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The End and the Beginning,
This review is from: Rebel Dawn (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, Book 3) (Mass Market Paperback)
'Rebel Dawn' is another truly exceptional SW novel that carries the life of Han Solo right up the meeting at Chalumn's Cantina with a certain old man and farmboy. To say that 'Rebel Dawn' is a sort of a hsityor book is in many ways true, as it offers glimpses to the early days of the rebellion. Not that that's bad, at least not for me. I am a huge history buff, after all.
Everything is wrapped up here, essentially. How Han gets Jabba on his case, Han's falling out with Lando, Bria's fate... Very, very nice and well-crafted so that everything fits together as one. Admittedly it's a rather sad book once you get to the end, but it accuarely paints Han's life and sets up his new life beautifully. Like 'Hutt Gambit', this book creates an incredible view into the 'other side' of Star Wars, far from the gallant dogfights above the Death Star and heroism of Leia and Dodonna. Here the Rebels are still struggling, and instead of a romantic space duel we get a ground invasion on the mudhole known as Ylesia. And you also het the tensions between the two Hutt clans at their height. Nothing like wars between crime syndicates, after all. Durga's relationship with Black sun also helped set up 'Darksaber', adding a little bit of background and credibility to Anderson's hopelessly absurd novel. Han's relationship with Bria was also quite interesting to watch, and its ending is certainly riveting. The final scene with Bria, in my opinion, goes down as one of the best all-time Star Wars scenes and fully captures the devotion of the early Rebel troops as they fought against all odds for a seemingly impossible goal. I must admit that I found the interlude where Biran Daley's novels go chronologically somewhat awkward, partially because I've never read Daley's novels and simply pieces bits and pieces of information about them together from various sources. Still, this is just a minor flaw in on overwhelmingly superb book.
If for whatever reason you don't want to read everyting above, I'll simplify it here. 'Rebel Dawn' is an incredible piece of Star Wars history that adds background and depth to both Han Solo's life and the SW galaxy itself. Highly, highly reccomended.