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Before the Storm (Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis) Audio, Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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It is a time of tranquility for the New Republic. The remnants of the Empire now lie in complete disarray, and the reemergence of the Jedi Knights has brought power and prestige to the fledgling government on Coruscant. But the peace is short-lived. A restless Luke must journey to his mother's homeworld in a desperate and dangerous quest to find her people. An adventurous Lando must seize a mysterious spacecraft that has weapons of enormous destructive power. And Leia must face down the ruthless leader of the Duskhan League, an arrogant Yevetha who seems bent on a genocidal war that could shatter the fragile unity of the New Republic.
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It's mostly my fault. I have no one else to blame. Call it hopefulness, call it completionism, or call it a morbid curiosity; any way you slice it, I feel it's my personal duty to see this mission through. Well, if curiosity killed the cat, then consider me a flattened Maine coon on the side of the road.
This book sets the tone for the thrilling trilogy of board room meetings, military strategy sessions, and the slowest road trip you've ever experienced through space. What happens in it? Who knows; with all the characters coming in and out of the book, nine million places and settings, and way too many super long exchanges between minor characters, the focus of the book tends to lose...focus, I mean. SO LET'S BREAK IT DOWN.
I guess Leia is supposed to meet with this guy Nil Spaar, a gross alien guy kind of like the Yuuzhan Vong but less interesting. There's some political blather about the Dukshan League and territorial rights and xenophobia or something, I don't know-what I DO know, however, is that 2/3rds of this book is Leia sitting in a chair playing nice with Nil Spaar. Now, the reason I remember this characters name is because his species (the Yevetha) have a weird blood fetish and like to cut each other open and kill people and drink their blood, I guess? Nil Spaar's got a harem, though, so that's pretty cool-
MEANWHILE, Luke decides to become a hermit for some reason. Enter Akanah, a crazy b!+ch who claims to know something about Luke's real mother and takes him with him on a road trip where nothing happens and spans three books.
MEANWHILE MEANWHILE, Chewbacca goes to Kashyyyk for Lumpy's initiation into adulthood. You'll hear back from him in two more books.
MEANWHILE MEANWHILE MEANWHILE, Han Solo is...THERE! YEAH! SOLO!
In conclusion, this book sets the tone for the trilogy to follow, and hey, if the tone they're going for is boring, then you better hold on to your hats! Because you'll be falling asleep and your hat might slide off your head.
60 pages in, and I just keep asking myself "what is the point of this." It's Han and Leia lounging around, uncharacteristically portrayed, no real plotline happening. As I kept turning pages I became more and more tempted to just put the book down and read the Wookiepedia article. The entire plot is overall insignificant to the continuity of Legends.
But hey, don't listen to me. I think you should just pick up each of the Star Wars novels and try reading it. If you hate it, then put it down and move on. I liked the Jedi Academy Trilogy even though lots of people rip it to shreds. Maybe someone would like this book.
This series was mostly a great read and one of the better stories of the Star Wars universe I have read. The introduction of the Yevetha, a ruthless enemy likely more diabolical than the Empire, was refreshing. It was not another story involving the Empire trying to rattle the feathers of the New Republic, another remnant hiding somewhere in the Core that was waiting for the opportunity to strike. Instead they were relegated to a supporting role. The impression I had throughout the books was that the New Republic was evenly matched, perhaps even out gunned with the addition of the Black Fleet. The build up to the impending war between the New Republic and Yevetha seemed as if it were going to be grand, but this is where I feel the trilogy lost its greatness and was the second sour spot of the story. The first was the Lando subplot.
Let's put it this way. If you want to read this book and read all things relevant to the story of the book, skip every chapter with Lando, Lobot, and the like. It has absolutely nothing to do with the main story arc. If you want to know what happens, read it after you've finished the main story. Alone it's not so bad a story, but it's really a completely separate story and shouldn't have been included.
The arc involving Luke and the search for his mother was almost time wasted, but it wasn't since it became part of the main plot's conclusion. It introduced a Force like entity, but seemingly more powerful, called the Current, and I am still not sure if I liked that part or not. In the end, though, Luke finds out that he was mislead and now has a new Current hiding ability that even the most powerful Force adept cannot detect. Does Luke ever draw on this power again? Not during the New Republic Era, that's for sure.
The climactic moment of the book had a twist that nearly came out of nowhere and was very anticlimactic. Without giving too much away, it was cheap and poorly executed.
In the end, I did enjoy this trilogy. It pales in comparison to the Thrawn, Han Solo and Jedi Academy trilogies, but I would say it was about on par, if not better, than The Bounty Hunter Wars. Had I known before reading that I could have skipped everything involving Lando, I probably would have. I suggest you do the same.