Scoundrels: Star Wars (Unabridged)
by Timothy Zahn
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To make his biggest score, Han's ready to take even bigger risks. But 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 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 more 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 Chewbacca 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?
Not Great, Not Really Star Wars
This was more like Ocean's 11 or a rerun tv episode of Leverage than a Star Wars book. It didn't really even need to take place in the Star Wars universe. It's tolorable only because there's nothing else happening in the Star Wars universe right now. I don't like that the only reason the book even takes place is that Han's reward from the original star wars movie was stolen by pirates. It's a flimsy backstory. The way the empire is portrayed in this book is lame. The lightsaber reference was weak, poorly done, and misses out on an oppportunity of explaining the depth of where it might have come from. The use of Winter was token. The encoding device was dumb and unconvincing. Zahn should have actually included Xizor instead of using proxies. Vader should have made a cameo instead of just being mentioned off hand. Not Timothy Zahn's best. Reread his Thrawn Trillogy instead or jump over and read the four part Hyperion books by Simmons while we all wait for some new legitimate Star Wars novels.
Zahn nails this book! The twists and turns he walks the readers through is captivating. There are several nods to the world outside of Star Wars, but not in a way that is overly cheesy or distracting. Thompson does a wonderful job with the voices and pace. Great for all levels of fans and fits nicely into the chronology of Star Wars.
It is Star Wars!
This book shows that Star Wars is versatile in any plot. In the end Han Solo plays the scoundrel everyone knows he's not and finds himself in the worst of positions. Enjoy