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This new stand alone Star Wars novel fills the gap between the Second Galactic Civil War (Legacy of the Force series) and the new Fate of the Jedi series. It stars Jaden Korr, ambiguously defined hero of the video game Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. This book finally gives some of the details about Jaden Korr and what distinguishes him as a Jedi. It also manages to tie in the story of Jaden Korr's continuing inner struggle with the emerging storyline of the Sith tribe prominently featured in the Lost Tribe of the Sith ebooks and the Fate of the Jedi. However, this book deals with the sister-ship of the Omen, vehicle of the Sith tribe, so this story won't be a spoiler for any who haven't read Fate of the Jedi yet. Definitely a must read for anyone who played Jedi Academy as well as anyone interested in the ongoing Sith tribe storyline.
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Posted February 16, 2010
This was a great SW novel. Mr. Kemp has made a huge first impression on me in writing this novel. Not only is the story interesting and highly engaging (I couldn't put down the book within the last 100 pages), but he did it without using a single character from any of the movies and you end up genuinely caring for everyone of these new characters by the end of the novel. Thus far, only Karen Traviss had dared to do something like that. I hope this will create a new wave of stories that are bound only by George Lucas's universe and not his characters as well. Don't get me wrong, I love those characters, but they have been overused a little too much. I do have one criticism of this novel though: the whole premise of this story is that Jedi of the Old Republic and Luke Skywalker's new order meet. While Mr. Kemp gives an excellent and reasonable explanation for how this could happen, the two characters' story lines never really affect each other. He could have written two separate novels and nothing would have been different. I wish that those two characters' fates had been more intertwined. All in all, a fine addition to the SW novel library.
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Posted August 7, 2012
The characters make the novel enjoyable. The dialogue is off and clunky (especially how the characters seem to wander back and forth from the habit of using contractions in a manner that doesn't seem natural). What seems like the A-plot at the beginning (involving Jaden) kind of takes a backseat to the (IMO) much-less-interesting B-plot of the ancient Sith ship and leaves the A-plot for the last several chapters of the book. Despite what seems very two-dimensional, I did come to really enjoy the relationship that develops between the three main characters and was surprised to find myself looking forward to reading the sequel.
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Posted July 11, 2013
Crosscurrent is a thrilling adventure with a new cast of interesting characters. I have not played Jedi Academy, so this is my first real encounter with Jaden's character. Kemp really did a good job at taking an underdeveloped character and giving him some depth. I also liked Khedryn and Marr; they have elements of Han and Chewie while having many unique qualities as well. Relin is an interesting character as well. Even though he was pretty much steeped in the dark side for the second half of the book I still sympathised with him. I thought Saes was okay as the typical deluded sith; although his character was stereotypical, he still filled in the necessary role of Relin's opposite. As for the lignan, I thought it was believable, it was after all mentioned in Precipice, as was Saes. This was another thing that Kemp pulled off well; he took the beginning of Precipice and expanded on it, giving it detail.
The only real major problem with this novel was Kell Douro. While he was an interesting character, I feel he was completely out of place here. His storyline had almost no effect on the rest of the story, except that the clones stole his ship. He could have fit somewhere else, but not in this novel. Although he did let us see Darth Wyyrlok and learn that some people in the galaxy are aware of Krayt, he mostly just bogged down the novel.
Overall this is a well crafted adventure story and some cool new characters and situations, although the pacing was almost too fast for my liking. Either that or I just couldn't put it down because it was so enjoyable. Paul Kemp really did well at making this seem like a Star Wars novel and he made some very appropriate references that didn't seem contrived. A special nod to Darth Wyyrlok's cameo as a way to show how the One Sith deal with their isolation.
Posted July 3, 2013
This novel starts off a story that intertwines with many other stories in the EU of Star Wars. If you are just starting out reading SW or a die hard fan who's read many novels, this book is for youWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Lots of good action and an interesting plot twist or two. It was a bit predictable and many of the characters seemed like ports from the main star wars cast. The whole lines of fate thing was a bit odd... i didnt care for that aspect of th story but other than those few things i did have quite some fun with this read and it reads fast. Any fan should try it out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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This book is awesome! Has all the classic Star Wars essence, from space battles, jedi vs. Sith duels, even mystery that leaves you guessing! It ends on a cliffhanger that you'll immediately want to buy the sequel Riptide! I loved this book immensely and I'm sure you will too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted May 21, 2010
This isnt a bad book. Its just hard to say that it really excelled. The characters were written very well, but i felt the major plots of the story (timetravel, cloning, inner turmoil, exc) were missing something. I believe the intention of this book was just a setup for a series. Overall it will not hinder a book collector nor can i say that it would be a must have read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2010
For a Star Wars novel that doesn't have the core characters (Luke, Leia, Han), it is a decent story. The cool twist was finding the cloning lab, with the possibility of it being directed by Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the greatest of the Expanded Universe characters.
There may be a continuation of this story, so I hope they do some Thrawn flashbacks.
Crosscurrent is a great addition to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. What is truly great about this book is it ties in real nicely with the Fate of the Jedi series and the Lost Sith Tribe e-book series. Fans of the Jedi Knight video game series will recognize Crosscurrents main character Jaden Korr. It was nice to see Korr get his own book and hopefully he will show up in future books. Other great characters include Kell Douro, Saes Rrogan and Relin Druur. Kemp really goes out of his way to please everybody and Star Wars EU veterans will recognize much of what is referenced in this book. I was impressed with how much Kemp knew about the other novels and comics some of which has been around for quite a while. I also enjoyed the inclusion of the Great Hyperspace War; it fits into the story very well and adds to the story. The action scenes are great and the ending left me begging for a sequel Crosscurrent is a great Star Wars Novel that Star Wars fans can't afford to miss.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2009
well I've been a fan of Star Wars for YEARS and I will even read this book when it becomes available to me, but everything I have read over the years was great up until Fate of the Jedi Series.... Star Wars is going over the top now and taking it to far I mean come on Jedi Force powers that let you phase through solid objects (the hand through Mando Armor). And now we are going to have time travel? I always thought of star wars as not being a cheap production like all other friday night science fiction series. but lately it just seems like they will throw anything into their books.
Well I will play fair and reserve my feelings about CrossCurrent until I read it, but if it is going to go with the pattern of the fate of the jedi series then I think it will be more wild and exotic than what needs be. I miss the stories about friends with different strengths and weaknesses banding together to take out an all powerful foe. cus with all this time travel nonsence, the next thing you will see is Luke, Han, and Leia traveling through time to rescue Chewie, Anakin, Mara, Jacen, and Obi-Wan to keep them from dying.!! That book can be called The Return of those who shouldnt Return!
well Ill get off my rant now.. hope you all enjoyed!
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