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Following the New Jedi Order series, Allston blasts off a new multi-author nine-book string of adventures starring beloved Star Wars familiars: the Solos (Han, Leia Organa and their adult Jedi children, Jacen and Jaina) and the Skywalkers (Master Jedi Luke, his wife Mara Jade, and their plucky 13-year-old son Ben, Jacen's apprentice Jedi-in-training). Allston (Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand) follows the Jedi Knights' ethical dilemmas and intricate battle maneuvers as they set out to diffuse a developing conflict between the Galactic Alliance (GA) and Correllia, Han's home planetary system. When Ben infiltrates the Correllian Centerpoint Station, a mega-Death Star with the power to move and destroy planets, he must confront an AI that believes it is Anakin Solo (Jacen and Jaina's late brother). Jacen also faces a grave, shocking choice about his future as a Jedi when he encounters a Sith. Although Han, Leia, Luke and Mara haven't lost their mystique in middle-age, Ben and Jacen steal the show in this new installment that should please Star Wars fans eager for an update.
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A new Star Wars adventure begins with this novel in which the Galactic Alliance faces a new and unexpected threat. Luke Skywalker is surprised and dismayed to learn that the Corellians are chafing under GA rule and are preparing to strike for independence by arming a deadly weapon in their star system known as Centerpoint Station. The weapon caused great destruction during a previous war, and Luke is determined that the Corellians don't harness its power now. He dispatches Jedi Jacen Solo, the son of Han and Leia, and his own son, Ben, who is Jacen's apprentice, to neutralize the threat. But Han, a native Corellian, is deeply conflicted by the GA's plans to stop the Corellians' strike for independence, and he and Leia go to the Corellian government to warn them of the threat. Much of the GA's plan goes awry, and although Jacen and Ben are successful in their mission, it comes at a price. The leaders of the GA and the Corellian government agree to meet, but a shocking assassination pushes them closer to conflict. Fans of the Star Wars universe will be impressed by Allston's deft handling of the complicated issues raised in the novel, particularly how yesterday's rebels fill their roles as leaders. The novel boasts a shocking ending, one guaranteed to hook readers for the duration of the series. Kristine Huntley
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