Star Wars: Scoundrels Paperback – 19 Dec 2013
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Ocean's Eleven meets Star Wars in this classic adventure set just after StarWars:
Episode IV A New Hope. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Timothy
Zahn, and starring Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and more favorites!
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),
as well as Star Wars: Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, and Choices of
One. 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
As many other reviews have pointed out, Scoundrels is basically Ocean's Eleven in space. As always with Zahn, it is a plot with twists, turns and multiple layers...the final twist is particularly well done and surprising. The usual key Zahn characters are left out of this one with the focus very much on the saga favourites of Han, Chewbacca & Lando, but there are one or two guest appearances and a couple of new characters also.
The book is well written, if not a bit obvious in places, and the beauty of a Zahn book is that he gets Star Wars and it's characters better than possibly any other EU author. Particularly well written is Han Solo and his relationship with Chewbacca...it takes you back to the partnership we see in the films; Han has not been so well understood and written since Brian Daley's excellent novels back in 1979.
I'm not sure that this story fits particularly well into the Star Wars "canon" but it's a very enjoyable read and a blessed relief from the long multi-book arcs that have been seen in the EU of late.
The plot is obviously that of a heist movie and this novel is unashamedly ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ in the Star Wars universe (Han Solo and Lando Calrissian virtually filling in for George Clooney and Brad Pitt). Most of the usual elements of a heist based plot are present but of course come with a Star Wars twist. As opposed to having to deal with the mob or the police Han’s team are pitted against agents of Black Sun and the Empire. The setting and atmosphere are somewhat gleaned from ‘Shadows of the Empire’, the novel that really establishes Black Sun. Although neither Vader nor Xizor appear in this novel their presence is felt throughout, as is their vying for power.
The idea doesn’t entirely work because a large part of what makes heist stories interesting is in how the team performing the heist/con pulls it off. When it involves technology far in advance of what exists in our real world rather than actual wit and forward planning the achievement of what they are doing is somewhat devalued and appears to lack ingenuity. A heist isn’t so impressive if a safe is opened by a magic wand or a sonic screwdriver for example.
There is obviously a lack of character development for Han, Chewie and Lando because of circumstances and setting in the Star Wars universe; between ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘A New Hope’.Read more ›
0 ABY. Following the destruction of the Death Star Han's reward money is stolen and he once again finds himself in need of credits. The perfect opportunity arises when a man named Eanjer asks to hire him to steal a fortune from the vault of a crimelord on the planet Wukkar. To accomplish such a task Han puts together a team of thieves, con men, smugglers and tech specialists but soon finds himself caught between the crime empire Black Sun and Imperial Intelligence.
Zahn is an absolute master of creating deep and complicated plots whose twists constantly keep you guessing as to what will happen next and this is an excellent example of just that. This is a book primarily driven by its main cast of scoundrels (obviously) and here they're all portrayed brilliantly, each one a master of their own particular niche of the underworld and each one having their own hopes and fears. I think this is most clear (and important) in the case of Han, who Zahn shows to be a man who has been surviving (and occasionally thriving) in the criminal underworld of the galaxy for ten years but who has a solid core of loyalty and honour.
I've always hated it when they've marketed Star Wars products as mash-ups ('Agent of the Empire' is Star Wars/James Bond, 'MedStar' is Star Wars/M*A*S*H etc., etc.) and it irked me that they felt the need to bill this brilliant book as 'Star Wars meets Ocean's Eleven'. I'm not saying it's not accurate, I'm simply saying that it makes this novel sound trashy. Marketing aside, there are only two major problems I had with 'Scoundrels' and the first is simply that, given the timeframe of the story, we know that Han and Chewie won't strike it rich and retire, robbing the book of some of its tension.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit muddled, too many indistincy characters and a far cry from the Thrawn trilogyPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
No better author in my opinion of star wars stories. If your a fn then read itPublished 5 months ago by T. Clark
Nice story, although very difficult to identify some of the personalities as the same characters we know from the films and other books.Published 18 months ago by User1972
Not my favourite ever star wars book, but still worth a read with a great twist ending. Great for fansPublished 19 months ago by John Boone
I am a huge Star Wars fan and have enjoyed many of the books in the franchise as well as the films. Zahn's earlier Thrawn trilogy was brilliant, imaginative and captivating while... Read morePublished 19 months ago by C D Brosnan
I gave up on this last night at 120 pages in. I had no idea who any of the characters were outside of the film series. None of them had anything distinctive about them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A Clifford