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Once a Hero Paperback – April 1, 1994
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Michael A. Stackpole is the New York Times bestselling author of many titles in the Star Wars universe, including many of the Star Wars X-Wing novels and the New Jedi Order: Dark Tide novels Onslaught and Ruin. When not chained to a desk madly fighting deadlines, he plays indoor soccer, rides a mountain bike, and reads, but not all at the same time. Stackpole lives in Arizona with Liz Danforth and a small pack of Cardigan Welsh corgis.
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That all being said, now for the negative, and the only reason that this is not a 5 star "book" in my opinion. The kindle version, as displayed on my Kindle 3, leaves me a bit disappointed in the "digital editing" for lack of a better term. A lot of individual words wind up with strange characters in them, and in one chapter somehow "I" became "1". It makes for a disjointing read at times, as JUST as I'm getting really immersed, I have to pull back and try and figure out just what in the heck that word is supposed to be. I like my books to be as well written as the story is, but getting pulled out of that story once you are immersed is just down right frustrating and really takes away from truly enjoying the story.
Overall, a good read and a good buy.
Once past the formatting I though the book was fantastic. Interesting landscape, races, characters, and I even loved the working of two storylines separated by 500 years.
A comment on the 500 year storyline gap. I read the reviews and saw that some loved this, and others hated it. I loved it, and here is why: it adds an element of suspense and drive to read further. What is more, it reminds me of Lord of the Rings when Tolkien split the Two Towers into two separate books, each covering a different story line. While Once a Hero's split is not quite as dramatic, the effect is similar.
In the end, I loved it.
---Edit: Formatting and grammatical errors have been fixed in the Kindle edition!