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Ambush at Corellia (Star Wars, The Corellian Trilogy #1) (Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 2, 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (February 2, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553298038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553298031
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back to the home world he left many years before. Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even he understands. One thing is clear: the five inhabited worlds of the sector are on the brink of civil war and the once peaceful coexistence of the three leading races -- human, Selonian, and Drallan -- has come to an end. ®, (TM) and © 1995 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back  to the home world he left many years before.  Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children  and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with  agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds  himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even  he understands. One thing is clear: the five  inhabited worlds of the sector are on the brink of civil  war and the once peaceful coexistence of the three  leading races -- human, Selonian, and Drallan --  has come to an end.

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It's no Thrawn trilogy.
Bogie
All I remember is that it's a good, fast-paced read, and that you should definitely stick around for books 2 and 3.
Devin R. Cohen
Despite the action implied by the plot summary, I found this book a slow read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Flythe on December 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cover of the book tells you that this is book one of the Corellian Trilogy. Therefore, anyone who has ever read a trilogy (much less one of the several Star Wars novel trilogies) should know exactly what to expect: lots of character development, a slowly building plot, and no resolution whatsoever. That having been said, this book actually does a great job of living up to those criteria.
Let's face it, the writing in this one is not that great. However, it's definitely worth reading. For one, Han is the central character, an automatic plus. Second, we get to see some scene's with Han and Leia's children (what a novel idea!) and some sense of the "Solo family." And we get a very in-depth look at Corellia, too, a planet often referred to but rarely, if ever, seen. All things said, it' a pretty neat book, just not a really great one.
The best thing about it is that it's not about the Empire. I get rather tired of the Comeback Kings surfacing over and over again. Sure, this trilogy may not be of the same sweeping scale as the films or even Zahn's trilogy, but that only serves to work in its favor. It's different, which is something the universe of Star Wars novels needs more of. (Frankly, I don't really see NJO as the saving grace everyone labels it as; the Yuzhan Vong are just the Empire in disguise if you ask me). Read this book folks. It ain't great, but it is fun. Besides, it's a necessary opening chapter to the trilogy, which does get better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Baker on November 15, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
By itself, this is not a breath-taking book. The writing style is simplistic, there are multiple basic spelling errors, and let's be honest, the book is basically just a springboard for the rest of the trilogy. That being said, however, (and given that this is a SW book, a member of a line that has been a huge disappointment since Zahn,) Ambush At Corellia is a good, fun read.
True, there is no real action. (But that's part of the point: the galaxy is now a very boring place.) And Allen could have spent more time on his names (the Human League, the Hidden Leader).
There are, however, some major good points. The Solo kids have been developed superubly. Also, Mara Jade has shown some growth as a character, and while not entirely true with the character Zahn drew for us so spectacularly all those years ago, Mara in this book is much better than she was in the Jedi Academy Travesty.
Also, Allen's writing style is not unlike Stackpole's. Actually this book came out before X-wing, but the X-wing books are better, so I'll say Allen is like Stackpole.
One problem, however, is that the plot takes a LOOOOOONNNNNGGGGGGGG time to get rolling. And why does Leia get a new lightsaber? Didn't she already have one? Also, Luke and Lando really do nothing in this book except take up chapter space. PLus I was hoping for some more Han Solo history, like stuff from Han Solo Adventures. The Talus and Tralus thing is a little weak. Finally, after looking at the cover I was hoping Corellia would be a little more unique of a world (like with the crazy towers on the cover or something) like planets are in Zahn, but I can't begrudge Allen for that.
All in all, a good SW read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Kemp on October 20, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ambush at Corellia was an excellent prelude to what will be coming next in the trilogy. At times this book wasn't exactly the most exciting, it was more of a mystery of what is to come next. The events taking place in this story are shrouded, and revolve around the conspiracies created by the "hidden leader".
I enjoyed how the author depicted the characters, and how he seemed to know exactly gow each one felt, and how each one thought. The book is mostly filled with puzzles that don't seem to mean anything, until the end when everything almost starts to make sense; but not quite.
I can't wait to see what will happen next in the series, or what will become of the seemingly hopeless heroes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 21, 2000
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I confess, this book was a bit slow moving at first, but I managed to get into it, and from then on I enjoyed it. Leia, now Chief of State of the New Republic, goes to Corellia for a trade summit. Han and their three children come along, so the trip will be something of a vacation for them. Exploring his home planet for the first time in years, Han is shocked at how much it's changed for the worst. Meanwhile, Mara Jade has recieved a strange message intended for Leia, and Luke has gone off with Lando, who is in search of a rich wife (that was the one distracting subplot - hope it starts to make more sense in one of the next two books). The kids wander off during a visit to an archaeological and discover a strange technology. As tensions on Corellia worsen, a new leader threatens to rise from the shadows - with possible explosive and deadly results. If you're new to the Star Wars books, this is probably not the best book to start off with. You're better off reading them in chronological order, which I haven't done, unfortunatley. But if you have enjoyed other Star Wars novels, I would reccomend this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2003
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The first book of the Corellian Trilogy, Ambush at Corellia is a better than average beginning to the trilogy. It deals with the return of Han Solo to his home Corellian system after decades of exile. Allen has a decent grasp of the characters and he writes the Solo children very well. The plot all about exploding stars and solar system wide planetary blackouts is a little hard to take seriously, but overall the story is very well-written. Han Solo is the same rascal often portrayed in previous books, but his more serious, fatherly side does come out strongly in this book. Luke has lost the brooding quality that plagued him in pretty much every book after the Zahn trilogy making his character much more interesting and entertaining. Leia after several books dealing with her being the chief of state still has government work to do, but Allen takes a better more personal approach to her. The Solo mistrust of Mara Jade is out of character, but two memorable scenes really make this a good book:
1. Mon Mothma telling Luke off and his subsaquent preentation of a lightsaber to Leia telling her that she too is a trained Jedi and their subsaquent dual. (The New Jedi Order seems to have overlooked this point). The second is the much more memorable incident early in the book where we see that Han Solo is still the same person with his attack of a better armed probe droid. OVerall this book is a better than average star wars book, and while not the best of the trilogy is certainly a great start.
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