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Star Wars: The New Rebellion Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, November 1, 1996
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From Library Journal
Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo are back for another romp in this addition to the best-selling series.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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the galaxy, millions suddenly perish in a blinding instant of pain, anguish, and despair -- a disruption of the Force so shocking, it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy on Yavin 4 and by Leia at home on Coruscant. It is a deed that rivals the terrifying power of the.<br><br>Then death comes to Coruscant itself. As Leia, head of the New Republic:prepares to address the senate, a massive explosion decimates the Senate's ranks. Leia survives and recovers, only to be faced calls to resign from office. Even worse some of the Senators lay the blame for the attack on Han Solo.<br><br>As Leia works desperately to clear Han's name, Han and Chewbacca journey to the lawless asteroids of Smuggler's Run to track down rumors of a secret plot against the New Republic. And Luke goes in search of Brakiss, a former Jedi student who has turned his considerable talents to the dark side and might well have been involved in the unexplained deaths of millions that so disturbed Luke and Leia. But Brakiss is onl
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That's not the worst of it. Han's subplot is unbelievable. How could he strong-arm a bunch of former associates to go with him to help Lando and expect them to have his back? Emperor's bones! They had pulled blasters on him not long before. Whatever happened to the cunning smuggler we all know?
Luke is just plain weak. He's hurt through much of the book and we hardly see him ever use the Force. He's supposed to be a Master, so powerful Kueller wants him dead; but it apparently doesn't take much to overwhelm him.
The best storyline goes to the new character Cole Fardreamer. He's a young wannabe Luke Skywalker off on his first adventure. There's something about his naivete that's magnetic. He carries the story until the end and then had no part in the finale. Another disappointment.
Aside from the storyline, this novel is written with very short chapters, carrying multiple scenes per chapter. Each scene ends with a melodramatic pause . . . a cliffhanger. Someone gets shot, there's an explosion, someone blacks out, a person is eaten alive. Many chapters. Many scenes. Many cliffhangers. The story just lurches me along. There's no smoothness to the flow. Then, everything ends perfectly. Everyone is in the right place at the right time, none of it part of an overall plan. It can't help but feel contrived.
The tale she weaves has the New Republic in serious trouble. Some mysterious force in the galaxy has caused the deaths of millions of beings marked by the associated result of a major disruption in the Force felt by Luke at his Jedi Academy and by Leia on Coruscant. Then a bomb explodes in the Senate Hall causing death and destruction. Allegations soon surface that Han Solo was involved. The mysterious force turns out to be a former student of Luke's who has assumed the name of Kueller. He has strong powers in the Force and is bent on the destruction of Luke, Leia, and Leia's Force-sensitive kids.
Ms Rusch tells a good story. We have Han going back to Smuggler's Run in an attempt to obtain information from some of his old smuggler associates. Han gets in trouble and Lando comes along in a rescue effort. Then Lando gets into serious trouble and Han mounts a rescue effort. Chewie is involved being his usual self. Luke is caught up in a personal battle with Kueller. Leia resigns her office as Chief of State and goes to help Luke. The book has a lot going on.
The New Rebellion also has one of my favorite scenes from the entire Star Wars saga. Artoo and Threepio are on their own for a while on a planet that is primarily a droid factory. Droids of all types are built there, most of them from used parts. The factory has room after room of droids, and our heroes end up in a room full of dormant astomech droids. R2 manages to spur the droids into action and mobilizes them in a flight to freedom. While R2 leads the astromechs, Threepio follows along constantly lamenting their fate but actually lending a hand in the fighting once in a while. I loved reading it.
The New Rebellion is an outstanding Star Wars tale.