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Star Wars: Scoundrels Mass Market Paperback – 26 Nov 2013

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Lucas Books (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511515
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rapid-fire adventure [that] adds yet another dimension of enjoyment to a rousing galactic romp."--"Library Journal"
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"Highly entertaining . . . excellent "Star Wars" . . . There are "many" twists and turns [and] Zahn manages to find ways to twist them one step further than you'd expect."--Examiner.com
"["Scoundrels"] brings freshness to the franchise."--"USA Today"

Rapid-fire adventure [that] adds yet another dimension of enjoyment to a rousing galactic romp. "Library Journal"
""
Highly entertaining . . . excellent "Star Wars" . . . There are "many" twists and turns [and] Zahn manages to find ways to twist them one step further than you d expect. Examiner.com
["Scoundrels"] brings freshness to the franchise. "USA Today""

About the Author

Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four short fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for best novella. Zahn is best known for his "Star Wars" novels ("Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, " and "Choices of One") with more than four million copies of his books in print. Other books include the Cobra series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast."


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This book is a good read. Its not exactly deep, but it is a fun experience. There are some things I really liked and appreciated as a Star Wars fan, like showing the Ord Mantell encounter Han has with the bounty hunter quoted in TESB. And a good few other things, like Winter being a character and really getting inside her head following Alderaan's destruction in ANH. The book also deals with Lando and Han's distrust and falling out they had with each other, and how its repaired. Oh, and theres a twist at the end of the book which I don't think anyone will see coming... I know I didn't.

I'd probably give this book a 7/10.
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OK, it's an obvious comparison to make but this is basically Ocean's Eleven in Star Wars. They even have eleven people pulling the heist. The basic plot is that a victim of Black Sun comes up to Han with an offer. His father was killed and his credit chips stolen. Only he can get the full value for those chips, but if Han can get them back for him he'll split the total with everyone. It's just after the battle of Yavin so Han is desperate for money to pay off Jabba. The only problem is that the chips are stored in the vault of a highly dangerous Black Sun agent and his guest one of Xizor's vigos (his nine top men). You've all seen this before so you know what's going to happen: everything is going to go wrong but our heroes outwit the villains anyway. But it's not about the destination but the ride. And what a ride it is. Zahn's last few Star Wars novels have felt rather bland. It's nice to see him at his best again. He is helped in this because unlike those other novels he doesn't feel the need to drag in every single character he ever created. It's just Han (the man with the plan), Chewie (the muscle), Lando (front man), Winter (odd jobs), Kell (explosives/demolition), and a few new characters: Rachele (local contact), Zerba (costumes), Bink (ghost burglar), Tavia (electronics specialist), Dozer (ship thief), Eanjer (employer). It's quite an odd list but it works well.

The characters are all at different points than we're used to seeing them. Han is still trying to convince himself that his alliance with the Rebellion was just a one off thing. He can quit whenever he wants. Lando is still angry at Han for shafting him repeatedly. Winter is trying to control her anger and emptiness from the recent destruction of Alderaan. She doesn't know if Leia is still alive.
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Scoundrels is in my opinion the Worst SW book in a long time and considering that Zahn is one of the key creators of the EU just makes it worse.The story is essentially a crime caper and the only key SW stalwarts are Han,Chewie and Lando all though none of them really do anything or stand out in this tale.One of the biggest issues with this book is we know from the outset that the heroes are in no danger and are so poorly fleshed they could easily be switched out for other characters.By the end of the book nothing much has been achieved and my time spent reading it felt wasted.
There is no need to read this book as it adds nothing to the greater story and adds nothing to the history of its main players.
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As a book it's fairly well written and enjoyable as it's basically Oceans 11 in Starwars. Sadly its ultimately rather emotionless and rather shallow which stops it being truly great. It's a shame as there was huge potential with Winter and dealing with her whole planet being destroyed, but that is only lightly touched on and incidental to the plot.
So yes its fun but hardly great and certainly not as good as Zahn's original Heir to the Empire trilogy.
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