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Star Wars: Specter of the Past Paperback – 3 Sep 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New Ed edition (3 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553504177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553504170
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance.""--Library Journal"
"Longtime fans should get considerable pleasure from this addition to the saga.""--Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn makes his triumphant return to the Star Wars(r) universe in this first of an epic new two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet--a dead Imperial warlord.
The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats--one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones. Yet, perhaps most dangerous of all, are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 7 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is just as good as the original Thrawn trilogy. All characters and storylines interact well to produce on of the best Star Wars novels that I have read. After finishing this you will be desperate to read 'Vision of the Future'.
However, I would not recommend reading this book if you haven't read the original Thrawn trilogy. Not because it is hard to pick up the storyline but reading this first will spoil your enjoyment of three great novels.
No other author manages to capture the magic of the movies quite like Zahn does. I can't wait for more.
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THE STORY:
Fifteen years after 'Return of the Jedi', the New Republic is struggling with internal discontent and the Empire, under Grand Admiral Pellaeon, is but a remnant of it's former self. Into these troubled times three power-hungry Imperials create the illusion of Grand Admiral Thrawn's return as Leia discovers the existence of the mysterious Hand of Thrawn.
WHAT'S GOOD:
Zahn brings his usual high-quality style to this book and it reads very much as a continuation of the original Thrawn trilogy. One of the things I liked most was the fact that Pellaeon is a shrewd enough tactician to know when to sue for peace, which is a drastic change from the usual maniacal Imperial leaders from other Star Wars books. Zahn wrote this book with strong links to Michael A. Stackpole's 'I, Jedi' and as such there are many familiar faces ranging from Corran Horn to Elegos A'kla. Generally speaking, this is an excellent addition to the saga.
WHAT'S BAD:
Fans of Star Wars action may well be disappointed as this book mostly consists of the build-up towards conflict, rather than the conflict itself. Leia's official position is a bit unclear too, in the preceding and following Star Wars books she's Chief of State, but here she seems to have no official power at all.
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Having never read any star wars books, only listened to the audio and this was a great starter. It brings back characters from the old thrawn trilogy, who had not had any major roles since, like Talon Karde, and Captain/Vice Admiral/Admiral Pellaeon (who had only been in darksaber since).
The introduction of new characters suchas Moff Disra and Major Tierce gives the story a new flavour and the ending will leave you interested and keen to read vision of the future.
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A great book from an excellent author. It is worth buying this book just for the plot. The idea of the whole Thrawn scam is quite clever with some clever plot twist and excellent description, this a brilliant book. The character developemnt is great and the plot twists near the end of this duology are good. I've just re-read this book for the uptenth tome and you HAVE to get it . If you don't you don't know what you're missing.
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By A Customer on 1 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
Okay, lets put it bluntley....Spectar is the best thing to come out of the Star Wars universe lately since the Rouge Squadron. Timothy Zahn and Stackpole are probably the only two writers that have taken the original star wars universe and made it better. Spectar is a product of that kind of writing. Nothing against the other SW's writers but they havent been able to capture the characters essence and they havent been able to grip a reader as Zahn can. I had almost given up on star wars books until I found out that Zahn was writing this book. This book brought back the characters and the creativity that first attracted me to the Star Wars universe. He has a great sense of plot and storytelling that is so addicting, you dont have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy the action and drama. He puts thought behind his villians, not just the brute Empire hates Republic storyline that most authors use. I have truley enjoyed this book for the refreshing storyline and character development, nothing like the other star wars books. I recommend it to any fan getting bored of the same old Star Wars plotline. All I can say is When is the sequel?!!!!!!! I cannot wait for more!
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Zahn practically invented the starwars universe after ROTJ with Heir To The Empire (A must read!!!) When I first heard about the Hand of thrawn I couldn't wait to read it. As expected it is magic !!!!! I can't wait to get hold on the sequel. When I read Zahns books I feel the force They are so great they even destroy the possibility of making movies after ROTJ because I think most of you agree that Zahn`s books are equal to the movies in reliability about the starwars universe. When I read I feel ,The dream Luke had in the end gave me the chills, The characters Karrde, Mara Jade, G A Thrawn and Pellaon is the greatest additions to the starwars universe ever since the movies !!!!!! I love the situations Zahn puts the main characters in ! Specially all those hard choses about the ones they care for Anyone agrees ? Mail me if ya wanna
THANK YOU MR ZAHN !!!!!!!
One part of me is waiting for the solution of the greatest most epic story ever (STARWARS) and one part of me wants it to never end
Gotta go Seeya all *S*
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By A Customer on 7 Nov. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Whooo! Star Wars (the TRUE Star Wars)has returned. Chock-full of action, drama, and cool interplay.... And not full of Leia-the-all-wise-self-effacing-and-totally-wimp leader, Han-the-respectable (yeah right!) and most importantly, Luke-the-self-proclaimed-Jedi-Master! They're all back the way we picture 'em, the way we want to picture 'em, and the way they'd BETTER keep picturin' them! Much more interesting (I think) than the Heir to the Empire trilogy though a lot less ground breaking. But who cares! The ground Zahn broke back then is more'n sufficent enough to make this one awesome. Timothy Zahn, I bow before you! You are the Alpha and the Omega of Star Wars writers! Long live Timothy Zahn! You have saved us from a time of totally crappy and OOC (out-of-character:)) Star Wars books! (a la Crystal Star, Children of the Jedi, Darksaber, the Jedi Academy trilogy, etc.)
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