Crucible: Star Wars (Unabridged)
by Troy Denning
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Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, and Luke Skywalker return in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which will challenge them in ways they never expected - and forever alter their understanding of life and the Force. When Han and Leia Solo arrive at Lando Calrissian’s Outer Rim mining operation to help him thwart a hostile takeover, their aim is just to even up the odds and lay down the law. Then monstrous aliens arrive with a message, and mere threats escalate into violent sabotage with mass fatalities. When the dust settles, what began as corporate warfare becomes a battle with much higher stakes - and far deadlier consequences. Now Han, Leia, and Luke team up once again in a quest to defeat a dangerous adversary bent on galaxy-wide domination. Only this time, the Empire is not the enemy. It is a pair of ruthless geniuses with a lethal ally and a lifelong vendetta against Han Solo. And when the murderous duo gets the drop on Han, he finds himself outgunned in the fight of his life. To save him, and the galaxy, Luke and Leia must brave a gauntlet of treachery, terrorism, and the untold power of an enigmatic artifact capable of bending space, time, and even the Force itself into an apocalyptic nightmare.
Remembering what we liked
Star Wars Crucible was a disappointment for me personally because it excluded many of the characters Star Wars fans know and love. While Ben Skywalker was in it, he was an after thought and I thought, also the way the combat unfolded was a bit sloppy for the high caliber books we've seen thus far. What was mostly disappointing was the utter lack of any real plot to the whole thing, while I understand it was probably meant to be a set up story, the distance between Star Wars saga's is so long that I was left feeling cheated. On a happier note all was not bad, the book had its moments of carefully calculated tension and heroism but I felt trapped like they did not successfully open up the Star Wars universe to the listener and keep us engaged. While I didn't expect to see Abaloth make a reappearance I did want to lean a little more from the plot then Luke saying "Oh I really have no clue what on Corascant this place is but ain't it cool." I'm not actually quoting but it was pretty lame. All in all it gets three stars from me and I would only recommend it for avid fans or insomniac's who have tried every thing and failed.
Troy, Troy, you poor little boy
It seems obvious Lucas had a leash on Troy Denning. Now he's trying to flavor the Star Wars universe with his own warped theories. So Luke has a stupid out of character epiphany that goes against the core of what Star Wars was based on, namely the fight against good and evil. Hint, don't take a main theme of a successful series and change it to fit your whims... Sigh, the book is a general FAIL.