Star Wars: Choices of One Paperback – 28 Jun 2012
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A brand-new treat for fans of #1 New York Times bestselling Star Wars author Timothy Zahn: a classic Star Wars adventure set in the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, featuring Luke, Han, Leia, and Mara Jade!
About the Author
TIMOTHY ZAHN has been writing science fiction since 1975 and sold his first story to Analog in 1978. Since then Zahn has published nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, numerous novels, and three short fiction collections. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella Cascade Point, in 1984) and has been nominated twice more. He is best known for his original five Star Wars
novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, and Vision of the Future). His most recent publications have been the science-fiction Cobra series and the six-part young adult series Dragonback. He has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in physics from the University of Illinois.
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot takes a little time to get going but is perfectly good. However it lacks the level excitement or interest that most of his previous books achieve.
In conclusion if you're new to Timothy Zahn start with some of his earlier work before reading this one, if a seasoned fan I would wait till it comes out in paperback as it is one of his weaker novels.
It has all the same major characters in it, from the Hand of Judgement, to Mara Jade and of course the Rebel Heroes we know from the films.
The story takes place a few months after the events of A New Hope and the Battle of Yavin, and is primarily about the Rebels looking for a new base to set up from, having been chased around the galaxy by the Empire.
As with all Zahn's books, the story is solid and intriguing, with you always wanting to know what's on the next page, the character development is as thorough as you'd xpect and the plot twists that happen every now and then will leave you guessing.
An interesting note, some of the characters who will have a dramatic impact on each other in the future (such as Mara and Luke's wedding) meet each other, however briefly, and it lends the book quite a nice feeling of connectiveness. It's almost cementing itself in the wall of Star Wars lore solely by saying it, you inevitably end up thinking "oh, so-and-so will do that at some point, wow", and feeling almost as if you're privy to some secret.
In all, it is a very good book, with a great name attached to it. If you enjoyed Allegiance, or Star Wars in general, I certainly recommend it.
This is probably because this novel seems a bit of an excuse to re-visit characters whose storylines within the series of Star Wars novels are basically done; ie Mara Jade, Thrawn and Pellaeon. Interesting though these characters have always been there really isn't much more to be made of them. There is also an effort to portray the above mentioned characters as 'good guys'. This seems a little out of place despite the roles of these characters in later chronological books in the Star Wars series. At the time of this novel all three are still willing followers of Palpatine and his Empire.
The major villain is perhaps the worst thing about the novel. He is predictible
and dull, not really doing much. He is almost incidental to following the activities of the characters we are familiar with.
Luke and Han are both portrayed excellently though by Zahn and the 'farm boy' version of Luke from A New Hope is captured perfectly.
A worthwhile read to kill some time but there are much better Star Wars books out there by Timothy Zahn.
Seeing how Zahn intentionally gets Mara Jade and Luke so close together without ever actually meeting (which would of course make a rather obvious plot hole) is both entertaining and clever. Having said that, I don't think this is Zahn's best work and there were some parts of the book that I found quite hard going. That is not to say it is a bad book because it isn't. It is action-packed throughout and is well paced. It's probably advisable to read Allegiance first though.
Nic - Author of 'True Illusions'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am enjoying reading this book and getting a wider understanding of the Star Wars universe, looking forward to more adventuresPublished on 5 Jun. 2014 by M. Finch
Timothy Zahn is a veteran of Star Wars fiction and in Choices Of One he presents us with an exciting and feature packed ride set between Episodes Four and Five. Read morePublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Greggorio!
I'm 44, first read books by Timothy Zahn in my twenties, always loved his ability to immerse the reader in his colourful worlds.... Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by Tim Stark
Around halfway into the book I found myself asking what the point of this story was, but because this is a Timothy Zahn novel I persevered expecting that there must be some twist... Read morePublished on 23 April 2013 by mfaulkner
The book is a great read I enjoyed the follow up story on the hand of judgement they bring a personal feeling into the vision of the stormtrooper with some sense of morality. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Neil Cooper
Tends to ramble a bit, some characters appear for the sake of it. However it's a good read, just not up to Zahns usual high standards.Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by Steve O'Connor
this was a present and the recipient seemed to be pleased when he opened it. i caught him reading it several times over the holidayPublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by jen c