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4.0 out of 5 stars good for the Star Wars fan, 15 Sep 2004
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Joe Sherry (Minnesota) - See all my reviews
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"The Hutt Gambit" is the second volume of A.C. Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy. At the end of "The Paradise Snare" a younger Han Solo was proud that he was accepted into the Imperial Navy and he looked forward to his career as an Imperial Soldier (potentially an officer) and a pilot. When we begin "The Hutt Gambit" we learn that Han had been dishonorably discharged from the service and he can be found in a bar with a Wookiee who has sworn a life debt to Han. The Wookiee, of course, is Chewbacca. Han acted against a superior office when he rescued Chewie from slavery, and from being killed. This brings Han full circle to become the smuggler we know in "A New Hope".
To start, Han does not want Chewbacca around. Han feels that there is no other way that he could have acted, and he was also paying off a debt that he felt he owed to a wookiee in "The Paradise Snare". But, Chewbacca insists and Han quickly gets used to having someone around to talk to. Han hires himself (and thus Chewie) out to the Hutts on the Smuggler's Moon. Specifically, Han takes employment with Jiliac and Jabba. Yes, that Jabba. This gets Han involved, on the periphery, of the interclan conflicts of the Hutts and also into battle with the Empire which is seeking to take control of some of the Hutt wealth.
"The Hutt Gambit" foreshadows Han's role in the Star Wars Trilogy, and does a good job in developing his character into the man we meet in "A New Hope". It sets up the relationships between Han and Lando, Boba Fett (this was interesting), Jabba, and Han's response to the Empire. This was a fast paced story and should be interesting to the Star Wars fan. I don't know how accessible this would be to those who are not familiar with Star Wars and it goes without saying that reading "The Paradise Snare" first is a must. This is worth reading for the Star Wars fan, but everyone else has to decide where they would like to enter the Star Wars universe.
-Joe Sherry
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5.0 out of 5 stars A. C. Crispin – The Hutt Gambit | Review, 11 Feb 2014
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There's a bit of history behind this review, and I feel like it's some sort of coming of age - this is the second book in Crispin's Han Solo trilogy, set before Star Wars (i.e. A New Hope) and featuring a young Han Solo. The first book is called The Paradise Snare, and I first read that when I was a youngster - I recently reviewed it and felt nostalgic, so I decided to get its sequel.

The thing is, I'm now twice the age I was when I read its younger sibling, and the author has sadly passed away - I was lucky enough to receive a tweet from her shortly before her death, which somehow makes it sadder. It was a sobering perspective to have while reading the book, but an interesting one - it reflected the change that Han went through between where the first book left off and the second book took up.

The great thing here is that the two books work well as standalone novels, although it's not repetitive and so it won't be a problem if you read one after another. Characters and storylines from the first novel are referred to here, in the second, but they're explained concisely and naturally as Crispin segues between sections of the narrative. There's no awkwardness here, no unsuspension of belief - you'll feel like you're really there, on Nar Shaddaa.

And there are a whole host of well-known characters here too, as well as a good selection of new ones - Han met Chewbacca in the time between the first and second novels, and he makes friends with some guy called Lando Calrissian about half way through. He even develops a certain fondness for Lando's ship, The Millennium Falcon.

In all honesty, I enjoyed this novel so much that I'm gutted I can't re-read it with the same sense of tense expectation and enjoyment. But nevermind - there's still the third novel in the series, Rebel Dawn. I, for one, can't wait to read it. I've been missing out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brill, 4 Mar 2013
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love it the 2nd book in the Han solo trilogy leading up to the events from the 1st film A New Hope a must buy and a must read !!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of Space Pirates, 29 July 2012
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This is a great read, it tells the story of Han Solo after he left the Imperial Navy to become a smuggler with his buddy Lando Calrissian and starts looking for work elsewhere in the galaxy. He lands a job working for the slug like Hutts, powerful criminals that run illegal trading in the galaxy. This story features notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett and depicts Jabba the Hutt when he was a lot younger than he is in the Star Wars films and illustrates what life is like on the Hutt homeworld of Nar Shadda. Throughly enjoyable and a great story for Star Wars fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another brilliant installment in the Han Solo trilogy, 14 Feb 2008
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Although now quite old, (written in 1997) The Hutt Gambit, part 2 in the excellent Han Solo Trilogy, is an absolute delight to read. Immensely readable, well described and with an interesting plot, this book describes the next chapter in Solo's life as a smuggler. after 5 years at the Imperial Academy Solo saves Chewbacca and begins life as a pilot for the Hutts and spice runner out of Nar Shaddaa. it all hots up when his new found awesome life is threatened by the Empire's plan to wipe out the Smuggler's moon!
this book is also really good because of the way it has the character of Han Solo (and many other characters besides (Lando)) absolutely down pat. he is completely believable and film-like. Crispin should be very proud at having created one of the most entertaining sets of books in the entire EU saga.
the book also features myriad other characters from slightly earlier EU works including the great Salla Zend and Shug Ninx to great effect sealing its place in the saga.
Overall, exciting read and great plot, realistic (to the films) and a great backstory to the galaxy's favourite scruffy smuggler.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Star Wars novels so far., 1 Oct 2004
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Star Wars: The Hutt Gambit (Paperback)
THE STORY:
Kicked out of the Imperial military, young Han Solo and his new companion Chewbacca set out to become the galaxy's greatest smugglers, forming connections on the Smuggler's Moon - Nar Shaddaa - and befriending a powerful Hutt named Jabba.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This is one of the best Star Wars books out there. It artfully winds together all the elements of Han's smuggling days referred to in his later adventures whilst maintaining the strong narrative of how he develops from the brave youth of book 1 to the cynical pirate of the first film. Also included here is one of the best written battles in Star Wars history (the Battle of Nar Shaddaa) in which a ragtag band of smugglers must use their skill and cunning to defeat a powerful Imperial fleet. There are a vast number of cameos in this book, so I'll just drop a few names; Mako Spince, Shug Ninx, Salla Zend and Vima-Da-Boda (from the 'Dark Empire' comics); the smugglers who betray Han in 'The New Rebellion'; Xaverri (from 'The Crystal Star'), Roa and Lwyll (from 'The Han Solo Adventures'); Durga the Hutt (who features in 'Darksaber') and, of course, a few faces from the movies too; Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, Jabba and a certain sinister deep-breathing individual!
WHAT'S BAD:
The only bad thing about this book (and not the author's fault) is the mistaken identification of Boba Fett as having once been Jaster Mereel - George 'it's my franchise and I'll mess it up if I want to' Lucas destroyed that idea with Episode II.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Fast Paced & Fun, 15 Jan 1999
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This book is excellently written and seems to capture what Star Wars is all about. If you're a fan and want to know what Han and Chewie got up to before Star Wars: A New Hope then this book and the other two in the trilogy will satisfy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 19 Aug 2003
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This book being the second in the series has it all. Great character developement, a bigger insight into the hutts and a massive space battle between smugglers and imperials at the end.
Sheer Class!!!
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