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Corran Horn, hero of Rogue Squadron and former Corellian Security Force officer, has a problem: his wife, Mirax, has disappeared while on a secret mission. In his struggle to rescue his wife, Horn joins Luke Skywalker's Jedi academy as a charter recruit, befriends Mara Jade, tangles with a 4,000-year-old Sith lord, and goes undercover to infiltrate a notorious band of pirates. But what will he do when he finds himself faced with a dilemma--surrender to the dark side of the force or risk losing Mirax forever?

This abridgment (though approved by the licensor) causes some serious gaps in the story--major events are merely mentioned in passing, while others are described in great detail--but fans may be placated by sound effects and John Williams's music from the original Star Wars Trilogy. Tony Award-nominee Anthony Heald performs with his usual aplomb, providing distinctive voices for a wide range of characters and heightening the tension when necessary. (Running time: three hours, two cassettes) --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author of the popular Star Wars X-Wing series breaks into hardcover with this lavish novel, which takes place when Han and Leia's twins are about three years old. Corran Horn, a former Corellian police officer turned Rogue Squadron pilot, learns that he has a Jedi inheritance and Force abilities. He also learns that his wife has been kidnapped while trying to infiltrate the operations of the piratical ex-Imperial Admiral Tavira. So it is not without inner conflicts that he goes to the newly established Jedi Academy on Yavin 4, where he encounters both his own limitations and the ghost of the Dark Jedi Exar Kun. At last he decides to return to use his Force powers in his original profession, to rescue his wife and dissolve Admiral Tavira's piratical band. By telling two stories between one set of covers, Stackpole has come up with one of the longest Star Wars novels yet, and also one of the best. Corran Horn is a more complex protagonist than many, formidably competent but with believable limitations. He also provides us with a minor player's perspective on superstars like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo (whom this ex-policeman still thinks of as an ex-criminal). Stackpole adds many engaging details and minor characters of his own to the Star Wars universe and puts his skill at telling a fluid action story on full display here. This novel will play well among the loyal fans and can be enjoyed even by non-fans with a taste for star-faring swashbucklers. Major ad/promo; simultaneous BDD Audio.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars
  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Spectra (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553578731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553578737
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (351 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 14, 1999
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Fellow Readers, I have read nearly all the Star Wars novels and though many are forgetable, and a few downright awful, "I, Jedi" stands out as probably the best single Star Wars written book to date. The only books that come close are others written by Mike Stackpole, Timothy Zahn or Aaron Allston. The difference is that they are all part of a series, while this novel stands on its own. "I, Jedi", written in the first person, follows a fighter pilot (Corran Horn) who has recently discovered he has the potential to be a Jedi Knight. The sudden disappearance of his wife spurs him to embark on a journey to start his training under Master Luke Skywalker at his new training academy and use his abilities to rescue her. Unlike most books of this type, character development is included in spades as Corran is torn between his strong law enforcement background, his new Jedi instruction at the hand of an unsteady teacher and his desire to search for his wife rewgardless to his level of preparation. His journey has him seeking out his father's past and then infiltrating a band of mercenaries to gain information and access to his wife's captors. Expect personal reflection, detailed action and even some humor. While this book is excellent on its own, it alludes to events which happen in the deeply disappointing "Jedi Academy" trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson. Reading "I, Jedi" without the previous three books will probably leave the reader wondering about the outcomes of plots resolved in the trilogy. The only thing I disliked about the book was that it ended somewhat abruptly and all too soon. Enjoy!
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`I, Jedi' tends to be recommended as one of the best Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. I disagree. While ambitious, I found the novel to be too flawed to be considered a masterpiece.

`I, Jedi' ambitiously attempts to bridge several of the early series of the Star Wars Expanded Universe: Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (beginning with `Heir to the Empire'), Kevin Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy, and the author's own X-Wing series. I believe it is for this reason (as well as the novel's first person perspective which is a nice diversion in a Star Wars novel) that many Star Wars EU fans point to this novel as one of the best. Like the series themselves, Stackpole's adherence to previous Expanded Universe plot-lines and characters tends to make the novel parts brilliant, parts frustrating, but mostly entertaining.

The plot in a sentence: Corran Horn, famed X-Wing pilot, decides the best way to find his missing wife Mirax is to follow his Jedi heritage and learn the ways of the Force at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy.

The first half of the novel more or less retells the plot of Anderson's Jedi Academy trilogy from the first-person perspective of a member of the Academy. This allows Stackpole to get into some philosophical discussions of the Force, tackle the plot-holes of the Academy trilogy from the inside, and give the reader some insight on what it is like to train as a Jedi. Based on some of what Horn says, clearly Stackpole had noticed the failings of Anderson's novels, and Stackpole has Corran Horn address them in `I, Jedi'. However, this makes Skywalker's Jedi Academy look like a good intentioned mistake and for me, weakened the Luke Skywalker character in future EU novels.
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The timeframe for I, Jedi surrounds the timeframe of the Jedi Academy Trilogy. Though the novel focuses around the poorly written Jedi Academy Trilogy, the book, I Jedi, is wonderful in its narrative and well developed characters. The novel also answers many of the questions that the Jedi Academy Trilogy does not answer.
The novel is told in the first person point of view through the Rogue Squadron pilot and Jedi descendant, Corran Horn. At the beginning the novel he finds that his wife has been taken prisoner and the only way for him to save her is through developing his Jedi powers. The narrative focuses on Corran's experiences at the Jedi Academy and the teachings of Luke Skywalker. It is interesting to see what Corran's opinion on Luke's training techniques and the way he views how a Jedi should act.
The novel's pace really picks up when Corran leaves the Jedi to find his wife. At that point in the novel, the character Taviria is introduced in great detail. Through her actions and views on situations, the characterization of the Imperial female commander, Taviria, is done so well that she becomes one of the most believable characters in the novel.
What also makes this novel unique is that the author does not rely on most of the usual characters (Han and Leia) in this book. What the author effectively does is use the major Star Wars figures as a backdrop to the storyline. Only Luke is used as a major character with a lot of dialog.
I, Jedi by Micheal Stackpole provides a unique look at how a Jedi is trained. Anyone interested in that aspect of the Star Wars universe would love this novel. This book is very well written, and I recommend it to anyone.
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