“This was the first adult book I read as a kid. And I loved it. I still have fond memories of it, so I decided to read it again and see how much of it was just plain old nostalgia and how much of it was real. It turns out - It's a really good book.
Timothy Zahn knows how to write. What stood out to me the most was how much this felt like a Star Wars movie. It really did. Granted, most of the characterization relied on what we had known from the movie, but he invents some knew characters that slip into the plot just fine. And the plot is paced quite well. It's never boring.
So I guess, If you like Star Wars the movie, then there is a pretty good chance that you might like this book. And please don't let the fact that most books based on movies suck deter you. I think the Star Wars books are an exception to that rule.
Hey, it get's 5 stars from me, and I'm more often than not stingy about that.”
“The first book I ever bought for myself with my own money!”Juliet Fox wrote this review Tuesday, March 29, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best of the expanded universe stories.”Chad B wrote this review Tuesday, March 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Finally a Star Wars where the force isn't the awnser to everthing! Grand Admiral Thrawn(The Antagonist) is a true military Genius. Great Book!”Mitchell de Zylva wrote this review Monday, February 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“epic”Face M wrote this review Tuesday, February 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this is a really good book.
“A highly enjoyable book, even for those who are not absolute Star Wars nerds like me.”Rocky M. wrote this review Sunday, January 2, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Best star wars book series, by far1”Marc L wrote this review Thursday, December 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Timothy Zahn's first book, Heir to the Empire, is quite well-written with a complex plot and the recaptured magic of the original trilogy. Too bad Lucas couldn't be bothered making a movie out of this one!
It's been five years since the fall of the Emperor and the destruction of the smuggler Jabba the Hut. The results of these events come back to haunt Luke in several ways in the form of the last Grand Admiral of the Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Less tempered and volitile than Vader, Thrawn yet has a command and military genius that threatens to knit back together the Empire. And as he plots to overthrow the New Republic and take back their planets, there are several themes that come up that eventually thwart that plan.
Betrayal and loyalty always play well in the Star Wars universe and this book is no exception. We meet an apparent last of the Jedi Knights who links up with Thrawn to help him with a stash of goodies on a planet in a mountain where this Jedi sits and rules. Hidden agenda: he wants Leia's twins!