Monday, March 8, 2010
Five years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the fragile Republic that was born with the defeat of Darth Vader, the Emperor, and the infamous Death Star stands threatened from within and without. 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 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 the battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy.
Meanwhile, dissension and personal ambition threaten to tear the Republic apart. As Princess Leia pregnant with Jedi twins risks her life to bring a proud and lethal alien race into alliance with the Republic, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.
But most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness and thoroughly, utterly insane. Now he schemes to use his awesome mastery of the Force to summon young Skywalker, allay his misgivings, cunningly enthrall him, and ultimately corrupt him to the Dark Side.
The book was primarily revolving around the capture of the Katana Fleet, or what is referred to as the Dark Force. It ends in a dramatic climatic battle for what could change the war in either direction for the capturer. I would highly recommend not listening to this in audio book format (27 hours) but picking it up and reading it. Still not a fan of Admiral Thrawn but he is a worth predecessor of the Empire
Until next adventure, the brightest lights, cast the darkest shadow.
Star Wars Hitchhiker