Star Wars Legacy of the Force #2: Bloodlines

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A new era of exciting adventures and shocking revelations continues to unfold, as the legendary Star Wars saga sweeps forward into astonishing new territory.

Civil war looms as the fledgling Galactic Alliance confronts a growing number of rebellious worlds–and the approaching war is tearing the Skywalker and Solo families apart. Han and Leia return to Han’s homeworld, Corellia, the heart of the resistance. Their children, Jacen and Jaina, are ...

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Overview

A new era of exciting adventures and shocking revelations continues to unfold, as the legendary Star Wars saga sweeps forward into astonishing new territory.

Civil war looms as the fledgling Galactic Alliance confronts a growing number of rebellious worlds–and the approaching war is tearing the Skywalker and Solo families apart. Han and Leia return to Han’s homeworld, Corellia, the heart of the resistance. Their children, Jacen and Jaina, are soldiers in the Galactic Alliance’s campaign to crush the insurgents.

Jacen, now a complete master of the Force, has his own plans to bring order to the galaxy. Guided by his Sith mentor, Lumiya, and with Luke’s young son Ben at his side, Jacen embarks on the same path that his grandfather Darth Vader once did. And while Han and Leia watch their only son become a stranger, a secret assassin entangles the couple with a dreaded name from Han’s past: Boba Fett. In the new galactic order, friends and enemies are no longer what they seem. . . .

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As civil war widens in the Galactic Alliance, terrorism provokes the Alliance towards harsh repressive rules that cause widespread recriminations. As brother turns against brother, old foes Han Solo and Boba Fett are drawn together by the new dangers, and Luke and Mara Skywalker grow anxious that their only son will be endangered by a choice beyond their control.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345477514
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/29/2006
  • Series: Star Wars: Legacy of the Force Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 182,693
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.87 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Traviss is the author of two Star Wars: Republic Commando novels, Hard Contact and Triple Zero, as well as City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, and The World Before. A former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, Traviss has also worked as a police press officer, an advertising copywriter, and a journalism lecturer. She has served in both the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. Since her graduation from the Clarion East class of 2000, her short stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, On Spec, and Star Wars Insider. She lives in Devizes, England.

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Chief of State's reception suite, Senate Building, Coruscant, ten days after the raid on Centerpoint Station.

The worst thing about being thirteen years old was that one moment you were expected to be an adult, and the next everyone treated you like a child again.

Ben Skywalker – thirteen and confused about what was expected of him – sat trying to be patient in the reception of Chief Cal Omas's offices in the Senate building, taking his lead from his cousin Jacen Solo. It was the kind of office designed to make you feel like you didn't matter: a whole apartment could have slipped into the space between the outer doors and the wall of Omas's personal office. Ben almost expected to see tangled balls of misura vine rolling across the spotless pale blue carpet, driven by a distant wind. He couldn't see the point of all that empty space.

But the Senate building had been occupied and changed out of all recognition by the Yuuzhan Vong, Jacen said. Architects, designers and an army of construction droids had taken years to wipe away all traces of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion and restore the building to the way it had been. Ben tried to listen in the Force for the echoes of the aliens and their weird living technology, and thought he heard unrecognizable sounds. He shuddered and tried to occupy himself with the holozines stacked on the low greelwood table.

The 'zines were all very dull current affairs weeklies and political analysis, and one of them displayed an image of Jacen. Ben picked it up and activated it, smiling at the next image of a rotating Centerpoint Station, which didn't look quite so good in real life since he had helped sabotage it.

It's good to feel part of something important.

The holoreport featured clips of Corellian news of the raid on Centerpoint, but it didn't mention Ben, and he wasn't sure if that upset him or not. Some recognition would have been nice; but the Corellian sources that were quoted were pretty rude about Jacen, calling him a traitor and a terrorist. The reporter's voice seemed to fill the room even though the volume was set to minimum and the carpet and tapestries on the walls muffled the sound.

The report wasn’t very kind about Uncle Han, either. A middle-aged man Ben didn’t recognize was telling the reporter what he thought. “So he calls himself a Corellian. But forget that bloodstripe on his uniform pants – it might as well be a big yellow streak down his back, because Han Solo is just a Galactic Alliance puppet. He’s betrayed Corellia by sitting on his backside doing whatever his Alliance buddies tell him to. And his son’s just the same.”

Jacen seemed embarrassed. Maybe he was more upset for his dad. Ben would have been.

"You should use an ear-piece to listen to those privately," said Jacen.

"But you're famous." Ben offered him the holozine. "Want to see?"

Jacen raised one eyebrow and seemed more worried about his meeting with Chief Omas. "Fine, but I could do without Thrackan Sal-Solo using me to humiliate my father in front of Corellia. You realize he gave all this information to the media, don't you?"

"Yeah, of course I do. But if we're not ashamed of it, why does it matter? We did the right thing for the Galactic Alliance. Centerpoint Station was a threat to everyone."

Jacen turned his head very slowly with that half-smile that Ben had learned meant he was impressed. "But a lot of worlds are taking Corellia's side now. So do you think those stories do any harm or not?"

Ben could always spot a test now. He knew he had to say what he believed: there was no point trying to be too clever. He wanted to learn from Jacen so badly that it burned him up. "Some worlds will always go against the Alliance anyway. So we might as well let the people on our side know we're taking action. Makes them feel safer."

Jacen nodded approvingly and Ben felt a little Force touch somewhere in his mind as if Jacen were patting him on the head. "That's very perceptive. I think you're right."

"Everyone will know you're doing your best to stop a war, anyway." Ben put the holozine back on the table and glanced at the rest of the titles. "There seem to be more pictures of you than anyone."

Jacen's smile faded for a moment and he glanced towards the doors of Omas's office, looking as if he was willing the head of the Galactic Alliance to finish his meeting and come out. Ben began to pick up what had caught Jacen's attention: there was a definite sense of conflict, of people arguing, and it was almost as clear as hearing it if you knew how to listen in the Force. Ben did now. Jacen was a good teacher.

Ben concentrated on Jacen's face. He looked a lot older lately. Sometimes he looked almost as old as Dad. "What's happening?"

"Heavyweight politics," said Jacen, barely audible.

He put his fingers almost to his lips, a very discreet gesture; it wasn't obvious to anyone else – anyone else in this case being only the aide at the desk outside Omas's grand double doors – but Ben took the hint. Be quiet.

He was suddenly worried about letting Jacen down. Chief Omas wasn't a stranger; the man knew his father, and Ben had been brought to meet him at a state celebration — pretty much all Ben remembered of that affair was feeling very small in a sea of tall people having conversations he didn't understand. But Ben wanted to be seen as Jacen's apprentice, not as Luke Skywalker's son, the heir to the dynasty as one of the guests had called him. It was hard being the son of two Jedi Masters who everyone referred to as "legends". Ben had lost count of the times he had felt invisible.

"Chief Omas won't keep you, Jedi Solo," said the aide, tilting her head slightly towards the closed doors of Omas's office itself. "He's with Admiral Niathal at the moment."

I'm invisible again, thought Ben.

He composed himself and sat down with his hands folded in his lap, a mirror of Jacen's own posture. He tried to count the number of different species of animal depicted on the huge tapestry that covered part of the wall opposite. What he had first thought was just a mass of random color was actually thousands of overlapping images of every animal he could imagine from across the galaxy – across the whole Galactic Alliance.

Eventually the doors parted and Niathal strode out, radiating annoyance. Chief Omas appeared in the doorway behind her and forced a smile. "Ah, Jacen," he said. "I'm sorry to keep you. Won't you come in? And Ben. I'm glad you could make it, too."

Niathal glanced at Jacen as if she didn't recognize him. He acknowledged her with a slight bow of his head.

"Admiral," he smiled. "A pleasure to see you."

Niathal turned a little more to the side, the equivalent of a very frank stare for a Mon Calamari, a species with side-set eyes, and scrutinized both of them. "You did a very fine job at Centerpoint Station, sir. And you, young man."

My name's Ben. But he had learned a little diplomacy now. "Thank you, ma'am."

Omas beckoned Jacen forward and Ben followed meekly. Omas did not make the tired comment that Ben had grown since he'd last seen him, nor did he look past him when he was talking to Jacen. The Chief met his eyes. It was both unsettling and exciting to be treated as an adult; Ben concentrated hard on what was being said.

Omas sat behind his desk rather than in the chair opposite them, as if he were taking cover. "So what brings you here, Jacen?"

"I have a proposal."

"Go ahead."

"Crippling Centerpoint Station only bought us time with Corellia. We might have a few months at most before it's operational again, and then we're back where we began but with a much more aggrieved Corellia that's gathering more support."

"Is this an extrapolation from what you see in the Force, Jacen?"

"No, it's just obvious to the point of inevitability."

Ben felt Omas teeter on the edge of reacting. It was as if the two men were having an argument without any of sign of it in their words or their voices.

"Go on," said Omas.

"Now is the only time we'll have for pre-emptive action, before any real opposition to the Galactic Alliance has chance to organize. Corellia, Commenor and Chasin need complete dissuasion, very public dissuasion to make a point to other governments about the need for unity – and a complete neutralization of their capacity to fight a war. The destruction of their shipyards."

Ben was glad Jacen had said destruction. It was the first clue he'd had of what dissuasion actually meant.

"This," said Omas slowly, "is not unlike another conversation I've just had."

The way he said conversation made it clear what he'd been arguing about with Niathal. So she wanted to take action, exactly as Jacen did. "We've slapped Corellia and made a martyr to a cause," said Jacen. "An armed martyr to an armed cause."

"But Corellia has seen what we're made of, and that'll make them think twice."

"And we've now seen what they're made of," said Jacen. "And I have thought twice. If you give me command of a battle group, I can destroy the main shipyards and put an end to this now. If Corellia can be brought to heel, it sends the message that no single planet is bigger than the Alliance."

"You're asking me to declare war, Jacen, and that's something I'd never get Senate backing to do. And I know where the Jedi Council stands on this."

"War's coming anyway. If you draw a weapon on a Corellian, you'd better be prepared to use it. We drew it when we took out Centerpoint."

Omas was doing a good job of disguising his fear, but Ben could feel it. It didn't feel as if he was afraid of Jacen, but it was a vague and formless dread, as if events were drowning him.

"Talking of Corellians, would this attack not drive a huge wedge between you and your father?"

"It might well," said Jacen. "But I'm a Jedi, and it's precisely that kind of personal motivation we're trained to disregard."

"I'll take it under advisement."

"I'll take that as a no." Jacen seemed perfectly calm. "I can tell you, with the certainty of the Force, that failing to stamp out dissent completely now will result in the deaths of billions in the coming years. We stand on a tipping point where we can choose chaos or order."

Omas meshed his fingers, hands on the desk, and stared at them both. "I agree we have a volatile situation here. Yes, this is a tipping point. But I think that escalating military action will be what tips us over into war, not what limits it. I remember the Empire, Jacen. I lived through it. And I dread seeing us become that kind of government."

Jacen just gave Omas a little nod of the head and stood up to leave. "Thank you for listening to my concerns."

They took the long walk back to the Senate lobby, down a broad corridor lined with blue and honey-gold marble inlay, and traveled down to the ground floor in a turbolift with walls so highly polished they were almost an amber mirror.

"Is politics always like that?" said Ben. "Why don't you both say what you mean?"

Jacen laughed. "Then it wouldn't be politics, would it?"

"And why does everyone keep saying, 'Oh, I remember the Empire...'? Uncle Han says it was bad, and so does Chief Omas. If they're both afraid of the same thing, why are they on opposite sides?"

Jacen seemed to find it very funny. Ben was embarrassed.

"I was only asking, Jacen."

"I'm not laughing at you. It's just very refreshing to hear someone cut through the nonsense and ask real questions."

"So what are you going to do next?"

Jacen checked his comlink. "Dad's still not responding. I need to clear the air with him. He’s angry about Centerpoint."

"I meant about Chief Omas."

"We'll be patient. The solution will become clear – to both of us."

"You and Omas."

"No, you and me."

Ben was delighted that Jacen seemed to take his opinions seriously. He was more determined than ever to conduct himself like a man, and not a boy. He knew now that he would never play again.

They crossed through the forest of pillars of the Senate lobby and emerged into the hazy sunshine that bathed the plaza.

Strung out in a ragged line, a group of around two hundred people had gathered to protest in front of the Senate building. Dozens of Coruscant Security Force officers had formed a loose line in front of the building, but it looked peaceful. The occasional shout of "Corellia's not your colony!" made it clear who the protesters were. Coruscant was home to beings from almost every planet in the galaxy, and even when war seemed to be coming, they stayed here. Ben found that...odd. Wars were about front lines and distant planets, not about people who looked a lot like him and who almost lived next door.

"Something tells me we'd better not stop and sign autographs," said Ben.

Jacen stopped to look back at the protest. "How many Corellians do you think live in Galactic City?" One of the beings in the crowd had projected a huge holo-image onto the face of the Senate building: it read CORELLIA HAS A RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE. "Five million? Five billion?"

"Do you think they're dangerous?"

"I'm simply thinking what a complicated war this will be for Coruscant because so many Corellians live here."

"But we're not at war. Yet."

"Not as far as governments are concerned," said Jacen. "But feel what's around you."

Ben's Force senses were a fraction of Jacen's, trained in not much more than physical skills and the beginnings of true meditation. He closed his eyes. He felt the vague tingling at the back of his throat, the hint of something dangerous but far away. The slight breeze across the plaza swept scents of foliage with it. The protest continued, now a little noisier, but still peaceful.

"I can feel a threat, but it's a long way away." Ben opened his eyes, worried that he had answered the wrong question. "Like a really bad storm coming. Nothing more."

"Exactly," said Jacen. "Billions of unsettled, unhappy people ready to fight. People who want things to be settled. People who need peace."

"And that's our job, right?"

"Yes," said Jacen. "That's our job."

"And I'll be working with you."

Ben wanted to make sure. He was learning his first lesson in what Jacen called expedience. Ten days ago he had been a commando, a hero, a real soldier who had helped sabotage Centerpoint Station and enraged the Corellian government. Now he had to be quiet and speak when he was spoken to. He needed to know if Jacen would only treat him as an adult when it suited him, like his father did.

On some planets, you were a man at thirteen and that was that; no going back, and no worrying about what your parents would say. Mandalorian boys became warriors after trials at thirteen, supervised by their fathers. Jedi were trained from childhood too, but trials took an awful lot longer than that. Ben knew he wouldn't be a Knight until he was well into his twenties.

It seemed like a lifetime away. Suddenly he envied Mandalorian boys he would probably never meet.

"Yes," said Jacen at last. "Of course you will. It's not always going to be easy, but you can handle it. I know you can. Some of the things we'll talk about have to be kept between us, but that's the way with military matters. Are you ready for that?"

As if he would discuss anything with his father. He wasn't even comfortable discussing some things with his mother these days. "Like Admiral Niathal?"

Jacen smiled. Ben had guessed right again. "Yes, like the Admiral, who I think is going to be an ally of ours."

"I understand, Jacen. I know this is serious."

"Good. That's what I needed to hear."

Ben basked in Jacen's approval but knew that wasn't the right thing to feel when they were talking about war. He was now very clear about the huge gulf between practicing with his lightsaber – which was a game – and then having to fight for real. People had already died. More would die in the future. Once the excitement of battle had worn off, he had thought about that a lot.

Right then, he wanted to know what had really happened to Brisha, the strange woman he hadn't much liked on first sight, and the Jedi called Nelani, whom they had traveled with. Jacen would say only that they had been killed – no details, no explanation – but Ben recalled none of it even though he was certain that he had been somewhere with them.

Did Jacen tell Dad, and not me?

It was eating at him. He hated not remembering things that felt important, and this did feel serious and worth remembering.

"Something's bothering you," said Jacen, as they walked away, leaving the Coruscanti protest behind them.

Yes: Brisha and Nelani. But Ben decided that part of growing up was knowing when to do as you were told, not like a child who didn't know any better, but as a soldier who understood that sometimes there were things you didn't need to know.

"Nothing important," he said. "Nothing at all."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

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    one awesome book by karen traviss

    this book seriously is awesome its on par with the first book in this amazing book series long live the legacy of the force book series long live darth caedus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2010

    The Legacy series moves to another level

    Having read many Star Wars books over the years, it is great to finally have a series that lives up to the Star Wars name. The entire Legacy series features the rise of a new Sith Lord, who is not only threatening, but is argueably one of the most powerful Sith Lords in the Star Wars cannon. With past Star Wars books I felt like the writer was trying to "convince" me how powerful his/her character or villian was (and usually, I wasn't sold on it) - but not this one. The reader gets the full sense of the power now confronting Luke, Leia, Han and the Galactic Alliance.
    Bloodlines takes the characters from the first book in the series (Betrayal) and gives them depth. We come to understand why certain characters (both good and evil) act in the way they do & what the character's motives and intentions are. We also learn what the fears, desires & insecurities of the main characters are. The lines between what is "good" and "bad" are blurred, as we realize that bad things can be done in the name of good, & not all who claim to be good are acting for the overall benefit of the majority. So, what is right? What is wrong? If you read this book, you almost automatically want to read the next one in the series. There is drama, action and surprises that the reader will not have seen coming
    Very well done and enjoyable -

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Part 2 of the Legacy of the Force series

    In this story, Jacen Solo increasingly becomes more and more like his grandfather Anakin Skywalker (AKA Darth Vader). He ditches the Jedi robes for a black paramilitary uniform and becomes the leader of a military unit whose job is to remove Corellians from Coruscant. Ben Skywalker is rapidly becoming Jacen's apprentice without knowing that both of them are edging toward the dark side. Meanwhile, Boba Fett has found out he is dying. He must search out a cloner that knows how to restore him. In the process, he meets up with a young girl that may be more important to him than he thinks.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome book series i am reading both legacy of the force and fate of the jedi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    Boba Fett is back

    This novel in the series adds new depth to the character of Boba Fett. It reveals new secrets of his past, and the story actually teams him up with Han Solo of all people. Do not miss this book if you are a fan of Boba Fett or Han Solo.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    "He's taking a different path as a Jedi, that's all"

    The second book in the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series, Bloodlines is written by Karen Traviss and takes place 16 days after the raid on Center Point Station. I could actually feel the difference between Betrayal, written by Aaron Allston, and this episode into Star Wars saga. I felt more emotion in this book, more connection to the characters, and can actually feel the pain that Jacen is feeling as he makes the decisions he must to learn all that he can of the Sith. There is still plenty of action and drama, but Karen has deepened the characters into 3 dimensional beings and added detail of activities that you don't find yourself wondering how you go there.
    I think my greatest peeve against this plot line is how oblivious the Jedi Counsel is to Jacen's decent. They finally realize that something is going on when he becomes a military commander and takes 13 year old Ben Skywalker on raids to round up all of the Corellian on Corusant, whether they were breeding dissent or not; turns out that the Jedi Counsel is only concerned how it will look to have the Jedi Grand Master's son participating in these raids.
    Only Luke really sees that Jacen is turning to the Dark Side. Does he confront Jacen? Does he take action to prove that Jacen is being swayed? Does he investigate what is going on? No, he whines to Mara Jade Skywalker, telling her that he doesn't want Ben around that. Really? After what happened with Anakin Skywalker only a generation before?
    I did enjoy the window into Boba Fett's life. That his body is giving out on him. That he had a family.
    And while I am really hating that no one around Jacen is confronting him about his decision, only getting frustrated that he's not the same kid he used to be.I am enjoying the story line. Watching him try to rationalize the decisions he's making. Trying to justify that by becoming a Sith he will have more ability to influence the force and bring stability to the universe, like his grandfather was supposed to before he lost control and became consumed by the evil.
    Unlike when I finished Betrayal, after reading Bloodlines, I am eager to read the third book in the series, Tempest by Troy Denning.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

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    Good, Not Great

    I thought this book was good, but not great like Betrayal. We see Ben get some action in the Galactic Alliance Guard, and how he reacts to it, Jacen go running around Coruscant arresting people, how the not-yet- offical war is progressing, and Han, and Boba, and Mirta Gev, Fett's granddaughter, team up to kill someone. There are quite a few dry spots in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Star wars forever

    I love this series!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    This book is awesome

    This is 1 of the best ive read so far. No doubt about it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Rumors!

    There is suposed to be three side story films about Yoda Han Solo and Boba Fett in between 789

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

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    this book seriously is amazing boba fett and han solo both team

    this book seriously is amazing boba fett and han solo both team up with each other which i thought never would happen but it does i love star wars its amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Who ever said this sucks i hate you more than anything.

    Very great

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Good read if you really liked Boba Fett

    Not Bad but really didn't get into the whole Boba Fett line. while the story is good I basically trudged through so that I could follow what happened with Jacen and his fall. What i really wanted to know was how Boba survived the Sarlac Pit but i never found that out.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    It sucks

    IT SUCKS!! DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!!!!!!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

    if u see anything having to do with clones,mandalorians or the Fetts Karen Traviss probable wrote it.

    alwase loved her Commando series and this book is no exeption its a great book to continue the darkside Jacen took

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    Absolutely a Fan

    I have always been a Star Wars geek but have never read a Star Wars novel until I started this series. Ms. Traviss did an outstanding job in painting a very believable landscape of geekfull bliss. The character lines, conflict, and resolve; all ran together rather seamlessly. I am certainly going to continue this series and would recommend this to anyone.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    Good book

    Awsome book, must have. I love bounty hunters and when I thought Boba Fett was dead for good I got really mad. But then I read the back of this book and saw the cover, I imeditly picked it up. I lovewr starwars novels and this one was realy good.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

    Love the author

    Karen Traviss is one of my favorite authors. I was so excited to read about some characters from other series. Not the most exciting of books, but I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    A reviewer

    I've always liked this author and this is better than the republic commando books. incredible. i love Boba Fett and actually liked to see a different side of him. thumbs up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Jacen's path

    I have to say I'm not totally surprised by the path Jacen's life has taken, but it's still disappointing. I see him following Vader's footsteps to a tee, but I really hope the end of it all will be a little more surprising. I was pretty psyched by the way Han Solo and Boba Fett teamed up. There were so many twists and turns with the characters and their relation to each other. The plot keeps thickening in this book, although some of the others don't progress as quickly or as interestingly. This was probably the best of the eight books so far. I liked the flow of it the best. It focused on much bigger issues than Jacen. I would definately recommend it.

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