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Dark Tide I: Onslaught

(Star Wars: The New Jedi Order #2)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  8,621 ratings  ·  126 reviews
In this epic of unsurpassed action and imagination, Michael Stackpole helps to launch an exciting new era in Star Wars history. ONSLAUGHT pits the battle-tested heroes of the past--Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo--along with the next generation of Jedi and droids, against fearsome never-before-encountered enemies from beyond the galactic rim . . .

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Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 2000 by Del Rey (first published 1999)
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Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Onslaught book 2 of the New Jedi Order was an alright sequel to Vector Prime. The author did well overall, but it demonstrates one of the Star Wars novels weaknesses...varying authors. Different authors provide different experiences which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it makes it hard to know what to expect. Plus I've found I dislike a few authors in the Star Wars series which makes it difficult to enjoy the series. Onslaught was solid, but I missed seeing a Yuuzhan Vong as a point of view ...more
Scott Rhee
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Dangers of Neutrality: Political Strife in the New Republic
Why Pacifists Within the Galactic Senate are Attempting to Block a New Jedi Council and What that Could Mean in the Face of Potential War with the Yuuzhan Vong

(This article first appeared in the New Republic magazine, The Lightsaber, on 03.16.9054, 25 A.Y. It was pieced together from several articles by several journalists. Parts of Michael A. Stackpole’s book “Dark Tide I: Onslaught” were used as inspiration for this article.)

Rick (Another Kick at the CanLit)
Although Michael Stackpole is to blame for many of the problems that weigh down Dark Tide I: Onslaught (which I'll get to in a moment), I'm pointing my finger at the entire New Jedi Order editorial team. The decision to publish Onslaught directly after the cataclysmic Vector Prime is the novel's true undoing. Don't get me wrong, this is far from what I consider to be a good read, but its failures are compounded by its ill-conceived timing.

The events of Vector Prime had introduced a drastically
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
A fun romp in the Star Wars legends universe, but not as good as the first book in the Jedi New Order series.
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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"Easy isn't for Jedi"

The Yuuzhan Vong have entered the Outer Rim of the galaxy. Leia is attempting to garner support from the New Republic; Luke and Jacen head off to Belkadan to get further developments; Corran and Ganner head to Bimmiel to check up on some missing academics; Mara and Anakin head to Dantooine to attempt some R&R for Mara.

NOTE: Based on audiobook and novel.

I thought Vector Prime was a great entry into this most recent, more gritty series. But Onslaught is amazing. It is a
Jiří Budinský
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While Vector prime was merely an introduction of new Yuuzhan Vong era of Star Wars univere (altough left many of readers scared by certain death), Onslaught unleashes te full potential of NJO describing new arch enemies as something completely different than what readers have been used to.

As a Star Wars space tech enthusiast I really apreciated Stackpole's focus on Rogue Squadron. Some might miss the "classic" star wars character, but I consider it as a good thing, because the book is set about
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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This is the first Stackpole book I've read and he's a decent hammer and nails kind of writer. He doesn't get flowery with his prose but he is willing to ask some deeper questions about the role of the Jedi in the universe. This series "The New Jedi Order" is very interesting in that the younger generation (Skywalker and Solo children) are trying to find themselves while living in the tall shadows cast by their parents. They ask questions about the force that Luke and Leia didn't have the luxury ...more
Wade Schacht
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Somewhat of a repeat of Vector Prime.
Michael A. Stackpole is back, so of course Corran Horn's present as well. But as has been discussed previously, I like Corran, even for all his Mary Sue-ness, so that's fine.

Myriad groups are engaged in trying to figure out just who these Yuuzhan Vong are. Meanwhile, the Vong are invading, like, everywhere in the Outer Rim, including poor Lando's latest mining operation. This is another thing that distinguishes the Vong more than just about any EU antagonist since Thrawn. The conflict is
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
As I was looking through the timeline of books before I started reading the New Jedi Order series I was a bit disappointed that Michael Stackpole wrote the #2 and #3 books. The only Stackpole book I've read previously was I,Jedi and I was not a fan of that one at all. I considered skipping these books all together. I'm glad I didn't. The book read very quickly and was full of action and some good political drama as well. I think the book may suffer a bit because it's so early in the New Jedi ...more
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I appreciated the fact that Stackpole had so many issues to deal with here as he tried valiantly, and with great success, to portray what each one of the main characters was dealing with as the Yuuzhan Vong began their invasion. Anakin was still dealing with Chewie's death, Jaina's wish to fly with the Rogues, Jacen's exploration of the Force, Mara Jade's illness, Leia's confrontation with Fey'lya, etc. He added a Corran Horn and a Gavin Darklighter storyline too, and still pulled off an ...more
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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The new Jedi order completely outpaces anything in the Starwars genre. This series was Dark, exciting, fast paced, and inspired. The writing was fantastic and the level of philosophy and force history was unparalleled. If your a fan at any level of the Starwars Universe than this series is a must read. It is on my top 5 of all time for a series and I treasured every moment I spent in that time. But beware, this isn't your typical Starwars book, be ready for a level of intensity that you've never ...more
Ren the Unclean
Aug 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: sci-fi
This book does a lot of housekeeping for the New Jedi Order series, which makes it interesting, but not incredible. Most of the characters settle into their roles in this new series and there is a lot of character development that fleshes out the personalities of the major players, especially the solo children.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars, sci-fi
Very good book.More about the Yuuzhan Vong invasion was revealed.All three of Han and Leias children play big roles in this book and Mara Jade Skywalker continues her battle against a undiagnosed life threatening illness.When master Jedi Luke Skywalker shows worry everyone should be afraid.Very afraid.
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Better than Stackpole's usual, though the hokey ending sort of ruins the whole thing.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
If there's one thing I will say about this book i will say this. If you're looking for a be all, end all battle book, or even book with a whole lotta stuff going on....this probably isn't the book for you.

What i WILL tell you, is that this is a setup book. What i mean by that is that they're using this book to setup stuff in the future for a bigger more epic battle with the bug people. Nothing really gets resolved in this book. There's a few battles here and there, but overall, it lacks the big
Jesús Jr.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dark Tide I: Onslaught is the second book of the New Jedi Order and the first book of the Dark Tide Duology . While Vector Prime set up the Yuuzhan Vong, Onslaught continues to establish the new fearsome enemies to the galaxy. The book takes a slightly more diplomatic approach, with focusing on the Senate not believing Leia’s claims of the invading force. Due to this, an investigation is launched that Senator Elegos A’kla oversees along with a Bothan admrial and Gavin Darklighter, commander of ...more
Darryl Dobbs
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The storyline got a lot better as I started to get used to the Yuuzhan Vong, an alien race who could not be felt in the Force and who didn’t use technology, but rather living ships and living implements for communication and weaponry. This is the first real story of the new Jedi order together and fighting a common evil. That includes an older Corran Horn, and a grown-up Kyp Durran. The Solo children are more deeply involved in ‘real’ Jedi business. A very exciting story with plenty of action, ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Good, but not great book. The upcoming "real" battle with the Vong's seems to be coming soon and this book does a nice job of setting it up. They really don't expand the Vong's in general thought. I liked some of the character development of the Solo kids although they are only 16 and 15 right? He treats them like they are 25 or something. The whole Jacen thinking Danni is hot or something is pretty much typical of what a 16 year old would think of a 21 year old girl. Makes sense, right? Well ...more
Michael Joosten
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continuing my New Jedi Order reread with the actual book I read first--largely because the local library has a copy of Dark Tide: Onslaught before it has a copy of Vector Prime. I read a lot of Star Wars in those days, but I didn't spend money on it, and I hadn't yet figured out inter-library loan, so my reading was a bit spotty, especially for anything post-dating Del Rey's replacement of Bantam as Lucasfilm's print publisher.

Onslaught is generally superior to Vector Prime, though it's not a
Christian Santos
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, so Vector Prime is justified for its great story telling, but what about veteran author Michael Stackpole's change on the story created by R.A. Salvatore? Will I be able to justify much? Let me sum it up, yeah. Mostly.

The first book of the Dark Tide duology, Onslaught covers the massive invasion of the Yuuzhan Vong on the certain undefended parts of the galaxy- making their onslaught look like one hell of a galactic standpoint that desperately needs the bumbling council's decision to
Jordan Anderson
I had some slight doubts going into Onslaught. Between the disappointing comic version of Rogue Squadron and the average reviews of other readers, I feared Stackpole was going to drop the ball, so to speak, on only the second novel in The New Jedi Order series and completely undermine what R.A. Salvatore established with Vector Prime.

Thankfully, it’s safe to say that those fears were unfounded. Onslaught is a worthy successor to Vector Prime and easily carries the story into the next book.

Abe Froman
Jan 23, 2019 rated it liked it
After a very disappointing first book of New Jedi Order, I wasn’t sure I would be committing to the series. I’m still not sure, but Onslaught was a solid installment in the story. Stackpole’s writing is quick and doesn’t overly focus on detail, making this a quick read.

The low point for me was definitely the Corran chapters. It didn’t heavily affect the overall plot, and if they had been taken out altogether, nothing would have changed.

It is more a matter of personal preference, but I enjoy
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I know that this series is not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm actually liking it so far. The Yuuzhan Vong are nothing if not original and their bizarre weapons and bio-tech make for very different and inventive battle scenes and I like how grim and dire the situation gets. Many older Expanded Universe material would generally end with the villain getting defeated and everything going back to normal but here you genuinely feel like the galaxy is at stake. There were, however, some things in this ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was excited to see that the next book in the New Jedi Order series was written by Michael Stackpole, the author of the Rogue Squadron series. So I really enjoyed seeing characters like Gavin Darklighter and Corran Horn getting some focus. The issues between the Solo children and Luke about the proper path of the Force got a bit tedious as they just re-hashed the same arguments over and over. My main issue was with the Yuuzhan Vong. The first book in the series did a good job setting up their ...more
Cameron Roubique
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was kind of a let down after Vector Prime. There was little or no progress in the overall NJO story arc.

I've never been a fan of any of the Rogue Squadron books. Space battles have always been my least favorite part of any Star Wars story. I like Star Wars for the main characters and the lightsaber fights, not random x-wing pilots flying around. This book is half Rogue Squadron, half killing time with the main characters.

I'll probably skip Dark Tide 2 and just move on to the next book in
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book, i found it less tedious than the first book in the series (although i still enjoyed that book it was just... slow and a lot of 'telling' instead of 'showing', if you catch my drift.) I found the factions and differences of opinion within the Jedi interesting and look forward to reading more as the series goes forward, the political intrigue within the new senate was also interesting although the Vong still seem like 1 dimensional alien antagonists, hopefully in further books ...more
Ronald Kelland
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A pretty standard Star Wars Extended Universe novel. It was great to see old familiar Rogue Squadron characters coming back. The book had a good pace, but there was a lot of parallel story lines going on. I suspect that this book could have very easily been combined with the next book to make a longer novel, but they were really trying to maximize the book sales. Entertaining and that is all I really needed it for.
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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Daniel Kukwa
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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There is a great deal of build-up to get through before anything exciting occurs. Roughly two-thirds of the novel is scene-setting & character work, and while it's certainly enjoyable, it does push delayed gratification to impatience levels. When all hell does break loose, it's quite satisfying...but I wish it didn't take until page 200 for all of it to begin.
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