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Betrayal (Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Okay, so here's the plot: Luke Skywalker and the Jedi just can't get a break. The Joiner war is over and just when it looks like the galaxy is going to be at peace, various planetary interests threaten to unleash a new wave of violence. And, Luke is plagued with visions of an approaching darkness, an enemy that does not exist... yet.
At the same time, the Galactic Alliance is becoming more and more bureaucratic and dictatorial, pushing member worlds away from its strict, Empire-like regulations. When Jedi's Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker discover an illegal missile plant on Adumar their evidence sparks more political unrest. Fearing the worst, the Alliance readies a preemptive military exercise to bring the potentially rogue worlds in line before things get worse. Not a bad strategy at face value yet the challenge is that they've picked Corellia for their show of force, launching a secret mission to disable Centerpoint Station.Read more ›
So opens Betrayal, the first in a planned nine-book series following the characters of the Star Wars universe 36 years after events in Revenge of the Jedi and 10 years after the events of the Yuzhong Vong invasion, chronicled in the last extended novel cycle, New Jedi Order (19 volumes published 1999-2003).
To prevent the dissolution of the Galactic Alliance, Chief of State Cal Omas and his government devise a plan in which the Jedi will abduct the leadership of the GA's most openly antagonistic member, Corellia, so that the GA might then brow beat Corellia's leaders into quietly paying their taxes and end all talk of independence. It's one of the most ridiculous plans you're likely to encounter in a Star Wars novel. At least the most ridiculous I've read to date. How much more belligerent - short of dropping bombs or shooting people - can you get than kidnapping a government's leaders? It's as if the Germans decided to kidnap the leaders of the French government for threatening to leave the EU. Even more ridiculous, this plan is approved by Luke Skywalker, a guy normally depicted as levelheaded, who prefers talking to fighting (and who later in the book turns down a second snatch plan on the grounds that the GA doesn't want to set a precedent of kidnapping leaders of hostile governments!).
Word of the plan leaks out and the Jedi come up empty handed in their kidnapping caper.Read more ›
The emphasis in Legacy of the Force will be Jedi vs Sith with the twist here being that Jacen Solo is rapidly heading to the Dark Side. This has been coming on for a while in previous books, and we have been able to follow Jacen’s path (kind of) as he changes his ways. This is not a move that most readers will welcome. Jacen sacrifices his family and most things that he has always held dear. We can only try to understand his thought process.
Betrayal focuses on a huge squabble heading towards war between the Galactic Alliance and Corellia, Han Solo’s home system. This portends all kinds of future problems as Han feels obligated to help Corellia if he can while Luke and most of the rest of our usual heroes are part of the Galactic Alliance.
Another interesting part of the book is the emergence of young Ben Skywalker, Luke and Mara’s teenage son. Ben becomes Jacen’s apprentice and begins to show signs of maturity. However, the Sith leanings of Jacen do not bode well for the future or for the comfort level in the Skywalker family. I suspect Ben will begin to come into his own but the path in front of him will almost certainly not sit well with his parents. It has to be tough growing up as Luke Skywalker’s kid.
Betrayal does a good job in kicking off the Legacy of the Force series. The story keeps your attention and moves along well. Plus, you can see lots of problems coming along. I look forward to the rest of this series.
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Please with item. Delivery was as stated. Would buy from this seller again. A++++Published 4 months ago by KidsnTeachin
Bought for my husband, an avid reader of SW EU and other content. He LOVED it!Published 6 months ago by Jen
Story is great but there are definitely nine books in the series, not seven.
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It was a decent book. There are two main storylines. However, I only found the storyline regarding Jacen and Ben to be interesting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J.R. B.