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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,048 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin J. Anderson Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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As the war between the Republic and the scattered remnants of the Empire continues, two children, the Jedi twins, will come into their powers in a galaxy on the brink of vast changes and challenges. In this time of turmoil and discovery, an extraordinary new Star Wars saga begins.

While Luke Skywalker takes the first step toward setting up an academy to train a new order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But when Han and Chewie break away, they flee to a secret Imperial research laboratory surrounded by a cluster of black holes - going from one danger to a far greater one.

On Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends, only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han himself. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Larry E | 2/17/2014

    " Slow moving but yet interesting. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Higgins | 2/12/2014

    " I have a problem giving this book a high rating because of it's formulaic format that nearly every Star Wars book follows even though I enjoyed it. What makes the book interesting is the characters not the necessarily the writer. There are some instances where the characters will fall into doing stereotypical actions that annoy and can become a little boring. If you don't like Star Wars or have never seen any of the movies this is definitely not a good jumping in point obviously. Also, if you're not really into Star Wars then I wouldn't recommend reading this book because you really have to be invested i finding out what is going to happen next and what came before it since it's the first in a trilogy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Callista | 2/11/2014

    " I found it ridiculous and unconvincing (even for a genre that generally requires willing suspension of disbelief). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan Fitzpatrick | 2/10/2014

    " This book, and the trilogy it's a part of, is basically a crime against the Star Wars expanded universe. Characterizations are all wrong, the author's handling of the Force is completely wrong (and in some cases approaches straight out plagiarism of Robert Jordan's One Power), and the writing in general is just plain bad. There's lots of good Star Wars out there to read - anything with Timothy Zahn's name on it, for instance. Avoid Anderson's "work" and save yourself so e grief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dakota | 1/20/2014

    " Not my top favorite of the Star Wars collection, but still worth noting. If you share my Star Wars vice then this is one to look for. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GüneÅŸ Eser | 1/18/2014

    " There is obviously some lack of detailing. Movie like narration is good but in some sections you can say; "This is boring or the translation(Turkish) was really bad." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheri-lee | 1/2/2014

    " There are far too many inconsistencies with the past and present technology and Luke Skywalker's power in the force is inconsistent with what he has been able to in the past as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Siria | 12/31/2013

    " There really isn't much I can say about this, other than the fact that I am simultaneously amused and appalled that my twelve-year-old self liked this book so much. In fairness, it's not that Anderson is a bad writer, though his characterisation makes me want to smack him frequently; it's just that I could only contain my laughter up to the time he describes one of the characters looking out at the city of Coruscant bathed in starlight. You know. Coruscant. The planet the entire surface of which is covered in buildings. And that was about ten pages in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Betts | 12/29/2013

    " This is the first full length novel I ever read, way back in 1993ish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 12/14/2013

    " Great way to start of the trilogy. I enjoyed this book and it was fairly easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noel | 10/9/2013

    " Why, yes, when I was 12-16 I read Star Wars books. Avidly. And I got so much shit for being a girl who was really, really into Star Wars. So the 4 star rating I gave this when I was 12 stays, got it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 10/8/2013

    " Luke Skywalker tries to set up a new Jedi Academy, but is partly disrupted by problems of his friend and relative, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Maybe not the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg Lindsay | 4/16/2013

    " Sadly I just could not get into this story. I was surprised cause Kevin Anderson is one of my favorite authors and I love his books. I don't think I'll be reading the other two in this trilogy....at least not anytime soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 1/2/2013

    " A runner-up to the best Star Wars non-movie novels, coming in just behind the Timothy Zahn trilogy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David Agranoff | 11/5/2012

    " Eh, I like the concept, I like the plot. The story is pretty good, but the execution leaves something to be desired. Not one of the better star wars novels but entertaining enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denae | 8/28/2012

    " All I can remember is sneaking time away from school books to read this trilogy. Can't remember a lot about the actual story.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 3/2/2012

    " This felt like a movie in that there is so much description that one experiences the action. Luke Skywalker has started to build the New Jedi Knights and is traveling to find talented candidates. Meanwhile. Chewie and Han are captured, enslaved and then escape in a new ship, the Sun Crusher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dominic | 2/7/2012

    " Kyp appears, the new potential dark basically. He is strong in the force, luke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/23/2011

    " past the halfway point. I like the structure a lot. Each chapter cycles through each individual story working towards tying together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate Wohlford | 10/7/2011

    " a great read if you like star wars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wesley | 9/26/2011

    " The second big trilogy to be written in the expanded universe. Not nearly as good as the Zahn series, but it an interesting read as it details the start of the new Jedi Order. A very important series for the foundation of the "expanded" universe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 9/6/2011

    " Liked this one as a first books goes. Let's see where it take me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viktoria | 11/24/2010

    " I really enjoyed reading this book but about half way through I had a feeling I knew how it was going to end and behold, it ended exactly how i thought it would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 9/29/2010

    " To be honest, I was glad for this trilogy to be over. It was fun meeting new Jedi, though some were douchier than others, new enemies that just couldn't catch a break but it wasn't the greatest of stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/17/2010

    " A great way to end the series. Kip Duron, still under the power of a Sith Lord, uses the planet destoying Suncrusher to exact revenge on the Empire for his family's fate. Things get really complicated as both Han and Luke try to bring him back to the light side of the force. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 6/27/2010

    " A good end to a good trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wesley | 6/22/2010

    " Important early series in the Star Wars line. A must read to see how many of the Masters in the newer books got their start. "

  • 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 4/4/2010

    " Nothing earth shattering here, just a good, solid bit of space opera with an interesting mix of new and old Star Wars characters.
    Fun read.

    After Zahn's stuff, I think I enjoyed Anderson's SW stories most.






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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beast(scott | 1/13/2010

    " the star wars trilogy is astonishing how in-depth it is "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 8/30/2009

    " This book was great. The first two in the series really set this one up well. After I finished the other two, I was dying to read this one. It ended the series really well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 4/25/2009

    " see my rating for book 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 4/16/2009

    " This book had the most action out of the 3. I liked every story line that was going on with Han & Lando. Luke and his students, Leia and her counsel, Chewie and C-3PO. After watching the movies again I can link names/faces/places within the books. "

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About the Author
Author Kevin J. Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author. Copies of his books number over twenty million and appear in thirty languages—among them the bestselling prequels to Dune, cowritten with Frank Herbert’s son Brian. He has written more than forty national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula, Bram Stoker, and SFX Readers’ Choice Awards.

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. Heald has also won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.