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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a great trilogy!!!
This book was great, in that it laid the foundation for the next two books of the trilogy very nicely. If you are a Star Wars fan, get the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn and then get this trilogy. You won't regret it! And to all of the people who are bent out of shape about Luke starting a Jedi Academy: First of all, this is how it was done thousands of years before...
Published on 21 July 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Greatness search
You should know before you read this I'm a Star Wars fan. A fan of the old films much more than the new, but not a convention-attender or anything like that.

So, on with the review.

[spoilers - if you don't want to hear anything about the story skip this paragraph]

The story essentially covers Luke's beginning of the Jedi academy, showing...
Published on 3 Dec. 2010 by Damien Hine


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greatness search, 3 Dec. 2010
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Damien Hine "ganning1987" (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Wars - Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 1) (Paperback)
You should know before you read this I'm a Star Wars fan. A fan of the old films much more than the new, but not a convention-attender or anything like that.

So, on with the review.

[spoilers - if you don't want to hear anything about the story skip this paragraph]

The story essentially covers Luke's beginning of the Jedi academy, showing how he begins to find new Jedi - and his adventures in doing so. Beside Han travels with Chewie to Kessel, where he is held prisoner. Upon escaping, young force-user Kyp in tow, they once again are taken prisoner. Leia doesn't do much other than political affairs and look out for the kids.

[spoilers end - now you can read again]

Kevin Anderson does a good job of capturing the Star Wars feel, appealing simultaneously to the old trilogy - even bringing in lines from time to time - whilst progressing the story and bringing in new elements.

That said, the book does not add a huge amount to the saga. Luke would be the only one who seems to get any character progression and pages are often spent writing about storylines the reader will not care about.

I would recommend this book to those already aquainted with and interested in the Star Wars universe, it will offer little to anyone else.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a great trilogy!!!, 21 July 1999
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This book was great, in that it laid the foundation for the next two books of the trilogy very nicely. If you are a Star Wars fan, get the Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn and then get this trilogy. You won't regret it! And to all of the people who are bent out of shape about Luke starting a Jedi Academy: First of all, this is how it was done thousands of years before. The only reason Luke trained with Yoda by himself is simply because there were no other known Jedi at the time. Sure, training each Jedi one-by-one would have given each more attention, I have no problem with Luke training them at an academy. It was the only way for Luke to set up a Jedi core of the New Republic quickly. Anyone who has a problem with this should open up their minds a bit more and should just go with the flow. I'd like to see them write a better Star Wars novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great audio for any Trilogy Fan, 8 Oct. 1997
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Jedi Search is a great addition to the audio books, which are now growing in popularity. The book focuses on the particular adventures of the classic characters of the recently re-released movie spectacular, Star Wars.The story takes place awhile after the final video addition "Return of the Jedi". The New Republic has beaten back the Empire to the edges of the vast galaxy, and are now trying to organize the destruction created by the Imperial Forces. But as they find out, the Empire and other forces are not gone yet.

I think one of the things that kept this story interesting was the way Kevin J. Anderson would switch back and forth between the different missions and mishaps of the main characters. Also,how the different storylines converged at the conclusion of the story, was a true example of a creative plot.

The sound effects and the voice of Anthony Herald added a delightful addition to the "picture" the words and descriptions of Kevin J. Anderson could paint in your mind. From the beeps of the excited droid Artoo Deetoo(R2-D2) or the spine-tingling tinkering of the spider creature on Kessel's legs, each sound added that one missing part of a book when you read it visually. When reading a book,the only sense you use is sight, and the wide variety of the sounds in this tale made me realize what you miss out on when only read a story. Also, I think Anthony Herald was the perfect choice to narrate the book. His voice did an excellent job of foreshadowing the events of the story.

This book is a perfect addition to any Star Wars fan's growing collection of Star War's literature. I only hope the sequels are as well composed as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book from the expanded univere, 6 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Star Wars - Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 1) (Paperback)
An Excellent read that continues the adventures of my fave set of heroes from that galaxy far far away.

Luke Skywalker continues his quest to rebuild the Jedi Order by tracking down individuals who show sensitivity to the force, and sets up a new Academy on the forest moon of Yavin.

Meanwhile the evil Admiral Daala continues in her unification and consolidation of the various forces of the Remnant Empire.

With the new movies approaching, these books are now sadly not considered cannon anymore, but for us dedicated fans who had nothing movie wise for many years, these are the true further adventures of the original cast.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "No I will not put my book down!", 8 Aug. 2000
This review is from: Star Wars - Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 1) (Paperback)
Wasn't sure of this one to start of with, but had bought the trilogy so kept with it. Everything happened very quickly and was then finished. The scenes with Han, as always were commanding and filled with adventure, although I still have to remind myself that the loveable rogue is Han Solo and not Harrison Ford. I never have had much time for Lando, but he does feature a lot in this trilogy. If you make it past the first book, you will get swamped by the second and third book -They are gripping! Unfortunately I had come across Daala before in Darksaber (I know, read out of sinq, but I didnt have the trilogy at the time) so I didnt expect much from her, although even if I had not of known her, she seemed to have the worst luck ever in basically loosing everything she had. In brief, all I can say is that it has all the favourite characters and some unexpected baddies. Stick with it, you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review, 23 Jun. 2014
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Even second hand this book has taken me through an emotional journey. The tattiness makes the book and great recycling when buying second hand.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible start to a less than poor trilogy, 30 Nov. 1999
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This review is from: Star Wars - Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 1) (Paperback)
Kevin J. Anderssons Jedi Academy trilogy had the potential of becoming really good, but he wastes that opportunity with uninteresting new characters and abuse of existing ones. The idea of using a flying ace as a demolition worker just doesn't make any sense, nor does his "original" idea of yet another superweapon placed in the most unlikely of locations.
The idea of using a female Admiral was a nice touch, until you realize that she's completely incompetent and you begin to wonder if the whole thing was some sort of joke.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 25 May 2004
This a great book with a great story line.
In which Luke sets up a new Jedi academy on Yavin 4. In hope to create a new order of Jedi knights to protect the new republic that now rules the galaxy after the collapse of the imperial empire.
Throughout the book he goes on a search for potential Jedi to train at his academy.
The story is great and has no faults that I can think of.
A must read for all Star Wars fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: Star Wars - Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy Volume 1) (Paperback)
I couldn't put this book down. When I flipped through it in the book shop I thought "rubbish". when I actually bought it I thought "Wow!" it was a bit like "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" in the fact that we had to wait to about chapter 20 before Daala actually appeared. The parts about Han were really good. The Dorth Moole charater was a bit iffy. So were the blobraces.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, awful, awful, 3 April 2010
I can only think that the people giving this book good reviews have never read any other SW novels because this one is truly, truly awful.

Example: Luke can use the force to walk safely across lava, yet can't sense that a ship that's landing holds a force user that he's previously met. The first act is far more difficult than any force user has pulled off before or since, and the second is something he could do easily before.

The only thing that stops this and the rest of the series being the worst SW novels ever is that Anderson wrote more of them (Darksaber is perhaps marginally worse).

If you don't want to miss any plot points that are relevant to future stories, you can get most of them from 'I Jedi', a much better story told by a far better writer
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