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The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

The Last Command

by Timothy Zahn

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Series: Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy (3), Star Wars (9 ABY)

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Classic Star Wars, "legend" or not. Not my first time (or second) through this. Zahn does incredible work moving through canonical material and his own inventions, tilting the space opera of Star Wars into hard SF - it's great!

This time through was with Marc Thompson giving voice to the cast - it's astounding. He is the master of Star Wars - a talented voice artist who turns a reading of a book into a full cast production - just amazing. ( )
  mrklingon | Apr 22, 2019 |
2 1/2 stars: Mixed or no real interest

Part 3 of a 3 part trilogy, that are all really one large, seamless story. Part of the Star Wars "Legends" series (ie. no longer canon).

"The dying Emperor'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. Meanwhile, Han Solo and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic 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.


The above doesn't tell much of the plot... this series introduces Mara Jade (the future Mrs. Skywalker), ysalmari (animals who block the Force, rendering Jedi powerless), Leia and Luke having creatures under Thrawn's control intent on murdering them, Luke being drawn by a Dark Jedi, and much more. I found the story fun enough to follow, but not amazing. Particularly as I was drawn to it from Zahn's recent "Thrawn" which is exemplary. I can tell this is a much older series, he's a much better author now. Thrawn is a side character in these books, and you don't really get to know him at all, though his basic traits of understanding his enemies; through their art and his master tactician skills, are still present.

I did not really believe in Mara's change in character. I certainly didn't believe that she would become Mrs. Skywalker (granted, not in this series).

And the denoument with Luke, Mara, and the rest on the planet with C'boath (Dark Jedi) stretched credibility terribly, hence the lower rating. It was just way tooo tooo much.

One quote I liked, near the end:

"So it was down to this, the same battle she'd been fighting with herself since the day they met. 'You don't have to do it. The Emperor's dead. That voice you hear is just a memory he left inside you' he said. 'I know that' she snapped. 'You think that makes it any easier to ignore?' 'No' he conceded. 'But you can't just use the voice as an excuse, either. Your destiny is in your hands, Mara. Not C'boath's, or the Emperor's. In the end, you're the one who makes the decisions. You have that right.. and that responsibility." ( )
  PokPok | Dec 9, 2018 |
The last book of the Thrawn trilogy. A fun read, though a bit predictable. This is definitely the best sequel to the movies that exists right now. ( )
  odinblindeye | Aug 14, 2018 |
(see books 1 & 2) A satisfactory conclusion all the way around. The Moral of the story (without spoilers) can be summed up in Mara Jade's recognition that Luke is the kind of person who "saw what needed to be done. And he trusted her to help him do it." (P211)

The other big plot hole concerns the Noghri. They revere Luke and Leia as children of the Lord Vader their Savior (so they thought); but then Leia learns, and tells them, that the Emperor & Thrawn, and thus necessarily Vader, cheated and betrayed them. So why would they continue to revere the Skywalkers?
Maybe I slept through that page.

By the way, what idiot other than George Lucas would give the hidden son of the renegade Jedi, Anakin Skywalker, his fathers surname?
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  librisissimo | Apr 1, 2018 |
"But it was so artistically done."

What a good trilogy. ( )
  eaduncan | Sep 14, 2017 |
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The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the imperial forces and riven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor's secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the Empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope- sending a small force, ed by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines.

There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.
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In the conclusion to the trilogy, Luke and Leia face personal danger as they defend themselves and the newborn Jedi twins against the twisted ambitions of the Dark Jedi C'baoth. 300,000 first printing.

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It is five years after the events of Return of The Jedi. The fragile New Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has not only rallied the remaining Imperial forces but has driven the rebels back with an abominable new technology: clone soldiers. Hopes are dim as Thrawn mounts a final siege against the Republic. While Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a wary alliance of smugglers in a last-ditch attack against the Empire, Leia keeps the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. But the Empire has too many ships and too many clones to combat. The Republic's only hope lies in sending a small force, led by Luke, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits. The Dark Jedi C'baoth schemes in his secret fortress, directing the battle against the rebels, nursing his insanity and building his strength to finish what he had already started - the destruction of Luke Skywalker.… (more)

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