Star Wars The New Jedi Order #1: Vector Prime

Star Wars The New Jedi Order #1: Vector Prime

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by R. A. Salvatore

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Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread and threatens to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this volatile atmosphere

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Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread and threatens to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. And as the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces from beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim—an enemy bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen.

Suddenly, Luke Skywalker; his wife, Mara; Han Solo; Leia Organa Solo; and Chewbacca—along with the Solo children—are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, the power of the Force itself may not be enough . . .

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Random House Publishing Group
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Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Series, #1
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It was too peaceful out here, surrounded by the vacuum of space and with only the continual hum of the twin ion drives breaking the silence. While she loved these moments of peace, Leia Organa Solo also viewed them as an emotional trap, for she had been around long enough to understand the turmoil she would find at the end of this ride.

Like the end of every ride, lately.

Leia paused a moment before she entered the bridge of the Jade Sabre, the new shuttle her brother, Luke, had built for his wife, Mara Jade. Before her, and apparently oblivious to her, Mara and Jaina sat comfortably, side by side at the controls, talking and smiling. Leia focused on her daughter, Jaina, sixteen years old, but with the mature and calm demeanor of a veteran pilot. Jaina looked a lot like Leia, with long dark hair and brown eyes contrasting sharply with her smooth and creamy skin. Indeed, Leia saw much of herself in the girl—no, not girl, Leia corrected her own thoughts, but young woman. That same sparkle behind the brown eyes, mischievous, adventurous, determined.

That notion set Leia back a bit, for she recognized then that when she looked at Jaina, she was seeing not a reflection of herself but an image of the girl she had once been. A twinge of sadness caught her as she considered her own life now: a diplomat, a bureaucrat, a mediator, always trying to calm things down, always working for the peace and prosperity of the New Republic. Did she miss the days when the most common noise around her had been the sharp blare of a blaster or the hiss of a lightsaber? Was she sorry that those wild times had been replaced by the droning of the ion drives and the sharp bickering of one pride-wounded emissary after another?

Perhaps, Leia had to admit, but in looking at Jaina and those simmering dark eyes, she could take vicarious pleasure.

Another twinge—jealousy?—caught her by surprise, as Mara and Jaina erupted into laughter over some joke Leia had not overheard. But she pushed the absurd notion far from her mind as she considered her sister-in-law, Luke's wife and Jaina's tutor—at Jaina's own request—in the ways of the Jedi. Mara was not a substitute mother for Jaina, but rather, a big sister, and when Leia considered the fires that constantly burned in Mara's green eyes, she understood that the woman could give to Jaina things that Leia could not, and that those lessons and that friendship would prove valuable indeed to her daughter. And so she forced aside her jealousy and was merely glad that Jaina had found such a friend.

She started onto the bridge, but paused again, sensing movement behind her. She knew before looking that it was Bolpuhr, her Noghri bodyguard, and barely gave him a glance as he glided to the side, moving so easily and gracefully that he reminded her of a lace curtain drifting lazily in a gentle breeze. She had accepted young Bolpuhr as her shadow for just that reason, for he was as unobtrusive as any bodyguard could be. Leia marveled at the young Noghri, at how his grace and silence covered a perfectly deadly fighting ability.

She held up her hand, indicating that Bolpuhr should remain out here, and though his usually emotionless face did flash Leia a quick expression of disappointment, she knew he would obey. Bolpuhr, and all the Noghri, would do anything Leia asked of them. He would jump off a cliff or dive into the hot end of an ion engine for her, and the only time she ever saw any sign of discontentment with her orders was when Bolpuhr thought she might be placing him in a difficult position to properly defend her.

As he was thinking now, Leia understood, though why in the world Bolpuhr would fear for her safety on her sister-in-law's private shuttle was beyond her. Sometimes dedication could be taken a bit too far.

With a nod to Bolpuhr, she turned back to the bridge and crossed through the open doorway. "How much longer?" she asked, and was amused to see both Jaina and Mara jump in surprise at her sudden appearance.

In answer, Jaina increased the magnification on the forward screen, and instead of the unremarkable dots of light, there appeared an image of two planets, one mostly blue and white, the other reddish in hue, seemingly so close together that Leia wondered how it was that the blue-and-white one, the larger of the pair, had not grasped the other in its gravity and turned it into a moon. Parked halfway between them, perhaps a half a million kilometers from either, deck lights glittering in the shadows of the blue-and-white planet, loomed a Mon Calamari battle cruiser, the Mediator, one of the newest ships in the New Republic fleet.

"They're at their closest," Mara observed, referring to the planets.

"I beg your indulgence," came a melodic voice from the doorway, and the protocol droid C-3PO walked into the room. "But I do not believe that is correct."

"Close enough," Mara said. She turned to Jaina. "Both Rhommamool and Osarian are ground based, technologically—"

"Rhommamool almost exclusively so!" C-3PO quickly added, drawing a scowl from all three of the women. Oblivious, he rambled on. "Even Osarian's fleet must be considered marginal, at best. Unless, of course, one is using the Pantang Scale of Aero-techno Advancement, which counts even a simple landspeeder as highly as it would a Star Destroyer. Perfectly ridiculous scale."

"Thank you, Threepio," Leia said, her tone indicating that she had heard more than enough.

"They've both got missiles that can hit each other from this close distance, though," Mara continued. "Oh, yes!" the droid exclaimed. "And given the proximity of their relative elliptical orbits—"

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Star Wars The New Jedi Order #1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lucas Books made a great descision by having the one and only R.A. Salvatore kick off this series. He not only does great with Drizzt Do'Urden in Forgotten Realms, but he does great in Star Wars science fiction. He introduced the Yuuzan Vong very well by being desciptive. He even brought back the famous Lando Calrissian in 'Vector Prime. This book is worth a 5 star rating and I wish Salvatore could write all of the books in 'The New Jedi Order' because he's that good. Great book, great action, great characters. I'm done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading Star Wars novels back when Rogue Squadron was still being written. On a whim, I decided to give this series a shot and was most pleased by the fairly solid writing and characters. This book adds wonderful new dimensions to much loved characters by fleshing them out as individuals. My only complaint is that the novels tend to be very short so they dont make for a chewy read.
Mojobass More than 1 year ago
Also consider reading the e-book Boba Fett: a Practical Man. Vector Prime is the beginning of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion that taints the lives of many characters the star wars reader loves. R. A. writes the{here comes a story killer. please only read after reading the book, which is awesome and if you are reading this then you will get sucked in.} death of Chewbacca quite similar to the death of Wulfgar in his Legend of Drizzt series. Causing surviving characters to have a loss of innocence. Great pains cause Han Solo to become a shut-in for the next couple of books as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so great if G. Lucas doesnt make a movie out of this series, I will loathe him for the rest of my life. I've used this book to teach some of my classes along with the Ender's Game series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a scifi and Starwars reader, this book pretty much turned me onto fantasy, as I have a tendency to follow specific authors, and this book was well written, well conceptualized, and was a perfect beginning to the newest line of Starwars novels! One of my favorite of the Starwars authors, second only to Timothy Zahn! If you love starwars this book is a must to read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Salvatore must establish the villians and some of the plot arcs for the next novels in this series, and it is a task he manages brilliantly. This is a great piece of work with lots of action and nice development of the characters. He really captures the spirit of the movies
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This is the novel that adds new depth to the Star Wars series. Salvatore brilliantly develops all of the original characters and sets the tone for all the books to follow. A new and unique enemy is introduced that is a great challenge to the heroes. Salvatore should definitely write more Star Wars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It draws you into the new series and makes you want to read more.
I_Read_Star_Wars_Books More than 1 year ago
This book is an exellent introduction to the New Jedi Order. It shows you just how hard to beat the Yuuzhan Vong are, how determined they are to conquer the galaxy, and that they are full of surpises. Through the death of a much loved character, we realize that this series is going to be different; not all of the main characters are going to survive and live happily ever after, for once. This book has lots of 'minor action' and one large space battle at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one great book as i said before it is the darkest star wars novel in the whole expended universe even tho they kill off chewbacca it does not mean the book is bad now in the legacy of the force series of books another movie charecter might die and yes jacen solo is going to be a sith like his grandfather anakin skywalker
Guest More than 1 year ago
R.A Salvatore did an awesome job with Vector prime. It could be the first Star Wars novel you've ever read, and you'll still enjoy it. Not only does the author make the book from a jedi, or bounty hunter, but from an alien that's trying to rip the galaxy assunder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vector Prime Is Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! New Jedi order is the best Star Wars Series yet. This book was superbly written with such detail that i almost believed i was in The ExGal staton with Yomin Carr or on Sernpidal in one of the most tragic events of the saga. It truly captires the star Wars spirit, and with new caracters as well as the return of old favorites this novel is guarantied to keep star wars fans (even those who don't like expanded universe)turning pages for hours on end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book but dissapointing in a way like the fact that it was hard to get into at the start. The story line was hard to follow at points which makes it a hard read for people younger than the age of 12. The story was still good it had a good over all plot and was still a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While not the best book ever in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, it is definitely a change from the storylines that used to rule the galaxy (kidnappings, reclusive force users). You are definitely missing out if you skip this book and not just b/c its the first in what is looking more and more to be a very long and enjoyable series, but because the storytelling is excellent and that is very important in my eyes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book to be the best book I have read out of the entire starwars saga.I highly recomend this book for it's great action,and adventure. The author realy gets into details on the different events that take place in this wonderfull book. The thing that shocked me the most was when He got into detail on how chewie died. He was my favorite starwars character, and i think that those who like him as much as I do should read this, to here of his heroic efforts. A grand book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the beggining of a brand new era, with brand new enemies, and a terrible suprise that will affect all of our favorite characters' lives through this new war. A must read for all Star Wars fans. A great place to start even if you are beginning only now to read the Star Wars novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Star Wars fan but have never really enjoyed the books. This book has changed all of that. This book is absolutely phenomenal and gives a compelling story unlike any I have ever read.
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Mr-X_0024 More than 1 year ago
I have the first two but not the rest of the series. I was introduced to this series in 2011 as a college study for Rutgers University then graduated moments after I finished reading the second one. In 2013, I've received my own copies of the two books and I enjoyed them both. They can also make a perfect companion to the new movie subtitled as Episode VII, although this is the first book of the series, I'm also talking about its sequel which I've added as a recommendation. I've recently outgrown trading cards which are from Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh plus earlier this July, I've outgrown toys. I've also added recommendations for the earlier installments of the Divergent saga all leading up to Allegiant which is the first customer review I've made.
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Very descriptive
Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Star Wars The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime is the first book in the nineteen volume epic. Like most Star Wars books, it has it's share of fun new worlds, characters, creatures and humerus moments; but over all it's pretty slow moving. The story is so big that it takes the whole book just to establish the characters and the commencing of the Yuuzhan Vong invasion. Jecen and Jaina, who also star in the Young Jedi Knight series, return in this series just a little older and wiser. All our favorites like Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca also reappear in the novel. Although it's not so action packed as I had expected it to be, Vector Prime is a pretty good start to the NJO series. The story has some decent suspense and is thought provoking. The Yuuzhan Vong present an intriguing new concept and definitely change the way you look at the galaxy. Over all it's an interesting Star Wars tale that grows with each of the New Jedi Order books that follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep on going R !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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