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Dark Tide I: Onslaught (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – Abridged, February 1, 2000
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The Jedi are back and ready to rumble in Dark Tide 1: Onslaught, the second book to appear in Del Rey's five-year New Jedi Order story arc, which picks up events 25 years after A New Hope. Reading R.A. Salvatore's Vector Prime first--while not necessary (and some fans even recommend against it)--will help enormously in understanding the alien threat facing the New Republic, the sinister Yuuzhan Vong. The Jedi, under the now truly formidable Luke, must rise to beat back the biotech-wielding invaders, and we really get to see the Solo kids and good ol' Corran Horn shine. Lando and especially Han get short shrift (that's probably just as well in this new series), but Luke and Mara still manage to get a whole lot of lovin' going on. This is excellent work by the ever popular Stackpole (Rogue Squadron). --Paul Hughes
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In this epic of unsurpassed action and imagination, Michael Stackpole helps to launch an exciting new era in Star Wars(R) history. ONSLAUGHT pits the battle-tested heroes of the past--Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo--along with the next generation of Jedi and droids, against fearsome never-before-encountered enemies from beyond the galactic rim . . .
It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.
Now Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat since Darth Vader. As Leia and Gavin Darklighter lead desperate refugees in a fighting retreat from Yunnan Vong forces, Mara Jade, Anakin, Jacen, and Corran Horn find themselves tested as never before by a faceless, implacable foe determined to smother the light of the New Republic forever beneath a shroud of darkest evil . . .
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this could be a spoiler but i think its common knowledge by now who it is.
but this was the blandest follow up they could have written. maybe it would have been exciting if i had read it way back on release but now know the outcomes it was boring. also all the stories i have heard over the years about the "unstoppable " yuzhan vong seems greatly exagerated as right now they seem like stock alien invaders despite the major events in the previous book. i didnt think any book could bore me more than the crystal star did (which on rereading was better than i remembered) or planet of twilight(which was worse than i remembered) anyway on to the book.
we get one scene of han solo still moping over chewbacca's death then we dont see him again the remainder of the book.
theres almost no action this book. we get a very boring story of luke and jacen investigating the vong presence on belkadan
where jacen gets a vision of him self as a hero saving some prisoners only to get him self in trouble to have luke end up rescuing him.
while anakin solo and mara jade spend time on dantooine in an attempt to help mara fight her illness and to help anakin learn to not abuse the force as much. jaina spends time with rogue squadron. eventually all three story lines culminate at dantooine for a battle against the vong and even that is blandly written. leia luke and the others end up protecting colonists we dont know and don't really care about. in the end nothing really happens. i recommend this for hardcore star wars completists but even then its bland read. i wanted to give it 2 stars but i dont hate it i DO like the book but its just a very bland read.
Luke is finally shaping up to be the coolest Jedi Master in the galaxy. His performance in the New Republic Era had me worried. Here, he is just the right balance of wise Jedi Master. He can use the Force but isn't invincible, doesn't get crippled in the first few pages, is burdened by events in his life but isn't overwhelmingly depressed. He's sad, yes, but who wouldn't be?
The Solo children are shining brightly. I can see that they are set to take larger roles in the future.
Han is completely missing from the picture, still mourning his friend's death.
Corran Horn is back. He's more mature now, not so full of himself. I find him more likeable.
Mara is as sick as ever. I find it hard to believe she can go from barely walking to fighting off Yuuzhan Vong, but there you have it.
Some things need improvement. There is plenty of action, described in more detail than I care to know; and although there is an attempt to give the characters some emotional depth, I felt that was lacking. Rather than letting us experience their pain, Michael Stackpole tells us how they're feeling, or the characters come right out and say it. It falls a little flat. I really want to feel their anguish . . . really, I do.
Still, the storyline is interesting. Cracks are beginning to appear in the enemy's defenses. We can only hope our heroes can unravel their weakness in time.
I do not recommend skipping this book because it is part of the series but I am disappointed and was worried when I saw that neither this nor Dark Tide II were ever publish in hardcover. Just be aware that although the story is acceptable Stackpole's version of the Vong does not mesh with Salvatore's and in my humble opinion tarnishes what was a decent, definitely not perfect but enjoyable, beginning to this series. I'm hoping better for Dark Tide II and looking forward to moving on to the next author in this series.
Oh and for those wondering, yes this is a bit darker than Vector Prime.
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Unlike most, I don't care for Stackpole. He spends way too much time on action scenes, uses so many characters it warrants a dramatis...Read more