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The Hutt Gambit: Star Wars (The Han Solo Trilogy) (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 10 - 10 Grade Level: 5 - 5

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The exciting new Han Solo series continues! The Hutt Gambit tells us even more about that dashing rogue adventurer, Han Solo! In Book Two, Han is a fugitive from the Imperial Navy where he was once a promising recruit. Han is also running from dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett. But with his new friend, a Wookie named Chewbacca, Han offers his smuggling services to crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt--and now the pair is caught in the middle between the Empire and their outlaw allies.

About the Author

A. C. Crispin contributed to V: The Original Miniseries from Tom Doherty Associates.

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  • File Size: 6924 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (June 28, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00513HWIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ann's historical fantasy for young adults, TIME HORSE, is now available as an ebook for Kindle. It's the story of Danielle Tomasky, who is twelve years old and wants nothing in the world but a horse to ride. She finds a horse that turns out to be something extraordinary, and that takes her on a magnificent adventure back to a time that tests every one of Danni's equestrian skills to their limits.


A. C. Crispin's major original science fiction undertaking is the StarBridge series. These books, now available as Kindle ebooks and in audiobook editions from Audible, center around a school for young diplomats, translators and explorers, both alien and human, located on an asteroid far from Earth. There are seven StarBridge books: StarBridge, Silent Dances, Shadow World, Serpent's Gift, Silent Songs, Voices of Chaos, and Ancestor's World.

A. C. wrote prolifically in many different tie-in universes, and was a master at filling in the histories of beloved TV and movie characters. Over the years, she became the unofficial "Queen of Backstory." Ms. Crispin had a unique talent for writing dialog that captured the essence of those characters. She began publishing in 1983 with the Star Trek novel Yesterday's Son, written in her spare time while working for the US Census Bureau. Shortly thereafter, Tor Books commissioned her to write what is perhaps still her most widely read work, the 1984 novelization of the television miniseries, V, which sold more than a million copies. She went on to collaborate on two more books in the V series, East Coast Crisis with Howard Weinstein, and Death Tide with Deborah Marshall.

For Star Wars, she wrote the bestselling Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare, The Hutt Gambit, and Rebel Dawn, which tell the story of Han Solo from his early years right up to the moment he walks into the cantina in Star Wars: A New Hope. She wrote three other bestselling Star Trek novels: Time for Yesterday, The Eyes of the Beholders, and Sarek.

Crispin and noted author Andre Norton wrote two Witch World novels together, Gryphon's Eyrie and Songsmith. Ann Crispin and Andre Norton were friends for nearly 30 years. Ms. Norton was the first woman to be declared a Grand Master in the field of science fiction and fantasy by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Andre Norton's passing brought increasing demand for her works, but a legal battle has tied up the rights to her collaborations with Ms. Crispin.

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Format: Paperback
Kudos to A. C. Crispin for a superb trilogy that, in my opinion, ranks right up there with 'heavy-hitters' like Zahn and Stackpole's books. An amazing feat has been accomplished in tying together dozens of tidbits of Han's life from numerous books and comics in one coherent, smooth, and effective storyline. The book itself is interesting on its own, but its historical value is incredible. Han's relationships with Lando, Boba Fett, Jabba, Shug Ninx, Salla Zend, Mako Spince, and others are given vibrant backgrounds and realistic beginnings. Granted, some stuff from the Academy would be nice, but I'm sure Lucas wanted it restricted. Heck, they even worked around it in the 'Chewbacca' comic. And besides, Han in the Empire would have nothing to do with the rest of the story. This is about Han picking himself up after being kicked out of the Empire and forming a new life on Nar Shaddaa.
Ah, the slums of the galaxy. Never before has the Galactic underworld been so vividly pictures. Black Sun from Steve Perry's 'Shadows' hardly seemed like an underground criminal syndicate. More like a mini-Empire that worked with the real one. Here we have the dirt of it all- Hutts, gang wars, and all of that nice stuff. Truly impressive and interesting. This is a side of Star Wars never before depicted. The Empire still is there, of course, and we get the great, dramatic Battle of Nar Shaddaa. The use of Baron Fel directly ties into Stackpole's 'The Making of Baron Fel', which is also a very nice touch. See what you people miss when you read only the books?
The huge, varied cast is prefectly done and balanced. All of the people from Nar Shadda in 'Dark Empire' get their backgrounds adeptly crafted here, and a huge amount of Han's life is revealed to us. Simply put, this is a highly, highly reccomended book for fans of Han Solo and the numerous books which this ties into.
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Format: Paperback
The Hutt Gambit begins a short period after The Paradise Snare ends. The book opens with a very drunk Han Solo seated in a tap-cafe with a furry alien creature as he mulls over his unfortunate past. Joining the Imperial Academy had been one of the most important events of his life. Receiving his first commission had made him proud. But watching the Imperials and the cruelties dealt their alien slaves proved to be more than Han could stomach. He was drummed out of the Imperial Navy for rescuing one such slave - the Wookie seated next to him known as Chewbacca, who, as payback for the rescue has sworn a life debt to Solo. At first Han considers this annoying, but then he realizes how advantageous it is to have a Wookie around - especially when you have a price on your head. Han's former employer, a t'landa Til, has not taken kindly to being robbed and played the fool by Han Solo and has offered a considerable bounty for Han. While dodging bounty hunters, Han and Chewie become partners, trying to push their way into the smuggling trade and eventually applying for work with the Desilijic, a Hutt-run syndicate. But, when the Hutt's homeworld comes under the notice of a greedy Imperial Moff, Han and his smuggler friends must think fast and devise a plan to save their world.
This book has something for everyone: a peek into Han's past, plenty of action - including some dogfights, some romance, and appearances by favorites like Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, Jabba the Hutt, Durga the Hutt, Darth Vader, and more! The book is a quick read and thoroughly enjoyable for any Star Wars fan. This book deals heavily with Han's involvement with the Hutts, giving us clues as to how past encounters may have affected Jabba's dealings with Han in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi.
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Format: Paperback
The 2nd book of the trilogy was better than the first as we are introduced to more familiar characters from the original Star Wars universe. This book has plenty of action as well. We find Han kicked out of the Imperial Academy for saving Chewie from being killed. Han hates slavery!
Well, Han and Chewie, find themselves looking for a ship on the Smuggler's Moon Nar Shaddaa, and Han volunteers to work for Jiliac and Jabba, both Hutt's. Meanwhile, the t'Landa til, Teroenza, wants Han's skin for what he did in the first book. The Besadii clan of the Hutt's who Teroenza works for, hire Boba Fett for to capture Han.
Han falls victim to Fett, but another familiar name in the SW Universe saves his hide, Lando. Afterwards, Fett does not have much of a role in this book.
While working for Jabba, the Desilijic clan of the Hutts, Han finds out that the Imperials are wanting to destroy Nar Shaddaa, and the smuggler's ways of life. Jabba does not want this and tries to bribe the local Moff, to no avail, then the Admiral of the ships, which works somewhat. The Imperials launch an attack on Nar Shaddaa, but the Smuggler's have tricks up their sleeves, and put up a good fight.
Finally, another acquaintence shows up toward the end, as Han is hiding on an Imperial vessel in a dark closet, he hears heavy breathing, as someone visits the admiral. Then a thump to the floor.
Welcome to the picture, Lord Vader! Great read.
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By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
A very exciting book by a great author for Han Solo and Chewie fans. The Hutt Gambit explains how Han Solo is thrown out of the Imperial academy, his life of crime, and how he met Chewbacca. I think that the most action packed scene of the book was the battle of Nar Shadd. Overall, I think that all people who like Han Solo should read this book to find out what he was like before the The New Hope.
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