Star Wars The Truce at Bakura

Star Wars The Truce at Bakura

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by Kathy Tyers

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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,…  See more details below


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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Chronicles the further adventures of the characters from the Star Wars movies; a five-week PW bestseller. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Hard on the heels of the emperor's death, the Alliance receives word of an outpost planet beseiged by a new alien invader, a lizardlike race of creatures bent on conquest of the galaxy. Flushed with their recent victory and stunned by the revelation of their parentage, Luke and Leia travel to the edge of the Empire to join forces with their erstwhile enemies to combat an even deadlier foe. Set prior to the events of Timothy Zahn's ``Star Wars'' cycle, Tyers's first foray into the Star Wars universe captures the feel of space opera while attempting a three-dimensional portrayal of the forces of a decaying empire. A worthwhile addition to a popular sf subgenre.
John Mort
This involved tale follows the Rebel victory over the Empire in George Lucas' 1983 "Return of the Jedi". Bakura is an almost terrestrial planet at a far reach of the galaxy; as the novel begins, it's being invaded by the unpronounceable Ssi-ruuk, a race of--well, of lizards. The Ssi-ruuk enjoy "enteching" people. That's a process where the enslaved human's energies are electronically transferred into androids. It's an awful thing to happen to anybody, so Luke Skywalker--after Ben Kenobi counsels him from the shadow-world--heads up his battle-weary force for a showdown. Meanwhile, on the surface of Bakura, there's a political wrangle going on, and in all of that Luke sort of falls for the aura of Senator Gaeriel Captison, but not, quite, for the senator herself. When's that boy going to settle down? Han Solo, Princess Leia, and various lovable robots are here, too, in small doses; mostly, this is Luke's book. The Force is with him, of course. Sort of a mix of Edgar Rice Burroughs (without Burroughs' humor), Robert Heinlein (as in "Starship Troopers", say, but Tyers, a point in her favor, isn't as gung ho), and a lot of New Age notions, hiding inside the Force. Tyers' novel doesn't rival anything in the "Star Trek" series, but prequels and sequels to Lucas' films are in the works, so fans will make off with this like bandits.

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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.

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Star Wars The Truce at Bakura 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
DAAlvarez23 More than 1 year ago
Truce at Bakura Read this one several years ago. Story takes place right after Return of The Jedi. The Alliance has become aware of a distress signal from a far outpost bordering the Unknown Regions and send assistance as part of the first diplomatic missions for the new to be New Republic. Our heroes find a previously unknown alien race, the Ssi-ruuk, who drain the life-energy of sentient beings to power their ships, a technique called entechment. Bakura is an Imperial outpost but because of the Ssi-ruuk threat they agree to join forces with the Rebels and stop an invasion of a species that had not been seen before. Luke meet Gaeriel Captison, a young Bakura senator, to whom he feels an attraction (one of the first love interests for Luke in the Expanded Universe) and Gariel also feels something back but has to fight her religious beliefs that objects the Jedi. Leia also starts dealing with the fact that she is the daughter of Darth Vader who appears in spirit form a few times to ask for her forgiveness. This book opened the possibility of new threats from the Unknown Regions, something that was explored in future books, and also the growth of Luke as a character finding potential romantic interests and become a Jedi Knight/Master. Some readers might not find it one of the best books but it would be a good starting point.
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jz99 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe this book is a great sequel to return of the jedi. It really makes you believe you are in the book watching the whole thing. I GIVE THIS BOOK 5 STARS
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Palmaleggera More than 1 year ago
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.
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ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
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".
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