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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (3 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099491974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099491972
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 397,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a really interesting take on the difference between what ordinary people belive the Empire to be and its reality" (Starburst)

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The rebellion grows...True Star Wars adventure in classic Zahn style!

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beedo Sookcool on 28 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is not a bad "Star Wars" book. For that, you'll have to read "The Bounty Hunter Wars" Trilogy or "The Crystal Star." No, wait . . . you shouldn't. "Star Wars: Allegiance" is an okay sort of book, with a decent idea behind it, but unfortunately, the author tries to cram too much into it. Many different intertwined plot lines along with a LOT of the many main characters just missing meeting each other and grabbing the wrong end of the motivational stick make it resemble a French farce.

I can't speak for the rest of the fans, but as for myself, I'm getting tired of seeing novels centered around Luke, Han, and Leia all the time. By now, EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF THEIR LIVES FOR THIRTY YEARS STRAIGHT has been used up in one adventure or another. When do they get to sleep, fer Pete's sake? No, this started a step in the right direction by looking at some Empire-Era background characters with their own stories to tell. But unlike the unsurpassable Old-Republic-Era "Republic Commando" novels by Karen Traviss, you don't get to know the members of The Hand of Judgment very well. There is SOME character development there, but not enough, mainly because the many different plotlines don't allow for much time spent on any given group. As for the rest of the Imperials -- including Vader -- they seemed more or less incidental, with very little development. One or two stand out, the rest seem pretty standard cookie-cutter bad-guy types. Other reviewers have made their own points about character development and inconsistencies, and I'll let them speak for themselves, because I pretty much agree with them, and there's not much else I can add.

The book has several very good moments, though. The best for me was the cameo appearance of X-Wing Pilot Stacy, call sign: Pink Five.
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A horrible book and certainly the worst Zahn has ever written. Not only is he ripping off scene's from his previous books and simply copy and pasting them in here, Leia gets a job as a waitress, Luke acts like a shallow fool with Obi-wan on ghost speed dial, before being left locked in a cupboard by Han and Darth Vader web-surfs on Google and pretty much acts out of character and get's pawned by an 18 year old girl. Yes all those things actually happened and are as bad I make them sound.

As for his own character well Mara despite being the best-est Imperial agent ever still seems just only go after pirates and for some reason have other Imperial officers try to kill her for absolutely no reason, except the author feeling he needs to try and introduce some excitement in an otherwise boring book. Long gone are the days when Zahn made this character really interesting with great development, now she is nothing more than a computer game cut out.

As for the Storm-trooper A-Team (who are wanted for a crime they did not commit !), well they do not act like Storm-troopers but then these are Zahn-troopers since they seem to be able to shoot straight and are able to survive multiple blaster shots. They also incredibly generic and you could switch the names around and still not tell the difference between any of them as characters.

As for the plot its a big mystery that starts off with pirates and leads too.... more pirates seriously that's it, all in all it's a terrible book and I am struggling to see how anyone could rate it so high especially when compared too Zahn's original trilogy which was great that great
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Martin L. Thomas on 20 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a good read if you're a fan of Star Wars. The action is well paced and there is a nice little plot connecting the various groups of characters. On the down side I didn't feel that the main characters had a great deal of depth to them and as a consequence didn't feel particularly attached to them, with the exception of Zahn's creation Mara Jade. Whilst the story flows well and is enjoyable I personally feel Zahn has written much better. Allegiance just felt like a bit of a rushed job. However, if you love Star Wars, you'll enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on 9 May 2013
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I've read all but one of Timothy Zahns books and I can't help but feel he put in a lack lustre shift with this book. The plot is improbably intertwined and some of the main enemies lack a real depth of character. This coupled with the liberal exploitation of the force (see Luke's interaction with Ben and Mara's Yoda like control) just makes the book lack a sense of realism (in the sense of realism in the Star Wars universe). For years I have longed for a good book to be written from a stormtroopers perspective, and this fulfilled this a little - I liked the characters from the Hand of Judgement, but I'd like to see more from them while they were inside the Empire. I only persisted in reading this book out of loyalty to Zahns other books. If it had been written by anyone else I would have given up after about 5 chapters
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Ok, this may not be a popular review but I liked it. I know its not the normal high quality we've all come to know and love from Timothy Zahn but it was still a good read.
I liked the pretense of the Stormtroopers deciding to say "No" to evil acts and the consequences of choosing morals over orders, yeah they were a little under used but still a good device.
I quite liked the fact that the main characters were underused. It meant that it was time for someone else to have a story and an input into the Starwars universe and there is always time to read about Mara Jade.
Personally i didn't find the plot to complex and interwoven and i liked the way it all came together.

Not the best Timothy Zahn but still Pretty damn good!
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