Star Wars The New Jedi Order #4: Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial

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Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived—and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith.

Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han ...

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Overview

Merciless attacks by an invincible alien force have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived—and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered soul back together before he loses everything: friends, family, and faith.

Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure . . . and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic's will and ability to fight—the Jedi.

Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice in the only way that matters—by being worthy of it.

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Having buried the heroic Chewbecca, Han Solo sets off on a lone mission. Quickly, his personal feelings give way to his sense of duty and he begins to fight a many tentacled conspiracy. Isn't the New Republic overdue for an Era of Good Feelings?
KLIATT
Hero's Trial, the first volume of the Star Wars: New Jedi Order Agents of Chaos series, is set 25 years after the original Star Wars movie events. Many of the same characters are still around but they are definitely much older. This series opens with the funeral of Chewbacca, killed in an encounter with the mysterious forces of the Yuuzhan Vong who have arrived in New Republic space with the mission of annihilating all non-believers in their strange religion. The Yuuzhan Vong do not use mechanical technology but have developed biologically based communications, space ships, and weaponry. Han is out to avenge Chewy's death when he runs into the middle of an intricate plot on the part of the Yuuzhan Vong to kill all of the Jedi knights. This exciting volume is a fine addition to the Star Wars series. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Ballantine/Del Rey/Lucas Books, 352p, 18cm, 00-103877, $6.99. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Hugh M. Flick, Jr.; Silliman College, Yale University, New Haven, CT January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345428608
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order Series , #4
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 190,026
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

James Luceno is the New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars novels Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, Labyrinth of Evil, as well as the New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos I: Hero’s Trial and Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse, The Unifying Force, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He is also the author of the fantasy novel Hunt for the Mayan Looking-Glass, available as an eBook. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.

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Star Wars the New Jedi Order Agents of Chaos I

Hero's Trial
By James Luceno

Del Rey Books

Copyright © 2005 James Luceno
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780345480385


Chapter One

"Punch it, Droma!" Han yelled as he veered the Falcon into an abrupt bank.

Muttering nervously to himself, Droma boosted power to the sublight drives and maxed the throttle. "We'll be fine venturing into Hutt space, you said. You used to do a lot of contract work up and down the Sisar Run and Sriluur was like a second home, you said. Nothing to worry about, you-"

"Quit griping and give me an update on those ships!"

Droma swung to the display screen of the ship's friend-or-foe authenticator, which showed seven bevel-shaped icons closing fast on the Falcon's aft. "Yuuzhan Vong, all right."

Han glanced at the display. The scanners limned images of what might have been asteroids save for the distinctive bulges that were cockpits and the pitted noses characteristic of weapons emplacements and dovin basal housings. "Coralskippers."

"Coordinates for the jump to Nar Shaddaa coming in."

"Belay that," Han countered, throwing switched on the console. "There's no shaking those skips. Route power to the rear deflector shields and lock in a course back to Sriluur. I'd rather deal with them in an atmosphere than out here."

Droma quickly applied himself to the task. "Atleast we won't have as far to fall."

"Thanks for the encouragement."

The Falcon whipped through a half-twisting loop, and the curve of the dun-and-ecru-colored world ballooned into view. Terrain-following data said they were traveling northward, looking out at a slice of the northern hemisphere just east of the planetary date line.

"Skips don't perform well in gravity," Han assured. "Have to rely on the anti-grav capabilities of the dovin basals."

As if they had heard him, the enemy pilots began firing at extreme range, molten-gold comets streaming from the projectile and plasma launchers in the bows of their small craft. Two of the missiles connected and, even though weakened by distance, were powerful enough to rock the larger ship. The Falcon's sensor suite began screaming.

"Rear shields holding," Droma reported while he activated countermeasures and distortion systems. "For now."

Han took a steadying breath, vised his right hand on the throttle lever, and rammed it home. The light freighter surged into Sriluur's upper atmosphere, trembling as it continued its oblique dive. With arrant scorn for the planet's protective wrapping, the Yuuzhan Vong crafts plunged after.

"See what I told you?" Han exclaimed. "They stick like epoxy!"

The ship's indicators railed in protest as the Falcon plummeted into denser air, rolling and corkscrewing to evade the deadly fire that sought her. All caution forgotten, Han sharpened the angle of descent, sloughing control in exchange for added speed.

"You've got the bridge!" he told Droma.

Droma threw him a panicked glance. "What?"

Unfastening the straps that secured him to the pilot's chair, Han stood, spun on his heel, and started for the main ladderwell. He didn't make it past the cockpit hatch when ship-rattling impacts aft threw him to the desk and forced him to rethink the idea of getting to one of the gun turrets.

"Enable autotracking for the quad lasers," he said in a rush as he was scrambling to his feet. Buckling back into the chair, he donned a headset and began to call up targeting data on the weapons control display screen. "Let's see if we can't even up the odds."

Droma reached for the joystick that controlled the Falcon's belly gun while Han took hold of the controls for the dorsal gun. Data began scrolling across the respective screens. Han bracketed a coralskipper in the targeting reticle and squeezed the trigger on the control grip.

The enemy craft swallowed the bolt whole.

He pounded his fist on the console. "We've gotta give them more to worry about than laserfire!"

Abruptly he rolled the Falcon onto its back while Droma was still firing the belly guy. In an effort to keep up, the lead coralskipper drew deeply on the capabilities of its dovin basal and accelerated.

Again, Han brought the reticle over his target, but the coralskipper sped out of his sights in a flash.

He left the firing to Droma momentarily and peeled the ship away in a swooping descending bank. Projectiles slammed against the rear shields, and plasma streaked between the ship's mandibles. Han rerouted power to the forward deflector and again increased the angle of their descent.

They ripped through a filmy blanket of high-altitude clouds and went spiraling downward. Far below them, ocean and desert lay side by side. Storm systems shrouded Sriluur's western horizon, and to the north an expansive brown haze smudged the terrain.

Droma glanced at the meteorological sensors. "That's a sandstorm!"

"How about that," Han said. "Some wishes do come true."

The words had barely left his mouth when the lead coralskipper dropped with mind-boggling velocity and was suddenly beneath the Falcon and firing up at her, plasma geysering from its gun emplacements.

Han pulled out of the spiral, yanked the throttle, and threw the ship up and over the coralskipper directly on his tail. A molten bolt from the craft below caught its squadron mate full on. The coralskipper shuddered as hunks of yorik coral flew in all directions. Then an interior explosion burst from the crystalline cockpit, and the crippled ship went into a helpless free fall, condemned to death by gravity.

The destroyed coralskipper's wingmate veered and glued himself to the Falcon's tail, battering it with projectiles and refusing to be unseated, despite a slew of daring turns and evasions Han took them through.

Han went for a pushover, but not in time. Something hit the Falcon like a hard clap on the back. Fighting with the controls, he succeeded in righting her, only to emerge from and end-over-end roll to find three more coralskippers attached to the ship as she entered the sandstorm.

The bristles on Droma's back stood up. "Another hit like that and you may as well plow us into the sand and let the Falcon be our gravestone!"

Projectiles raced past the outrigger cockpit. With the Falcon's Quadex power core roaring, Han pushed the ship to its limits, jinking and juking as the coralskippers continued to rake fire at them. He dropped the Falcon away in a power dive, leaving Droma struggling to adjust thrust bias and avert disaster as enemy missiles ranged closer.

All at once a mountain loomed before them. Han torqued the ship to starboard so forcefully that both he and Droma nearly sailed from their seats. The lead coralskipper pilot pursued them ferociously, obviously unable to hold the Falcon in his sights but firing anyway, perhaps in the hope of shaking Han's concentration.

Without warning, a plasma bolt sizzled through the overtaxed rear shields. A muffled explosion sounded from aft, followed by the sibilant hiss of the ship's fire-suppression system. An acrid smell drifted forward on exhaust fan currents.

Han sniffed and shot Droma a wide-eyed glance. "What was that?"

Droma's eyes roamed over the console telltales. "Power converter."

Han winced. "Of all the rotten luck!"

He utilized more of the ship's amazing speed to improve their lead and leapt deeper into the swirling haze. The three coralskippers decreased velocity, waiting for the Falcon to come across their vector, but instead Han poured on all power, climbed, looped, and came around behind the trio.

Droma fired instinctively with the belly gun. With the dovin basal of the trailing ship too stressed to handle defense as well as guidance, the laser bolts sneaked through. The widespread burst caught the craft right on the nose, blowing it to nuggets.

Han hooted triumphantly as he sheered off and settled calmly into kill position behind the second craft. The coralskipper pilot, realizing the position he was suddenly in, climbed slightly, unintentionally placing himself in the overlapping field of fire between the Falcon's upper and lower batteries.

"Money Lane!" Han shouted. "One hundred credits to whomever nails him!"

"You're on!" Droma said.

Simultaneously, the two of them tightened their fingers on the trigger. The quad lasers loosed storms of red darts that peppered the rear of the enemy craft and perforated the cockpit, disintegrating the ship.

Han and Droma howled their joy as Han steered through a corkscrewing dive, zipping through the far-flung remains of the exploded ship. Swooping past the lead craft, Han inverted the Falcon and took her back into the storm.

Where it could be glimpsed at all, the land was dark red and studded with monolithic rock towers that were the sandblasted and wind-eroded remains of volcanic upthrusts. And yet despite their size, the swirling sand made the towers almost impossible to see.

Eyes on the terrain-following display and making the most of the Falcon's maneuverability, Han aimed deliberately for the closest obelisk. Faking a climb, he stood the ship on its side and swerved to starboard while Droma triggered bursts from the belly gun. Unsecured items throughout the ship flew from their perches, crashed into bulkheads, or were sent rolling along the deck plates of the ring corridor. But two well-placed laser bolts caught the coralskipper at the cockpit seam, splitting it in two, as if struck by a chisel in the hands of a master stonemason.

Still, the three remaining coralskippers clung doggedly, chomping at the Falcon's tail. Map of the ground, Han weaved through a forest of storm-obscured spires and wind-sculpted stelae. The engines moaned and the ship vibrated as if on the verge of flying apart. Hiking power to the rear shields, he snap-rolled, then stood the Falcon on its side once more to narrow her profile as plasma streaked past them to both sides.

Droma lashed his tail around the seat to keep from being strangled by the seat harness. "At least warn me where you're going to do that!"

Han leveled out and maneuvered through a ludicrously right turn, feathering the engines until the Falcon was at a near stall, then shunting power to the thrusters and throwing the ship into a vertical reversement. Swerving to evade Droma's fire, the trailing coralskipper flipped out of control and careened straight into an outcropping, shattering to bits.

The Falcon's thrusters flaring, Han pulled sharply, climbing out of the storm at high boost. Neither of the surviving pair of fighters followed them back up the well.

They collapsed into their chairs as the stars lost their twinkle and swarmed around them as pinpoints of light.

"Nice shooting," Han said after checking in with the threat assessor one final time.

Droma returned the grin. "Nice driving."

The Falcon buckled. Indicators flashed and the console came alive with warning tones. Han and Droma fell silent once more and turned to the painful chore of assessing just how much damage the ship had sustained.

"The hyperdrive is viable but responding erratically," Droma said a long moment later.

Han nodded glumly. "Must have suffered collateral damage when the power converter got hit."

Droma tugged at one end of his drooping mustache. "We might be able to make Nar Shaddaa. It's difficult to tell."

"No," Han said. "We can't chance it."

"Do we return to Sriluur?"

Han shook his head. "I doubt we'll find the replacement parts we need. Besides, I don't want to risk running into those coralskippers again."

Droma called up star charts. "Kashyyyk, then. Two quick jumps and we're there."

Han ran his hand over his mouth. "Not a good idea." When Droma didn't respond, he said, "It's not what you're thinking. I can handle the memories. It's just that Chewbacca's family still consider themselves responsible for my well-being, and I can't face that right now."

"So where to?"

Han studied the displayed star charts and grinned, more to himself. "A little out-of-the-way place I know, where they'll have everything we need."

"Everything Han Solo needs," Droma thought to point out.

"Maybe you're right," Han said. He turned slightly to regard Droma. "Think you can handle playing captain for a while?"



Continues...


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2005

    Agents of Chaos 1: Hero's Trial

    In the beginning of this book I really wanted to put it down. It was slow and a little boring. Then the story finally started to begin. I like how the author described Han Solo as an adventerous daredevil. Don't give up on this book even though it's boring in the beginning. It turns out to be an action packed book. I can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    The Trial Of The Heroes(CONTAINS SPOILER)

    Star Wars The New Jedi Order Agents Of Chaos 1: Heroes Trial tales the story of the continuing galaxy wide war with the Yuuzhan Vong. James Luceno does a nice job of portraying Han Solo's grief at the lose of Chewbacca. In my opinion the book flows just a little smoother and is just a little more involving than Micheal A. Stackpole's Dark Tide duo logy. It's an interesting and fun filled continuation of the NJO series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

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    luceno at his best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this is james luceno at his best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 25, 2009

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    The Noble Chewbacca remembered and laid to rest

    The relationship of Han & Chewbacca was legendary. Even to the moment of Chewie's heart-breaking death in Vector Prime{which was epic.} their relationship was more like inter-species twins then just mere companions. Han has only the choice to become a warrior again. The new character Droma is a nice addition to the series. His species is mis-understood by most, and his ability to gel with Han is there. Also Vergere from the prequel era book Cloak of Deception, a political suspense-style book, is a strange and eerie piece to the puzzle of the Yuuzhan Vong. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Memory Lane

    In my opinion this book pretty much tells what happened in the previous books in the trilogy. It adds some fresh action, but not enough. Luceno should focus more on the future than the past. But, if you like the story to be told over again, just in different words, then you'll like it. We all know that chewie died (sigh.), but do you have to rub it in our face. Good try Luceno, but not your best effort. A 3 out of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    Turn for the better in New Jedi Order series

    The New Jedi Order series started with a bang in R.A. Salvatore's book VECTOR PRIME. Michael Stackpole's follow-up duology (DARK TIDE) was a bit of a dud though ... which is surprising considering Stackpole's strong X-wing books (although not surprising for those that bought the utterly pointless and terrible I, JEDI novel). Stackpole's two books seemed to slow things down too much, didn't move the story along and were just plain boring. James Luceno's new HERO'S TRIAL is a much better book and really puts the Yuuzhan Vong story line in much better position to succeed and carry enough interest for the many books that follow. The major reason it succeeds is Han Solo. As any fan of the Star Wars saga knows, Han is the character that makes the whole thing special ... his attitude and sense of humor give just the right twist to this traditional "space opera" to make it something special. He's exactly the kind of character that is missing from the Prequel trilogy and explains why that series isn't being received with the same enthusiasm as the original trilogy. But that's another story. This book has got political intrigue, humor and action, action, action. It isn't exactly challenging reading and won't win any writing awards, but that's a minor point considering what the subject matter is. It is just supposed to be fun, right? It should be picked up by all star wars fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Han solo is back

    Yes he is back. Have no fear, Solo is hear. This book brings back the old Solo victory. This one bring into veiw how han deals with chewies death. I have found it a good book, especially Han Solo fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    A competent book

    <P> Jim Luceno¿s books ¿Hero¿s Trial¿ and its sequel ¿Jedi Eclipse¿ were both competent efforts that are sure to please the average Star Wars fan. If I were allowed to award ½ stars, this book would have gotten 3 and ½. Readers like myself who were disappointed in how this New Jedi Order series started because the kick-off book ignored so much of the continuity that has come before will be pleasantly surprised to find these too books positively crammed full of references to the past novels. Even fans considering themselves to be Jedi scholars will find themselves challenged to identify the origin of some names and places. The author and his helpers sure did their homework ... and then some! New readers shouldn¿t be confused by this but rather will understand that the Star Wars Expanded (Exploited?) Universe has a rich history worth exploring. <P> The books have two failings worth noting. The first is that both try to do too much in too few pages. Many of the favorite characters are only mentioned or have bit parts in this story and the brevity makes them seem out of place. Also, as has been the case with many of the Star Wars books in the last couple of years, the endings seem far too rushed. There were a few hundred pages leading up to a climax that was finished off in only a couple dozen. I wish the endings were stretched out a little and described more thoroughly. <P> Another thing that kept me from liking these two novels more is that they are part of the New Jedi Order series that is centered around the Yuzzhan Vong alien invasion of the galaxy. I find these new villains and their bio-tech weapons to be generic, not terribly interesting and the stories they appear in feel very different than the Star Wars that became such a mainstream hit. It is also sad to see the New Republic forces and the Jedi portrayed as short-sighted or even stupid although it is a convenient way to explain why they are continually being pushed back by the unimpressive Vong. Even though we are only a handful of books into a 20+ novel series, I¿m already sick of these two-dimensional gooey thugs and I would like to see this invasion story wrapped up as soon as possible. If this book did not feature the Yuuzhan Vong, I probably would have given it another ½ star.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Just a filler in the series

    Yes, this showed Han working through his issues (about time, IMHO), but I am not a fan of Mr. Luceno's style of writing. Countless references to mostly obscure characters and events from the past, some times in jarringly inappropriate situations, lackluster and unengaging action sequences with little or no emotional involvement. I just was not impressed. I recommend reading it only if you're interested in continuing this series as a whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Han Solo has returned to his glory days!

    This book is not for those new to Han Solo. I loved how Luceno draws off of other characters to give glimpses into Han's pain. Luceno Draws from stories dating to times before Han had ever imagined being an alliance hero, which may confuse those not fully drawing into the obsession levels of the Star Wars mythos, however, if you have read the previous three NJO books you will have no trouble understanding this book. It leaves the Jedi behind in this book, steering more to the effects on the average galaxy joe. That is- in my opinion- a very good balance. I was disappointed by the lack of the Falcon's usage, but we are afforded a glimpse at a new, wiser Han Solo drawing from his past life. Who says you need a Jedi to defeat the Yuuzhan Vong? This is possibly the best SOlo story i have read to date, and it's respect to facts and the past SW event's and characters. A good look at the galaxy and the recoil from invasion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Whoa!

    Luceno did a good job putting all this together but I have to admit that some parts were more 'cheesey' than others. Han's stress over Chewie was very well addressed. His actions told what he was feeling. However, the book does leave a lot to say about how Han is feeling about everyone other than himself and Droma. What does he feel about Leia? Why is his temper with her so short? Whatever the case, Han's escapade is cleary just beginning. Along the lines of Luke and Mara, I feel that the book is missing some insight into their lives. I do understand the the main focus of the book is Han, but the other characters's thoughts should not be totally cut off from the reader. It tells little of what they are thinking as Jedi and as a married couple. Despite the above though, I was impressed. The book was definitely not Tmothy Zahn, but Luceno does have potential.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Pretty good Solo project

    Many of you have given up on the New Jedi Order too soon. I have to admit I was skeptical about this volume at first. I did not want to wallow in Chewie grief. However, this book does an OK job with it. True, the funeral stuff was thick, but the patching up of the father/son relationship of Han and Anakin was done well. It was also good to see more Vong craftiness like the first volume of the series showcased. And finally, thank goodness Mara's illness was cured. I hope we aren't roped back into all that again. She should be cured and move on to kicking butt. Not as good as Stackpole or Salvatore, but solid nonetheless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2000

    Grief!

    This story was great. I'm glad that they introduced some new characters that would associate with the old ones, such as the association of Droma,a ryn, with Han. This book is mostly about Han's doings in his pursuit to avenge Chewie. Don't read this book if you have a weak stomach or are eating though. There are some gross parts. Mostly it was a good book though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2000

    Han Solo, a loner again

    Han Solo, a longer again? I'm disappointed because he turns his back on Leia (someone he's been absolutely devoted to for almost twenty years) and Luke. The book leaves me feeling he might come back to her, but who knows? If you don't mind that, feel free to buy this book. I'm reading the ending to the sequel before I buy it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2000

    Han's Revenge, the real thing!

    Coming back from his less-than-cameo appearances in the Dark Tide duology, Han sets out to avenge his friends death by kicking around a bunch of Vong heads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    Good, Swashbuckling Tale!

    I approached this title with some trepidation, since other than the Robotech novels, most of James Luceno's works that I have read, I have not much enjoyed for one reason or another. Yet this book was quite an enjoyable read, and I have no major complaints with it. The main story is about Han Solo, and the book hearkens back to the now 'old' Han Solo series written by Luceno's late writing partner, Brian Daley, whose work was always quite good. This new book goes into the new direction the New Jedi Order line is taking, but also features a fair number of references and even cameos from characters from Daley's old Han Solo series. Even a character or two from the Young Jedi Knights shows up. Overall this is a fast paced and well written Star Wars book, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked reading it. I probably liked this one more than any of the previous New Jedi Order books. Good stuff!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Finally He's Back

    Han's finally back to his own self after 6 months of grief. Mr. Luceno does a brilliant job with this book. this book adds a few new characters has great action scenes and a few tratiors. If you want more, read the book I'm sure will you enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    A Tale of Truth and Heroism

    This great chapter in the Star Wars saga reveals a fledging Han Solo who despreately tries to deal with the death of his faithful , long-time counterpart, Chewbacca. His Jedi twins and the youngest Solo, Anakin, are now fully developing into Jedi Knights as this story fully stretches the Star Wars saga into great depth, taking place twenty-one years after 'Return of the Jedi.' It's a truly great read, if you are the Star Wars type. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    Awesome!

    Mr. Luceano reminds me very much of Timothy Zahn. The book is brilliant, and Han is back, after two novels of him doing practically nothing. The characters evolve even more and are beginning to discover the Yuuzhan-Vong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2000

    The Absolute 'Return of the Jedi!'

    Yes, yes! The headline speaks for itself, ya know? Jim luceno is awesome in bringing his work into this humongous and knowledge-filled universe we call 'Star Wars'. Hero's Trial tells the story of Han Solo and the rest of his family dealt a crushing blow as they lay their loyal companion Chewbacca to rest on Kashyyyk. The Solo children show progression in their Jedi skills, as the New Republic deals with the deadly and fearsome Yuuzhan Vong. Read and read again!!!!!

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