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No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal; total domination. Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a ...
No sooner has Darth Vader's funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance intercepts a call for help from a far-flung Imperial outpost. Bakura is on the edge of known space and the first to meet the Ssi-ruuk, cold-blooded reptilian invaders who, once allied with the now dead Emperor, are approaching Imperial space with only one goal; total domination. Princess Leia sees the mission as an opportunity to achieve a diplomatic victory for the Alliance. But it assumes even greater importance when a vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi appears to Luke Skywalker with the message that he must go to Bakura-or risk losing everything the Rebels have fought so desperately to achieve.
Set immediately following the Rebel victory over the Empire, Kathy Tyers's novel tells of the desperate efforts by Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia to protect the New Republic from a potential invasion by a race of reptilian creatures bent on dominating the galaxy. Simultaneous publication with a new Star Wars hardcover, The Crystal Star.
On an outer deck of a vast battle cruiser called the Shriwirr, Dev Sibwarra rested his slim brown hand on a pioneer's left shoulder. "It'll be all right," he said softly. The other human's fear beat at his mind like a three-tailed lash. "There's no pain. You have a wonderful surprise ahead of you." Wonderful indeed, a life without hunger, cold, or selfish desire.
The prisoner, an Imperial of much lighter complexion than Dev, slumped in the entechment chair. He'd given up protesting, and his breath came in gasps. Pliable bands secured his forelimbs, neck, and knees—but only for balance. With his nervous system deionized at the shoulders, he couldn't struggle. A slender intravenous tube dripped pale blue magnetizing solution into each of his carotid arteries while tiny servopumps hummed. It only took a few mils of magsol to attune the tiny, fluctuating electromagnetic fields of human brain waves to the Ssi-ruuvi entechment apparatus.
Behind Dev, Master Filwirrung trilled a question in Ssi-ruuvi. "Is it calmed yet?"
Dev sketched a bow to his master and switched from human speech to Ssi-ruuvi. "Calm enough," he sang back. "He's almost ready."
Sleek, russet scales protected Firwirrung's two-meter length from beaked muzzle to muscular tail tip, and a prominent black V crest marked his forehead. Not large for a Ssi-ruu, he was still growing, with only a few age-scores where scales had begun to separate on his handsome chest. Firwirrung swung a broad, glowing white metal catchment arc down to cover the prisoner from midchest to nose. Dev could just peer over it and watch the man's pupils dilate. At any moment . . .
"Now," Dev announced.
Firwirrung touched a control. His muscular tail twitched with pleasure. The fleet's capture had been good today. Alongside his master, Dev would work far into the night. Before entechment, prisoners were noisy and dangerous. Afterward, their life energies powered droids of Ssi-ruuvi choosing.
The catchment arc hummed up to pitch Dev backed away. Inside that round human skull, a magsol-drugged brain was losing control. Though Master Firwirrung assured him that the transfer of incorporeal energy was pxunless, every prisoner screamed.
As did this one, when Firwirrung threw the catchment arc switch. The arc boomed out a sympathetic vibration, as brain energy leaped to an electromagnet perfectly attuned to magsol. Through the Force rippled an ululation of indescribable anguish.
Dev staggered and clung to the knowledge his masters had given him: The prisoners only thought they felt pain. He only thought he sensed their pain. By the time the body screamed, all of a subject's energies had jumped to the catchment arc. The screaming body already was dead.
Copyright © 1994 by Kathleen Tyers. & © 1996 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
Posted January 28, 2014
The Truce at Bakura literally picks up where we left off with our intrepid heros at the end of Return of the Jedi. Hours after the Second Death Star blows up, we find Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, and the droids heading off to Bakura to answer a distress call.
I found this a very entertaining novel and true to the characters from the films. The problems they deal with are very real and beleivable in the context of the films. The precarious status of the Alliance at this stage of the game is an important factor in this novel. They are not the New Republic yet. The realization that just because the Emperor is dead the war isn't over is a large one for our friends and it's a problem the Alliance will be dealing with for years to come.
The regular cast is true to their characters, far more so than some of the SW universe books I have read. I happen to have a hard time with dialogue that I can't hear coming from the mouths of the characters from the films. Just me, I know some people are more lenient on that point than others. but if you feel the way I do, you will not be disapointed in this book as the characters are quite true to the ones we know from the films.
The other characters in the book are equally well written. The Imperial commander who called for help in battling the aliens is very well portrayed. (Sorry I don't have the book in front of me and can't remember his name for the life of me.) You never can decide which way he is going to jump, because he doesn't know yet himself. I found him a very fascinating character. I did think the aliens were a bit cookie-cutter in their total evilness, there wasn't a lot of character development there.
In other subplots, the Han-Leia romance is gently pushed ahead; meanwhile once again Luke loses the girl but this time she has some spunk behind her and seems to be destined for better things. I also found Leia's struggle to accept the news about Vader being her father to be very natural given that she just got this tidbit dumped on her a few hours ago.
All in all the various narratives that wind through this novel are all good and keep you interested. I recommend this book.
Posted May 15, 2012
A must read, for Star Wars fans
This is how Star Wars moves forward after Return of the Jedi.
This reveals much. For starter it shows that Palpatline's lightning hurt Luke more than was apparent in The Battle of Endor. Next this shows how the Alliance still has a war to fight, the destruction of the Sith didn't end the empire. It goes on to show how some imperial citizens believe they need the empire, that the Jedi were evil.
Anakin visits Leah as a ghost. Leah starts to come to terms with Vader/Anakin being her father. Luke, Leah and Han stop an invasion and liberate a whole planet.
Posted January 22, 2012
Posted January 3, 2012
All characters are true to themselves. The writing is easy to understand and flows seamlessly from one scene to the next. Absolutely wonderful read for any Star Wars junky like myself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I thought that the characters in this novel were not developed very well, even the more familiar ones. I thought that it was a good idea to have a story that took place the day after the events in Return of the Jedi, but this one did not have the interesting characters like the ones introduced by Timothy Zahn, Christie Golden, or Troy Denning. If you want a good Kathy Tyers Star Wars novel, read "Balance Point".Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2007
Posted November 15, 2006
I don t know how the rest of the book is, but I am on page 61, and this Ssi Ruuk battle droid human entechment thing, feels kinda satanic. I am going to skip alot of it, but I hope it s better at the end. Besides the Spirits of humans flying battle droids, it has been a great book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2007
Posted December 29, 2005
This book is good around the last 150 pgs or so. Before then, its a complete bore. Not a must read, the encounter with the Fluties in the NJO is better and has more depth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2005
Posted February 20, 2005
The Rebel Alliance has no time to regroup after the second Death Star's destruction. An alien invasion force bears down upon a fringe world called Bakura, and the Empire - reeling from the loss of its emperor - can't send help in time. The Alliance responds instead, with a task force commanded by Luke Skywalker and a diplomatic mission in the person of Leia Organa. Both Skywalker twins are reeling right along with the Empire, though. Luke suffers from the physical aftereffects of the Emperor's energy bolts, and Leia grapples with her horror at learning that Darth Vader - the man who tortured her, and who destroyed her adopted home-world of Alderaan - was also Anakin Skywalker. Her father. Although it doesn't seem to be part of 'canon' for the Star Wars universe, this book nevertheless offers readers an enjoyable adventure. Force-talented Dev Sibwarra's enslavement by the Ssi-ruuk, and the horror of how these cold-blooded aliens use their human captives, had me turning pages to find out what would happen next. Luke and Leia, Han and Chewie stayed in character throughout the story. Good reading if you're looking for an SF adventure featuring the Star Wars characters. But don't pick it up expecting a major installment in their saga.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 3, 2003
Kathy Tyers did an excellent job expanding the Star Wars universe. This book is hard to put down. The concept of 'entechment' used by the reptillian Ssi-Ruuk is downright erie. I love the way she writes Luke and Han, but why is Leia so grouchy? She seemed really touchy, but then, I suppose I would be too. The sense of foreboding in this book is very well done. I would recommened any Star Wars fan to read this book. If you want to start reading into the EU, this is the place to start.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2002
The main character of this story changes from the beginning to the end by starting off against the empire and never even thinking about helping them but, soon changes his mind after he defeats the emperor and discovers that the planet of Bakura, currently controlled by the empire, is under attack by an almost unstopable army. The setting of this book is mostly in space, just outside of Bakura's atmosphere but, also takes place on Bakura, in spaceships, and at other planets, such as Corescant. The theme of the story is probably fantasy because of all the supernatural happenings, objects, and powers. The author is Timothy Zahn.
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Posted April 15, 2001
I encourage star wars fans to read this book not just because it's a good read but also because of the events that unfold are mentioned in several later books without detail. It is written well in a quasi-complex manner where several character's experiences and thoughts that are kept issolated until the conclusion. All in all worth the few hours time to read it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2001
I was very disapointed with this book. It was very boring and at times it did not make any sense. Skip if you do not want to be bored out of your mind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2001
This book was terrific! It had comedy, adventure, romance you name it. At first though I got a bit confused with the entechment but after it was well explained. If anyone has doubts about buying this book I recomend them to get. You won't regret it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 5, 2000
Posted June 9, 2000
This is one of the most intertwined books I have read. This author displays her capability of putting together many sides of a story and making them all link together to form a truly enthralling book. Truly one of the Greatest of the Series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2000
The story takes off one day after the fight and the destruction of the second deathstar. The rebels recieve a transmission from a group called BAKURANS to the empire in need of asistance. Ben tells Luke to go to Bakura to help them out... And from that point on the book is a stay in the edge of your seat page-turner that will keep you guessing and guessing.I would recommend this book to any of my friends. A must for Star Wars fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2000