Luke Perry. Bad boy Han hanging out with the richies from Corellia (some family, and some family of the girl he loves), and he's so handsome and dashing and such a great
I remember being a really snobby dork about these books- I thought I was going to hate them 'cause they were all trying to weave into the movies rather than going off on their own story. But surprisingly, these were great! Han's motivations are explained for his first appearance in A New Hope, we get his tragic first love, and find out why he gets to wear the Corellian Bloodstripes! Super necessary information!
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
"From now on, it's just me. Han Solo."
Han Solo. Rogue. Scoundrel. Scruffy-lookin' nerf herder. He's the smuggler that charmed our hearts in A New Hope, who came back to rescue Luke, who butted heads with Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and lead a Rebel task force against an Imperial fortress in Return of the Jedi. But where did he come from?
Han Solo was a young boy, employed by Gariss Shrike to pitpocket, pilot swoop bikes in races, and con people out of money. Tired of that life, Han
Ashley Bogner
Han Solo is my favorite Star Wars character. I love his witty comebacks and his fantastic character arc. And yet he's the character in the series we don't know anything about. His backstory never comes up, and I've always wanted to know more about him. How did he become friends with Chewbacca? How did he meet Lando? When did he become captain of the Millennium Falcon ? What's up with the "Kessel Run in twelve parsecs"? When I found out that there was a book series about Han Solo's backstory, ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading Star Wars fiction is a guilty pleasure for me, so consider this a guilty five star! Aside from the original trilogy novelizations, I loved A Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the old Brian Daley Han Solo trilogy. I recall reading the Thrawn Trilogy in the 1990's, which was what happened after Return of the Jedi, and being captured by what was then an unspoiled dream of what the franchise could become. Since then, I haven't read much at all in the genre, and like most of us, endured a less ...more
5 stars

Nice to know more about Han Solo. Wonder if we will see Bria again. The plot was very interesting. Hope Han does well at the Imperial Academy.

Can't wait to read the Hurt Gambit!!!! Also can't wait to read more Star Wars books!!!
Paul Darcy
by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997.

This is my first attempt at reading a Star Wars novel and, I’ll admit it, I read it because it features Han Solo. Now Han is probably the most endearing character to grace the Star Wars franchise (at least I think so) and hence I was compelled to give this novel - first of three actually - a go.

I’ll get the tedious writer’s annoyances out of the way first. Liberal use of the word “wryly” and “dryly” and other ly words kept kicking me out of the story and need
Mary JL
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any SF adventure fan; Star Wars fans in particularly
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
If you are a fan of the Star Wars books, particularly if you are a fan of Han Solo, this is the beginning of an enjoyable trilogy.

Covering the ten years before the original Star Wars movie began--Chapter IV-A New Hope--Han escapes from the only 'home' he has ever known--the illegal ship Trader's Luck.

His ultimate dream: to enter the Imperial Space Academy. So, to get piloting experience, he takes a job piloting for the planet Ylesia. He soon starts picking up pratical expereince.

But he also find
Peter Hale
This book I read mainly was for the reason Solo was coming out later in the month so I had to fill up on Han's old myths and stories. Sadly, I didn't have any chance to read the rest of this series or The Adventures of Lando Calrissian and The Han Solo Adventures.

And I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

The book was very good because its plot was something new to SW: religious scammers. This idea was played with in the early nineties with the notorious The Crystal Star, but this took it to
J.Aleksandr Wootton
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood, best-of
I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read.

[In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to t
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- I LOVED this book! The characters and story are awesome! I wish I had read this ages ago.

- I really enjoyed reading about Han's younger years. I loved his relationship with Dewlanna, it explains why he has a soft spot for Wookies and can understand them.

- I liked Bria a lot. It was great to see her grow and become and important character.

- Muuurgh was awesome! His species makes an appearance in the comics, and I thought it was a new thing, but apparently not. I loved Muuurgh's loyalty, streng
This was the very first Star Wars novel I ever read and it introduced me to a world into which I would dive wholeheartedly for the next several years. Han Solo would become my favorite character in the universe and I would dream of nothing else.

Looking back, I can't say exactly what struck my fantasy most about this book, but it was enough to send me searching desperately for the next in the series. Whatever it was, it captivated my attention so thoroughly that even now I can't help but read the
A necessary start to the life of Han Solo. Not great literature, but provides a foundational piece of SW universe history.
Cristian  Morales
I knew it was going to be a 5-star at the first wookie growl, but this was incredible!
João Batista
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entendemos em poucas páginas por que Solo tem afeição pelos wookies. Reminiscências de seus 5 anos e os pequenos roubos... forçados. Anos depois ele descobre seu sobrenome: sangue de reis ou de piratas? O primeiro emprego (real) de Han em Ylesia, utilizando um alter ego, mas acompanhado de um "guarda-costas" nada amistoso, inicialmente. Um vislumbre de uma garotinha de cabelos negros em Alderaan... A primeira menção do Hutt mais conhecido da galáxia. A sua relação com Bria Tharen terá um fim agr ...more
Matthew Harrand
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Han Solo’s life when he was a young kid and continues on through his entire life. What i particularly liked about this book was Han Solo because i got to know more about Han then what we learn in the movies by learning about his childhood and life before the movies. Another thing I liked about this book was the street gang Han joined in the book because i would never picture a young kid joining a street gang and i liked how Han handled it. This book is for readers who like Sta ...more
Shawn Fairweather
I have to admit the first 75% of this book drew little to no interest from me. I admit that my Han Solo fandom is somewhat limited as I tend to identify and appreciate other characters from the saga more. The last quarter of the novel really picked up the pace for me and drew in my interest pretty easily. Be prepared this is definitely a set up piece for the rest of the trilogy, so I guess its a necessary evil, especially if you are a fan of Solo.
Jon Jakob
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I've never been a big fan of Han Solo but this book has really endeared me to him. It't unlike most Star Wars books in that it doesn't have anything to do with Sith or Jedi but instead the seething underbelly of the Star Wars universe. An underbelly not pleasent to live in but fun to experience throuh the eyes of the dashing Rouge Solo.
Jill Dater
This felt like a book written by someone who has watched the original movies a lot. Hans Solo’s dialogue depended too much on these corny catch phrases. Also the story felt sexist and dated. The action was one set of story and then another without much of a thread. Everything got resolved pretty easily.
Matthew Shileikis
I really enjoyed reading about the start of Han Solo before Disney decided it wasn't canon anymore. I wish it was still all relevant but oh well life goes on. If you want to read stories about Han Solo I say screw what is and isn't canon and give this one a shot because it is full of action and good old Solo charm. I picked this up after watching the Solo movie and decided I wanted to know more about his background and what made Han the way he is.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
This is Han Solo, the early years. It looks at his childhood, teenage years and his first proper job.

I particularly liked the idea of him being brought up by a Wookie. I suspect that all this will have been rewritten by the new films. It is a fun read, and adds a lot to the understanding of the character. A good read.
Anita Heveron
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never had more fun listening to an audio book! Cant wait to finish the trilogy
s w
yes, I did see Solo: A Star Wars Movie and immediately wanted to read a better book.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first third of Han Solo's origin story - somewhat sloggy in sections (the romance parts, which do matter so feel free to skim but don't skip!) - but overall revealing and fun.
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, sci-fi
3.5 stars

I just love Star Wars 😭😭
Jaime K
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does Han know Shyriiwook and other languages? How did he hone his flying skills? Why can he be so hard to those who care for him? And, most of all, what is his past like?

Crispin does a great job answering these questions. I've read this book (and the others in the series) multiple times. She stays true to his character while showing growth from adolescent immaturity to the man we were introduced to in ANH.

- Han leaves an abusive trader named Garris Shrike (who "saved" him when he was a toddl
Thomas Markiewicz
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What the Solo movie should have been.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good: One of George Lucas' best-loved characters, Han Solo is one of the Rebel Alliance's heroes in the original trilogy...but, not much is known about his pre-A New Hope past. A. C. Crispin draws back the curtain and shows us Han as a teenager and young adult; he discovers his family history...and falls in love. Fans of the title character will definitely enjoy this one.

The Bad: Nothing to complain about; it just wasn't spectacular.

Content Concerns:

Sex: Kissing; talk of a man and woman be
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the back-story of the real, original Han Solo - the one who Shot First and began his return to interstellar good-guy only after he met Luke, Leia and the gang. The prose is functional, at times overly so but the story picked up and was compelling with its realistic capture of Han's personality. It never felt forced, contrite or arbitrary. A good, grim but not overly-so, realistic background to explain how our hero can grow up looking out for only himself, a scruffy semi-ruthless rogue wi ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Wars the Paradise Snare was written by A.C. Crispin.
This book is about the adventures of the young Han Solo and his new found companion Muuurgh. Throughout the book we find out more about the Corellian youth’s past. The book explains the story of how he becomes the well-known rebel hero we all know. His journey begins on a small droid ship to the planet of Ylesia. Once on the planet Han gets a job piloting for Ylesian spice miners. On the planet he meets danger, drugs, love, and mystery. H
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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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Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy (4 books)
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