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Scoundrels (Star Wars Legends)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  4,756 Ratings  ·  629 Reviews
To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Del Rey
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Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review, audio, 2013
I have to start out being a bit misleading. Star Wars audiobooks are simply the best - they combine the intimacy of reading a book with the sound effects and music of the movies. Blasters, lightsabers, R2D2 squeals, and the same compositions as the movies! Then they get amazing voice actors who are pitch-perfect when it comes to the voices of the characters we love. That's a pretty big role to fill when books are based on movies since we already know how these people sound and anything different ...more
This is my first tie-in novel since I was in high school. All it took was the genius of combining Star Wars with a heist movie.


Seriously though. Is there a more easily watchable movie than Ocean's Eleven (Clooney edition)? I can't imagine coming across that movie on cable and not stopping to watch however much is left (I have to imagine it though, since I don't have cable... though I do have the DVD, which has gone unwatched for a decade, but if someone said "hey, let's watch this one!" I so w
This wasn't a bad way to spend six or so hours, but it wasn't as good as I was expecting from my memories of having read previous Zahn books. The heist was a little overly complicated, the characters were more like pieces in the puzzle of his plot than interesting people in their own right, and his characterization of Lando, Han and Chewbacca was weak. They could have been any old smuggler, charmer and ten foot walking carpet. The little twist at the end was pretty fun, though, I'll admit. Defin ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I used to be an avid reader of the expanded Star Wars universe, but aside from a leap into the distant future with Star Wars: Legacy comics and a jump into the past with Star Wars: The Old Republic tie-ins, I’ve long since fallen out of touch. Perhaps I grew tired of the doom and gloom that started to permeate the storytelling with the introduction of the New Jedi Order. I’m usually okay with unhappy endings and Pyrrhic victories, and am a huge fan of The New J
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I picked this book up at B&N a day or two after it was released while on a vacation in Maui. People often say that you remember first. Well, that was certainly true here. Scoundrels was my first foray into the Star Wars expanded universe. I had heard a lot about Zahn's writing and his epic Thrawn trilogy (edit: and read them not long thereafter; see them here: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command).

At the time I read Scoundrels, I had a fairly good grasp of the core mov
Ranting Dragon
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rebecca

I’ve read a lot of Star Wars books by a lot of authors. There are many I’ve enjoyed, but nearly all my favorites are by one author: Timothy Zahn. When I heard he was writing a new standalone novel, I immediately knew I would have to read it! And, as a bonus, this novel is all about everyone’s favorite scoundrel: Han Solo. Scoundrels is no standard Star Wars adventure, though; it has no Jedi, nobody using the Force, no lightsaber fights. Instead, it is a he
Jason Wendling
Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to love this novel. I love Star Wars and I love crime and thriller novels. This should have been the perfect intersection of the two. I also really enjoyed Zahn's previous works.

However, Scoundrels is a complete dud.

Essentially, it is Ocean's Eleven in space. Han Solo stumbles into a crime worth 163 million credits and assembles a gang to pull off the crime of the era. The cast of characters contains an entirely forgettable smattering of characters that are complete memes - the s
Scott Rhee
To Star Wars fans, the name Timothy Zahn is revered. His original three-book "Thrawn" series basically started the whole Expanded Universe, and he has since written almost a dozen more books set within the Star Wars universe. "Scoundrels" is his most recent.

While it has all the fun and excitement one has come to expect from Zahn's writing, "Scoundrels" is not his best work. Clearly modeling the story after the film "Ocean's Eleven" (the George Clooney/Brad Pitt version, not the '50s Rat Pack ver
Carl V.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

I cut my science fiction teeth on the novelization of the Star Wars film, back when it was simply called “Star Wars”, on Alan Dean Foster’s Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, and on the trilogy of books by Brian Daley featuring the exploits of Han Solo and his first mate Chewbacca in the years to prior their “no questions asked” cargo run for the Rebellion. In Han and Chewie I found a buddy team that appealed to a young boy who valued close friendships and continues to appeal to a fortysomething man wh
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was not what I was hoping for and sadly I can boil it down to a list of why:

1. There was no meaningful character development for Han Solo, Lando, or Chewie throughout the whole story. Essentially all of these characters end the book being exactly the same people they were at the beginning which, in my opinion, is the definition of poor writing. With the possible exception of giving Solo a reason to return to the Rebel Alliance (this book takes place between Episode IV & V)there is
Ashley Stangl
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Basic heist story. The characters were thin and I listened to the audio book across such a long period of time that I lost some of the threads of the plot. The reader had an impressive range of voices, though.
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Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A very fun read, but I'm a little disappointed. The plot is brilliantly twisty, fun and funny, and it kept me guessing. Zahn introduces a ton of subplots and layers them over each other so you never really know how Han is playing it or what the outcome is going to be or what's going on with Black Sun and the Imperials. Since it takes place between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back , it was really fun to see him echo or foreshadow famous moments and characters. It very much felt like Ocean's ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I go any further, I just want to say that it's fun having Ocean's Eleven done Star Wars-style. Refreshing!

Anyway, I think that sums up the basic plot. Han Solo gets hired for a heist, he gets a crew together, a bunch of stuff goes wrong, and they try to steal a whole bunch of credits so they can all retire and live peacefully for a really long time. Sounds simple.

It's not. Timothy Zahn adds a whole bunch of layers to the mix, and makes the whole idea much more interesting. The story takes
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed. Han Solo is the character that allowed me to fall in love with Star Wars. The Brian Daley novels were fun and exciting reads. The stories were well plotted, characters were interesting, and they gave me a sense of the world beyond the films.

I had high hopes for this book. Sadly, I just never cared about anything that was happening. The idea of a heist story is great. The assembled cast of characters was promising, and the reveal about a certain character was fun but the story
Jan 12, 2013 marked it as lemmed  ·  review of another edition

1/15 hrs: Star Wars meets Ocean's Eleven. It's as if George Clooney bought Lucasfilm instead of Disney. I just couldn't pay attention in the beginning, but then Han Solo is in chapter two. The audio has some additional music and sound effects. I believe it's similar to some of the Warhammer 40K audiobooks. There's only one narrator though, but he does good voices. There's plenty of authentic sounding wookie grunts. It's too bad they didn't get a woman for the female parts. Plus it's written by Z
Janine Spendlove
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi

This book was the most fun I've had reading a Star Wars novel since Aaron Allston's, "Star Wars, X-Wing: Mercy Kill."

In short, I LOVED IT!

Seriously so much fun and the ending BLEW MY MIND. In fact I feel the need to go back and reread it immediately! I want to read it knowing what I know now.

Essentially picture Oceans 11 with Han, Chewie, Lando, Kell Tainer (YES!), Winter, etc... Seriously, AWESOME.

I know this is short, but I don't want to spoil it for you. Go buy it and read it
Jack +The Page Runner+
Wasn't initially sure what to make of this smaller scale Star Wars story, but Timothy Zahn writes SW like no other. Ultimately I liked the story, and the fact that it was NOT about space battles, Jedi, and Rebels vs. Empire. The SW universe is so vast, so it was refreshing to have a story so far removed from the usual focus.

I really enjoyed the caper aspect of it. Take Ocean's Eleven, add in a bit of Usual Suspects, slap a bit of Star Wars tech on it, and the result is a fun, enjoyable book star
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was kind of fun. I just listened to a Star Wars audiobook last week and was sorely disappointed that the voices were off, especially Chewy's growls. But this one was spot on. Even Han sounded like Harrison Ford. All of the voices were very well done. Landau was also a major player in this one.

Overall this was a fun little story. The plot contained a lot of elements that went all over the place at times. It seemed like a maze that went round and round. But it was all reigned in by the e
5 stars

Nice seeing Han, Lando, and the other scoundrels. Hope to see more of their adventures.

Can't wait to read more Star Wars books!!!
Bailey Marissa
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tower Heist meets Ocean's 11 meets Star Wars.

Also, for anyone with any knowledge of the SW!EU, I have a one word bonus for you: Winter. Yes, Winter is in this and is awesome.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
I’ve written about this before: any author – new or established – takes great risks when tinkering or tampering in established universes. Especially sci-fi properties. Especially Star Trek worlds. Even more so with Star Wars galaxies. After all, much of the audience is lured to the book on the premise alone, as they’re hoping to vicariously experience the latest and greatest adventures with their favorite heroes with all-new settings and consequences. So when they show up and find out that not o ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was better than expected...I suppose I should have expected that since it is written by Zahn. The ending is worth reading this book for - very usual suspect-ish and will leave you with a smile.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ll just get this out of the way right off: I am a huge Star Wars geek. As of about six months ago I had read every single Star Wars novel to be published and was working my way through the backlog of short stories and comics as I was able to get access to them. Unfortunately, I’ve been too broke to buy all the books to have come out since then and my library apparently finds Star Wars novels to be a low priority on their buy list. I know, #firstworldproblems, I’ll deal. Anyway, all that to est ...more
Rumi Vd
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A heist in the Star Wars universe, with favorites Han Solo and Chewbacca. for me a very low 3 stars, expected way more, it was a bit confusing at times, and alot of chapters without han..
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
If, like Princess Leia, there aren't enough scoundrels in your life, then Timothy Zahn's Star War's heist novel might be for you.

I'm a sucker for Star Wars, but after gobbling up The Thrawn Trilogy as a teenager, I somehow lost track of Star Wars fiction. I don't know if it was disappointment with the Prequel films or because I got distracted by other books, but somehow I didn't read many other Star Wars novels. For a lot of years, I didn't read anything in the Star Wars Universe.

Then, I discove
Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
If, like Princess Leia, there aren't enough scoundrels in your life, then Timothy Zahn's Star War's heist novel might be for you.

I'm a sucker for Star Wars, but after gobbling up The Thrawn Trilogy as a teenager, I somehow lost track of Star Wars fiction. I don't know if it was disappointment with the Prequel films or because I got distracted by other books, but somehow I didn't read many other Star Wars novels. For a lot of years, I didn't read anything in the Star Wars Universe.

Then, I discove
Austin Bartel
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-junk, sci-fi
So, let's call a spade a spade here. This is not great literature. Heck, I would even hesitate to call it literature at all. It's fluff, a trifle, space junk. A bit of small beer, as Shakespeare would say. It's Lucas Books doing its very best to leave no minute of a Star Wars character's life unaccounted for. Nevertheless, it's good fun. In the run-up to the book's release, plenty of people labeled it "Star Wars meets Ocean's Eleven." And while some certainly meant that as a pejorative, I think ...more
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Though I've been a fan of the Star Wars movies as long as I can remember (admittedly more 4,5 and 6 then 1,2, and 3), I've never ventured into the expanded universe detailed via the written word. Until now. I was fortunate enough tor receive an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn through the Goodreads First Reads giveaways. Naturally, being an avid reader I took advantage.

Somehow, don’t ask how, I am actually familiar with Timothy Zahn (though I've never read any
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more
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“As he joined them, Lando felt a frown crease his forehead. It had been hard to tell through all the rest of their murmurings. But he could have sworn Winter had just said--

'Winter?' he asked.
'Yes?' she said, looking at him
Lando felt his lip twitch. 'Nothing, he said, and kept walking.

Because, really, no one said 'May the Force be with us' anymore. No one but Rebels and religious nuts.

And if Winter was one of either group, he really didn't want to know about it.”
“[Han] glared into his mug. Besides, he didn't add, asking Princess Leia for repacement reward credits would mean he'd have to tell her how he'd lost the first batch. Not in gambling or bad investments or even drinking, but to a kriffing pirate.
And then she would give him one of those looks.
There were, he decided, worse things than being on Jabba's hit list”
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