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Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2000
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Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure . . . and revenge. When he learns that an old friend from his smuggling days is operating as a mercenary for the enemy, he sets out to expose the traitor. But Han's investigation uncovers an even greater evil: a sinister conspiracy aimed at the very heart of the New Republic's will and ability to fight--the Jedi.
Now Han must face down his inner demons and, with the help of a new and unexpected ally, honor Chewbacca's sacrifice in the only way that matters--by being worthy of it.
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Han is back; the reader must decide which incarnation of Han Solo has returned. Han has evolved so much through these books, and no single event can match the death that Chewbacca's death had upon him. But as the back of the cover states "Han becomes the.....he once was". And with this persona so much of what fans have been missing is back, in a manner of speaking.
This Author steps the level of writing up on this book, as well as increasing the depth of some familiar old friends. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is about awareness, what it means, how each individual copes with it, and the implications it may have. This plot line was totally unexpected, and in my opinion very well done.
Mr. Luceno avoids the clichés that most Authors embrace; he expands the Organic Weaponry of The New Republic's Enemy in new and clever ways, and clearly makes his mark as a top tier writer for the Star Wars World.
I feel fans will really enjoy this installment.
I've been anxiously awaiting Han Solo's story ever since what happened to Chewie. In Stackpole's series, Han was sidelined as somebody who was wallowing in his sorrows and going off to get drunk. He was gaining weight and basically becoming a slob who didn't care about anything. But we knew he wouldn't be like this forever. When I heard that Hero's Trial was about him, I rejoiced.
Then I read it, and I wasn't quite so happy. I'm not sure if it just suffers in comparison to Stackpole's, or if it has its own problems. First of all, while there are the requisite space battles that any Star Wars book or movie has to have, the scenes just fall flat here. The dialogue's not bad, but the descriptions of the battles just lie there, moribund. They don't bring that sense of exhilaration that previous ones did. Sure, all the terminology's there: the jukes, the jinks, the firing of lasers and proton torpedoes. However, the sense of the ebb and flow just isn't there. I wouldn't say I was necessarily bored, but they definitely didn't hum.
The second problem with the book is the other characters. They are, almost to a man (or woman), dreadfully dull. Luceno creates a few Yuuzhan Vong characters, but they just lie there on the page. The scenes on the Vong ships are flat and just basically exposition.Read more ›
It also lays Chewbacca to rest in a private ceremony on his homeworld of Kashyyyk, and Lucnerno thankfully had the good sense not to have Chewie's relatives assume the life debt, even though it was suggested. Han skillfully manages to avoid having another Wookie as a first mate, since that would have diminished Chewie's death greatly. Instead, Han must come to grips with Chewbacca's death by himself and in his own fashion, which usually means periods of brooding introspection and occasional verbal attacks on family members, including Luke, Leia, and Anakin, who bears the brunt of Han's wrath while the lad must come to terms with the guilt he feels over Chewie's death, and his father's accusations that he left Chewie to die.
The Vong fake an attack on a New Republic ship and sacrifice a vessel so that an escape pod bearing the priestess, Elan and her bizarre avian companion, a Fosh named Vergere. Beforehand, however, they connive a plan whereby Elan ingests a virus that will collect in her lungs and incubate until she is brought before the Jedi with vital information about Mara's illness.Read more ›
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I did not want to order the Kendall version! I wanted the softback novel.Published 18 days ago by Saintsfanfosho
Excellent read, the entire series so far is a page turner. Also a bit darker than previous star wars books I have read. Done with this book and cannot wait to start the next!Published 18 months ago by Lonnie C.
I gave this book 4 stars basically because of the theme & subject of the book, being star wars. However, judging it primarily on the basis of the author and his writing style, I... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kevin Christopher
Luceno clearly did his homework before writing his first Star Wars book. It is evident that he has dug deep into the EU - something I greatly appreciate. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jared