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Following the New Jedi Order series, Allston blasts off a new multi-author nine-book string of adventures starring beloved Star Wars familiars: the Solos (Han, Leia Organa and their adult Jedi children, Jacen and Jaina) and the Skywalkers (Master Jedi Luke, his wife Mara Jade, and their plucky 13-year-old son Ben, Jacen's apprentice Jedi-in-training). Allston (Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand) follows the Jedi Knights' ethical dilemmas and intricate battle maneuvers as they set out to diffuse a developing conflict between the Galactic Alliance (GA) and Correllia, Han's home planetary system. When Ben infiltrates the Correllian Centerpoint Station, a mega-Death Star with the power to move and destroy planets, he must confront an AI that believes it is Anakin Solo (Jacen and Jaina's late brother). Jacen also faces a grave, shocking choice about his future as a Jedi when he encounters a Sith. Although Han, Leia, Luke and Mara haven't lost their mystique in middle-age, Ben and Jacen steal the show in this new installment that should please Star Wars fans eager for an update.
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A new Star Wars adventure begins with this novel in which the Galactic Alliance faces a new and unexpected threat. Luke Skywalker is surprised and dismayed to learn that the Corellians are chafing under GA rule and are preparing to strike for independence by arming a deadly weapon in their star system known as Centerpoint Station. The weapon caused great destruction during a previous war, and Luke is determined that the Corellians don't harness its power now. He dispatches Jedi Jacen Solo, the son of Han and Leia, and his own son, Ben, who is Jacen's apprentice, to neutralize the threat. But Han, a native Corellian, is deeply conflicted by the GA's plans to stop the Corellians' strike for independence, and he and Leia go to the Corellian government to warn them of the threat. Much of the GA's plan goes awry, and although Jacen and Ben are successful in their mission, it comes at a price. The leaders of the GA and the Corellian government agree to meet, but a shocking assassination pushes them closer to conflict. Fans of the Star Wars universe will be impressed by Allston's deft handling of the complicated issues raised in the novel, particularly how yesterday's rebels fill their roles as leaders. The novel boasts a shocking ending, one guaranteed to hook readers for the duration of the series. Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reprint edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477354
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. A. Kane VINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
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I'm a bit ambivalent about this book. It's a very promising start to what will undoubtedly prove to be an interesting new series. It has a really good plot too. The challenge is that the writing simply isn't at Allston's usually high level. What should be a thrilling ambush at the beginning of the book, for example, reads more like a ho-hum sequence of events. It never feels like the Jedi are truly in any danger. Similarly, the way in which Ben deals with the Anakin robot reads like a Scholastic series adventure rather than something written for adults. Thankfully it gets better as the book progresses. The various conflicts and loyalties that Wedge needs to deal with is very well written.

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.
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Member worlds chafe under heavy taxation, bridle at providing materiel and conscripts, and make noise of open rebellion. The central government blusters, threatening isolation, economic stagnation and military retaliation, but secretly fears secession and the eventual withering away of its power and influence.

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.
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Great book. Betrayal completely lived up to my expectations. The book couldn't have a better title. Five years after Dark Nest it starts out with Luke having a vision of an enemy who doesn't exist. Jacen and Ben off on a mission to discover what's going on in a factory. G.A. is having negotations with Corella. Corella wants be independent of the G.A. because it feels the G.A. is too unstable and unreliable and that the Galaxy often has to turn to Corella for help. The Galactic Allience is still working on putting the galaxy back together. The last thing they need is planetary systems declaring independence. Neither side is wrong on their points and that'll makes for an interesting war. The Skywalker-Solo family are immediately on opposite sides of the issue. Han supports Corella Leia supports Han and Luke supports G.A. All head off to Corella to support their side and do what they each think is right without letting each other know it. That makes things a lot more interesting. It was fun to return to Corella. If there was any doubt in which direction Jacen was heading in this book takes care of it.I can't wait for the next one.
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I am so relieved to have finally finished the sluggish nineteen-book New Jedi Order and the creepy Dark Nest Trilogy that I have truly been looking forward to the Legacy of the Force series (nine books). The publisher has taken an interesting approach. The books have been divided among Aaron Allston, Karen Traviss, and Troy Denning, so we will have some different styles but probably with a fair amount of consistency.

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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