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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Legends (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; State First Edition edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428608
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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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JAMES LUCENO is The New York Times bestselling author of the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order novels Agents of Chaos: Hero's Trial, Agents of Chaos: Jedi Eclipse, and The Unifying Force, as well as Star Wars: Cloak of Deception, and the eBook Darth Maul: Saboteur. He also co-authored the popular ROBOTECH series with his close friend the late Brian Daley. Luceno wrote the film adaptations for The Shadow and The Mask of Zorro. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and youngest child.

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It really gave Han Solo some character.
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The story however, revolves too much around Han Solo to the detriment of the other characters.
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It is a wonderful addition to the Star Wars universe.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tsampicos P. on August 1, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll keep this short and sweet because I don't want to spoil anything... I have never read any of Luceno's work, but he does a good job continuing the New Jedi Order series. Where the previous books were more directed towards the Jedi and their contributions towards this new enemy, Hero's Trial gives us a new respect and admiration towards our lovable hero, Han Solo. He has been sorely missed due to the death of Chewbacca and now has to overcome his grief and fight in the name of Chewie. Sometimes it seems as though Han could be "Force-sensitive" for all the situations that he seems to get himself in and out of... but, that's the Corellian luck for ya. Anyway, it was an excellent book with some great insights to the character of Han and how deep his relationship with Chewie really was. The rest of the cast is also built upon nicely which promises a great follow up in Jedi Eclipse. Happy Hunting!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on August 3, 2000
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As with Mr. Greg Bear and "Rogue Planet", Mr. Luceno is another excellent addition to the Authors who continue the Star Wars epic. I also will be brief following the standard of the other person who has commented thus far, and I hope others will as well. Please do not give away anything that the covers of the book do not.
Han is back; the reader must decide which incarnation of Han Solo has returned. Han has evolved so much through these books, and no single event can match the death that Chewbacca's death had upon him. But as the back of the cover states "Han becomes the.....he once was". And with this persona so much of what fans have been missing is back, in a manner of speaking.
This Author steps the level of writing up on this book, as well as increasing the depth of some familiar old friends. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is about awareness, what it means, how each individual copes with it, and the implications it may have. This plot line was totally unexpected, and in my opinion very well done.
Mr. Luceno avoids the clichés that most Authors embrace; he expands the Organic Weaponry of The New Republic's Enemy in new and clever ways, and clearly makes his mark as a top tier writer for the Star Wars World.
I feel fans will really enjoy this installment.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on May 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial is the fourth book in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. The series so far has been dazzling, but unfortunately there always has to be a bump in the road. This one's it. Michael Stackpole provided a lot of momentum with his two book series, but Luceno drops the ball a little bit. It's not that bad, by any means. It's just not that good.
I've been anxiously awaiting Han Solo's story ever since what happened to Chewie. In Stackpole's series, Han was sidelined as somebody who was wallowing in his sorrows and going off to get drunk. He was gaining weight and basically becoming a slob who didn't care about anything. But we knew he wouldn't be like this forever. When I heard that Hero's Trial was about him, I rejoiced.
Then I read it, and I wasn't quite so happy. I'm not sure if it just suffers in comparison to Stackpole's, or if it has its own problems. First of all, while there are the requisite space battles that any Star Wars book or movie has to have, the scenes just fall flat here. The dialogue's not bad, but the descriptions of the battles just lie there, moribund. They don't bring that sense of exhilaration that previous ones did. Sure, all the terminology's there: the jukes, the jinks, the firing of lasers and proton torpedoes. However, the sense of the ebb and flow just isn't there. I wouldn't say I was necessarily bored, but they definitely didn't hum.
The second problem with the book is the other characters. They are, almost to a man (or woman), dreadfully dull. Luceno creates a few Yuuzhan Vong characters, but they just lie there on the page. The scenes on the Vong ships are flat and just basically exposition.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Martin (LT_martin@yahoo.com) on August 2, 2000
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This book is great for those of you that have wondered what happened to Han Solo. Jay Luceno writes a very good book, that enters the Star Wars world and places him right behind the likes of Timothy Zahn and Micheal Stackpole. This book really explains well what has happened to Han since Chewie's death. He tries to explain his feelings toward the war with the Yhuzzan Vong, Leia, Luke, and especially Anakin his youngest son. The book reads well, but doesn't weave the same type of web that Timothy Zahn and Micheal Stackpole create in their visions of the Star Wars Universe. I have read all of the accounts of Han, Luke, and Leia since the very beggining with A New Hope. I would reccomend this book as an excellent continuation of the New Jedi Order series and I really anticipate the release of Jay Luceno's next book in October.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hills on August 8, 2000
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I really enjoyed a great many things about this book, not least of which is the fact that it revolves around Han Solo, but delves substantially into his more emotional side. It also seeks to resolve certain elements within the escalating conflict between the New Public and the Yuuzhan Vong. However, James Lucerno's chaotic writing style makes events hard to grasp insofar as actual resolution is concerned. This hampers an already convoluted plot by the Yuuzhan Vong to infiltrate an assassin into the New Republic so that they can murder as many Jedi as possible with a poisonous virus carried within the lungs of the assassin.
It also lays Chewbacca to rest in a private ceremony on his homeworld of Kashyyyk, and Lucnerno thankfully had the good sense not to have Chewie's relatives assume the life debt, even though it was suggested. Han skillfully manages to avoid having another Wookie as a first mate, since that would have diminished Chewie's death greatly. Instead, Han must come to grips with Chewbacca's death by himself and in his own fashion, which usually means periods of brooding introspection and occasional verbal attacks on family members, including Luke, Leia, and Anakin, who bears the brunt of Han's wrath while the lad must come to terms with the guilt he feels over Chewie's death, and his father's accusations that he left Chewie to die.
The Vong fake an attack on a New Republic ship and sacrifice a vessel so that an escape pod bearing the priestess, Elan and her bizarre avian companion, a Fosh named Vergere. Beforehand, however, they connive a plan whereby Elan ingests a virus that will collect in her lungs and incubate until she is brought before the Jedi with vital information about Mara's illness.
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