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Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 2) (edition 1993)

by Timothy Zahn (Author)

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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord--Grand Admiral Thrawn--has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council--only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies. Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness... and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.… (more)
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Title:Dark Force Rising (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 2)
Authors:Timothy Zahn (Author)
Info:Del Rey (1993), 439 pages
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I enjoy reading Zahns version of the Star Wars universe. This is second volume in the Heir to the Empire series. In this story the alliance becomes aware that they failed to get all of Grand Admirals. Thrawn turns out to be particularly effective and begins to accumulate a surprising number of victories. Simultaneously Thrawn’s pet Jedi Master is giving the Empire a major headache.
Zahn has written another great story. He has provided the reader with a great mystery and thriller. This is good addition to this trilogy.

I listened to the audio book version of this book. It was good. The voice actor managed to do several characters giving each one a unique tone, vocal rhythm, and dialect.
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  Cataloger623 | Oct 24, 2021 |
I have always loved the Star Wars universe and especially the novels that were written about it. Timothy Zahn definitely writes my favorite books about it. His stories fit quite well within the framework of the existing Star Wars world while adding something new and extra to it. I like his writing style and characterizations a great deal. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Not as strong as part 1. It gets itself a little bit tied up in coincidence beyond those that can be explained away by Jedi following the force. The ending could have been a bit darker too, which would have added pressure for the start of book 3. All this is nitpicking though. This is THE Star Wars continuation. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
I really just feel like I'm watching the movies that I missed as a kid when I listen to these on audio. They feel really "Star War-sy" in every way. My only complaint is that there seems to be a pattern of Thrawn ALWAYS totally anticipating what the Rebels are going to do next and then putting them in a bad situation which they then slip out of through some creative problem solving. But still great stuff. ( )
  ragwaine | Jul 29, 2021 |
Much like The Empire Strikes Back, this book draws upon its predecessor and takes the storytelling to new heights. Also like The Empire Strikes Back, this story sends our heroes off on separate missions to come together again at the finale.

Luke Skywalker seeks out Jedi Master Joruus C'baoth for training, not realizing he is mad. Leia Organa Solo travels with Chewbacca to the planet of the Noghri in hopes of using diplomacy to bring them to the side of the New Republic. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian try to solve the mystery of a spy within the New Republic's inner echelons and a possible coup by an ambitious Bothan. And Mara Jade, who has sworn to kill Luke, now seeks him out for help.

Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was a major point-of-view character in Heir to the Empire, plays a smaller role here, but his presence lurks behind all that is happening. Marc Thompson does a great job reading the book and the production includes music and sound effects for full immersion in the Star Wars galaxy. ( )
  Othemts | May 14, 2021 |
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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord--Grand Admiral Thrawn--has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council--only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies. Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness... and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.

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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord--Grand Admiral Thrawn--has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council--only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.
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