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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,728 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Zahn Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of the New Republic, remnants of the once powerful Empire make one last play for victory. Having implicated the Bothans in the genocide of the Caamas, they now plan an attack on Han and Leia that is also to be blamed on the Bothans. If they are successful, the New Republic will be torn asunder. To prevent inevitable disaster, Luke, Leia, Han, and their friends must prove the Bothans innocent and reveal the Empire's treachery. But time is running out.

The cunning major Tierce has joined with the ambitious Moff Disra in the Empire's master plan. At its heart lies the most elaborate con of all: the rumor that the legendary Grand Admiral Thrawn, long believed dead, has returned to lead the Empire to a prophesied triumph. The news of Thrawn's return is already rallying Imperial forces against the New Republic.

As Leia travels to a secret rendezvous with an Imperial commander who claims to want peace, Han and Lando Calrissian journey into enemy territory to learn the truth of Caamas destruction. Meanwhile, Luke and Mara Jade infiltrate a hidden fortress where Thrawn's most fanatical followers await his call to arms. And Talon Karrde returns to his underworld past and a brutal crime lord whose knowledge may save the Republic. But it is the truth about Thrawn that is most important. In his hands, alive or dead, rests the fate of the New Republic.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Hartzell | 2/6/2014

    " Zahn returns to the Star Wars Universe with another great tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Brock | 1/29/2014

    " A lot of Star Wars fiction just stinks. Timothy Zahn, on the other hand is in my opinion the best writer of Star Wars ever! His books are paced amazingly, I am always sucked in and can hardly ever put his books down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry E | 12/31/2013

    " Good story, fast moving plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew Wright | 12/29/2013

    " I remember having a copy of one of these books, and not understanding it because I didn't have its predecessor. When I finally got it out of the library, I wasn't overly impressed with this odd continuation of that whole Thrawn trilogy experience. There's a clone of him and you learn more about his past and whatnot, blah blah blah, not fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Houchin | 12/28/2013

    " Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future aren't quite as good as the original Heir to the Empire trilogy, but they are still among the best Star Wars novels I've read. Zahn knows how to make the Star Wars universe sing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Noel | 12/16/2013

    " unbelievably, this series of 2 blows Zahn's previous star wars trilogy out of the water. they're ALL SO GOOD! by far the best star wars books out there.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 11/29/2013

    " A good book, with an end that leaves you hungry for more. Oh, and let me just say that I loved the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher Brehm | 11/12/2013

    " I enjoy Zahn's writing and storytelling style. This was a good set of books. If you like the movies and have read Zahn's other Star Wars books I would recommend this set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 10/10/2013

    " On of the best Star Wars Books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic | 8/11/2013

    " I swear, Garm is totally Robert E. Lee "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 8/7/2013

    " This was a huge book. It should have been split in two and the series made into another trilogy. Regardless, it was exciting, if exhausting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Cook | 6/14/2013

    " Timothy Zahn is my favorite Star Wars author. He has a grasp of, and a way of presenting, the original film characters that no other writer does. His writing style is insightful and fast moving. He crafts his stories with finesse. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krishna | 4/28/2013

    " After reading six Tim Zahn-Star Wars books, I feel like I've been beaten up by Sugar Ray Leonard. No mas. I'm done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 2/21/2013

    " The bumpy romance of Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade...loved it ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/7/2013

    " Excellent duology. A must-read for any Star Wars fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin J. | 2/4/2013

    " Great and touching ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/3/2012

    " Here's the thing- I read this when I was 13. I don't remember much about it (a lot of action and general gripping thrillingness) except for one scene, but I remember that scene word for word. Probably because I am incredibly sappy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JM | 3/14/2012

    " An okay conclusion to "Spectre of the Past." The big reveal at the end is kind of anti-climatic, plus we never get to see what the real Camaas document said. In line with the rest of Zahn's output. Better than the awful "Outbound Flight" but not as good as some of his others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac Gallaway | 12/5/2011

    " Great ending book after Specter. A bit slow and leaves some to be desired, but brings a new aspect to the Star Wars universe as only Zahn can provide. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 9/18/2011

    " I like this one better than the first book in this duo, but you need to read the first one first so you get things in order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian Miller | 3/18/2011

    " A fantastic closing volume to the first phase of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Luke, Mara, Han, Leia, Wedge, and so many others are woven together in a brilliant, surprisingly moving web. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 2/18/2011

    " Incredible! Zahn takes each of the charactar's internal struggles, and sort of helps them see through it. And the climax was beyond incredible. Everything comes to ahead in 5 different locations, and yet they're all intertwined....it's breathtaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/4/2011

    " Liked it overall. This book I felt I could finally understand all of the Star Wars insider language. Honestly, these two book could have been combined and shortened. Each standout character, Luke, Leia, Han, Lando were all probably given too much story time, but I guess a big bow to the fankids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 10/18/2010

    " The ending picked up again, and made it a worthwhile book to finish, but this was definitely not as good as the other Star Wars books by Timothy Zahn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/29/2010

    " Loved the Luke and Mara part of the story, the rest was secondary. It was ok, but basically I was reading to find out what was happening with those two. Good story, if just for their bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/16/2010

    " This one was the most fun of his Star Wars books that I've read so far. Lots of clever twists and surprises, and plenty of well-woven plot threads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 4/9/2010

    " Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future aren't quite as good as the original Heir to the Empire trilogy, but they are still among the best Star Wars novels I've read. Zahn knows how to make the Star Wars universe sing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 3/15/2010

    " I enjoy Zahn's writing and storytelling style. This was a good set of books. If you like the movies and have read Zahn's other Star Wars books I would recommend this set. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/26/2010

    " One of my all time favorite SW books, the characters, dialogue, and action are all on target. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 7/10/2009

    " Another exciting book by Timothy Zahn. The second part in the series, an action packed story of how Han, Luke and Leia are finally able to defeat the "Hand of Thrawn." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 5/7/2009

    " Here's the thing- I read this when I was 13. I don't remember much about it (a lot of action and general gripping thrillingness) except for one scene, but I remember that scene word for word. Probably because I am incredibly sappy. "

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About the Author
Author Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn is the award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars Thrawn trilogy, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.