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    Star Wars: Scoundrels PDF Ò Star Wars: Kindle - in exchange for Han s less than legal help with a riskier than usual caper The payoff will be than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy s most notoriously impregnable safe It sounds like a job for miracle workers or madmen So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both including his indispensable sidekick Chewbecca and the cunning Lando Calrissian If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike and pull off the heist of the century it s Solo s scoundrels But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 465 pages
  • Star Wars: Scoundrels
  • Timothy Zahn
  • English
  • 02 November 2019

10 thoughts on “Star Wars: Scoundrels

  1. seak seak says:

    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 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 differentjust wouldn t work.I have to say Marc Thompson does not let us down His Lando Calrissian is spot on even though his Han Solo borders on sounding like Patrick Warburton You don t realize how close they actually are until you hear it.There s one scene toward the beginning where Thompson voices 11 characters having a discussion and he doesn t miss a beat I was astounded, although I had to go back and re listen because I wasn t paying attention to what was actually being said, it was way too impressive But I guess I m getting ahead of myself.Star Wars Scoundrels takes us back or forward since Old Republic is going on right now to just after the first movie in the Star Wars franchise, episode IV, Star Wars A New Hope If you re confused now, it s best to just turn away.I m not the most well read when it comes to Star Wars novels, in fact I ve only read any of them through audio form But, I do know that it can be a confusing timeline because there are A LOT of Star Wars books Where do you even start Luckily, they provide you with a nice timeline at the front of every book showing a listing of the books and the movies In this case, Scoundrels can be read as long as you ve watched the original movies It looks like this, but I couldn t find one with Scoundrels on it You ll just have to trust me I guess Another way to put this, if you re human, you can read Scoundrels at any point It s just filler, taking place in between movies, it doesn t follow any other books, although I ve heard it does contain characters from other Han Solo involved books Again, I show my lack of actual knowledge Scoundrels is essentially Ocean s Eleven meets Star Wars There are even 11 people Han Solo lost all his reward money and still needs to pay off that darned Jabba the Hutt He s approached, after a quick nod to the who shot first controversy, and gets a team together to get some money.Of course, it s all but impossible because blah blah blah The scene mentioned above with the 11 person discussion revolves around this in fact Like I said, Ocean s Eleven inevitably springs to mind, you can t help it This comparison s been thrown around a lot and while it s fitting, I think it s a huge detriment to this book Here s why I said I was being misleading, I ve been very positive about this book up to this point, but there was plenty I didn t like You can t help but think of the comparison, but quickly you start thinking how much better Ocean s Eleven is At least that was my experience It really just wasn t that great of a heist It wasn t terrible, but things just kept getting added on and suddenly the ball starts rolling and I really just didn t care.Then there s just not a whole lot of Han Solo He s the person this essentially revolves around, but he doesn t really play a huge part On the other hand, Lando was really fun to follow for the first time outside of the movies But he doesn t really do a whole lot in the movies either This was cool to see his easy under pressure gambler side.The final complaint I have, which really isn t a complaint, is that I ve found I prefer lightsabers in my Star Wars In fact, this was a new discovery during this read Han Solo s great and all, but I really really like jedis and lightsabers I guess I missed them here I noted that Star Wars books have lightsaber sounds, but there wasn t one sound in this audiobook.Scoundrels is a fun read and the narrator is incredible even, but on the whole I didn t love this book It was entertaining at times, boring at others, and just didn t live up to expectations That s not always the book s fault, but it ran a line much too close to Ocean s Eleven that begged for the comparison and missed the mark.3 out of 5 Stars Recommended with Reservations Note I have to say this is one of the best covers I ve seen whether Star Wars or not It puts a spell on you so you have to read the book just to hold longer


  2. unknown unknown says:

    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 aeasily 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 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 aeasily 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 would.Anyway An Ocean s Eleven style caper in the Star Wars universe Even better, in the Star Wars universe but set in between Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back, so it is free of the stink of the prequels and doesn t require me to keep track of ancient Sith lore 3,360 years BBY or the tumultuous history of Han and Leia s assorted offspring.Mostly, it scratches that itch, but I was a little disappointed Parts of it really work it has Han and Chewie and Lando and a madcap smuggling adventure but a lot of it really doesn t Zahn creates the other eight of Solo s Eleven some of them pulled from his previous Star Wars books, a few of which I have even read, but it was 20 years ago so I didn t remember until I looked them up on Wookiepedia yes, of course that exists , and they don t exactly pop off the page It took me a few hundred pages to even keep them straight, never mind their rather contrived backstories survivor of Alderaan, former Imperial, etcThe heist itself was disappointing too, if only because the setup is so confusing, relying as it does on extensive exposition about politics in the Empire as well as the activities of Black Sun, which is kind of like Star Wars version of The Family and which I only remembered because I played a lot of Shadows of the Empire on N64 So not only was I generally confused about who was who on Han s team, I also had only a tenuous grasp on who they were stealing 163 million credits from and why I cared.And speaking of confusing, you know how you have no idea what is really going on for most of Ocean s Eleven, and then you see the final heist play out and everything is suddenly, satisfyingly clear That doesn t really work out here I m not sure if it s because the genre works better on film or Zahn just isn t very good at this kind of stuff, but I slogged through all the slow parts waiting for the big score at the end, only to find it halfway over before I was really sure if it had started or not Still, I was mostly entertained The book is too long and didn t live up to the premise, but it was nice to be transported RED ALERT NERD PROPERTIES COLLIDING back to a time when Star Wars books counted as real novels in my mind and I had read ALL OF THEM


  3. Ashley Ashley says:

    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 werelike 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 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 werelike 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 Definitely didn t see it coming


  4. Wendy Wendy says:

    Originally posted at Deadshirt.net 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 Originally posted at Deadshirt.net 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 Jedi Order Traitor s exploration of what it means to be Sith or Jedi, but one of the things things the original movies did so well, was balance the emotionally dark and intense moments with thelight hearted ones.Scoundrels brings readers back to the days just after the destruction of the first Death Star, which seems to be a trend with recent Star Wars stories, including the Empire and Rebellion series Han is still a cocky smuggler, trying his best to ignore his feelings for that stuck up princess He s also still got that pesky Hutt bounty hanging over his head because he and Chewie somehow lost the reward money he earned from Leia s rescue When Han is offered a chance at millions of credits, he can t pass it up.The problem Han s just a smuggler not a con artist which means he needs to put together a team of the best to pull this off The other problem The credits are behind the notoriously impenetrable vault of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss.In other words, this is Ocean s Eleven With a wookiee.The return to the good old days is perfect for the hopeless nostalgic in me, and I also enjoyed reading Timothy Zahn again I haven t read anything by him since the Thrawn Trilogy, but he hasn t lost his touch when it comes to the Star Wars universe He captures the nuances of the characters we know and love, while bringing in some interesting new ones to round out Han s team And we get to learn about all of them, including the bad guys, as Zahn smoothly transitions from one point of view to the next, carefully revealing just enough of their thoughts to make you wonder who will double cross whom especially when Lando shows up, still holding onto his grudge against Han Each character has their own reasons for agreeing to work with a team of complete strangers, and those reasons aren t just about the score Through the unique perspectives, Zahn teases out their motivations, from the twin sisters one of whom isn t overly keen on the underworld life to the wet behind the ears con artist, to Winter, whom some might recognize as the childhood companion of Princess Leia.Interestingly, Leia does not actually appear in this book, save through asides from Winter and Han, who have never met before Some of the tension I felt throughout the story lies between these two characters, as I impatiently awaited their discovery that they have an acquaintance in common The interactions between Han and Winter are particularly significant because, as far as Winter knows, her best friend did not survive the destruction of Alderaan an event that plays a major part in the story, based on the players involved Through Winter and some of the other characters, we get a bit of insight into the Alderaanian mindset following the destruction of their entire planet something the movies and novelizations didn t get into very much Not that I needed to read an entire book about post traumatic stress disorder and survivor s guilt, but it was very humanizing to read the perspectives from characters like Winter, or even Han s assessment of Leia after such a devastating event.And there s Han himself I was surprised that the other characters got so much attention, but the focus does remain fixed on him We get to see beneath the self assured swagger and discover that most of his achievements in badassery come from having a good blaster and great companion at his side, but with a healthy helping of luck piled on top though not all of it is good It s a wonder Han stays positive with the weight of Jabba s bounty hanging over him, but he s still always ready with a sarcastic quip, or a snarky comeback to Chewie s warbled admonitions Zahn even injects a little he shot first jab in there We know that, by Return of the Jedi, Han has earned himself the rank of general, and Zahn let s us see some of that leadership shine through, as well as the truth behind the I m nice men line that he later seduces Leia with in one of my favourite scenes in The Empire Strikes Back.The plot itself is fairly straight forward, even with the inevitable twists and betrayals expected from a caper like this The Ocean s Eleven comparison extends straight into the number of players on Han s team, and there are a myriad of gadgets and operations that invariably don t go according to plan There are a few moments that are just too convenient even when things do fall apart or are just glaringly predictable or unnecessarily convoluted Still, it was a entertaining read, and this sense of fun, danger, and adventure was amplified tenfold thanks to the audiobook.When I first ventured into the world of audiobooks with Star Wars Annihilation, I let Marc Thompson set the bar too high Not only is he an excellent narrator whom I now rank high on my favourites list, along with Claudia Black, Simon Vance, and Kate Reading, his Star Wars narrations come complete with sound effects and that classic score From Chewbacca s warbles and roars to speeders to blaster fire, listening to a Star Wars audiobook is almost as good as watching it on screen except, of course, you ll have to rely on your imagination for the visuals Fortunately, my imagination is quite vivid, and as an added bonus in Scoundrels, Thompson s Han Solo actually made me check my earphones a few times to be sure Harrison Ford hadn t invaded them, and his Lando Calrissian had me squealing like Turk when he met Billy Dee Williams on Scrubs.Although the original expanded universe is no longer considered canon after Disney s buyout, if you are a fan of the original films, stories like Scoundrels are still worth the read Unlike the books that delve into the future, with Skywalker and Solo offspring andSith lords than you can shake a lightsaber at, these books only require you to enjoy A New Hope to understand all of the references And if you ve never tried an audiobook before, then this is definitely the place to start


  5. Ranting Dragon Ranting Dragon says:

    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 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 heist story set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe and inspired by Oceans 11.Han Solo is deeply in debt to crime lord Jabba the Hutt The reward money from destroying the Death Star at Yavin with which he planned to pay off his debt has been lost to pirates, and the bounty on his head is causing no end of problems So when Han receives an unexpected job offer from a mysterious stranger, the payoff is enough to tempt this smuggler into branching out Han himself might not have the skills necessary to pull off an elaborate heist and break into a heavily guarded safe, but he knows plenty of shady people who do Genuinely stands alone ishWhile I m not sure what kind of person aside from a Star Wars fan would be reading this review or considering this book in the first place, it is readable as a standalone novel you don t even need to have seen the movies to make sense of it, though some of thesignificant moments may lose some meaning For the best reading experience, I do recommend familiarity with the original trilogy And though no prior reading is really remotely necessary, a few other novels may help introduce or add background to some of the situations, characters, and organizations featured in this book Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry and the Thrawn trilogy Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command by Timothy Zahn.Star Wars Scoundrels is set in the year 0 ABY After Battle of Yavin , so in terms of internal chronology, it comes before those books I mentioned Star Wars Expanded Universe books can usually be read in any order, whether it be publication chronology, internal chronology, or whatever other order or disorder you desire.A varied castWhether this is your first or fiftieth experience reading a Star Wars novel, there will be both new and familiar faces Anyone who knows Star Wars at all will know Han Solo, of course, and his co pilot Chewbacca and frenemy Lando Calrissian Thosefamiliar with the Expanded Universe will recognize Winter Most of the characters Han pulls together for this heist, though, are completely new, and completely fascinating to learn about There is a ship thief, an explosives expert, a ghost thief and her reluctant assistant her twin sister Of course, a few Rebels get involved, as well as an Imperial Intelligence agent.Despite the array of new, unfamiliar characters, they re all fleshed out beautifully There shistory between Han and Lando to enjoy, and each of the new characters gets their own slice of history as well Some getthan others, but they all feel believable they all live and breathe and contribute uniquely to the group This was one of Scoundrels biggest strengths, in my opinion.And a fascinating new settingThe galaxy far, far away has a plethora of varied and unique settings In Scoundrels, we get to see Wukkar, a new planet with new customs, and we see it during the most interesting time of its year The Festival of Four Honorings is being celebrated, providing a crazy, chaotic, colorful backdrop for the heist To me, Star Wars has always been an interesting blend of science fiction and fantasy, a subgenre many like to call science fantasy I felt that the combination of a high tech heist with this festival, which hasof a magical fantasy feel, definitely contributed to this overall quality of Scoundrels.Why should you read this book Timothy Zahn has done it again If the Jedi are the coolest beings ever and you re never happier than when you re reading about the Force, Scoundrels might be a bit disappointing for you However, if you love elaborate heists and consider criminals to be the best protagonists, you wouldn t even have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate this novel


  6. Jason Wendling Jason Wendling says:

    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 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 suave front man, the techie girl, and even a couple characters jockeying for the same spot None receive development and they exist only as cardboard cutouts to further the flimsy plot.A possible highlight could have been the interaction between Lando and Han However, Zahn doesn t cover any new territory here We really don t get any new insight into the two s relationship and their interaction is minimal Lando s appearance could have been replaced with generic smuggler 5 and nothing would have to change Disappointing.And, the totally unforgivable constant ex post facto plot devices The novel is littered with tiny plot devices that the reader would have no way of anticipating until Zahn explains them after they ve taken effect Zahn wantonly drops in technical details that explain why a certain device or person acted a certain way like a speeder with a Zero sub wackamadoo that can easily be hacked to track it Adding confusion to insult, in most cases Zahn negates the impact of these devices and makes their inclusion completely unnecessary.As an example, cardboard cutout 7 is on a fake date with security guy cutout 2 His keycard goes missing and he immediately suspects her of stealing it Zahn reveals to us that the keycards are covered in a luminescent dye and the security guy scans cutout 7 s hands for traces She doesn t have any traces, but security cutout 2 still decides to detain her Neither the reader nor cutout 7 have any idea about the dye until after the fact It could have been an interesting way to catch her red handed However, Zahn negates the plot device s effect And, the story continues un impacted.Constant inclusion non impacting plot devices that the reader cannot anticipate nor solve makes their inclusion simply frustrating.At the end of the book yes, I did finish it I was left with the impression that Zahn was assigned to write it His vigor and zest found in other works is completely absent in this one


  7. Darren Darren says:

    I picked this book up at B 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 movies I picked this book up at BN 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 movies but nothing of the expanded universe per se Scoundrels eased me into it effectively I felt like there were threads left untied after Star Wars, Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars, Episode V The Empire Strikes Back that were picked up and built on, including introducing some very interesting new characters.Long story short, and obviously not basing my comments on any previously read stories in the EU edit as of January 2013 , Scoundrels is a well told tale What I perhaps enjoyed most was its strong pacing and its suspense And certainly not least, Marc Thompson s narration see my review of A New Dawn who I think is one of the strongest narrators in the Star Wars franchise Jonathan Davies being up there as well.The only reason it didn t get five stars was the strong overlap with Ocean s 11 a story I also liked, but in my mind perhaps was a little overdone at times.The ending really surprised me hope it does for you as well


  8. Scott Rhee Scott Rhee says:

    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 dozenbooks 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 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 dozenbooks 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 version starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, although I m sure the book might have actually been improved had Zahn included some musical numbers , Scoundrels pits Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and ninecharacters into the plot of a heist film.The book is set immediately after Episode IV , and Solo is fresh from his success at helping the Rebel Alliance destroy the Death Star at Yavin Unfortunately, he doesn t get to enjoy his success, as he still owes a lot of money to Jabba the Hutt Rather than risk his new friendship with Princess Leia Organa and ask her for a loan, he devises a scheme to rob one of the richest crime lords on planet Wukkar He compiles a team yes, of eleven people and immediately sets in motion a daring heist of a device that contains blackmail information of thousands of the galaxy s rich and famous, an object that would be worth billions of space credits on the black market to the highest bidder.Of course, Solo first has to rebuild his friendship with Calrissian, who is still mad at him for a job that went sour years ago, and he has to deal with the possibility that one of his eleven hand picked thieves may be an Imperial spy Or worse.While Zahn s plot has plenty of nifty little twists and turns, as well as some clever cameo appearances of well known characters from other Expanded Universe novels, Scoundrels is, essentially, a one trick pony Still immensely readable, of course, but ultimately not as memorable as Zahn s earlier books in the series


  9. DiscoSpacePanther DiscoSpacePanther says:

    Scoundrels is that rarest of Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels one that doesn t mention Thrawn or Mara Jade Instead, it tells the story of a heist and the team of ne er do wells that Han Solo gets together to pull it off.As usual, Zahn s characterisations of Han, Chewie and Lando are spot on Quite a difficult feat to pull off, given that this novel slots in the Legends timeline between the end of the Han Solo trilogy where Han inadvertently deprives Lando of his pay off and The Empire StrikesScoundrels is that rarest of Timothy Zahn Star Wars novels one that doesn t mention Thrawn or Mara Jade Instead, it tells the story of a heist and the team of ne er do wells that Han Solo gets together to pull it off.As usual, Zahn s characterisations of Han, Chewie and Lando are spot on Quite a difficult feat to pull off, given that this novel slots in the Legends timeline between the end of the Han Solo trilogy where Han inadvertently deprives Lando of his pay off and The Empire Strikes Back where Lando is still ostensibly mad at Han for that same incident The only classic Zahn original character who shows up is Winter who gets a good first outing with Han Another returning character from Legends is Kell Tainer, who appears as a young rebel explosives expert well before his appearance as a washed out pilot recruit in X Wing Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston which just so happens to be probably my favourite Star Wars novel The rest of the scoundrels that Han pulls together for the heist are all quite well explored for an ensemble novel like this I particularly liked Tavia and Bink no relation to Jar Jar , and Dozer.Zahn takes his time in setting up the plot, and the first third of the novel can get draggy in places, as it goes from meeting to meeting between Han s team and the Black Sun criminals who are their marks I suppose this is the nature of a heist plot, and the form somewhat constrained what Zahn could write, but I still like to have a few starfighter skirmishes in my Star Wars novels In fact, if this plot had been the mid third of a Wraith Squadron novel, I would have probably enjoyed itI ve never found Black Sun to be particularly compelling villains space mafias are a common trope and their reputation for invincibility must always take a knocking when they are defeated in every appearance Still, this is a fun romp, and I would recommend reading it to get the Han and Lando vibe in advance of the soon to be released Solo A Star Wars Story


  10. Mike Mike says:

    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 real 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 really no reason for anyone to ever know about this story.2 Way too many characters Han s team of scoundrels alone contains eleven characters and they are only one side of a three sided plot Given the 400 plus pages this books runs most of these characters are just outlines holding places in the narrative until it s their turn to do their one cool thing in order for Han and his team to successfully completely their mission Which is too bad because some of them, like Winter the childhood friend of Princess Leia who is now an undercover operative of the Alliance posing as a criminal and who is grappling with both the recent loss of her home world Alderaan and the unknown whereabouts of Leia, could have been cool However, they all get lost in the story and really go nowhere.3 The story is WAY too complicated Okay, at first the plot seems simple Han gets approached to steal back some credit tabs i.e that were originally stolen from this seemingly hapless guy It s a LOT of money, enough to pay off his debt to Jabba the Hutt, but because it s credit tabs only this guy can enter the code that will turn them into credits The problem is that they ve been stolen by an agent of this interstellar criminal organization The Black Sun who are currently locked in a battle with The Hutts for control of crime in the Star Wars universe What s worse is that the member of the Black Sun who took them is a Sector Chief with a huge compound, tons of men, and a ridiculous vault that no one can get into That would be a great story However, Zahn feels the need to make it evencomplicated by adding in two Imperial spies who have designs on perhaps bringing down the Black Sun for Lord Vader or not, and the additional intrigue of internal conflict within The Black Sun wherein the Sector Chief is concerned he is about to be deposed by a visiting Prince of the Black Sun or not Suffice to say, this adds evencharacters to a book that already has way too many and needlessly complicates everything.4 The payoff is weak Of course Han and the gang succeed Of course Han, for a variety of reasons, doesn t get the money he needs to pay off Jabba the Hutt We know this from the start because of where he lands in Episode V The problem is that even given all of these disposable characters there is never any real sense of threat anywhere in this book I never once felt like any of theses characters would do anything other than march right through the plan Han puts together for them at the beginning The whole book felt like and exercise in execution Everyone, all of the characters and the author himself, are just ticking off the things they need to in order to move ahead and complete their task Frankly, at times, this book was a chore to read for this very reason 5 Han, Lando, and Chewie are wasted You get a few glimpses of how cool these characters could be, like when they discuss the way Wookiees are treated in the empire this makes Chewie seem kind of atypical and it makes you wonder why he is the way he is, but in general Zahn adds almost no new information to these characters that doesn t appear in the films This book was a golden opportunity for him to give the fans a deeper dive into who these people are, where they are coming from, where they want to go, and how they change given the story they are involved in Instead, Zahn treats them like cardboard cut outs and it adds a pervasively empty feel to the book.Finally, there is the twist MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT.I love twists I do I know some people don t but when they work they are just the best thing ever So, when I got to the end of the book and suddenly things seemed to be a little off, I was excited to find out what the twist was going to be Unfortunately it s kind of lame It turns out that the hapless guy who set this whole story in motion was actually killed six weeks before Han and his crew arrived He was killed, and then his identity was assumed by, duh, duh, daaaa, Boba Fett That s right On the last page it s revealed that this whole thing was a con by Boba Fett to capture Han and, I assume, take him to Jabba Really Why would he go through all of that to catch him Also, there were countless times he was alone, or could have been alone, with Han and just knocked him out, taken him to a ship, and gotten away There was just no need to put all of this in place Also, despite all of this mess he fails anyway It just makes no sense.I really wanted to love this book I did Sadly I can t recommend it I wish the editor and the author had takenrisks, treated me as a readerintelligently, and not just sloughed off this soulless novel What a waste


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Star Wars: Scoundrels❰PDF❯ ✪ Star Wars: Scoundrels Author Timothy Zahn – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk To make his biggest score, Han s ready to take even bigger risksBut 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 Mi To make his biggest score, Han s ready to take even bigger risksBut 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 Star Wars: Kindle - raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han s got nothing to celebrate Especially since he s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt There s a bounty on Han s head and if he can t cough up the credits, he ll surely pay with his hide The only thing that can save him is a king s ransom Or maybe a gangster s fortune That s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han s less than legal help with a riskier than usual caper The payoff will be than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy s most notoriously impregnable safe It sounds like a job for miracle workers or madmen So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both including his indispensable sidekick Chewbecca and the cunning Lando Calrissian If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike and pull off the heist of the century it s Solo s scoundrels But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price.


About the Author: Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and achieved an MS degree in physics in While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died Star Wars: Kindle - Zahn never completed the doctorate In he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he became a professional writer He and his wife Anna live in Bandon, Oregon They have a son, Corwin Zahn.