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Allegiance (Star Wars (Random House Hardcover)) Hardcover – 30 Jan 2007

3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (30 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477385
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a really interesting take on the difference between what ordinary people belive the Empire to be and its reality" (Starburst)

"an epic tale of battle, intrigue and treachery...a conflict to stir the soul and excite the senses, to open up the ultimate path to adventure and offer new visitors on an eternal struggle" (The Northern Echo) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The rebellion grows...True Star Wars adventure in classic Zahn style! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
This is not a bad "Star Wars" book. For that, you'll have to read "The Bounty Hunter Wars" Trilogy or "The Crystal Star." No, wait . . . you shouldn't. "Star Wars: Allegiance" is an okay sort of book, with a decent idea behind it, but unfortunately, the author tries to cram too much into it. Many different intertwined plot lines along with a LOT of the many main characters just missing meeting each other and grabbing the wrong end of the motivational stick make it resemble a French farce.

I can't speak for the rest of the fans, but as for myself, I'm getting tired of seeing novels centered around Luke, Han, and Leia all the time. By now, EVERY SINGLE SECOND OF THEIR LIVES FOR THIRTY YEARS STRAIGHT has been used up in one adventure or another. When do they get to sleep, fer Pete's sake? No, this started a step in the right direction by looking at some Empire-Era background characters with their own stories to tell. But unlike the unsurpassable Old-Republic-Era "Republic Commando" novels by Karen Traviss, you don't get to know the members of The Hand of Judgment very well. There is SOME character development there, but not enough, mainly because the many different plotlines don't allow for much time spent on any given group. As for the rest of the Imperials -- including Vader -- they seemed more or less incidental, with very little development. One or two stand out, the rest seem pretty standard cookie-cutter bad-guy types. Other reviewers have made their own points about character development and inconsistencies, and I'll let them speak for themselves, because I pretty much agree with them, and there's not much else I can add.

The book has several very good moments, though. The best for me was the cameo appearance of X-Wing Pilot Stacy, call sign: Pink Five.
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I've read all but one of Timothy Zahns books and I can't help but feel he put in a lack lustre shift with this book. The plot is improbably intertwined and some of the main enemies lack a real depth of character. This coupled with the liberal exploitation of the force (see Luke's interaction with Ben and Mara's Yoda like control) just makes the book lack a sense of realism (in the sense of realism in the Star Wars universe). For years I have longed for a good book to be written from a stormtroopers perspective, and this fulfilled this a little - I liked the characters from the Hand of Judgement, but I'd like to see more from them while they were inside the Empire. I only persisted in reading this book out of loyalty to Zahns other books. If it had been written by anyone else I would have given up after about 5 chapters
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Format: Hardcover
Been a SW fan for what seems like ages, have read most of the expanded universe books, and have been an avid fan on Zahn's SW books since his first. However I was disappointed at Zahn in this case. The book is well worth the read, but it is not up to Zahn's earlier SW stories, not by a long shot.

I will not go into the plot to prevent spoilers, but the story just don't have the "rich" feel and the "just one more page" thrill of his earlier books.

Let me close by again pointing out that this is a fair SW book, written by anyone but Zahn and I'd have rated it higher, but IMHO it's not up to Zahn standards! (In a way the man is a victim to his earlier successes)
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Timothy Zahn + Star Wars = an excellent read in my book. It was great to see Mara in action as the Emperors Hand and the book really delved into areas that most during the Rebellion novels seem to miss. This book was about people rather than a mission, with the characters' individual missions almost seeming second rather than the main focus of the novel. Zahn successfully showed several things; the unease of some Imperials following the destruction of Alderaan, Leia coming to terms with that and the growth of the rebelling, Han's argument for/against joining the Alliance and Chewie's POV and while he also showed Mara's strengths we also see her naivety at 18. She remarks that there is only one 'Hand' in the Empire which most Star Wars readers will know isn't necessarily true :P

Really glad to hear there's a sequel as I loved the Hand of Judgment and the whole setting of the novel.
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A horrible book and certainly the worst Zahn has ever written. Not only is he ripping off scene's from his previous books and simply copy and pasting them in here, Leia gets a job as a waitress, Luke acts like a shallow fool with Obi-wan on ghost speed dial, before being left locked in a cupboard by Han and Darth Vader web-surfs on Google and pretty much acts out of character and get's pawned by an 18 year old girl. Yes all those things actually happened and are as bad I make them sound.

As for his own character well Mara despite being the best-est Imperial agent ever still seems just only go after pirates and for some reason have other Imperial officers try to kill her for absolutely no reason, except the author feeling he needs to try and introduce some excitement in an otherwise boring book. Long gone are the days when Zahn made this character really interesting with great development, now she is nothing more than a computer game cut out.

As for the Storm-trooper A-Team (who are wanted for a crime they did not commit !), well they do not act like Storm-troopers but then these are Zahn-troopers since they seem to be able to shoot straight and are able to survive multiple blaster shots. They also incredibly generic and you could switch the names around and still not tell the difference between any of them as characters.

As for the plot its a big mystery that starts off with pirates and leads too.... more pirates seriously that's it, all in all it's a terrible book and I am struggling to see how anyone could rate it so high especially when compared too Zahn's original trilogy which was great that great
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