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.