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Shield of Lies (Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis Deries) Paperback – August 1, 1996
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The New Republic faces a terrifying threat from the darkest depths of the Empire.
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As Leia must deal with a new threat to the fragile alliance that binds the New Republic, Lando becomes a prisoner aboard a runaway spacecraft of unknown origin. The ship is following an unstoppable path to its homeworld, destroyed by Imperial forces. Luke continues his quest to learn more about his mother among the Fallanassi, where his every belief about the use of the Force is about to be challenged. And while Leia ponders a diplomatic solution to the aggression of the fierce Yevetha race, Han pilots a spy ship into the heart of Yevethan space and finds himself a hostage on one of the vast fleet of warships under the command of a ruthless leader.
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Lando is on a semi-sentient spaceship built by the Qella. Spoiler Alert: Get ready for some insane plot twists as him, Lobot, Threepio, and R2D2 discover...ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! YEAH! I LOVE MY STAR WARS BOOKS TO SPEND THE ENTIRE TIME TALKING ABOUT MINUTE DETAILS REGARDING A SEMI-SENTIENT SHIP WHICH COULD ACTUALLY BE INTERESTING IF HANDLED WITH TACT.
Meanwhile, Luke is off with Akanah on a road trip. The end.
Meanwhile meanwhile, Leia (I think) is about to be impeached because the Senate are a bunch of boring old white guys who got nothing better to do than bore the reader. Did you like "The Phantom Menace?" WELL THEN YOU'LL LOVE THIS!
Meanwhile meanwhile meanwhile, Han is with the Fleet about to put the hurt on the Yevetha, or something. I think he gets captured, maybe?
MEANWHILE MEANWHILE MEANWHILE MEANWHILE, Chewie is still on Kashyyyk, but don't worry, he'll be back in the next book to save it from me ripping out every single page and flushing it down the toilet.
Tune in next book where Leia's assistant gets her a cup of coffee. LET'S SPEND A WHOLE CHAPTER TALKING ABOUT THIS ONE-TIME, MINOR CHARACTER! YEAH!
This series was mostly a great read and one of the better stories of the Star Wars universe I have read. The introduction of the Yevetha, a ruthless enemy likely more diabolical than the Empire, was refreshing. It was not another story involving the Empire trying to rattle the feathers of the New Republic, another remnant hiding somewhere in the Core that was waiting for the opportunity to strike. Instead they were relegated to a supporting role. The impression I had throughout the books was that the New Republic was evenly matched, perhaps even out gunned with the addition of the Black Fleet. The build up to the impending war between the New Republic and Yevetha seemed as if it were going to be grand, but this is where I feel the trilogy lost its greatness and was the second sour spot of the story. The first was the Lando subplot.
Let's put it this way. If you want to read this book and read all things relevant to the story of the book, skip every chapter with Lando, Lobot, and the like. It has absolutely nothing to do with the main story arc. If you want to know what happens, read it after you've finished the main story. Alone it's not so bad a story, but it's really a completely separate story and shouldn't have been included.
The arc involving Luke and the search for his mother was almost time wasted, but it wasn't since it became part of the main plot's conclusion. It introduced a Force like entity, but seemingly more powerful, called the Current, and I am still not sure if I liked that part or not. In the end, though, Luke finds out that he was mislead and now has a new Current hiding ability that even the most powerful Force adept cannot detect. Does Luke ever draw on this power again? Not during the New Republic Era, that's for sure.
The climactic moment of the book had a twist that nearly came out of nowhere and was very anticlimactic. Without giving too much away, it was cheap and poorly executed.
In the end, I did enjoy this trilogy. It pales in comparison to the Thrawn, Han Solo and Jedi Academy trilogies, but I would say it was about on par, if not better, than The Bounty Hunter Wars. Had I known before reading that I could have skipped everything involving Lando, I probably would have. I suggest you do the same.
In Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm, I found the tale of the vagabond ship captivating. In "Shield of Lies," it no longer is so. This plot unfolds extremely slowly. With a yawn, I continue page by page while Lando explores the ship. That's pretty much all he and the droids and Lobot do.
Luke is often described by the narrator as wry. His actions are wry. His comments are wry. He even smiles wryly. The problem is I've never thought of Luke as wry. It's nice to see a lighter side of Luke, so I don't mind overlooking that. The problem I have with Luke is his following Akanah to the ends of the galaxy doing her bidding, even as she refuses to divulge him any information other than the hope of finding his mother.
I hope Michael Kube-McDowell isn't trying to force a romance with Akanah. Her deceptiveness and unwillingness to impart information makes her highly unlikable, at least to me. If there is supposed to be a spark, I don't feel it, even as Luke invites her to his bunk. His prior almost romance with Gaeriel and his future romance with Mara are much more exciting.
This is where "Shield of Lies" earns its four stars.
After suffering political disaster in "Before the Storm," Leia wizens up and becomes the politician she was meant to be. Only now, she must walk a political tightrope, fighting a battle with her hands tied. Fortunately, she had surrounded herself with some brilliant advisors. The political wrangling gripped me with tension that kept me wanting more.
Militarily, Leia did what she could, and her strategists did their best. A climactic battle scene earned my respect for both sides as they moved point and counterpoint. Their tactics were ingenious, and made me wonder how much military training Kube-McDowell himself had.
Yes, this was the most satisfying section -- a strong ending to a weak beginning making it all worthwhile. I am now ready for Star Wars: The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant's Test: Book 3 (Star Wars: Black Fleet Crisis).