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Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic I: Remnant Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
Sean Williams and Shane Dix are the bestselling and award-winning coauthors of the Evergence series. Their last novels were Echoes of Earth and its sequel Orphans of Earth. Individually, both have numerous short story credits, and Williams is a successful author in his own right. His novels include Metal Fatigue and The Resurrected Man. His fantasy series, The Books of the Change, concluded in December 2002.
Williams and Dix both live in Adelaide, South Australia, a city Salman Rushdie once described as the ideal setting for a horror story. Dix lives with his wife, Nydia, and has two children from a previous relationship. Williams lives with writer Kirsty Brooks and DJs in his spare time.
For more information, please visit www.seanwilliams.com.au.
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Twenty four years after 'Return of the Jedi', two expeditions are launched which may secure the future of the fledgling Galactic Alliance. Luke takes a small group of Jedi into the Imperial Remnant, intending to go from there to the Unknown Regions in search of Zonama Sekot, and discovers the Empire already under heavy attack by the Vong. Han and Leia, meanwhile, are given command of a small task force with the mission of reestablishing lines of communication to allied world that had been broken by the war.
I really enjoyed the scenes in which the Empire truly get to grips with the Vong for the first time, commanded by one of my favourite characters, the ruthless but charismatic Gilad Pellaeon. In fact, Luke's mission in general is by far the better story, being classically routed in the fantasy premise of a quest into unknown lands. I enjoyed the brief reaquaintance with the Yevetha, who I've always thought the Vong were based on, showing just how destructive the clash between two groups of religious fanatics can be.
I didn't like the way the Ryn were reintroduced to the series. I never really liked them to begin with, but here it's suddenly revealed that these creatures (who hadn't been heard of before the NJO) are actually practically running the galaxy. Thoroughly unbelievable. Worse, however, is Tahiri's storyline. First of all it's presented as a big mystery (as if we couldn't figure out that it's to do with her Vong brainwashing) and then it develops into a horrifically predictable and boring ongoing plot thread.
This is a substantial book of over 400 pages, and it is not that length because of the font size. This is a sweeping story with at least 3 major plot lines and several other smaller issues that will likely develop as well. All involve the characters fans have come to enjoy and admire the most over the years. Sean Williams and Shane Dix wrote this installment and they should be commended for giving readers one tremendous ride. They have produced a book that is very balanced, it is not a book that is a completely introspective one about what the force is, nor is it another long battle plan that ends with one side winning or losing or merely great damage inflicted on one another. It includes a variety of issues; no one idea overwhelms the book.
What this writing pair has done so well is to bring all of Jacen's experiences and thought, his relationship with Vergere, Jaina's issues, and a new spin on the character of Tahiri together, as well as further developing other characters as well. A certain member of the Chiss continues to become a larger part of Jaina's life even when she is beating him silly while sparring together. Another familiar character may be on the path to becoming more than an acquaintance for Jacen as well. It appears that by the time this series ends, few of our heroes will be left alone and I hope that no more are lost as I feel enough damage has been done to the original players.
There are other names that are mentioned that may or may not become part of this story arc. Readers will have to reach back to several years ago, and dozens and dozens of previous books to remember the species of the Ssi-ruuk of Bakura. Refreshing your memory about what this race was about and how they operate will be beneficial prior to reading this book. The remnants of The Empire once again make an appearance but this one differs from any they have ever made in the past. And Grand Moff Palleon will play a role few will expect.
There are numerous mysteries that are only mentioned in passing and others that are placed before the reader as perhaps being part of the ultimate solution to this war that started some 15 books ago. The Galactic Alliance will not fight the Vong to the death, for to do so would make them as guilty of Genocide as the Vong are. A solution must be found, and may that answer be Zonama Sekot?
This is a phenomenal read and one of the better books that have been presented to Star Wars fans in quite some time.
The idea of Bastion falling to a massive Yuuzahn Vong fleet shows the Remnant that they are not invincible and joining the Galactic Alliance may be the only way for survival. Another thing thats good is the complete destruction of the Yevethan who I believe symbolise the Vong in every way they use machines. I also like Luke and some of the Jedi leave on a dangerous mission to find a way to end the war.
This book is an excellent beginning of the end, and it makes the Galactic Alliance truly Galactic. Well worth the price.
Of course Han and Leia could not be left out and they undertake a mission to restore communcation across the newly reform New Republic... now called the Galatic Alliance. Significantly they take Tahiri Vehla along, a teenage Jedi Knight still recovering from the tragic events of her short life. Tahiri quickly becomes the focus of Solos' mission.
This book also refers back to many of the older SW books and brings up many interesting issues especially, the Ssi-Ruuk Imperium who seem to idealogically opposite to the Vong. Expertly written Remnant gets 4 stars as I don't think it's quite the best book in the series, yet it could set up a thrilling trilogy. Bring on book 2.