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Tatooine Ghost (Star Wars) Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2003
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"Han and Leia struggle to keep the Empire at bay as stunning revelations from the past threaten to eclipse the future of the New Republic. . . .
The deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine by no means spelled the end of the Empire. In the aftermath, the New Republic has faced a constant struggle to survive. Now a new threat looms: a masterpiece of Alderaanian art--lost after the planet's destruction--has resurfaced on the black market. It conceals a vital secret--the code used to communicate with New Republic agents undercover within the Empire. Discovery by Imperial forces would spell disaster. The only option is recovery--and Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO have been dispatched to Tatooine to infiltrate the auction.
When a dispute at the auction erupts into violence, the painting vanishes in the chaos. Han and Leia are thrust into a desperate race to reclaim it. As they battle against marauding TIE fighters, encroaching stormtroopers, and Tatooine's savage Tusken Raiders, Leia's emotional struggle over the specter of her infamous father culminates in the discovery of an extraordinary link to the past. And as long-buried secrets at last emerge, she faces a moment of reckoning that will forever alter her destiny . . . and that of the New Republic.
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Tatooine Ghost got back to the roots of A New Hope and engaged in old-fashioned fun, fast-shooting blasters, witty one-liners, and clumsy but endearing sidekicks. However, that edge and dynamic of Empire Strikes Back with Han and Leia's truly exceptional written relationship is definitely present and the best part of the book by far. Additionally, the austere, philosophical nature of the first movie (The Phantom Menace) is also visible in Leia's dreams and thoughts of the past and how her parentage relates to it. All the best aspects of the SW films rolled into one magnificent book.
I will say now I'm a Han/Leia fan, and have been waiting for years for someone to write them right and in a relationship that is a natural development from the one we saw in the movies - one that is both loving and respectful, passionate and affectioante, with some playful teasing and light-hearted banter as well. Finally, Tatooine Ghost did just what many, many Han/Leia fans have been wanting to see for years. It's about time!
My favorite scene has to be the one where Han and Leia spend the night together after rescuing Han. I'm so glad Del Rey let Denning write a "hot" scene between them, an element of their relationship all Han/Leia fans are dying to see.
It was great to read a book that was absolutely chock full of my favorite characters - Han and Leia, and even Chewie.Read more ›
This is a Star Wars adventure the way it was meant to be written, before the NJO came along and messed everything up so badly. Denning writes the characters so true to their movie personalities that you feel this book is simply a continuation after Return of the Jedi ended.
He has done a masterful job of tying together the prequels and the Expanded Universe after the Original Trilogy. At the same time, he has managed to spackle-and-paste omissions of logic made by others: Qui-Gon's apparent lack of compassion for Anakin's mother in Ep. 1, Leia's completely out-of-character behavior in the dreadful "Courtship of Princess Leia", and even how a boy named Luke Skywalker could remain hidden in plain sight on his father's homeworld, and not have someone, somewhere, alert Darth Vader to the presence of another Skywalker.
Denning has made Leia the strong, competent woman and Han the dashing smuggler of the movies; he creates fascinating new characters; and he paints haunting portraits of secondary characters such as Kitster and Shmi. He gives nods to other favorites by mentioning Wedge Antilles, the Wraiths, and Thrawn.
My only quibbles with this book: The Tusken Raiders tell a story-dance of a warrior who slaughtered an entire camp with a buzzing sword; if Anakin killed every single Tusken, how would the other tribes possibly know their manner of death? A single line saying that one escaped would have cleared this up. And the visit to Obi-Wan's hut, while providing a heart-wrenching glimpse into his guilt and sorrow, seemed nothing more than a plug for Timothy Zahn's upcoming novel on the Outbound Project.
Minor quibbles only.Read more ›
Princess Leia and Han Solo (along with Chewbacca and C-3P0), travel back to the desert planet of Tatooine in search of a rare and valuable piece of Alderaanian art that was thought to have been destroy along with Alderaan. However, an unidentified collector has put the artwork up for auction. Han and Leia take it upon themselves to make sure that the artwork falls into the New Republic's hands. For it holds a very valuable secret that could spell certain destruction for many rebel spies if the artwork is handed over to the Empire. However, all is not what it seems on Tatooine. The desert holds many secrets of Leia's family's past that she must confront if she tends to move into the future as a strong leader for the New Republic. The least of these being her father's past that led him toward the dark side of the force and, eventually, to become the ruthless sith lord, Darth Vader. All that she knows of him is his dark side. Little by little, through the people she meets on Tatooine that knew him as a young boy, she comes to realize that there was much more to Anakin Skywalker than she ever dreamed of. With these new revelations, can she learn to forgive her father or will she be doomed to forever wallow in the hatred that she has held for him all of these years? And, if her hatred is allowed to progress, can she too be turned to the dark side of the force?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written after episodes I and II were released, it shows a lot of growth for Leia and a glimpse at the legacy of Anakin Skywalker on his home planet. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you're a fan of Han and Leia and also an old time SW fan, you'll love this book.
Just couldn't stop reading! Read more
If you like romance novels, you will like this book!Published 2 months ago by GlitterBatsandGlitterCats
Despite being used its condition was terrific.Literally as good as new! To be more precise, the book was very well taken care of in general. Read morePublished 2 months ago by annie agathopoulou
Nice Star Wars story to go along with the others I have read and will read via Kindle.Published 2 months ago by Disney Nut
very good book that talks about the decision leia made to have childrenPublished 2 months ago by jtd
It's OK. Not important over the main SW's storyline. There are better books on SW universe.Published 7 months ago by Andre Alonso Fernandes