Star Wars – The Best Stories from “A Galaxy Far, Far Away”

Heir to the Empire / Timothy Zahn

It’s five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor’s warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build.

Rogue Squadron / Michael A. Stackpole

Rebuilding the legendary Rogue Squadron, Wedge Antilles seeks out the most skilled and daring X-wing pilots, but when the group is ordered to assault the Imperial Black Moon, he fears that they may not survive the mission.

Star Wars : Death Star / Michael Reaves and Steve Perry

Every story has two sides, and such is the case with the tale of the Death Star, the ultimate weapon in the Star Wars universe. Almost everyone knows the story from the Rebel’s side told in George Lucas’s original movie, A New Hope, but now the Empire’s side is being told in this new book by the authors of previous Star Wars books, Reaves and Perry. Beginning with the Death Star’s construction, the novel details the story of the commanders, generals, soldiers, pilots, prisoners, librarians, and civilians who were involved in some way with the weapon’s history. Mostly new or little-known characters populate this exciting adventure but also familiar characters, in particular Darth Vader, are given new depth as the reader experiences the thoughts and feelings of those who are caught up in the Empire’s domination.

Star wars : Millennium Falcon / James Luceno

Two years have passed since the defeat of Darth Caedus, the former Jacen Solo. For a grieving Han and Leia, the shadow of their son’s tragic downfall still looms large. But Jacen’s own bright and loving daughter, Allana, offers a ray of hope for the future as she thrives in her grandparents’ care. The eager, inquisitive and Force-strong girl makes a curious discovery aboard her grandfather’s beloved spacecraft–the much-overhauled but ever-dependable Millennium Falcon. Allana’s infectious desire to unravel its mystery launches the Solo family into a galaxywide cat-and-mouse game as they head for a fateful rendezvous on Coruscant–at the explosive height of the Republic/Separatist uprising.

Star Wars : Labyrinth Of Evil / James Luceno

Capturing Trade Federation Viceroy–and Separatist Councilmember–Nute Gunray is the mission that brings Jedi Knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, with a squad of clones in tow, to Neimoidia. But the treacherous ally of the Sith proves as slippery as ever, evading his Jedi pursuers even as they narrowly avoid deadly disaster. Still, their daring efforts yield an unexpected prize: a unique holotransceiver that bears intelligence capable of leading the Republic forces to their ultimate quarry, the ever-elusive Darth Sidious.

Star Wars : Outbound Flight / Timothy Zahn

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark–aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel–on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start–until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight.

Star By Star / Troy Denning

In an effort to stop the Yuuzhan Vong attacks, Anakin Solo, accompanied by his older twin siblings, leads a Jedi strike force deep into enemy territory, where he hopes to destroy a terrible alien weapon.

Republic Commando: Hard Contact / Karen Traviss

On a mission to sabotage a chemical weapon research facility on a Separatist-held planet, four clone troopers operate under the very noses of their enemies. The commandos are outnumbered and outgunned, deep behind enemy lines with no backup–and working with strangers instead of trusted teammates. Matters don’t improve when Darman, the squad’s demolitions expert, gets separated from the others during planetfall. Even Darman’s apparent good luck in meeting an inexperienced Padawan vanishes once Etain admits to her woeful inexperience.

Shadows Of The Empire / Steve Perry
Darth Vader joins forces with Xizor, an ambitious and ruthless Underlord of a criminal organization called Black Sun, to target the young Jedi knight Luke Skywalker, while Princess Leia launches a desperate campaign to free Han Solo, frozen in a carbonite slab

Scoundrels / Timothy Zahn
Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian work together on a potentially lucrative heist in the hopes of paying of Jabba the Hutt’s bounty on Han’s head.

 

List Created 2/15/15 – James Hartmann

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