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Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, No. 8) Mass Market Paperback – July 31, 2001
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"The Star Wars "epic continues its dazzling space odyssey in The New Jedi Order-as Luke and Mara, Leia and Han, and others battle the mighty enemy from beyond the galactic rim.
The brutal Yuuzhan Vong are scouring the universe for Jedi to slaughter. With no help from the divided New Republic, the Jedi stand alone against their seemingly invincible foe. Han and Leia Organa Solo risk deadly consequences with their controversial tactics to bolster the Jedi resistance. After uncovering a new Yuuzhan Vong menace, Anakin and Tahiri find themselves wanted for murder by the Peace Brigade. To avoid capture, they jump into hyperspace . . . and into trouble far graver.
Hunted by the Yuuzhan Vong, wanted as criminals by the New Republic, and with unrest stirring within their own ranks, the Jedi find peril everywhere they turn. But even in the midst of despair, while the most fiercest battle of all looms on the horizon, hope arises with the birth of one very special child. . . .
About the Author
Greg Keyes was born in Meridian, Mississippi to a large, diverse, storytelling family. He received degrees in anthropology from Mississippi State and the University of Georgia before becoming a full-time writer. Greg writes, cooks, and fences foil in Savannah, Georgia, where his wife Nell is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Under the name J. Gregory Keyes, he is the #1 bestselling author of the Age of Unreason series, featuring Newton's Cannon, A Calculus of Angels, Empire of Unreason, and The Shadows of God. He is also the author of The Blackgod and The Waterborn. Greg is currently hard at work on The Briar King, the first book of a new fantasy series.
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I understand that the author tries to give the feeling that the torch is being passed to a younger generation, but I don't see why this has to be done by undermining and poorly portraying the old generation. Luke is pictured as a feeble idealistic old man, Leia is shown as a second class diplomat, but at least Han goes back to his scoundrel years.
Maybe some characters from the past generation (Wedge Antilles, Ackbar, Lando and the old guard of ex-Rogue Squadrons) would have provided the story with more maturity, because this book goes around unexperienced, egocentric toddlers from the Young Jedi Knight series, a complete shame.
On the positive side of things this novel provides a nice description of the Yuuzhan Vong, their culture and technology, and also gives us a mayor event concerning the Skywalker marriage that could become one of the milestones in the SW Universe, if it is masterfully developed by some author like Zahn.
This is just another not lousy, but not very bright either, NJO book. I just hope that some author as good as Zahn or Stackpole comes to give these new SW series some very much needed experience.
Corran, Anakin, and Tahiri jump around the galaxy with Booster and the Jedi children trying to keep them safe, but they soon find themselves separated from Booster and battling the Yuuzhan Vong. The relationship between Anakin and Tahiri is progressing, but it's awkward and too obviously played. As for the battle, I was disappointed that Tahiri did not impart one of her Yuuzhan Vong killing techniques she was almost successful using in Conquest: Edge of Victory I (Star Wars, The New Jedi Order #7) -- cutting off their oxygen supply by manipulating the molecules in the air. Had she forgotten all ready? I get it. No killing with the Force, but disabling is okay, isn't it?
Han, Leia, and Jacen are on the Millennium Falcon trying to build a "great river" through which the Jedi can find safe passage. They decide the best way to do their job is to become pirates. That's not hard to believe, considering their roles during the rebellion. What is hard to believe is they were able to go unrecognized, as famous as they are. When they were finally recognized, they're surprised. *That* was hard to believe.
Luke and Mara land on the Errant Venture after Corran, Anakin, and Tahiri leave. She'd stopped taking the artificial Vergere's tears for fear of harming her baby. She's so very ill.
Jaina is off with Kyp and his Dozen to destroy a possible Yuuzhan Vong version of the Death Star.
Overall, it wasn't bad; but it wasn't as good as "Conquest," because it lacked a central focus. Everyone fights their own battles and they meet up in the end.