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Honor Among Thieves: Star Wars Legends Mass Market Paperback – 24 Feb 2015

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey Books (24 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345546873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345546876
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you like Han Solo . . . you won't want to miss "Honor Among Thieves." . . . A novel that flies by quicker than the "Millennium Falcon" on the Kessel Run.""--Lightsaber Rattling"
"A fast-paced romp.""--Big Shiny Robot"
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""Honor Among Thieves" felt very 'vintage.' . . . It nailed the classic "Star Wars" vibe in a way I haven't experienced in a long time."--"Making Star Wars"
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"One of the best "Star Wars" novels I've ever read."--"Knights' Archive"
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"Absolutely [captures] the magic of "Star Wars" and the era it's aiming for."--"Jedi News "(UK)
"[The] most pleasurable 'Classic Trilogy' "Star Wars" reading in a long time . . . With masterful pacing and witty, descriptive dialogue, ["Honor Among Thieves "is] fun to read from start to finish. Adding a complexity of thought and action to a classic character like Han will satisfy those looking to indulge a deeper side."--"TheForce.net"
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"James S. A. Corey manages to tell a delightful tale filled with a fun plot, entertaining characters, and great descriptions that draw you in and bring the world to life. Fans of all sorts are sure to enjoy "Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves.""--"EUCantina.net"
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"Han's voice can be rather tricky for writers to truly nail but it's absolutely spot on here. Leia's characterization has depth to it that not every writer gets and I particularly enjoyed watching Han's slow realization that he's not quite as different from the Rebels as he might have previously thought. Even Luke and Wedge who admittedly don't get tons of page time, give off the right character vibes especially given the time period. . . . Strong characterization and an enjoyable storyline put the latest Expanded Universe addition solidly in the 'give it a read' category for just about everyone interested."--"Tosche Station"
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"This is a book that needs only knowledge of the movies to follow. If you're a fan of Han Solo, or Princess Leia, or just space adventures in general, get on it."--"Fantasy Review Barn"

"From the Hardcover edition."

If you like Han Solo . . . you won t want to miss "Honor Among Thieves." . . . A novel that flies by quicker than the "Millennium Falcon" on the Kessel Run. " Lightsaber Rattling"
A fast-paced romp. " Big Shiny Robot"
""
"Honor Among Thieves" felt very vintage. . . . It nailed the classic "Star Wars" vibe in a way I haven t experienced in a long time. "Making Star Wars"
""
One of the best "Star Wars" novels I ve ever read. "Knights Archive"
""
Absolutely [captures] the magic of "Star Wars" and the era it s aiming for. "Jedi News "(UK)
[The] most pleasurable Classic Trilogy "Star Wars" reading in a long time . . . With masterful pacing and witty, descriptive dialogue, ["Honor Among Thieves "is] fun to read from start to finish. Adding a complexity of thought and action to a classic character like Han will satisfy those looking to indulge a deeper side. "TheForce.net"
""
James S. A. Corey manages to tell a delightful tale filled with a fun plot, entertaining characters, and great descriptions that draw you in and bring the world to life. Fans of all sorts are sure to enjoy "Empire and Rebellion: Honor Among Thieves." "EUCantina.net"
""
Han s voice can be rather tricky for writers to truly nail but it s absolutely spot on here. Leia s characterization has depth to it that not every writer gets and I particularly enjoyed watching Han s slow realization that he s not quite as different from the Rebels as he might have previously thought. Even Luke and Wedge who admittedly don t get tons of page time, give off the right character vibes especially given the time period. . . . Strong characterization and an enjoyable storyline put the latest Expanded Universe addition solidly in the give it a read category for just about everyone interested. "Tosche Station"
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This is a book that needs only knowledge of the movies to follow. If you re a fan of Han Solo, or Princess Leia, or just space adventures in general, get on it. "Fantasy Review Barn"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Book Description

Nebula and Hugo Award nominees Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck--writing as
James S. A. Corey--make their Star Wars debut in this old school, action-packed,
Space Opera epic. This brand-new, classic adventure stars the irrepressible Han
Solo and his new friends, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, just after the
destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode VI A New Hope! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I enjoyed reading this book a lot more than I thought I would. The book is not quite written from Han's first person perspective, but he is in every scene of the book. As much as this book is about Han, the authors have also used it introduce their own character into the Star Wars universe, Scarlet Hark super spy, so much so that she even has her own 5 page mini story at the end of the book.

It is set very early after a New Hope. Always being a rebel without a cause, Han has a difficult time adjusting to now having a cause and the responsibilities that go along with it especially orders, seemingly from everyone. Han is working with the rebels on a consultancy bases. This does not ingratiate him to the higher up in the Alliance. Who see his as a money grabbing scoundrel who is dirtying the Rebels reputation through association with him. However nobody can argue with results and when a dangerous mission comes up to extract a high level rebel spy from an Imperial core world, guess whose name come name comes up.

On planet side Han get to show off his own investigative skills, and that fact that Han is not bad in a fight not just with a blaster either. Han get a reminder of what the Rebels are fighting for when he see how "ordered" the core world is. If you are a Chewie fan you might be a bit disappointed as (probably to give Han more time on his own) Chewie spends a lot of time on the Falcon repairing stuff or hiding as Wookees are not all that common in the Core worlds.

Han also runs into some old associates and smugglers in general. Causing a recurring theme, of how he might have become if a crazy old man and a dumb farm boy did not come into his life.
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The good news is that this particular book is set immediately after the events portrayed in "Star Wars IV: A New Hope" and before the action of "Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back". It is the second part of the "Empire and Rebellion" series. It is easily one of the most recognizable and comfortably satisfying of the "inbetween" Star Wars novels.

By that I mean that all of the most familiar characters, Leia, Han and Luke, are featured. They feel so right that the book reads almost like the script for deleted scenes from the two movies, or a treatment for a fill-in movie that was never made. I grew up just as these movies were being released and I have crystal clear memories of each character and each scene. I can pop the gang into my head as though they just appeared yesterday. Reading this book I get the same effect.

And that is a great testament to the skill of the authors, (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck writing as James S. A. Corey). While it takes talent, obviously, to write any Star Wars book, it takes a high degree of nerve and skill to pull off a story featuring the most iconic characters in the most widely remembered settings. Even more, this book really elaborates on the rebels' activities; so much so that after you read this book you will appreciate "Star Wars V" in a new and richer way. How's that for a nice payoff.

The first "Empire and Rebellion" book was "Razor's Edge", and it featured Princess Leia. This second book focuses heavily on Han Solo, and we get everything we remember - the banter, the independence, the roguish charm. It's nice to have a chance to get reacquainted.
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THE STORY:
Following the destruction of the Death Star, Han Solo struggles to find the balance between his mercenary lifestyle and his increasing involvement in the Rebellion. At the behest of Princess Leia, he and Chewbacca set off to rescue Rebel spy Scarlet Hark, but they soon discover that Scarlet has a lead on a weapon which could change the course of the war, and the galaxy, forever.

WHAT'S GOOD:
This is an adventure story and those looking for a nice bit of Star Wars based adventure in the style of the original Marvel comics (or even the Saturday morning serials which inspired Star Wars in the first place) will probably find some of what they want here. For me, the best aspect of this book was that it was the first one to really tackle the idea that someone in Han's line of work would have no interest in restoring the Republic, which is the Rebellion's nominal goal, and how he overcomes that clash of ideologies.

WHAT'S BAD:
The reviews I'd read for this book were overwhelmingly positive and I honestly can't understand why. I read this immediately after Timothy Zahn's 'Scoundrels' (another Solo-focused novel) and in comparison to that book's depth and complexity, this one is a perfectly transparent puddle. There is a vague plot about a new superweapon (there's always a superweapon, isn't there?) and hints about the villain of the piece being a bad guy, but there's never actually any weight given to either. Each of them is more or less summed up in a single piece of exposition that we're just supposed to take to heart and engage with. As well as those aspects, I was singularly unimpressed by the two major new characters; Baasen Rey and Scarlet Hark.
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