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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent March 18 2004
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This book started me reading, literally, 12 years ago. I was not a reader until one day I happened upon this book, since then I have read countless books. The book is interesting, adventurous and exciting. I have never read a book quite like it. There is a scene with a chase that had my heart pounding when they finally got away. The battles are very interesting, and the story takes the reader to many different places. The only qirk is that andersons puts 50 ties in his squadrons and 300 to an SD, this is incorrect, there are twelve fighters to a squadron, and an Imperial class holds only 72. Despite this detail, this is one of the greatest books I've ever read. The only other star wars novel that comes close is The Courtship of Princess Leia. This book deserves 6 stars but I can only give it five. One final note for those comparing it to Zahn's book, Timothy Zahn had most the Imperial equipment left at the end of his book, and tactically this last battle made no sense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jedi Knights of a new generation..... Feb. 18 2004
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It is a time of transition in the galaxy. A few years after the Battle of Endor, even though the evil Empire now only controls a quarter of its vast territory and Grand Admiral Thrawn's campaign to destroy the fledgling New Republic has been defeated, the former Rebels still face many challenges -- and many foes -- as they strive to restore peace and justice to the galaxy.
Thrawn's campaign (chronicled in the 1991-93 trilogy by Timothy Zahn) and subsequent events not only prolonged the continuing conflict between the New Republic and the dying Empire, but they also highlighted the Republic's biggest weakness -- the absence of a strong Jedi Order to help protect its values and its citizens. Where once there had been 10,000 Jedi Knights in the days before Palpatine's rise to power and the demise of the first Galactic Republic, only Luke Skywalker remains as a full-fledged Jedi.
Luke, of course, has been trying to train his twin sister Leia in the ways of the Force, but her duties as a member of the Provisional Council and her brother's recent experiences -- including a fall to the dark side and almost a repetition of their father Anakin's mistakes -- have impeded her progress as a Jedi apprentice. Leia's marriage to Han Solo and the birth of three potential Jedi children also demand her attention, so Luke must look elsewhere for Jedi apprentices.
Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Search is the first of a three-book cycle that chronicles Luke Skywalker's endeavors to set up a new Jedi Academy and to restore the order of Jedi Knights. With very few records left over after the Great Purge inflicted by the late Emperor and his own father, Darth Vader, Luke must not only scour the galaxy for data on the training of new Knights, but he also needs to find new candidates to teach.
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This book was fun. It was the first book I had read of the extended Star Wars universe and I loved almost every minute of it. I say almost because Anderson likes to have several story lines going at once and not all of them appealed to me. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable overall and left me wanting more so I read the next two books in the series.
I have also since read the Zahn trilogy and various other short stories in the Star Wars universe. Though some find Anderson's works inferior when compared to other Star Wars novels, I do not hold this opinion. Anderson keeps the story centered around characters that you already care about and, when new ones are introduced, he does an adequate job of developing them. He does tend to use some repetative phrasing but the basic story is well thought out. Though the trilogy does finally lose some emotional steam by the third book and ends with a bit of melodrama, still this trilogy is a fun read and I highly recommend it.
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The book is about how Luke Skywalker is going to set up his very own Jedi Academy so he can train new Jedi Knights. He gets three new Jedi Knights in the story,Gantoris,Kyp Durron and Tymmo. Luke goes through a diffcult time to get the new Jedi's through their training. This is also a good story on Han Solo and his partner Chewbacca who get caught by Moruth Doole and force Han and Chewbacca to work the mines of Kessel. You will have to read to see if they escape. There are also good stories on Leia Organa Solo, Lando Calrissian,C-3P0 and R2-D2. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Star Wars or who likes science fiction. I don't like to read but, this book made me read and I plan to read the rest of the Star Wars Saga.
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After reading Zahn's excellent Thrawn trilogy in the early 90's, I was hungry for more and picked up this book. By the first chapter I knew I wouldn't even read the rest of it. Well, actually I did skim through it and read a few more scenes, but they were just as bad as the first.
Here's an important example...
On page 5 of "Jedi Search," Han and Chewbacca are flying towards a planet when two TIE fighters come up out of the atmosphere, begin shooting, and fly back to the planet. Now they see an old X-wing come up behind them and Han says, "Chewie, contact the X-wing and tell him we'd appreciate whatever help he can give us."
When I read that, I was like, "What? Even I'd know not to trust a strange ship." But Han just keeps looking ahead, gets blasted from behind, and yells, "We've got to get out of here!"
I mean, give me a break. This is C3PO driving the Falcon, not Han.
Now check out Chapter 12 of Zahn's "Heir to the Empire." Here Han is also flying towards a planet, and also sees an X-Wing come up beside him. It has Republic markings, and they even hear Luke's voice over the radio, but while Leia is relieved to see him, Han is still on guard.
"It was Luke's X-wing, all right. Or at least, it looked like Luke's X-wing. 'So,' he said casually, swiveling the laser cannons around to target the other. Situated the way it was, the X-wing would have to yaw 90 degrees around before it could fire at them. Unless, of course, it had been modified... Somehow, they needed to make a positive identification, and fast."
He can see it's Luke's own X-wing, and hear his voice, but still doesn't trust it. Is even watching out for an unexpected attack. In short, here's a pilot I'd trust. And an author I trust as well.
Also, check out the language.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jedi Academy as a subplot
This review is for the whole trilogy.
First off, I enjoyed the books. They were fast paced and fun. It will be well worth the time for a Star Wars fan. Read more
Published on Dec 2 2003 by Bradford Hull
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated Star Wars
The Jedi Academy Trilogy was one of the first set of novels to appear after Lucas gave his blessing to a new series of original books in the Star Wars universe, and unfortunately... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by D. B. Killings
4.0 out of 5 stars To much important happen here to ignor!
OK! I have problems with some of the writing here but this trilogy when combined with I, Jedi are important contributions to the SW Universe. Read more
Published on June 21 2003 by JediMack
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, Bad characterizations, simply poor quality
Kevin Anderson might be a very enthusiastic about writing for the Star Wars universe. I happen to be on a project reviewing all the Star Wars book that have come out and since I... Read more
Published on June 4 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, and Lando made a Fortune Gambling (again)...
This book is set 7 years after the Return of the Jedi. It was interesting, Han Crashes the Falcon, He's sent to the Spice mines of Kessel, that sort of thing (He reeeally was, this... Read more
Published on June 3 2003 by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars Jedi
This is the 1st book of the trilogy that deals with Luke finding and then training new Jedi at his new academy. The story is set around the same time as I,Jedi. Read more
Published on May 17 2003 by A.J.W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow Pace and Characterization Flaws the Book
Jedi Search by Kevin J Anderson is the first of book in the Jedi Academy Trilogy. It is in this book that the famed Jedi Academy is recreated by Luke Skywalker. Read more
Published on March 20 2003 by Bryan DEmilio
1.0 out of 5 stars Just feed anderson too a Rancor already, will ya lucas.
Well, there are three types of readers out there for star wars novels. Hard core fans that want too see how the charachters have grown and developed from the sometimes... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2003 by Ookami
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