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  • Series: Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Legends (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reissue edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345428544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345428547
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Jedi are back and ready to rumble in Dark Tide 1: Onslaught, the second book to appear in Del Rey's five-year New Jedi Order story arc, which picks up events 25 years after A New Hope. Reading R.A. Salvatore's Vector Prime first--while not necessary (and some fans even recommend against it)--will help enormously in understanding the alien threat facing the New Republic, the sinister Yuuzhan Vong. The Jedi, under the now truly formidable Luke, must rise to beat back the biotech-wielding invaders, and we really get to see the Solo kids and good ol' Corran Horn shine. Lando and especially Han get short shrift (that's probably just as well in this new series), but Luke and Mara still manage to get a whole lot of lovin' going on. This is excellent work by the ever popular Stackpole (Rogue Squadron). --Paul Hughes

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Twenty-one years after the destruction of Darth Vader and the Emperor, the Star Wars galaxy has been hit by a threat deadlier and more terrifying than anything that has gone before.  In Vector Prime, invading aliens were routed at great cost to our heroes.  Now, in this climate of mistrust, expecially of the Jedi, Leia cannot convince the New Republic that the threat may not be over, even as the next wave of alien warships are entering the galaxy.  It is up to Leia, Luke and the Solo children to defend the Outer Rim planets from invasion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michael Stackpole is arguably the best Star Wars author.
Michele Hansen
The New Jedi order series got off to a good start in Vector Prime, and is continued with Dark Tide I: Onslaught.
R. Cannaday
Anyways, the action flows, the story is interesting and the characters are great.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Dewlanna Solo on February 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I gave this book 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for really groundbreaking books with outstanding plots. In the Star Wars Universe, I have given 5 stars only to I Jedi (also by Stackpole), Vision of the Future, and the uproariously funny Star Fighters of Adumar. Onslaught isn't quite in that category. Mr. Stackpole is adding to an established story arc and must work within the confines of the arc. He does a tremendous job of making the plot and characters become true to the Star Wars name. This book focuses mostly on Luke and Mara, the Solo Children, Corran Horn, and Princess Leia. For those readers who missed Han Solo in this book, be patient. Han gets two books of his own soon. Jim Luceno (former writing partner of the late Brian Dailey, author of the Early HS trilogy) will be writing books 4 and 5 of the New Jedi Order. Han will get his day.
In Onslaught, Stackpole shows more about the new villains, and makes them seem very alien and threatening. These guys are really BAD! Even Corran Horn is astounded by their ruthlessness, and he's seen the dregs of the Galaxy. When Stackpole writes of Luke and Mara, we can see the depths of their love of each other. And Luke fans will find the Jedi Master at his best. The Solo children continue to blossom into real people in Onslaught. Stackpole does a marvelous job of combining the Solo children, as seen in the Young Jedi Knights and other books, with the almost grown up Solos of Vector Prime. He continues the growth that was started by Salvatore and adds the connections to previous works that was missing in Vector Prime. Corran Horn fans will will love Onslaught, he is well represented in Onslaught.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By taking a rest HALL OF FAME on February 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
That the pages be turned slowly is important, as this is much briefer than previous books, carefully, because if 2 pages stick together you could literally miss an entire appearance of a long time mainstay of the Star Wars History.
The additional time spent on the organic weaponry of The Yuuzhan Vong, is brilliant. I don't know where the credit should be given, but whether from one author, a collaboration, or Mr. Lucas, this part of the new series I find fascinating.
This book opens a variety of issues that are going to need to be resolved. To the extent these details are shared, I believe the reader can get a better idea of where this whole new series that started with Vector Prime may be heading. The book resolves very little if anything, and really sets the stage for a variety of future plot lines.
Additionally it strongly reinforces the mood that Vector Prime began. This is a more violent, more graphically depicted part of the Star Wars Saga. It also introduces conflict where you would least expect it, on issues as basic as what a Jedi Knight was, is, or should be.
So far these two books offer no moments that are light, the whole experience is burdensome, painful.
The quality in this new series is present and abundant, the issue is making the adjustment from the previous mood that was Star Wars, to the new experience it has become.
Other than the brevity I have one complaint that may be considered nit picking, but I believe Star Wars Fans tend to be demanding, and I am glad they are. The artwork on the book is weak. I don't like the style and unlike Vector Prime it is almost generic.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jayson Olson on March 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Michael Stackpole is a great sci fi writer. 'I, Jedi' was great, and this novel solidifies him as a boneafide Star Wars novelist. His descriptions of landscapes, alien worlds and technology vividly paint pictures within your head without going overboard like other authors.
What makes Onslaught a unique book is: 1) This book begins a story arc that seems to fit in between Vector Prime's overall story arc. Though it can be read alone, probably best if you read Vector Prime first to understand some events. 2) It is hard to describe, but this is a great novel with no real plot resolution or end. This novel seems to almost to be a prelude to an actual novel not yet out--meaning that there are numerous events taking shape all across the Star Wars universe, almost shot like small vignettes, and only towrds the physical end of the novel do things start shaping up getting ready for hopefully the next one. 3) The Vong (enemies) here have no central characters unlike the one's in Vector Prime. They are treated as this overall imposing threat and we learn more about them through their actions and culture, but no one Vong character is present....until the Epilouge. 4) Some of your main SW chracters you have learned to love aren't here or play very MINOR roles....Han is only around very briefly in the beginning, Lando has a 'few' moments, there really is no 3PO, Ackbar, Mothma, Antilles, etc.
5) <I seperated this for a reason> Another character dies. This lends some believability to this New Jedi Order of novels. The characters we love, aren't invincible anymore, and neither are their friends. A great plus!
6) Most importantly, I beelive this novel truly does usher us into the next generation of Star Wars.
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Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 novels, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He's won awards in the realms of podcasting, game designer, computer game design, screenwriting, editing, graphic novel writing and novel writing. He lives in Arizona and frequently travels the United States attending conventions and teaching writing workshops. His website is www.stormwolf.com

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