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“This was one outstanding book. From the beginning to the end, I was hooked. The story of Luke Skywalker's decisions really put out that he too can make a bad choice. From crash landing on Mindor to getting out of there was brillant. And the way it was written, it wasn't written like a book, but...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I must say I am surprised people have said Stover "get's it." I don't think he does at all for several reasons. In a Star Wars book, there is little character development. Instead it's the talent of taking characters that already exist, and doing your best to replicate them perfectly. Stover...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I must say I am surprised people have said Stover "get's it." I don't think he does at all for several reasons. In a Star Wars book, there is little character development. Instead it's the talent of taking characters that already exist, and doing your best to replicate them perfectly. Stover however, did not. First, I had trouble imagining Luke, Leia and Han speaking in the dialect that they were in this book, in addition to other characters dropping the G in ‘ing’ words. I'll give him some credit however, that he did a great job replicating Lando. Secondly, despite Han Solo being one who would do many things to make a buck, I do not think he would sell out Luke as a character in a "HoloThriller," and much less have Leia support Solo's decision to sell Luke. Having said that, the idea of HoloThrillers just made me cringe. Yes, they may exist in the Star Wars universe. However, I don't think those in the Star Wars Universe would obsess over them. Overall, the idea of the 'HoloThrillers' just didn't do it for me at all.
Additionally, Stover spent WAY too much time discussing the engineering specs of certain cruisers and devices in the book. Unless you are a professional engineer, those pages are a struggle to read. I found myself skimming through those pages, as the imagery just did not work. I'm not sure if others experienced the same, but I had a very difficult time creating an image during the battle scenes. The creative ship names were, well creative, such as the "Remember Alderaan" and the "Wait Minute." Those names weren’t as distracting as where the many types of cruisers and ships that were difficult to follow.
The book however has its moments. I liked the spiritual side of the force that is portrayed in this book. The concept of "The Dark" was interesting. Also, some of the hand-to-hand and ground battles were done well. I also found it interesting that he was able to write what is going in R2-D2's circuits.
Overall, it was a poor book. It saved grace by getting a second star because I enjoyed a few things. However the characters obsession with 'HoloThrillers,' the inability to capture the main characters and the long-winded engineering explanations made this a struggle to read.
“Yet another Star Wars book. These things never seem to end - which I"m thankful for. Most of them are fair to good, but this verged on excellent. Directly after Episode VI, Luke is sent to command Rogue Squadron in an assault on the dark forces that control the planet Mindor. The original set-up is superficially similar to most of the Expanded Universe standalone novels. From the moment they reach the planet, though, both the writing and the plot are clearly superior. The battle is (ridiculously) complicated by asteroids, gravitational manipulation, and sun flares, and though a lot of it was lost on me, it's definitely an operator error, because the science was written in a hard-SF style, explaining every detail. The characters' dialogue made me laugh out loud - in the good, funny-joke way - and Stover fleshed out all the characters believably (though super-angsty Luke grated my nerves). Stover also wrote one of my other favorite Star Wars books, the novelization of Revenge of the Sith (which is 100x better than the movie).”Lisa C wrote this review Thursday, December 30, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel is one of several that manage to shoehorn in a plotine between the original trilogy; given that Stover's at the helm, it's done well. It's refreshing to read these characters way back when-- before they'd gone through the war and come out the other side older, wiser and deeply scarred. It also marks the return of the great bit character, Nick Rostu.”Jack R wrote this review Saturday, November 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting conflict with Luke.”Sean C wrote this review Tuesday, August 24, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good read, but one that felt bogged down by too much action and what seemed to be the author's self-love over his original "dark" character. If the entire book was as good as the first fourth of the novel, it would have been excellent. As far as Star Wars books go, however, this is a good, entertaining read, but not one I would want to read again, if not for the not-so-subtle jabs at fanfiction.”Scoke wrote this review Monday, July 26, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book. It was witty and close to the feel of the original trilogy. If you like classic star wars, you'll love this book!”Alli E wrote this review Wednesday, January 6, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm part way through, but I quit because I had to many books to read. I'd recommend it, but I haven't finished it.”Superstars111 wrote this review Sunday, October 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one outstanding book. From the beginning to the end, I was hooked. The story of Luke Skywalker's decisions really put out that he too can make a bad choice. From crash landing on Mindor to getting out of there was brillant. And the way it was written, it wasn't written like a book, but more like a movie or whatever. And it was great to see the character's reactions to how the galaxy saw them, I mean, I would feel the same way Luke was whenever he heard about the holothrillers that kept coming out.
Also, when Luke was on Mindor going through the trap, I was like 'Wow!' and 'What the heck? I didn't expect that!' Either way, Stover wrote this really well. I recommend it to anyone!”
“I love Matthew Stover! His Star Wars books are amazing. They have so much humor and action and the verbal exchanges are written beautifully. This one, set right after Return of the Jedi and dealing with an early mission of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie's in really intriguing. Not your average enemy, and it shows a very interesting side of Luke's personality, life and military career. Very interesting plot.”Jessica P wrote this review Thursday, June 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was very interesting. It had a lot of action and adventure and told a vast amount about the Star Wars theme (The Force). Still the book left out detail and did not coraspont to certian parts in the Star Wars world. ”Brandon W wrote this review Friday, April 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No