Allegiance (Star Wars (Random House Hardcover)) Hardcover – 30 Jan 2007
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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.
The rebellion grows...True Star Wars adventure in classic Zahn style! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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)
Really glad to hear there's a sequel as I loved the Hand of Judgment and the whole setting of the novel.
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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If you've found yourself invested in the characters of other Zahn novels, this one won't dissapoint
A great read
that might sound bad but it is a good and interesting book, considering it has to take into account well documented story lines, it does a really good job of expanding but not... Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2013 by Robert Hogg
A welcome return to the Star Wars Galaxy. I am sure you will enjoy it, I did very much. ENJOY.Published on 24 Feb. 2013 by Mark Urwin
I liked this, the story of the Stormtrooper squad deserting whilst still holding their sense of duty to the people and their oath to serve makes a very interesting read. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I thought this was a good book. I found the interaction between Vader and Jade was interesting and having Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie skirting around them is the kind of Star Wars... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2012 by Mr. Pp Sadler
Bought the book when it first came out a few years back, and yes, it really is not Zahn's finest work but, i quite enjoyed the rebelling stormies helping the rebel scum, even... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2012 by Alexandra
Ok, this may not be a popular review but I liked it. I know its not the normal high quality we've all come to know and love from Timothy Zahn but it was still a good read. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2009 by Chris Sams