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Allegiance by Timothy Zahn
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Nov 05, 2008

liked it

The plot was honestly a little confusing. It promised to explore some interesting issues of patriotism, the tendency of those with power to be corrupted by it, and the gray areas civil wars tend to be rife with. All these were just barely touched on, and in that sense I was a little disappointed. I like that this book at least acknowledged that some good, decent people helped run the Empire, even after the destruction of Alderaan.

Beach Reading Totals:
-Cool Vader cameos
-Cool adventures of the young Mara Jade
-Stormtroopers, Stormtroopers, Stormtroopers
-Drink Foo
-Speederbike Foo
-Lightsaber Foo (what's a Star Wars book without that)

All that, plus a climactic siege during which one can't help but be reminded of the clone wars, what with the squad of whit-armored good guys lead by a lightsaber-wielding force user.

It got a little rough to continue in the last third and things got a little slow, but the action scenes were vividly written and easy to follow. Great for a little literary cotton candy, but I recommend going with the paperback version. Neat cover art, but other than that I see no reason to buy this one in hard cover.

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