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Blackcollar (The Blackcollar Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Timothy Zahn is a New York Times bestselling science fiction author of more than forty novels, as well as many novellas and short stories. Best known for his contributions to the expanded Star Wars universe of books, including the Thrawn trilogy, Zahn won a 1984 Hugo Award for his novella “Cascade Point.”He also wrote the Cobra series, the Blackcollar series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series, whose first novel, Dragon and Thief, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Zahn currently resides in Oregon with his family. 

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  • File Size: 3945 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453297871
  • Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (October 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094ANSJ2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Peterson on December 2, 2012
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EDIT: I've received word that this has been fixed. Downloaded a new copy and I see that all the ones I had bookmarked have been corrected. Thanks for that!

I really like the storyline. Zahn has put together a gripping story that sucks you in and makes you want to find out what's going to happen next. Highly recommended!

However, the publisher has done it a great disservice. Typos are all over this book - it reads like they took the original print version, ran it through OCR software, and then never bothered to fix the typos that introduced. "Who needs copy editing? Just push it out there and make that money!" It's like the publisher in "Elf" who signs off on printing a book with two missing pages. Who's going to notice something small like that?

Well, I noticed and it's really, really annoying. Yes, it's "only" the Kindle edition, but take some pride in your work and show some respect for the author's vision!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By events3 on August 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This and the Spinneret book are Zahn's best (he eventually lost me in the Cobra series & Coming of Age). This is action-packed and suspenseful. The Blackcollar, with their super-human reflexes were man's last hope against the alien invaders. This is the story of their guerrilla war against that enemy - and their human nemesis, Galway, who is attempting to prevent the Blackcollar from doing greater damage to mankind than has already been done by the aliens. Excellent.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Ward on January 18, 2010
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I often find myself disappointed by Timothy Zahn, especially with the inordinate time he spends with fantasy and Star Wars themes. His major contribution to military science fiction writing is via the creation of the Blackcollars and the Cobras. These display Timothy Zahn at his best with convincing plot lines, well-developed characters and interesting stories which make for page turning anticipatory reading. The best recommendation I can offer for Blackcollar is that I own the series. Definitely five star material.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Skuldren on August 13, 2013
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Timothy Zahn broke into Star Wars in part due to his military sci-fi series Cobra and Blackcollar. When approached to do Heir to the Empire, Tim had nine books under his belt: The Blackcollar (1983), Cobra (1985), A Coming of Age (1985), Cobra Strike (1986), The Backlash Mission (1986), Spinneret (1985), Triplet (1987), Cobra Bargain (1988), and Deadman Switch (1988). Of those, Cobra and Blackcollar caught the eye of Bantam and led to the recommendation to Lucasfilm. As a fan of Zahn's Star Wars works, it was only natural to branch out and read his other work. Blackcollar was certainly a fitting choice.

The book takes place in the future, sometime around 2447. The Terran Democratic Empire and it's 28 planets, including Earth, lost a war to an expansionist species known as the Ryqril. Humans now live under occupation. Each planet is completely isolated from the others except for select government personnel. Humans in high level positions are forced to go through re-conditioning, ie. brainwashing. Living conditions are not exactly optimal and the Ryqril aren't very compassionate overlords. It is in this environment that a few cells of resistance remain. The main character, Allen Caine, is a young member of the resistance on Earth who has trained his entire life to fight the Ryqril and undermine their authority. After a lifetime of preparation, he's been given a mission to sneak off Earth and make contact with the resistance on another planet. It's their hope that this contact can lead to a new paradigm in the war against their oppressors. The key to their success lies with the Blackcollars.

What's interesting about this book is just how important the Blackcollars are to the story. Zahn could have gone a lot of different ways with the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Andrews on April 9, 2014
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The plot, summed up:

The story takes place in the future. Earth and the many planets it has colonized had a major battle with an alien race…and lost. However, this isn't the usual post apocalyptic tale where everything is left in ruins. At the beginning of the story we find out that in the last days of the war Earth and the planets it inhabits surrendered to avoid being annihilated. While the book does go deeper into it that really sets the history that begins the actual story.

The actual story begins 30 years after the occupation of the alien force. A resistance movement made up of former government officials, regular soldiers and an elite branch of soldiers known as "Blackcollars". While the resistance has been a thorn in the side of the aliens, now governing all Earth's inhabited planets, this story begins when the resistance decides the time is right for a major offensive to fight back.

The author, Timothy Zahn, then takes us on a journey to other inhabited planets where a group of Blackcollars join with one of Earth's resistance fightersand they become the core group that the story focuses around.

This was the first book I had ever read by Timothy Zahn and that was back in the early 80s. This was always intended to be a trilogy but like most trilogies this first book in the series is a full story in and of itself. Sort of just like the first Star Wars movie. That way if it doesn't sell the reader still got an entire story even though it's open ended (like that first Star Wars movie back in the 70s).

what I love about Timothy Zahn's style of writing is that it leaves so little to the imagination, because it's so descriptive, that you could almost see the story in your mind as if it were a movie.
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