Good to see more of what happened in the Star Wars Legends universe. Like the introduction of Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand. Also glad to see Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewie again.
Can't wait to read more Star Wars Legends books!!!!
There are three plots that intertwine towards the end. LaRone, a stormtrooper, accidentally kills an ISB agent. He and four other stormtroopers desert and run to the nearest planet where they begin an investigation into pirate activities.
Mara Jade was sent to investigate a Moff's possible embezzlement. This leads to a pirate consortium.
Han, Luke, and Leia are originally sent to inv ...more
But this will probably be my last Star Wars book for a time. What's the point in reading them when Disney has already ruined the universe before even making a single movie?
While George Lucas was kicking me in the balls with Jar Jar Binks and pissy Anakin, Timothy Zahn was rubbing and tugging me with Grand Admiral Thrawn and the marvelous Mara Jade. I much pre ...more
Zahn's stories and characterizations are obviously his strong points, which is perfect for Star Wars because the series is so character driven. To summarize the plot a little, the book takes place right after A New Hope, the main characters are five accidentally renegade stormtroopers, Mara Jade (yup), and of lesser importance are the gang themselves: Luke, Han, Leia, and C ...more
I've been ignoring the Star Wars books so hard since Fate of the Jedi crashed and burned that I didn't even notice that the only Star Wars author worth half a damn had put this one out a few years back, before his new Thrawn books.
Okay, I've not really had much time to read this last week. Work has been kind of ridiculous, and I also set aside a certain amount of time every day for exercise so I don't ge ...more
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is a fan favorite, so it's no surprise he finally got around to writing more of her.
Even better, we get some great new characters: 5 stormtroopers who desert their post after accidently murdering an overbearing intelligence agent. They steal a shuttle loaded with weapons and cash and decide to use both to uphol ...more
1. I don't like stormtroopers.
2. I don't like books that go back in to fill in the spots between movies or other books.
Obviously best to leave some things on the library shelf.
While this was an entertaining caper with lots of interlacing threads, it leaned too heavily on two things - the reader being invested in the characters already and being to accept stormtroopers as "heroes".
The problem with the first bit is that this book is set shortly after A New Hope, so yeah, Leia, Luke, Han, Chewb ...more
Comments: Like with Outbound Flight, I never thought I’d be rooting for characters that are normally viewed as the bad guys in the Star Wars universe. The five stormtroopers, ordinary young men who joined the Empire because they wanted to keep the peace and protect the citizenry, get a rude awakening when they are ordered to kill innocent, and unarmed, civilians. One, Daric LaRone, kills an Imperial officer in self-defense and he is forced to fl ...more
There is a lot going on in this book. From a cast of five stormtroopers, as well as countless superiors and government figures, it's sometimes hard to keep track of who is who. It's no wonder that the beginning of the book features a ...more
Allegiance is set in an interesting time period; right between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. While Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca are all in it, the main focus is more around Mara Jade (Codename The Emperor's Hand) and a group of stormtroopers that call themselves The Hand of Judgment. Through a series a circumstances,...more
The good stuff was a nice spin on 5 stormtroopers that he introduces and gives a little bit of a background of his character Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand that he created. The only thing I didn't like about her was that it seemed like she was more advanced about being a Sith or having Je ...more
The only weak element in the story, I thought, was th ...more
The Bad: Overall, this novel was pretty dull; I struggled to finish it, and I'm a longtime fan of this franchise.
Conclusion: One of the problems with prequels is that you already know what's going to happen to the characters. When I saw Attack of the C ...more
The story centers mostly in Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand. The Emperors personal errand girl. She's been in a few other Star Wars books, but this book is the first to focus on the height of her career.
The story also involves a squad of stormtroopers who desert the Empire after being ordered to fire on civilian targets. After leaving the Empire service, they continue to fullfill thier oath of protecting the citizens of the Empire.
I really liked the idea o ...more
Everything else was good though. If you're not a Star Wars nut, this book probably isn't for you, but if you're a fan and want to spend so ...more
For those of you who are fans, the added bonus of this book's plot is that it's Mara Jade's first official mission as the Emperor's Hand. There are a c ...more
Zahn had broken the code on creating fresh, exciting characters and tales within the the SW framework. Mara Jade like Grand Admiral Thrawn are more fun, if nothing else, than the cardboard cutouts Vader and Solo ended up. (Being mortal helps.)
Rumor has it a sequel it on its way.