1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A shallow, corporate effort,
By A Customer
This review is from: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Mass Market Paperback)While I liked parts of this book (especially the beginning) and felt Xizor to be a decent villain, this book can't compare to the better Star Wars novels published. Many parts of this book were included only because the committee overseeing the entire "Shadows of the Empire" project (the book, video game, comic, toys, etc ...) told Perry to do so. It is obvious that certain chapters were written to justify part of a video game or a new plastic vehicle to sell in the toy stores. This is an intolerable way to tell a story and probably the reason "The Phantom Menace" disappointed so many as well.
As for specific elements of the story, I agree that Dash Rendar is a shallow version of Han Solo and his insertion into the Battle of Hoth was anything but seamless. Guri was fairly interesting but the huge disappointment was the ending. The battle scene finale could not have been more unrealistic or poorly written.
I'm guessing the great number of positive reviews posted earlier are from children who have read the book after playing the video game. They seemed to have found it entertaining but after having their minds numbed by am simplistic, arcade-style game, I would guess that nearly anything would seem thoughtful by comparison.