Star Wars: Specter of the Past Paperback – 3 Sep 1998
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i just bought this book and in my style finished it in 5 days, and thought that the book was really good....but it is slow. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2003 by Mr I Burns
Although his first trilogy was absolutely brilliant, Zahn has excelled himself this time. The book has a gripping (but complicated) plot and separate roles for each of the main... Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2000
I was awaiting another starwars book from timothy zahn for ages! He seems to be the only writer to do the starwars charachtors any justice, this is a must read! Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 1999
Star Wars Specter of the Past is a gripping book set about 15 years after The Return of the Jedi.The once mighty Epmire is down to 8 sectors and its fleet is down to 200 Star... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 1999
Congratulations on another excellent book! Like the rest of Zahn's work, this kept me on the edge of my seat! Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 1998