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Allegiance: Star Wars (Star Wars - Legends) [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Zahn
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Never before has the incendiary mix of action, politics, and intrigue that has become Timothy Zahn’s trademark, been mmore evident that in this new Star Wars epic. On the heels of the stunning events chronicled in Star Wars: A New Hope, the newly minted heroes of the Rebellion–fledgling Jedi Luke Skywalker, smuggler turned reluctant freedom-fighter Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, a bold leader with a world to avenge–must face the harsh realities of the cataclysmic conflict into which they have so bravely plunged. From this point forward, legends will grow, treachery will abound, and lives will be irrevocably altered, in the long, hard fight to counter the fist of tyranny and restore hope to a galaxy too long in darkness.

The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses. Han has doubts about waging someone else’s war–and his contentiousness is one more burden for Leia to bear as she struggles to help keep the Rebellion alive. The three have been sent to mediate a dispute between Rebel Alliance factions in Shelsha Sector–agitating matters by forcing Han to deal not only with pirates, but with his more dreaded enemy, politics. At the same time, Mara Jade–all of eighteen and years away from her fateful meeting with Luke–is serving her evil master, Palpatine, well in her role as the Emperor’s Hand: tracking suspected treachery in the Empire to what may be high places–while trying to stay out of Darth Vader’s way.

But the Rebels will prove to be only one of the Empire’s concerns. For Imperial Stormtrooper Daric LaRone, his faith in the Empire shaken by the wanton destruction of Alderaan, will commit a sudden and violent act of defiance, and take four other enforcers with him, in a desperate bid to elude their masters’ wrath.

Each of these fateful actions, whether sanctioned, secret, or scandalous, will expose brutality and corruption, spur upheavals destined to shake the Empire to its core, and shape momentous events yet to come.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Five idealistic but fed-up Imperial storm troopers led by Daric LaRone share the stage with young Rebel Alliance crusaders Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca in this politically fraught but still rollicking early years Star Wars adventure from Hugo-winner Zahn (Star Wars: Outbound Flight). Emperor Palpatine's favorite Sith, Darth Vader, has a new rival, the 18-year-old Countess Mara Jade Claria, whom Palpatine has schooled in the Force to assume the special agent role of "Emperor's Hand." Zahn depicts the intrepid Rebel quartet and the turbulent development of the Alliance while revealing the human faces behind the storm trooper armor of Daric and company, who become unexpected allies of Han and friends once the troopers are on the run after killing a superior officer. The author also underscores Mara Jade's tough-girl charm and blossoming Imperial clout against the background of Palpatine's dedication to Imperial domination and his insidious influence on his minions. This episode will please fans wondering about events between the first and second movies in the original Star Wars trilogy.
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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—In this eighth novel set in the Star Wars universe, five Stormtroopers led by Daric LaRone become fugitives when they defy orders to kill a group of defenseless civilians. On the run, the unit turns into a team of self-appointed vigilantes fighting to protect the rights and safety of the citizens of the Empire. A second story line features Mara Jade, a force-wielding apprentice to Emperor Palpatine, and her investigations into a world governor who is stealing Imperial tax money to fund a team of brutal space pirates. LaRone and his team bring a uniquely human touch to the men behind the Stormtrooper armor, while Jade is a highly likable woman filled with enough guile and drive to rival Princess Leia herself. Chronologically, this story takes place between the films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. While it focuses on the new characters, some of the more familiar names are here as side characters to draw in the fans and drive the plot along. There are some fine moments as a young Luke Skywalker struggles to learn the secrets of the Force and Han Solo questions how involved he wants to become in Princess Leia's rebellion. Jade's and LaRone's plotlines intersect and interweave, leading to a fast-paced climax filled with blaster shoot-outs, star-fighter battles, and Jade's clever tricks with the Force. Tightly plotted and fast paced, Allegiance will appeal to hard-core and intermittent fans alike.—Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA
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Product Details

  • File Size: 6676 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513FPFQ
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy on the eyes, and not just b/c its got Mara February 4, 2007
As books go, I found Outbound Flight rather on the boring side, not so with Allegiance. This book, I finished in 2 days. The characters are a mite on the flat side, but Mara Jade pulls through fine. Everything ties together neatly in the end...perhaps too neatly but heck, that's most good fiction out there.

The dialogue's decent, the actions great, the plot twists are good. Overall, Zahn pulls off another lovely star wars novel.

BTW, the idea of including non-clone stormtroopers is only logical, this is a long time after the clone wars. Palpy wouldn't be spending credits on more clones when he can just invest in some nice propaganda and get lots of youngin's ready to defend the Empire.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stormtrooper squad runs amok! March 16, 2007
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Timothy Zahn returns to the Star Wars universe with his eighth novel set in the galaxy far, far away. This time he has a new era to play around in: Allegiance is set right after the events of A New Hope. It features many familiar film characters as well as a prominent role for a teenage Mara Jade and an intriguing squad of rogue stormtroopers. Perspectives vary among fans of the Expanded Universe as to how fleshed out the three years between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back truly are. If you include the Marvel comic series, the newspaper strips, and various articles in journals and magazines as canon, this period is already quite busy. If you are incorporating novels only, it is considerably thinner. My personal view on canon is I don't spend much time dwelling on it: if it is Star Wars and I am entertained, I'm happy.

In Allegiance, Zahn weaves a very complicated plotline that verges on being a mystery tale. Many new characters are introduced and then discarded quickly as events unfold, making the story a bit choppy. For this reason, it's likely to be a more satisfying read when digested in larger chunks than read piecemeal a chapter or two at a time (which is what I did).

A few new characters do stand out, though, and they are the five Imperial troopers on the run that comprise the Hand of Judgment. Much like Karen Traviss and her beloved clone troopers featured in her Republic Commando novels, Zahn takes a group of helmeted anonymous soldiers and makes them dynamic individuals. Their attempts to reconcile their doubts in the Empire with their need to to serve the galaxy with honor and duty are quite interesting and continue the trend in Star Wars of placing shades of gray into what once seemed like straightforward good vs. evil yarns.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bad Zahn is better than no Zahn. February 2, 2007
As far as Zahn's books go this was not his best. However it was still better than other recently release Star Wars books. The story just wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. While it was interesting to see Mara as "the Hand" she was pretty clueless at times. Ofcourse 18 years of brainwashing by an evil dictator will do that. This book is worth your time to read so I don't want to give to much about the story away,however it would be better to wait for the paperback.I will say that the rogue storm troopers would be interesting to follow in other stories.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once Again Timothy Zahn Enriches the Star Wars Universe January 31, 2007
Timothy Zahn writes the very best Star Wars books, and now he has a new one, "Star Wars: Allegiance".

There are dozens of Star Wars books, expanding the universe of the six films. But none of them are as good as Timothy Zahn's. The genre really launched with Timothy Zahn's original sequels following on "Return of the Jedi": "Heir to the Empire", "Dark Force Rising", and "The Last Command".

In those books he expanded the Star Wars universe with characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn (who tried to lead a resurgent empire after the death of the Emperor), Mara Jade (who became Luke Skywalker's wife after a rocky decade), and Talon Karrde (master smuggler/information broker).

The same characters returned in the the follow-up "Hand of Thrawn" books, "Spectre of the Past" and "Vision of the Future".

Zahn later returned to the themes he had created in "Survivor's Quest" in which Luke and Mara travel to the crash site of an Old Republic mission intended to explore another galaxy, and "Outbound Flight" about the fate of that mission.

Originally George Lucas said he was going to make nine Star Wars films. He later revised it to six, with three prequels to the original three films. It may be that after Timothy Zahn mapped out the continuation from "Return of the Jedi", Lucas could no longer create his own future, and perhaps there are reasons why the initial Zahn trilogy can't be filmed.

The new book is placed in the period between the films "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back". When the former film ends, Han has barely aligned himself with the rebels and Luke is just starting to learn Jedi skills.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rogue Stromtroopers - You Gotta Love It June 13, 2007
Mr. Zahn is best known for his seven previous Star Wars books, and I have always enjoyed his books that I have read. Allegiance is good but not my favorite. The characters are interesting and there is plenty of action, but it all gets very complicated and I grew somewhat tired of referring to the list of characters.

The story takes place soon after A New Hope. Luke is still not comfortable with his Jedi skills and Han is not sure if he and Chewie should be part of the Rebel Alliance. Leia exhibits her strengths as she mediates a dispute in the Shelsea Sector. Also, the young Mara Jade plays a major role on a mission from Emperor Palpatine. All of them have to deal with problems caused by bands of pirates. It is interesting to note that Luke and Mara are both callow youth at this point, but Mara's effectiveness shows her to be light-years ahead of Luke. I doubt that the difference between the two would have been that blatant.

The most interesting characters to me were a group of five Imperial Stormtroopers led by Daric LaRone. For the first time we see Stormtroopers who wonder if they are doing the right thing by serving an Empire that would wantonly destroy the civilization of Alderaan. When LaRone stands up for his rights and kills an officer of the Imperial Security Bureau, he and four other troopers are forced to desert. They spend the rest of the book trying to elude Imperial forces and trying to do what they think is right in various situations. They end up working with Mara Jade and are still free at the end of the book even though she knows who they are. They also survive a face-to-face meeting with Darth Vader. I found that a little hard to accept because Vader surely would have deduced that something was wrong. I doubt that he would have let them go on their merry way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love reading about the hand of judgment
Love reading about the hand of judgment. Just wish there were more books about them. Zahn is an awesome writer whose works are fantastically written and easily read.
Published 8 days ago by Jennifer Holden
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Love this idea and spin off of troops that have gone rogue but not "rogue" like the rebels. It's very easy to get into any of Zahn's books his writing is clean and well... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jenifer Billings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good no problem
Published 2 months ago by lynda hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Roswell Richardson
This was an excellent back story regarding Mara Jade. Zahn creates another great work in the Star Wars universe. This is a must read for Zahn fans.
Published 2 months ago by Roswell Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read
I really enjoyed this one. So much action and plenty of twists. Couldn't put it down. I definitely recommend reading this.
Published 3 months ago by Ammon Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!
This was an action packed story that gave insight into some back round on a few main characters of the Star Wars Universe and gave some fill in to happenings between the films.
Published 3 months ago by Steven Beltzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly woven plot
This has turned out to be one of my favorite Star Wars novels. Slightly after the destruction of Alderaan and the first Death Star, a group of stormtroopers desert and go renegade... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John W. Petersen
3.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love TZ, his earlier Star Wars stories were wonderful
I absolutely love TZ, his earlier Star Wars stories were wonderful. Just after the first movies came out his narratives came right off the screen. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Debra C. Storing
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book.
Published 6 months ago by Travis Rhoden
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Zahn captures the characters well, adds his own and mixes it with continuous action and intrigue.
Published 6 months ago by Lynn Richard
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Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.


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