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“Rapid-fire adventure [that] adds yet another dimension of enjoyment to a rousing galactic romp.”—Library Journal
 
“Highly entertaining . . . excellent Star Wars . . . There are many twists and turns [and] Zahn manages to find ways to twist them one step further than you’d expect.”—Examiner.com
 
“[Scoundrels] brings freshness to the franchise.”—USA Today

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Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, and four short fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for best novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, and Choices of One) with more than four million copies of his books in print. Other books include the Cobra series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; First Edition edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345511506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511508
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Arnold VINE VOICE on November 22, 2012
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Obviously, Scoundrels was Timothy Zahn's attempt at combining an Ocean's 11 caper with the Star Wars saga. What I hadn't appreciated before reading the book was just how serious Zahn was about this. There have been several Star Wars books this year that try to break into the espionage/thriller genre, such as Annihilation: Star Wars (The Old Republic) and Mercy Kill: Star Wars (X-Wing), but at the end of the day they feel like rehashed Star Wars. By contrast, Scoundrels is something new. It takes the best of Star Wars with the best of the espionage/thriller genre to create something that really feels fresh.

Here are some of my initial thoughts. Note, I try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, meaning that I try not to reveal anything critical beyond the first three chapters.

THE PLOT

Perhaps the aspect of the book that I appreciated most is the plot. Basically, Han is hired by a Black Sun victim to break into the Black Sun sector chief's house in order to recover his stolen credits. As we all know, Han is a smuggler, not a burglar, so he recruits 9 conspirators and comes up with a plan to get the credits back (9 plus Han plus the person that hires him = 11. That's not a coincidence). Of course, Han, Chewie, and Lando are part of the team, and we also get Winter and Kell Tainer, but the rest of the gang is new to the Star Wars universe.

Zahn obviously put a lot of thought into structuring the plot.
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Just finished reading the Kindle version of this book. Whoa. =D

As others have mentioned, this is basically an Ocean's Eleven-style romp in the SW universe featuring everyone's favorite smuggler, Han Solo.

The characters are quite fleshed out, with their weaknesses covered nicely with the strengths of the other characters, as any good team should be. Nicely done with this! Head's up, I suggest you read the novella Winner Lose All--A Lando Calrissian Tale: Star Wars (Novella) (Also by Zahn) first to get a nice background on some of the characters. My fave are the twins Bink and Tavia, but they're all fun in their own way. :)

The plot line is pretty believable, and has their own twists and turns that I didn't expect. At the very end of the book there are some MAJOR twists that I was quite surprised at and left my mouth hanging open! Nice touch, Mr. Zahn, nice touch! :D Also, this gets into a bit more as to why Jabba wants Han so much on ice. Yikes, I wouldn't want THAT debt on my head. :)

Tying in the Black Sun and what I know of them from Shadows of the Empire was really nice and made for quite a bit of great moments in the book, especially with the Falleen. Very nicely done there as well.

Overall, if you're a Star Wars fan, don't hesitate, grab this one. It's so different from the majority of the other SW books out there that it's quite refreshing to read and just enjoyable altogether.

BTW, just a head's up for the Kindle version, the book itself ends at about the 71% mark. The rest of the book is filled with excepts from other books. That might help someone down the road to figure out how close they are to the end of the book. :)
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Timothy Zahn has written so many Star Wars novels, and done such a consistently excellent job of it, that I'm almost tempted to say, "Another Zahn Star Wars novel. 'Nuff said. Five stars." And reading the book only bolsters that thought. Zahn still has a better handle on the core Star Wars characters than most other writers who dabble in the Expanded Universe (or, it seems at times, George Lucas himself), and, jaded as I have become by the less-than-perfect nature of the prequels and current EU offerings, I cannot pass on any new book by Zahn. And I have yet to be disappointed.

This time around, the novel stars Han Solo, who has just been robbed of the reward he earned saving the Rebels in the original Star Wars film (AKA A New Hope), and is wondering how to earn the money to get Jabba the Hutt off his back. A mysterious stranger approaches him, stating that Han is just the sort of moral, yet decisive, outlaw that he needs in order to retrieve a massive amount of stolen credits that are in the possession of a seemingly philanthropic Villachor. Han assembles a team of mostly new characters to pull off the heist, but things get a bit complicated when it turns out that Villachor is a sector chief for Black Sun (the SW equivalent of the mafia). A Black Sun vigo (essentially the equivalent of a mafia Don) is present, and Imperial Intelligence has undercover agents working to bring down Villachor for their own purposes.

As is typical, Zahn works a character from his classic Thrawn Trilogy into the proceedings. This time, it's Winter, the Alderaanian friend of Princess Leia with a photographic memory. She fits perfectly into a story where, at face value, it seems to make no sense for her to be around.
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