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Survivor's Quest: Star Wars (Star Wars (Del Rey)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Timothy Zahn
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Dec 2004 Star Wars (Del Rey)
Sometimes it seems a Jedi’s work is never done and Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker know this only too well. Despite the bond they share in the Force, after three years of marriage the Jedi Master and his wife are still learning the ropes of being a couple—and struggling to find time together between the constant demands of duty. But all that will change when they’re united on an unexpected mission—and must pool their exceptional skills to combat an insidious enemy . . . and salvage a part of Jedi history.

It begins with a message from a surprising source: Nirauan, the planet where Thrawn, dangerous disciple of Emperor Palpatine, once held sway . . . and from which Luke and Mara barely escaped with their lives. The message itself is shocking. After fifty years, the remains of Outbound Flight—a pioneering Jedi expedition viciously destroyed by Thrawn—have been found on Nirauan. Now, the fiercely honor-bound aliens who reside there wish to turn over the remnants of the doomed mission to the New Republic. Accepting the gesture will mean a long voyage into the treacherous cluster of stars where the thousands of souls aboard the Outbound Flight vessel met their grim fate. But it may also mean something more . . . something that has stirred an inexplicable sense of foreboding in Mara.

Whatever may await, the Skywalkers will not face it alone. Joining them on the strange and solemn journey are an officer of the post-Palpatine Empire, escorted by a detachment of Imperial stormtroopers; a party of diplomats from a gentle alien species that reveres the fallen Jedi for saving them from bloodthirsty conquerors; and a New Republic ambassador who harbors his own mysterious agenda.

Soon enough, suspicion, secrecy, and an unknown saboteur run rampant aboard the isolated ship. But it is within the derelict walls of Outbound Flight itself, buried for half a century on a desolate planetoid, where the gravest danger lies. As the marooned hulk yields up stunning revelations and unexpected terrors to its visitors, Luke and Mara find all they stand for—and their very existence—brutally challenged. And the ultimate test will be surviving the deathtrap carefully laid by foes who are legendary for their ruthlessness . . . and determined to complete the job Thrawn began: exterminating the Jedi.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Lucas Books (Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345459180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345459183
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,890,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fans of classic Star Wars spin-off fiction - and especially fans of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade - will love this adventure that weaves together past and present in the Star Wars galaxy. Note:460 pages + 8 pages of Star Wars: Labyrinth of Evil --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Fans of classic Star Wars spin-off fiction and especially fans of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade will love this adventure that weaves together past and present in the Star Wars galaxy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Star Wars book 16 Feb 2004
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This book is very good and is written by one of the best two star wars authors T Zahn the other being M Stackpole. This is one of the best Star Wars books and came as a welcome relief after the new jedi order series.
This book is well worth reading and was one that I read quickly since you don't want to put it down. The book features old characters: - Luke, Mara. And also features new characters that are all developed well. However the drawback compared to other star wars books is that is relatively simple with only a limited number of characters compared to the other books that often have several plots running simultaneously.
This book is well worth reading for any star wars fan. The book is similar more similar to to a thriller than the earlier books. However I would reccomend that they read the earlier star wars books by T Zahn because they provide useful information for the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What do you get when you cross two jedi? 6 Jun 2004
One of the nice things about Del Ray's series of Star Wars books is that they are not just concentrating on their New Jedi Order books. They are also producing some books that take place further back in the Star Wars novel history, when Bantam was running the show. Thus, they can refer to events that took place in earlier books (such as Tatooine Ghost), and they can even supply sequels. Timothy Zahn's Survivor's Ghost is one of those, and it's quite thrilling.
Luke Skywalker and Mara Jada Skywalker, married for three years now, are helping Mara's old boss, Talon Karrde, go straight by informing some of his old friends that he will no longer be doing business with them. After rebuking one irate customer, Karrde catches up with them and gives them a message to go to Nirauan (the planet where they faced down the Hand of Thrawn in Vision of the Future). There, they are told that Outbound Flight, an exploratory mission sent out by the Old Republic 50 years ago, has been found by the Chiss (who happen to be the species of their old enemy, Admiral Thrawn). Outbound Flight was a ring of six massive dreadnaught battleships bound to an inner core, resulting in a huge ship, but the Chiss reportedly destroyed it years ago. The Chiss have asked Luke and Mara to come and inspect it, representing the New Republic. They have to keep their eyes and ears open, however, as old enemies show up as well as new. Who will be their allies and who will betray them? Mara also has to come to terms with her former life as the Emperor's Hand during the time of the Empire, making a decision that could change her life forever. Luke and Mara have to stretch their Jedi skills to the maximum to make it out of the bowels of Outbound Flight alive, as well as preventing a galactic war.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Timothy Zahn is one of the most original Science Fiction writers writing today. In particular, his contributions to the "Star Wars" Universe, especially Grand Admiral Thrawn, are some of his best work.

"Survivor's Quest" is set 22 years after the first "Star Wars" Film (Episode IV - A New Hope). Luke Skywalker is now a Jedi Master, and is married to Mara Jade, formerly the Emperor's Hand, now a Jedi Knight.

Luke is sent a message by a race called the Chiss: they have discovered the ships of an exploration mission called "Outbound Flight" which had left the Old Republic on a voyage of exploration some 50 years before.

A Chiss Commander called Mitth'raw'nuruodo - later known as Grand Admiral Thrawn - had intercepted Outbound Flight and apparently destroyed it. The rest of the Chiss were not pleased by his actions, and having found the remains of Outbound Flight, they want to give it back and formally apologise for Thrawn's actions. Luke and Mara are invited to help explore the remains. But what starts out as the investigation of an old tragedy turns into a deadly pattern of intrigue and plots. And it turns out that there were some survivors from Outbound Flight ...

Subsequent to writing this book, Zahn when back fifty years and published "Outbound Flight" which tells the story of the original expedition. If you're minded to read either story, I strongly recommend that you read "Outbound Flight" first. Knowing too much about what is going to happen will somewhat dampen your pleasure at reading "Outbound Flight" if you read "Survivor's Quest" first. I also found a number of details in "Survivor's Quest" more powerful when I re-read them after tackling the book about the earlier events.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read. 30 Jan 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Timothy Zahn is one of the very best Star Wars authors, a fact that is reflected in all his books, and Survivor's Quest is no exception - although it is undoubtedly inferior to his others, that still puts it well above the standard of most other Star Wars novels. In fact, once I began reading it, I was completely unable to put it down for more than a minute at a time - I ended up spending an entire afternoon reading until it was finished.
The Chiss have interested me ever since his last two books, and in here we learn more about them. As ever, Zahn is in his element with the character of Mara Jade Skywalker, and having a book that concentrates mainly on just two characters (Luke and Mara) is refreshing after so many NJO books full of different characters and plotlines. Although Survivor's Quest is in some ways a detective story, it was in no way easy to guess what the ending would be.
Basically, this is probably the best Star Wars book I've read since Aaran Allston's two NJO novels, and Timothy Zahn is, as ever, brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Excellent it kept me hooked all the way through, a nice bit of suspense to keep your interest. I liked the way we're kept guessing till the end.
Published 12 months ago by David J A Brough
3.0 out of 5 stars A great romp featuring two favourites
It's not the best novel out there but I still thought it was a great romp highlighting Luke & Mara Skywalker & their developing relationship. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Marc George
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
One of the more entertaining additions to the SWEU. Looking forward to more Zahn penned SW projects. Missed out on last star as it read very quickly.
Published 19 months ago by NateJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
This book continues a story from the book Outbound flight. I would recommend that you read Outbound Flight first but you can just read this one. Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by Mr. M. P. Sinclair
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see Luke & Mara together this way.
I liked this book very much. Not only the action, which was quite sufficient and cracking, but also the thinking going on in Mara's head. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2008 by Grey Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Never try for Tim, he always does
As the last five STAR WARS books show of Timothy Zahn, he is a brilliantauthor and gets involved and right in the story. Read more
Published on 27 April 2004 by Damien Hodgson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work so far..
I've read most of Timothy Zahn's books, and I am a crazed fan of the man's writing style. I just loved the starwars trilogy with Heir of Empire and the rest of them. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2004 by Henrik Jarlskov
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a totally great and fabulous book
All right, so the lack of Han and Leia was disappointing, the book seemed to slow at times, (also over-use of the word 'tartly'), but overall it was an excellent book. Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2004 by Roisin Kelly
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