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Star Wars The New Jedi Order #11: Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream

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As the Yuuzhan Vong’s spectacular conquests continue unchecked, Luke Skywalker, Han and Leia Solo , and Wedge Antilles are forced to destroy what they have risked their lives to create. . . .

Scattering like rats before the Yuuzhan Vong’s invasion of Coruscant, the panic-stricken members of the New Republic Advisory’s Council pause just long enough to set up a mock defense on nearby Borleias—a transparent attempt to buy time that fools no one, ...

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Overview

As the Yuuzhan Vong’s spectacular conquests continue unchecked, Luke Skywalker, Han and Leia Solo , and Wedge Antilles are forced to destroy what they have risked their lives to create. . . .

Scattering like rats before the Yuuzhan Vong’s invasion of Coruscant, the panic-stricken members of the New Republic Advisory’s Council pause just long enough to set up a mock defense on nearby Borleias—a transparent attempt to buy time that fools no one, least of all the Jedi.

Leia and Han Solo trek from world to world to foment rebellion against the New Republic’s disastrous appeasement policies. But Luke Skywalker has chosen the most dangerous assignment of all: to sneak into the Yuuzhan Vong’s stronghold on Coruscant. His outrageous scheme to gain entry is either brilliant or suicidal, depending on the outcome. And bearing down swiftly on Borleias is a Vong invasion fleet, determined to destroy the galaxy’s remaining defenders. . . .

In the face of the Yuuzhan Vong's conquests, the New Republic is edging closer to surrender. Now, as Han and Leia travel from world to world to drum up resistance, Luke Skywalker chooses to sneak into the Yuuzhan Vong's stronghold on Coruscant.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345428660
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/26/2002
  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Series , #11
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 218,703
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Allston
Elaine Cunningham is a former music teacher who has written over a dozen fantasy novels and many short stories. She's best known for the Songs & Swords books, particularly Elfshadow, a mystery in a fantasy setting. Her lifelong fascination with mythology and belief systems made her a Star Wars fan from the start. She lives with her family in a seacoast New England town.
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One Month Ago, Pyria System: Borleias Occupation, Day 1

“A god cannot die,” Charat Kraal said. “Therefore it can have no fear of death. So who is braver, a god or a mortal?”

Charat Kraal was a pilot of the Yuuzhan Vong—humanoid, a little over two meters in height. His skin, where it was not covered by geometric tattoos, was pale, marked everywhere by the white, slightly reflective lines of old scars. Some years-ago mishap had eaten away the center of his face, eliminating even the diminutive nose common to the Yuuzhan Vong, leaving behind brown-crusted cartilage and horizontal holes into his sinus passages. His forehead angled back less dramatically than many of the Yuuzhan Vong and looked a trifle more like the forehead of a human, for which two warriors had taunted him, for which he had killed them. He disguised the trait as much as he could by yanking out the last of the hair on his head and adding skulltop tattoos that drew the eye up and back, away from the offending forehead. One day he would earn an implant that would further mask his deformity and end his problem.

He wore an ooglith cloaker, the transparent environment suit of Yuuzhan Vong pilots, over a simple warrior’s loincloth. Both garments were living creatures, engineered and bred to perform only the tasks demanded of them, to aid the Yuuzhan Vong in their pursuit of glory.

He sat in the cockpit of his coralskipper, the irregular rocklike space fighter of his kind, but he did not wear his cognition hood at the moment; the masklike creature that kept him in mental contact with his craft, that allowed him to sense with its senses and pilot it with the agility of thought rather than muscle and reaction, was set to the side while his coralskipper cruised on routine patrol.

He and his mission partner, Penzak Kraal, were in distant orbit above the world Borleias. The planet had been recently seized from the infidels native to this galaxy so that it could be used as a staging area for the Yuuzhan Vong assault on the galactic throneworld of Coru- scant. Borleias was an agreeably green world, not overgrown with the dead, crusty dwellings of the infidels, not strewn with their unnatural implements of technology; only a military base, now smashed, had affronted the Yuuzhan Vong with evidence of infidel occupation.

The voice of Penzak Kraal emerged from the small, head-shaped villip mounted on the cockpit wall just beneath the canopy. Though most coralskippers were not equipped with villips, relying instead on the telepathic signals of yammosk war coordinators for all their communications, long-distance patrol craft did call for a means for direct communications. “Don’t be an idiot. If a god is the god of bravery, then by definition he must be braver than any Yuuzhan Vong, than anything living.”

“I wonder. Let us say then that you could become immortal as the gods, and never die, but remain one of the Yuuzhan Vong. You would never face death. Could you then be as brave as the Yuuzhan Vong? You could kill forever but never truly risk death, defy death, choose your time and place of death. Which is better, to be brave for a lifetime or to kill forever?”

“Who cares? The choice is not ours. But if I were to choose, I think I would choose immortality. Live long enough, and you might learn how to be brave as a Yuu- zhan Vong again. Kill long enough, and you could perhaps learn to kill a star.”

Charat Kraal sobered. “I have heard . . .”

“What?”

“That the infidels did that. Learned to kill a star.”

He heard Penzak Kraal hiss in irritation; in the villip he saw his partner’s lopsided features go even more off center as his mouth pulled down in an expression of contempt. “So what if they did? They killed it the wrong way, with their wrong minds and their wrong devices. And, like idiots, they must have lost the secret. Or they’d be destroying the worldships one by one.”

“I have also heard . . .” Charat Kraal lowered his voice, a foolish instinct, since no one but Penzak Kraal could be listening to him. “That gods may smile upon them, too. On the infidels.”

“Ridiculous.”

“Can you know the minds of the gods?”

“I can no more know the minds of the gods than summon one of the enemy battleships to destroy for my personal glory.”

In the distance, away from Borleias, many kilometers from them, an enemy battleship winked into existence, its bow pointed toward them. The ship was already up to speed; it grew rapidly as it neared them, as it approached Borleias.

“Penzak, you fool.”

“My words did not summon it, you idiot.” The villip’s face blurred and adjusted, reflecting a change to Pen- zak’s features; Penzak had pulled on his cognition hood. Charat did likewise. His surroundings, the cockpit interior, seemed to become transparent, giving him a view in all directions through the senses of the coralskipper, showing him in breathtaking detail the onrushing enemy ship.

No, now it was ships. More and more of the loathsome things of metal were dropping out of hyperspace, all aimed at Borleias. At Charat and Penzak.

A moment later, Charat could feel a buzz through the cognition hood, a telltale sign that Penzak was sending a warning to the Domain Kraal commander on Borleias.

The foremost New Republic ship, a sharply angled triangle in white, passed over the two coralskippers, blotting out the sun, casting them into shadow. Nowhere near so large as a Yuuzhan Vong worldship, it was still of impressive size, and so near that Charat felt he could reach out and drag his finger along its hull as it passed.

Penzak Kraal sent his coralskipper into a dive and turned to match the larger craft’s course. Charat paced him. Above, he saw thruster gouts from the ship’s belly herald the launching of the hated infidel starfighers.

“How do we hurt them worst?” Charat asked.

“Follow me in,” Penzak said. “While they’re launching. Don’t engage the fighters; bait them so they follow us. The ship won’t fire on us with the fighters in close proximity. We’ll enter their launching bays and destroy the facilities there, then gut the ship from within.” He looped around, rising and angling in toward the ship’s belly. Charat followed.

Mon Mothma, one of the newest cruisers in the New Republic’s fleet, a Star Destroyer refitted with gravity-well generators capable of interfering with the short jumps made by Yuuzhan Vong craft, cruised straight toward Borleias from the point where it had dropped out of hyperspace. This hadn’t been a timed drop—they’d plotted a course straight for the planet Borleias, and the planet’s gravity well had dragged them into realspace when they’d come close enough. And now before them was the blue-green world they had come to recapure.

“No sign of a Yuuzhan Vong worldship in orbit,” reported the sensor officer, a Mon Calamari male with deep blue skin. “The two coralskippers are turning to engage.”

General Wedge Antilles, a lean man with a careworn face and military posture, commander of the fleet group for which Mon Mothma was the flagship, nodded. “Gunnery, stay on them, vape them if they come against us. Fighter control, continue launching starfighter squadrons.”

“Yes, sir.”

“Yes, sir.”

Data screens lit up with colored blips as New Republic starfighters—X-wings, A-9s, B-wings, E-wings, and more—streamed out of the docking bays and turned toward the planet. Wedge, standing at the captain’s station toward the rear of the spacious bridge, ignored the screens. He concentrated instead on the live view of Borleias, which filled the main viewport at the bow end of the bridge.

I hope the Vong here have come to love this world, he told himself. Because I’m going to take it from them. They’re going to learn what it is to lose the things they love.

Luke Skywalker hit his thrusters. His X-wing roared out of the main docking bay, losing altitude relative to the Mon Mothma. Behind him, eleven pilots of Twin Suns Squadron, the temporary X-wing squad that was his command, formed up on him. “Twin Suns away,” he said.

“Twin Suns, copy.” That would be the controller on Mon Mothma’s bridge. “Be advised, two coralskippers are maneuvering into your flight path.”

Luke glanced at his sensor board. Two red blips were indeed turning from below to head toward them. “Squadron, follow me out, let’s give these two the gauntlet treatment.”

He heard a chorus of acknowledgments. There was tension in some of the voices, but not alarm. All his pi- lots were veterans, survivors of the Sabers, the Shocks, and other squadrons that had been reduced to shield trios, wing pairs, and solo pilots during the Yuuzhan Vong attack on Coruscant mere days earlier. Two of them, forming with him a shield trio, were his wife, Mara Jade Skywalker, and the Corellian-Security-officer-turned-pilot-turned-Jedi named Corran Horn. All his pilots were disciplined and competent. Many wanted revenge.

Luke understood how they felt. The Vong, aided by their human agent Viqi Shesh, had almost managed to kidnap his and Mara’s infant son, Ben, just days ago. They had killed his nephew Anakin, and his nephew Jacen was missing. The losses, especially that of his apprentice Anakin, created an ache within him that he could not soothe.

In his youth, Luke would have been anxious for payback, but today he set that portion of himself aside. That was dark side thinking, immature thinking. It had been a long time since he had been a smooth-faced innocent; the scars of combat and lines of age had accumulated on his face, matching the weight of experience and calm that had accumulated on his spirit.

He extended his perceptions and sought Mara with them. He found her and almost flinched away from the contact; she was now an icy presence, concentrated totally on their mission.

He shrugged. Iciness was better than one alternative. Mara, despite her cool and controlled manner, was as anguished as he by the near loss of Ben and the loss of their nephews, and it would be no surprise to find her lit like a lightsaber with a desire for revenge. The fact that she wasn’t meant that she was in control.

“S-foils to attack position,” Luke said, and suited action to words by flipping the switch that split the X-wings’ flight surfaces into their familiar X-shaped attack profile. “First and third trios, take the leader, the rest on the wingmate. Fire at will.” He linked his lasers to quad fire, so that all four would fire with a single press of the trigger, and opened up on the lead coralskipper. Four red streams of destructive laser energy lanced out against the coralskipper—

No, it was eight streams. Luke’s burst, aimed at the starboard side of the skip, never reached its target; a blackness appeared before it, distorting space around it like a gigantic magnifying lens, drawing the laserfire into it. Those four red lances of energy simply bent and dis- appeared. But Mara’s burst, aimed at the port side, hit the coralskipper an instant after Luke’s vanished. He grinned; she must have been using her own Force abilities to monitor him, as well. She couldn’t have timed it so expertly otherwise. Her lasers raked across the enemy starfighter’s hull until the distortion flicked over to interpose itself, then Luke fired again, chipping away at the coralskipper’s stern. His blasts were joined by Corran’s. The coral-like material of the skip’s hull superheated and the lasers tore red-hot gouges along the surface.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    Good but not the best

    I really liked this book, but I don't think that it was as good as some of the others. Lando was great so was Han and Leia, but we need more Jaina!!!! I think that she is so over looked in these books. She is my favorite (probably 'cuz we are so much a like!). So good book in all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2003

    Exellent Book

    This is really good book just like all the other Star Wars books! I reccomend before you read this one though you read the ones before in the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    The Force is with this one

    I was getting kind of bored reading NJO until this book. Doesnt leave you lost like some. Couldnt wait to read the next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    The spirit of Star Wars lives again

    Finally, a New Jedi Order book I really enjoy - and which went some way in helping to heal the wounds I suffered after Anakin Solo's death. Getting the main characters back to the Rebel Alliance mode is a brilliant master stroke (I was so irritated with the New Republic), and this book has recaptured the humour of the original trilogy and the old characters are finally behaving like themselves again. The new characters, well...my patience with Jag Fel and Jaina Solo has finally been rewarded with a lovely scene in this book. And I can't wait for the next few books to come. Just hope the authors don't take it into their heads to kill off Jag too, like they did Anakin... A brilliant read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    FINALLY...A NJO BOOK WORTHY OF STAR WARS

    I have not been very impressed with the NJO series yet... I like the Vong characters, but the 'regulars' like Han, Leia, Luke, Jaina, ect. have not been very believable. That said, I think that Rebel Dream FINALLY seems true to character for most of the 'cast.' The story is interesting and well written, and I really like the connection between Jaina and Jagged Fel. One last note to future NJO authors: STOP KILLING OFF CHARACTERS OR YOU WILL HAVE NOTHING TO WRITE ABOUT!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2002

    It's About Time

    Woo-hoo!!! Finally a book where I could smile at the end. It is nice to see Luke as a three dimensional character, not just a dilapitated Jedi Master. The banter between the characters was very refreshing. I can't wait for the sequel:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2014

    Jagged Fel

    I hate Jag. Don't know why, just do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2003

    Action and Humor!!!

    This book was funny and action packed. I couldnt put it down. Almost all the other books kinda left Jaina out, but now we know what Jaina is really like. The only thing I didnt like was the fact that she practically turned suicidal.She was convinced she was going to die. But other than that is was a sensational book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    this is not star trek

    the book was ok but the vong reminds me of klegons. i am a jedi not a trekie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2002

    Star Wars Re-energized

    Some time ago, the New Jedi Order had become a bit stale and I had stopped reading the books. When I saw, belatedly, that Aaron Allston had re-entered the universe, I had to get back in. I was not disappointed. As in his previous Rogue/Wraith novels, Allston has a great knack for making the reader laugh and cry. A return to the Rebel Alliance was just what the series needed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2002

    touching

    this book inspires new hope in readers hearts and minds. some people might find this foolish to get so caught up in a science fiction book, but when you read enough star wars books and really get in touch with the characters and you really feel the connection like say you and your parents. the interwoven relationships and betrayals are very real and very capitivating i think this tells a great story and can really touch you when you read about the various tragedies that the jedi and new republic suffers, you would have to be stoic not to feel very deep lamentaion for them. I was very emotionally moved by the entire series and especially this book, because this book gives hope to the characters in the book and the audience reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2002

    cannot wait to read more NJO books!

    Rebel Dream was a great book. I recommend it for all who have read previous NJO books. I liked when the Lutskanya jumped into the middle of the Vong fleet and began to destroy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2002

    GREAT!!!!!!

    A awesome next installment in the NJO, and brought some of the fighting back into the books. The end was really good, and the Lutskanya is soo cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    WOOOO HOOOO!

    Finally! The old characters and the new characters make a move against the Yuuzhan Vong and kick some serious @&$! This is a great step towards what I believe to be a great ending to the series. Just like Star by Star, the ending leaves you begging for more. I hope Allston can deliver the goods in the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2002

    sign a petition now!

    every reader who loves this series needs to sign a petition to have allston write all the remaining njo books. he has brought new life to all the old characters and even added some new ones that are just as real to the reader. allston is the best don't miss out on an excellent read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2002

    understanding

    the best series to come out of starwars the new jedi order rocks the death of chewy was amazing i might of shed a tear if i wasent so old, the characters and the understanding of the force brilliant keep up the good work ill miss the series when it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2002

    Fantastic

    So, this is what we've been leading up to! I thought there must have been a reason for the lopsided nature of this war up to this point. I actually wanted the weak galaxy of the NJO series to be conquered! Now we see what was brewing the entire time: a return of the Rebellion. Great turn of events. This is the good Star Wars you'd expect from a veteran like Allston.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    a great book

    this is a great book in the njo series finally the new republic wins a battle couple of question one why does corran horn have shadow bombs if he can't move them and what happen to the vong fighting to the death what are they retreating for ..much better read then dark journey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    AWESOME!

    omg i luv SW & the NJO bookz r amazing. ok up 2 now the bookz hav bin really really gud. i dunno y sum ppl say that the NJO bookz dont live up 2 SW reputation. i mean the series has a gud plot, gud twistz, and (even if i dont agree w/ it!) isnt scared 2 do wut no other SW series has dun b-4... kill off major characters! (dont worry therz nun of that in this buk). anywayz 1 thing kul a/b this buk is how it reincorporates old favorites lyk wedge & lando. it also has more frum the yuuzhan vong perpective wich i think iz really interesting in a book. it also showz how one side thinkz that they kno sumthing the other side is oblivious 2, when the other side actually knoz all that and more! (if u didnt follow that dont worry!) well this book has a lot of jaina & jag (if u dont kno who jag is then find out-he's becuming really important!) the book also has more of kyp, and he and luke dont argue a/b the force even once. although sum ppl mite find the NJO kinda depressing... ther really gud. i recomend every 1 of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2002

    One Word...GREAT

    this is one of the best books out yet. it adds a whole new twist to the series and how the republic still stands a chance against a terrible adversary

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