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Star Wars: Choices of One [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Zahn
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2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn, the #1 New York Times hardcover bestseller that relaunched the entire Star Wars publishing program. To celebrate this historic event, Zahn returns to Star Wars with a brand-new novel of adventure, action, and intrigue starring the young Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and the beloved Mara Jade!

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A brand-new treat for fans of #1 New York Times bestselling Star Wars author Timothy Zahn: a classic Star Wars adventure set in the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, featuring Luke, Han, Leia, and Mara Jade!

About the Author

TIMOTHY ZAHN has been writing science fiction since 1975 and sold his first story to Analog in 1978. Since then Zahn has published nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, numerous novels, and three short fiction collections. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella Cascade Point, in 1984) and has been nominated twice more. He is best known for his original five Star Wars

novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, and Vision of the Future). His most recent publications have been the science-fiction Cobra series and the six-part young adult series Dragonback. He has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1207 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BLOCL4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Necessary but not a pleasure to read 23 April 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Around halfway into the book I found myself asking what the point of this story was, but because this is a Timothy Zahn novel I persevered expecting that there must be some twist or redeeming element at the end. And there sort of is, but it has little to do with the actual story. The story is flat, not very well constructed and rather obvious. The main plot though is rather incidental to the point of the novel. Having read it you will forget it. The story however gives Zahn the possibility to add a little bit of pre-history to his bigger storyline within the universe and to act as bridge in tying together the background of Mara Jade and Thrawn. With a bit of a nudge and a wink he is able to bring them, Gilad Pellaeon, Luke, Han, Leia and a few others almost together without most of them knowing of the others' presence. Why should this though even be necessary? It is all just a little contrived and unrealistic given that the events take place on the outer edge of the galaxy. For good measure Darth Vader also makes a rather opportune appearance at the end.
Poor story aside those with a keen interest in the Empire and Rebellion will get something from persevering. Pellaeon's story is interesting and because we know that the Chimaera becomes the most famous Star Destroyer and it is exciting to see how Thrawn actually comes to meet Pellaeon and take command. How that happens is a bit of an anti-climax. The last few pages too add something to the events between Episodes IV and V. This novel is a necessary read, but not all that pleasurable and well below Zahn's standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to have Zahn back! 11 Aug. 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's been quite a while since I read a Star Wars book. More than six years, actually. After reading Matthew Stover's lackluster adaptation of the lackluster Revenge of the Sith, I was in no hurry to give another Star Wars book a shot.

But when the ARC for Timothy Zahn's Star Wars: Choices of One showed up in my mailbox, something about it piqued my curiosity. Zahn brought me back to Star Wars during my senior year of high school when Heir to the Empire was first released. And though I haven't read Zahn's Star Wars novels since Vision of the Future came out, I've always had a sweet spot in my heart for the author's work set in the Star Wars universe.

And since the story occurs between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, I knew I could read and enjoy this one without having read the countless Star Wars offering that have flooded the market over the years.

Here's the blurb:

The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker's next move.

But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz's treason and smash the Rebels for good.

But in this treacherous game of betrayals within betrayals, a wild card is waiting to be played.
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5.0 out of 5 stars And a worthy choice it is! 15 Mar. 2013
By DanP101
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Written by Timothy Zahn, a writer many consider to be not only the greatest writer of Star Wars Expanded Universe stuff, but also the most influential, this story picks up about 3 months after the first one, "Allegiance" finishes.

It has all the same major characters in it, from the Hand of Judgement, to Mara Jade and of course the Rebel Heroes we know from the films.

The story takes place a few months after the events of A New Hope and the Battle of Yavin, and is primarily about the Rebels looking for a new base to set up from, having been chased around the galaxy by the Empire.

As with all Zahn's books, the story is solid and intriguing, with you always wanting to know what's on the next page, the character development is as thorough as you'd xpect and the plot twists that happen every now and then will leave you guessing.

An interesting note, some of the characters who will have a dramatic impact on each other in the future (such as Mara and Luke's wedding) meet each other, however briefly, and it lends the book quite a nice feeling of connectiveness. It's almost cementing itself in the wall of Star Wars lore solely by saying it, you inevitably end up thinking "oh, so-and-so will do that at some point, wow", and feeling almost as if you're privy to some secret.

In all, it is a very good book, with a great name attached to it. If you enjoyed Allegiance, or Star Wars in general, I certainly recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but uninspiring 20 July 2012
By Alaran
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Although this offering is up to the usual standard from Timothy Zahn when it comes to quality of writing, dialogue and pacing of action the storyline itself falls a bit flat. It doesn't really add anything to the Star Wars universe and fails to arouse much interest.

This is probably because this novel seems a bit of an excuse to re-visit characters whose storylines within the series of Star Wars novels are basically done; ie Mara Jade, Thrawn and Pellaeon. Interesting though these characters have always been there really isn't much more to be made of them. There is also an effort to portray the above mentioned characters as 'good guys'. This seems a little out of place despite the roles of these characters in later chronological books in the Star Wars series. At the time of this novel all three are still willing followers of Palpatine and his Empire.

The major villain is perhaps the worst thing about the novel. He is predictible
and dull, not really doing much. He is almost incidental to following the activities of the characters we are familiar with.

Luke and Han are both portrayed excellently though by Zahn and the 'farm boy' version of Luke from A New Hope is captured perfectly.

A worthwhile read to kill some time but there are much better Star Wars books out there by Timothy Zahn.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book love it
awesome book love it
Published 2 months ago by Ian Reay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great follow up to allegiance
Published 5 months ago by Nathan Blakemore
4.0 out of 5 stars its bigger than you think
I am enjoying reading this book and getting a wider understanding of the Star Wars universe, looking forward to more adventures
Published 13 months ago by M. Finch
4.0 out of 5 stars MORE GREAT STUFF
Timothy Zahn is a veteran of Star Wars fiction and in Choices Of One he presents us with an exciting and feature packed ride set between Episodes Four and Five. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Greggorio!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, I want more
I'm 44, first read books by Timothy Zahn in my twenties, always loved his ability to immerse the reader in his colourful worlds.... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tim Stark
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced adventure
This story was well written and had intrigue and action all the way throughout . However the ending was a little abrupt and a bit anti-climatic I felt. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2013 by Nabil Hussain
4.0 out of 5 stars My choice of one: read this book
I always like reading Timothy Zahn's books. For me, the Thrawn Trilogy is where it all began and are still some of the best Star Wars books ever written in my humble opinion. Read more
Published on 18 Mar. 2013 by Lord Depravus
5.0 out of 5 stars So it begins to take shape
The book is a great read I enjoyed the follow up story on the hand of judgement they bring a personal feeling into the vision of the stormtrooper with some sense of morality. Read more
Published on 27 Jan. 2013 by Neil Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars Not one of Zahns better efforts
Tends to ramble a bit, some characters appear for the sake of it. However it's a good read, just not up to Zahns usual high standards.
Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by Steve O'Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars a suitable present
this was a present and the recipient seemed to be pleased when he opened it. i caught him reading it several times over the holiday
Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by jen c
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