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Ambush at Corellia (Star Wars, The Corellian Trilogy #1) (Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – February 2, 1995
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A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back to the home world he left many years before. Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even he understands. One thing is clear: the five inhabited worlds of the sector are on the brink of civil war and the once peaceful coexistence of the three leading races -- human, Selonian, and Drallan -- has come to an end. ®, (TM) and © 1995 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
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A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back to the home world he left many years before. Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even he understands. One thing is clear: the five inhabited worlds of the sector are on the brink of civil war and the once peaceful coexistence of the three leading races -- human, Selonian, and Drallan -- has come to an end.
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Way too much time is spent describing a spacecraft crash involving a minor character. It goes on and on and on, when brevity would simply have us know that a crash did occur.
The characterizations are wacky. There is a scene where Leia, Chief of the New Republic, draws a lightsaber with Luke and starts madly attacking him with it--nothing before this ever hints such an aspect of Leia's personality. Luke is totally demeaned here as a character--indeed, he is basically a silent minor character. His whole role in the book is to either be the affable, good-times Uncle Luke or else a companion to Lando who is traveling around the galaxy looking for a partner in marriage.
Literally. The second of the book is Luke and Lando prancing around the galaxy looking for a bride for Lando. Even if this becomes significant in later books, here it just seems like filler.
The best characters here are Han and the children. Han is very on point. It is interesting to see the children growing up without giving them way too much attention like what happened in Crystal Star.
What about the Jedi academy? Last we saw it was in rather large disarray, and now we're just supposed to accept that it's doing fine and Luke isn't even needed there! Surely we would be more entertained seeing how Luke builds his new academy rather than summing it up in a sentence or two that it's doing great and that Luke is now an escort for Lando's matrimonial search.
Finally, it just seems like this should not be a trilogy, but just one quality book. The author should have sidelined the needless Lando marriage plot, focused more on the development of the Jedi academy on the one hand, and on the other hand told the story of the troubles in the Corellian Sector.
We get to see Leia, Han and the children spend time together as a family. They go visit Han's home planet of Corellia, somewhere that could be dangerous to the family, but it seems they can never escape that, anyway. I think they just learned to accept that. The family aspect was well done. The children get sizable roles in this adventure. They are really growing up and it's exciting to see them experience childhood, so different from normal humans. Powerful Jedi, they will be.
I love this book for the gentle pacing, the flow of the plot. It gives me time to fully absorb myself, feel the family dynamics, and explore Corellia. There aren't too many new characters to acquaint myself with and no overwhelming number of dogfights. It's all about the story. I appreciate that. The mystery unfolds slowly, and I'm still left wanting more.