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2.56 out of 52.56 out of 52.56 out of 52.56 out of 52.56 out of 5 2.56 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Kube-McDowell Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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In the blockbuster best-selling tradition of Heir to the Empire comes this thrilling addition to the Star Wars saga, as peace gives way to a new threat.

It is a time of tranquility for the New Republic. The remnants of the Empire now lie in complete disarray, and the reemergence of the Jedi Knights has brought power and prestige to the fledgling government on Coruscant. Yesterday's Rebels have become today's administrators and diplomats, and the factions that fought against imperial tyranny seem united in savoring the fruits of peace.

But the peace is short-lived. A restless Luke must journey to his mother's homeworld in a desperate and dangerous quest to find her people. An adventurous Lando must seize a mysterious spacecraft that has weapons of enormous destructive power and an unknown mission. And Leia, a living symbol of the New Republic's triumph, must face down a ruthless leader of the Duskhan League, an arrogant Yevetha who seems bent on a genocidal war that could shatter the fragile unity of the New Republic - and threaten its very survival.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 2/18/2014

    " The worst Star Wars book I ever read. And truly, that is saying something to earn that distinction- it beat out Barbara Hambly and her off the charts absurdity. Congrats, Michael P. Kube-McDowell! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 1/16/2014

    " Eh. Not as good as SW books can be (the X-Wing series), but not as horrible as many of them (Courtship of Princess Leia, for instance). The trouble with many of the SW books that feature the movie characters is that I find the characterizations in the book to be extremely inconsistent. Leia in this book is ineffectual, naive, and narrow-minded, pretty much the opposite of her movie character. Luke goes from peaceful hermit determined to take no more action in the world to an impatient jerk while in the company of the book's only other female character, another weak (despite her supposed power) and deceitful woman. Han is barely present except to give updates on the kids and do one minor thing to forward the plot, and old favorite Admiral Akbar seems a bit lame, too. Lando and the book's new characters, however, are interesting, and the plot is intriguing. I assume all the disparate plot elements will come together in the next book, and perhaps will make up for the jarring interpretations of beloved characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex Castellanos | 1/13/2014

    " There are a lot of things I loved about this book. The addition of the Yevetha was great. I found them very intriguing and I love cunning villains. I thought Lando and Lobot's story was good and a nice way to tone down the intensity of the Han/Leia/Nil Spaar story. But I was really disappointed in Luke's involvment. I would have enjoyed this book and the series a lot more if his story didn't stray so far from the prequel movies...can't blame McDowell though since this was written in 1996. Overall I enjoyed the book and the series. Good time-spender! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Derrick | 1/7/2014

    " What a load of crap. Bad story made even worse by bad writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 1/6/2014

    " Setting up an excellent new trilogy. The bad guys are conspicuously like Nazis so a clear case of good vs. evil. Who wouldn't want to read about Han, Luke, and Leia fighting Hitler? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amie R. | 1/3/2014

    " Worst Star Wars Book EVER. First part of the worst SW book trilogy ever written in the history of the universe. SKIP IT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Hartzell | 12/13/2013

    " A solid trilogy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea Haas | 6/16/2013

    " I hated this one. The characters do not behave as they should. It just felt so "off" that I had to quit reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair Beveridge | 6/10/2013

    " The Kyp charcter was solid, and I woudl also recommend this series to Star Wars fans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua Barsaleau | 5/26/2013

    " Not a bad series. (if you are a die hard star wars fan) decent writing, but not the best series written in this genre "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 3/18/2013

    " the stories and the lives of the beloved characters and how they faced what was coming in another alien invasion "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 1/9/2013

    " The New Republic is in danger because apparently our heroes are all very politically naive. I think there's yet another forgotten Imperial super weapon out there, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Domenech | 9/8/2012

    " It was entertaining. Good book for Star Wars fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/9/2012

    " I'm a little frustrated with how Leia was portrayed in this book, but I will try to withhold judgment until I finish the series. Otherwise, I'm enjoying the storyline and writing much more than the past few Star Wars books I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 12/13/2011

    " I don't like most of the Star Wars extended universe, but this particular trilogy of novels worked for me for whatever reason. Something about the villains actually being scary and one of the main characters realistically nearly dying probably helped. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Lynn Thomas | 6/22/2011

    " These books could have been awesome, but the writing is just terrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie Leroux | 12/17/2010

    " it was okay.If Leia used the force she wouldn't seem so naive. Maybe that's the point? It was hard to keep track of all the characters, but the Lando plot was the most interesting and true to character for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wesley | 6/22/2010

    " I can't make up my mind on this trilogy. Overall, it probably wasn't all that good, but the Star Wars universe was really having a bad streak of books leading up to it, so it probably seemed better than it really was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 4/9/2010

    " I read a lot of Star Wars novels in Jr. High. It took a few dozen books before I realized many of them just weren't all that stellar. Ah, well, I'll squirrel away the memories on the internet and free up a book shelf.


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/26/2010

    " Horrible. Skip it! Even if you're a SW fan!

    Loose plot, bad characterization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 10/22/2009

    " Nice story in that it gives everybody something to do and balances space opera with politics.
    I found the main bad guy more annoying than cool or menacing, so that hurt that story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 5/7/2009

    " The worst Star Wars book I ever read. And truly, that is saying something to earn that distinction- it beat out Barbara Hambly and her off the charts absurdity. Congrats, Michael P. Kube-McDowell! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Walt | 2/19/2009

    " Setting up an excellent new trilogy. The bad guys are conspicuously like Nazis so a clear case of good vs. evil. Who wouldn't want to read about Han, Luke, and Leia fighting Hitler? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 7/4/2008

    " Best Star Wars book I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 7/29/2007

    " The New Republic is in danger because apparently our heroes are all very politically naive. I think there's yet another forgotten Imperial super weapon out there, too. "

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