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VOYA -Disra and Tierce scheme to establish the phony Grand Admiral Thrawn as Supreme Commander of the Empire's forces, while Pellaeon makes a bid for peace with the New Republic spawning a plethora of plots and subplots. Luke rushes off to rescue Mara, held in the caves of Niravan. Leia responds to the peace overture. Han recovers a copy of the Caamus Document, incriminating prominent Bothans, and meets Thrawn in an unexpected spaceport confrontation. Meanwhile, the Empire orchestrates the outbreak of civil war among the members of the Rebel Alliance by simultaneous broadcasts of prerecorded attack messages. A surprising bonus-Luke proposes to Mara and she accepts-leaves the way open for yet another sequel.
While this is a "must read" for Star Wars fans it would be nothing less than dizzying to a new initiate to the series. Even avid fans will find the various twists and turns disconcerting. Characters abound. While the plot lines are a bit confusing, the flavor and authenticity of the original movies are maintained throughout. Alien life forms are creative, as always, from the winged Qom Jha to the swarms of fire creepers (insects that consume every living thing in their paths). If your collection carries Star Wars: Specter of the Past (Bantam Spectra, 1997), the first installment in this series, you had better plan on purchasing this one too.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12 and adults).