A friend passed this one along to me and I took it up with some reservation. After reading it I'm now on board and looking to get the second and third in the series. This is not mind blowing by any stretch, but it was great to get back to and take a stroll through the Star Wars galaxy. The pace is fast and the action is well written. The author writes the characters well, treating them with respect but really not taking chances. With the exception with Lando, the choices made are nothing out of the ordinary.
Based on the cover and the title of the book, one think that this is a "Solo and Chewbacca" adventure and from the start of the book it looks that way. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was not.
It does however bring up aspects of Han Solo's secritive past and Allen gives just enough insight not to take away from mystery the character. The politics and the star system of Corellia is unique, straight forward and easy to follow and adds some great drama in the book.
My only real critizism is that the author needs to hang around some children. Anakin is by far the worst written. Picture that forcibly cute robot kid on the sitcom "Small Wonder" written into a book and your not far off. While there is some potential there as far as action with Anakin, the dialogue really needs brushing up. He does however manage to make the twins interesting, giving them distinct personalities and abilities. Example: Jacen can understand Chewie, like his father, but Jaina can't.
Also another thing that I loved was Han Solo's take on Indiana Jones profession. It too coincidental to be an accident!
A decent adventure that lacks the emotional pull that the movies and some of the books do. But a good distraction and worth checking out.