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Timothy Zahn
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Oct. 23 1995 Star Wars
The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into a quarter of the territory it once controlled.

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YA-- This first book in a trilogy takes place five years after Return of the Jedi (Ballantine, 1983) by James Kahn. Han and Leia are now married and expecting twins; Luke is continuing his training as a Jedi, while training Leia. The Republic is at peace, having defeated Darth Vader and the evil Empire. Enter Grand Admiral Thrawn, ex-warlord of the empire, with his rogue Jedi knight. They attack the Republic and attempt to kidnap Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for their own nefarious purposes. It's great fun to romp with the ``Star Wars'' cast of humans, droids, and aliens again. While it is not on a par with Zahn's creative, powerful works such as Cascade Point (Baen, 1987), Heir is well written for what it is. Recommended for YA collections needing a Star Wars fix. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA2-
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 Starlfleet 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... ®, (TM) and © 1995 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Oscar
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Heir to the Empire" is the first novel in The Thrawn Trilogy approximately five years following "Return of the Jedi". When the book was originally published in 1991, I remember telling a friend it would start a literary genre similar to Star Trek with hundreds of books. Even though I find an overwhelming number of books diluting to a storyline, Zahn's work resurrected with a passion a universe in written format for other authors to continue exploring.
Timothy Zahn introduces a destroyed Empire and fragile New Republic, strange creatures, and compelling heroes and villains. The originality and creativity in the series is deep, far better than the sorry episode 1 and 2 movies.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is an ingenious, calculating and efficient villain, someone the New Republic should fear. The typical assortment of characters ranging from Luke Skywalker to Wedge Antilles fills the book with essential components to the tale. While Star Wars hasn't been overly political, politics play a part in the developments and brings more depth to an otherwise action oriented plot.
I highly recommend this series above all others to any fan of the Star Wars universe.
Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun May 13 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A very entertaining, action-packed first volume in a trilogy that retains the values of the films.
The Rebel Alliance has since become the New Republic and is struggling to form a galactic government with the planet Coruscant as its center. However, the honeymoon period is about to be cut short, when a vicious tactical genius aided by a powerful Jedi Master take over the remants of the Empire and set out to destroy the fledgling New Republic.
The characters that we know and love have grown in stature but have not lost their capacity to be in the center of things. Luke's continuing his development as a fully-fledged Jedi Knight, Han has continued his shift to respectability by marrying Princess Leia and the two of them even have twins on the way who promise to be tremendously strong in the Force. The famous droid duo of C3PO and R2-D2, and the Wookie Chewbacca all return as well. Periphery characters such as Wedge and Lando Calrissian are fleshed out as well.
New characters are also introduced. The charming smuggler Talon Karrde makes an appearance, spearheading the remants of Jabba the Hutt's criminal organisation, and so does his fiesty red-haired partner-in-crime Mara Jade, a dangerous woman with a mysterious past and a sharp tongue. A new race of gray-skinned aliens called the Noghri, who serve the Empire as lethal commandos, are also along for the ride. The best of these characters though is the red-eyed, blue-skinned, white-uniformed Grand Admiral Thrawn; a deliciously brilliant tactical genius, dangerous and decisive, and with such a degree of class, charm and intelligence that its impossible not to warm to the guy. He is also refreshingly grey in a universe that was depicted in the films as black and white (until that revelation at the end of the middle film).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darn Good Adventure Book! April 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would have given the book 5/5 stars, but the author used the word "sardonically" so many times it drove me batty. I hope nobody ever says that word to me again because I might go nutz on the spot and embarrass myself. Oh and the other thing Timothy Zahn did that made me pull my hair out was that he was constantly measuring time in "heartbeats" of certain characters in the book. Timothy, if you are out there listening... please take heed: I dig your novel as a whole, but don't ever scar your readers lives again by using the aforementioned adverb and metaphor. That being said... Heir to the Empire was a very deliciously enjoyable escape from reality. I am now going to read the 2nd book in the trilogy (when it arrives) and I can't wait to begin. Grand Admiral Thrawn was a great character and a worthy villain. He was a viable threat which made him believable as a villain. Jade Mara was a good as a tortured soul, however, I wish her reason for hating Luke would have been a little stronger. Like maybe he killed her favorite pet bantha or something a little more sentimental and emotional. A woman just doesn't get scorned by losing her job when it was her own darn fault. I know, 'cause I have scorned a few women in my day. So, that premise was a little weak. On the inside back cover there is a picture of Timothy and he looks like kind of a nerd, which is fine. But, I'm guessing he doesn't have much experience with women, in particular, scorning them. So, I can certainly understand why he might mess-up that plot premise. However, everything else was absolutely gorgeously great. Oh... and one more thing: That HACK R.A. Salvatore isn't worthy to loose the latchet on your shoes. Keep going Tim. you've got a fan in me. You should write a new novel in which Usama Bin Laden is the leader of the Islamic Sith. That would be a real corker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to a Great Trilogy April 5 2004
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Writer Timothy Zahn brings his considerable talents to the Star Wars universe with this book and the two that follow it. I have read other non-Star Wars Zahn novels, including The Icarus Hunt and Cascade Point, and I believe he is at the top of his game in this exciting, character-driven story. In Heir to the Empire, Zahn has brought us one of the greatest villains in the Star Wars saga and, in my opinion, all of science fiction, and that is Grand Admiral Thrawn. This brilliant, cool, calculating, and unbelievably cruel fleet commander is second only to Darth Vader in my book of Star Wars baddies, and the series is worth reading for his presence alone. The plot is thick and very involving, and the author succeeds at keeping the reader on his toes at all times. The old Star Wars characters are back and as good as ever, and plenty of new characters make the galaxy that much more interesting. It's a shame this book and the other two aren't made into movies, for they could rival the original trilogy in story quality and entertainment. For anyone who is as big a Star Wars fan as I, this trilogy is definite must-buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
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