- File Size: 143 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (February 3, 2004)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2004
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC1BN8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Not Enabled
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Fool's Bargain: Star Wars Legends (Novella) (Star Wars - Legends) Kindle Edition
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I love Timothy Zahn's work. Ever since I read the first book to his Thrawn trilogy, I've come to see him as an author who knows how to write. None of the stories I've read of his has let me down. Even Zahn's more average stories has been accessible and easy to read. However, Fool's Bargain does begin with a hard start. It opens by introducing multiple characters and throwing you into the middle of things, leaving confusion. Once the characters are on the ground, however, things start to become clear and move along smoothly.
The story follows Twister, leader of Aurek-Seven. Beneath him are Cloud, Watchman, and Shadow. Along with them is the Eickarie Su-mil. Now, none of these characters are stand-out additions to the lore. Cloud, Watchman, and Shadow are mostly just there to fill the team, with most of the character going to Twister and Su-mil. However, what I like about Zahn is that, no matter how two-dimensional, the characters act and sound like actual people.
Most of the story is easy to follow and easy to visualize. However, I found the final battle before the taking of the warlord's chamber confusing and hard to visualize at times. Granted, I will admit that when I got to the scene, I was also distracted by other things. But I wasn't distracted when I finished it and I still found it confusing.
Fool's Bargain isn't an Earth-shattering story. It was made to tie-in with Zahn's Survivor's Quest, serving as backstory to Aurek-Seven, who play a part in the story. Or that's what I read on Wookieepedia. Haven't exactly read Survivor's Quest. However, it is nice to see from the point-of-view of stormtroopers and to see that not everyone of the Empire (of the Hand) are mustache-twirling villains.
Also, I would like to note that the novella contains an interview with Zahn. While it is out-of-date, it is still a nice view into Zahn and his works.
Where most writers show the Storm Troopers as faceless cannon fodder who can't hit anything with their blasters, Zahn shows them as competent sharpshooting elite commandos who can think on their feet and adapt to any situation as well as follow orders.
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So the story is a pretty basic one. There is an alien warlord who is ruling a planet with an iron fist, and the Empire decides it is time to go and free the plant of his rule, so they dispatch the 501st Legion a.k.a. Vader's Fist to take him down.
There is something I do wonder about though, this takes place after Vader is dead, and after Thrawn's rule has ended. So why does the 501st Legion keep calling themselves "Vader's Fist?" Vader's not around anymore? Do they keep the name just for the sake of nostalgia? It's not really a major gripe, just something that makes me scratch my head.
Our main characters are three Storm Troopers who all have different skills and specialties. They infiltrate the warlord's fortress and meet up with some of the local freedom fighters and strike a deal with them. If the troopers help them free their imprisoned comrades, they will help the troopers get inside and take out the warlord's troops and bring him to justice.
The troopers agree and they infiltrate the stronghold together. Later it seems the rebels have betrayed the Storm Troopers, but it turns out it is just a very elaborate ruse and the rebels were always on the side of the troopers and the prisoners are freed and the warlord is captured by the Empire and brought to justice.
Later the head of the rebels is offered a position in the 501st Legion, which is awesome! It really helps to enforce the fact that the Empire has learned that just having humans in their military doesn't help, it's a hindrance and it was the main reason the Rebel Alliance was able to defeat them.
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Zahn gives us action, gun fights, intrigue and a little bit of politics as well in this story. Any fan of Star Wars or Zahn's writing will enjoy this book very much!
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