Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy #2: Dark Force Rising

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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord—Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest ...

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Overview

The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord—Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies. Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness... and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

The most popular series in movie history--George Lucas's Star Wars trilogy--spawned an enormous audience for the Bantam Star Wars series, as proven by the dazzling success of the 300,000-copy #1 New York Times hardcover bestseller Heir to the Empire. Now Zahn continues the saga of Luke, Hans, and Princess Leia.

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The Empire's still kicking, at least with one leg, when Grand Admiral Thrawn takes what's left of the imperial fleet and sets on a Sherman-like tear-ass. Target: the New Republic. This feeble force seems like a minor threat, but...there's a traitor in the New Republic's midst, which can not only spell catastrophe but also turn Luke and Leia to the Dark Side. (Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Timothy Zahn.)
—Edward Lee
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hugo Award winner Zahn follows up Heir to the Empire with still more adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Hansp ok Solo and their merry band, adroitly juggling an abundance of plot lines to produce skillfully paced entertainment. The citizens of the capital planet of the New Republic believe their battles against the remnants of the Empire are going well. But Grand Admiral Thrawn, the most brilliant of the Emperor's minions, is preparing to crush the New Republic with nefarious schemes involving smugglers, political rivals, a well-placed mole and even a Jedi Master. Can evil genius outflank the Force? Distracted by threats to Leia's unborn twins, domestic infighting and other upheavals orchestrated by Thrawn, the heroes of the New Republic summon up all their resources to fend off galactic disaster. Fans can expect Zahn's lively tale to spill over to the next and final installment of his series. 250,000 first printing. (May)
Library Journal
Political infighting threatens the fragile, victorious Rebel Alliance in its ongoing struggle against the empire in this sequel to Heirs of the Empire (Bantam, 1991). Luke, Leia, and Han face separate challenges from a mad Jedi, an Imperial Grand Admiral, and a smuggler with a dangerous secret, and the fate of the alliance hangs on the outcome of their missions. Zahn's snappy prose and cinematic style capture the feel of the popular Star Wars films as he weaves together a lightweight but exciting tale of high adventure. Expect demand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553560718
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Series: Star Wars: The Thrawn Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 83,943
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn
Since 1978 Timothy Zahn has written nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, numerous novels, and three short fiction collections, and won the Hugo Award for best novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance, and has more than four million copies of his books in print. His most recent publications have been the science fiction Cobra series and the six-part young-adult series Dragonback.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    The middle drag

    I loved Heir and Last Command (5 stars) but this book bored me to death, however, it is a must read in the series cause a ton of info in the universe is in the book. This is the book the Noghri really strangle on. They are also the most boring race or the exciting races in the Star Wars Universe in my opinion. Their strong and hardened combatants...Where haven't i heard this before.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Great book...

    But the nook version is filled with typos, presumambly from when the book was scanned and transferred to text. The word "land" is written often where the author meant "kind." I've also noticed "die" instead of "the" and "(ace" instead of "face." I don't mean to nitpick, but it is distracting and one of the few times I would reccommend buying a paper copy over the e-book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Zahn wights some of the best books

    Zahn is one of the best wrighters, his sw books are amazing. Can't find a sw book as good as his!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Dark Force Rising by Timothy Zahn is a great example of how the Star Wars universe continues to unravel. And Zahn does just that! Part 2 of 3 in the Thrawn Trilogy dives deeper into what it is all about! I completely recommend this book to any Star Wars fan out there!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Great book, essentisl to the series

    I loved this whole series. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I builds the story in an interesting and thrilling manner.

    This part of the series has great plot twists. It is science fiction, but reads like a political thriller. It is like a Tom Clancy novel set in the Star Wars Universe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    this is episode 8 in the thrawn trilogy

    yup this book is episode 8 in the star wars saga zahn knows how to change things around joruus is trying to kill luke skywalker but thrawn and joruus have speacil plans for skywalker and the rest of the star wars charecters i did not know what to expect when i got into this book i simply could not put it down zahn is the best of the best just read these books by timothy zahn hes one of the best star wars authors around karen travis is just as good as zahn

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2008

    Swift and Exciting

    What would you do if all you had worked for was about to be destroyed? In Timothy Zhan¿s Dark Force Rising, Grand Admiral Thrawn is about to get his hands on the Dark Force, a fleet of over two hundred slave rigged dreadnoughts, and destroy the fragile new republic and all the rebellion has worked for. Meanwhile in a desperate effort to get Admiral Ackabar cleared of supposedly being a traitor, Han and Lando go out to get Fel¿ya back. They planned meet up with Luke to find out what Fel¿ya is doing in the outer systems. Instead all they find trouble. They have to find the captain who knows the location of the fleet before Thrawn does, otherwise it could be the end of the rebellion. This was one of the best books I¿ve ever read. I couldn¿t put it down. I recommend it to anyone who likes adventure or is a Star Wars fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Great story by Zahn!

    There's no doubt -- Timothy Zahn is the best writer of Star Wars stories. His portrayal of the original Star Wars characters is great, especially Princess Leia.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2007

    this is episode 8 in the star wars saga

    this is not a weak book nor does it have a weak storyline it is one of the greatest star wars books ever written

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2002

    Great Science Fiction Book

    I think that Star Wars-Dark Force Rising is outstanding because Timothy Zahn is very descriptive. He lets you know every detail of the book to let someone feel like their in the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2002

    Once Again........

    Once again, Timothy Zahn has written a great book. I was reading it every chance I got. My favorite characters were Thrawn and Mara Jade. This book is great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2001

    I can't tell you how good this is!!!!!!!!!!!

    This was an excelent book. And like that reveiwer said if only there were 6 stars. ALL the way Man!!!!!!!! Please read this and all other SW books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2000

    A Great Book!!!

    This book is truly one of the best novels I have ever read. I have yet to read a bad Star Wars Novel, and this book sure isn't a disappointment. Timothy Zahn does a wonderful job bringing to Star Wars universe into your home through the pages in this book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    Dark Force rises to the challenge.

    What can I say? This book is every bit as great as Heir to the Empire. This book could easily be Episode VIII in the movie series. Non-stop action, beautiful descriptions of people, places and things and unforgettable characters. I rarely give out five stars to a Star Wars novel and this is one of the few that truly deserves it. Timothy Zahn is absolutely brilliant. How much more praise can I heap onto this book? It was just that good. If you haven't read this book yet, why not? Read it and enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2000

    dark force rising

    Excellent to say the least. timothy zahn just great. puts to life not only the technology and alien life forms in these trilogies, but also makes the plots believable and noteworthy. truly a great series and a great writer. overall, a full score of five stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    The empire rules

    Now, only if the origional star wars movies were this imperial friendly, it would been a better set of movies. This has been a great series so far

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Where u get your mentor

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