Dark Force Rising: Star Wars Legends (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Star Wars: the Hand of Thrawn, 2)

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Dark Force Rising: Star Wars Legends (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Star Wars: the Hand of Thrawn, 2)

Dark Force Rising: Star Wars Legends (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Star Wars: the Hand of Thrawn, 2)

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The other new characters such as Senator Garm Bel Iblis, Winter, Niles Ferrier, Councilor Fey'lya and Ghent are all one-note characters with a single defining characteristic each. It is true that he is very Sherlock Holmes, but here he does everything by learning the art of the enemy, and that is, for me, somewhat lacking. Again, this would be interesting if we were ever given a look at his supposedly ingenious thought process, but every time it happens, it seems to do so only because the plot needs it to. To his character repertoire, Zahn adds Garm Bel Iblis, a former Senator from Corellia--and rival to Mon Mothma. With Mount Tantiss and our late Emperor’s collection of Spaarti cylinders in our hands, the initiative is once again ours.

The story that jump-started the Star Wars Expanded Universe continues here with more action and intensity. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.Second, as I’ve already mentioned, an attack on the base may lead us to his contacts in Hyllyard City. Particularly when characters are conversing with one another, there seems to be only a few different types of responses (which often sound awkward and hard to envision) that characters are able to give one another, such as: "grunted", "retorted", "countered", and "conceded".

Star Wars Lore Expansion: "Dark Force Rising" expands the Star Wars universe by introducing new planets, species, and technologies. I think you have to have seen the Star Wars movies so that you know what Jedi are, but I don't think you have to be one of those people who knows the name of every alien in the Mos Eisley cantina to enjoy the books.Luke meets the wild Jedi Master C'Baoth on his own turf, Leia does a an interesting sidequest on a planet with a grave ecological problem (reminding me a bit of Dune and Paul Atreites), Han and Lando Calrissian investigate smuggler activities, Mara gets involved in prison escape from a Star Destroyer right under the nose of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who gets himself quite a build up as the greatest strategic mind of his generation. The Thrawn Trilogy, of which this is the second book, set the standard for "non-canon" star wars books and is still among the best in that group. Grand Admiral Thrawn (the titular villain of the series) would have been an interesting new character if we'd ever been given a look at him through his own mind, and not through the eyes of his bland and annoying first officer. You scrambled around like mad hellions, got your troops and vehicles on the ground and set up … and then you stood around waiting for those strutting Fleet people in their spotless uniforms and nice clean ships to finish sipping their tea and finally get around to letting you loose.

Even the movies have mistakes of storyline between each other and they are just six films (for now). Han and Lando meanwhile head off to find one of the founders of the original Rebel Alliance and old commander Garm Bel Iblis and in classic fashion he refuses to help (apparently he has a strong dislike of Mon Mothma) but then he and his fleet arrive in the middle of the final space battle to tip the odds in grand fashion.The acknowledgments came in; and with a shiver from the steel deck beneath him, the huge AT-AT walker was off, lumbering its deceptively awkward-looking way through the forest toward the encampment a kilometer away. The drab, the bland, the dull writing, the boring plotting is too much to really need outlining to a great degree. The middle story in the Thrawn Trilogy does what all good middle chapters do and moves the story on enough to keep things interesting but any kind of resolution to any of the introduced characters is left for the finale.

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