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LAST COMMAND: STAR WARS III [Hardcover]

Timothy Zahn
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April 1 1993 Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy (Book 3)
In the conclusion to the trilogy, Luke and Leia face personal danger as they defend themselves and the newborn Jedi twins against the twisted ambitions of the Dark Jedi C'baoth. 300,000 first printing.

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The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor's secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the Empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope -- sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Oscar
Format:Paperback
"The Last Command" is the third and final novel in The Thrawn Trilogy approximately five years following "Return of the Jedi". The originality and creativity in the series is deep, filled with strange creatures and compelling heroes and villains.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is an ingenious, calculating and efficient villain, someone the New Republic should fear. The creative ways he uses items at his disposal are amazing. Although he is with the Empire, his charisma and composure has me cheering to succeed whenever engaged in combat. Conversely, the spontaneous ravings of insane Jedi Master Joruus C'baoth form a scary image compared with the serene Emperor. Smuggler Talon Karrde reminds me of a pre-Rebellion Han Solo but with a Jabba the Hutt sphere of influence. While Star Wars hasn't been overly political, politics play a minor part in the developments and brings more depth to an otherwise action oriented plot.
Action fills the concluding novel, with surprises and well-timed heroics. I highly recommend this series above all others to any fan of the Star Wars universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zahn's Best! Feb. 24 2004
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Format:Paperback
Timothy Zahn has written many books, yet his most powerful, most captivating, and most brilliant book would have to be The Last Command. This is the 3rd book in the Thrawn Trilogy.
An important factor of the Thrawn Trilogy is that the remaining Grand Admiral, Grand Admiral Thrawn, hopes to amass an army from the shattered remnants of the Imperial fleet, and with this army crush the young, vulnerable New Republic. The trilogy takes place five years after ROTJ.
Thrawn is a strategic genius. The Emperor wanted to keep him secret, so he was never discovered. Thrawn is so brilliant that the rebels would have been pulverized in the space battle taking place above the moon of Endor.
The whole trilogy brings you through breath-taking moments, with so much action it's unbelievable. Zahn brings the world of Star Wars back so beautifully that you could see this as a movie.
There are many awesome moments in the book. I don't want to give away too much, but Leia gives birth, and a clone of Luke is produced. It is just as powerful as him, maybe even more. Luke's severed hand from ESB is found, and it's used to reconstruct him with clone pods found and exploited by Thrawn. The cloning pods are from AOTC, having been hidden by the Emperor.
This book is absolutely wonderful. I will say that some characters meet untimely demises. Timothy Zahn reconstructed the whole story with a better, more malevolent villain. Read these books, AND MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Chapter in a Fantastic Trilogy Feb. 15 2004
Format:Paperback
In The Last Command, Hugo-award winning author Timothy Zahn pulls out all the stops. Clones, super-weapons, smuggler alliances, alien warriors, Jedi confrontations, it's all here in the brialliant conclusion to the trilogy that arguable matches Lucas's own original in terms of endearing characters, fantastic action, and pure Star Wars feel.
Talon Kardde, Mara Jade's smuggler employer, is working to create a coalition between rivals in an attempt to create another unified front on which to fight the expanding forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Mara lies wounded in battle on Coruscaunt, her alliances and hatreds torn by old memories and new suspicions. Han, Leia, and Luke, learning of a secret weapons facility on a remote planet, mount a daring operation to take it down, and to make a stand against the insane Jedi Master, Joruus C'baoth.
Thrawn's plans, which we see parts of in the first two novels, come to fruition in this third installment, cementing the Grand Admiral's place in the Star Wars pantheon of fantastic villians. A genius and a ruthless commander, he also manages to make us geniunely wonder what would happen should he succeed in bringing the galaxy under his rule.
Zahn's talent is incredibly obvious in this. There are moments while reading where you'll notice an event or character development, and remember from two or three books ago when the whole thing was set in motion. Seemingly unimportant events from the first two books suddenly become very relavent showcasing Zahn's genius in both spectacle and subtlety. The entire trilogy really deserves multiple reads, as you're likely to catch something more each time you finish it.
And what a finish it is. There is truly no better way to end the wonderful trilogy than with this installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely PERFECT ending to this Trilogy... Oct. 8 2003
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This series started out perfectly with 'Heir to the Empire' and continued perfectly with 'Dark Force Rising' and 'The Last Command' brought it all together, well, perfectly. Timothy Zahn has absolutely NO equal when it comes to writing Star Wars novels. He captured the very essence of what made Star Wars so wonderful in the first place. Great stories with Fantastic characters and wonderfully drawn bad guys & aliens. All of that continues with 'The Last Command'. Every time Han, Leia or Luke speak, it sounds as if it were something the REAL characters would've said had this series been made into movies by George Lucas. But just as important as all of the old characters are developed, Zahn's new creations are just as essential and intricate to the story. Everyone from Mara Jade to Talon Karrde and his band of smugglers, and possibly the best bad guy created in the Star Wars Universe, Grand Admiral Thrawn. He's so good at being bad you almost root for the guy--ALMOST.
ALL the loose ends are tied up nicely in this last book. The Nohgri make critical revelations that will turn the tide on the success of the Empire, Mara Jade discovers a way to end her maddening dreams of fighting Luke Skywalker, and how will the Alliance handle a new threat of clones to man the Dark Force of ships recovered at the end of book 2? Sure, it takes YEARS to amass a number of clones, right? Or has Thrawn figured a way around that, too? Discover for yourself why Timothy Zahn has the best reviewed Star Wars books here at amazon.com. There is a reason why people love his books. If you are a true Star Wars fan, you should find out for yourself. I also recommend the Hand of Thrawn 2-book series that Zahn wrote a few years later, and while head & shoulders above the average and even above-average Star Wars fare out there, they too fall short of his original trilogy. I think I'm going to go out and re-read this series yet again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly writng
It goes against everything the force is. If you are a Star Wars fan, you will know what I mean.
Published 21 months ago by Reggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrawn, a really bad guy?
This is a good book,really good (hence the 5 stars) However, Thrawn really isn't that bad of a guy in this book. He's a bad man but not an EVIL MAN. . . Read more
Published on Oct. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Zahn saved the best for last!
The Last Command is the final book in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy. The New Republic has been struck hard by the master warlord Thrawn, but now they face a war on 2 fronts. Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting finale worthy of the "Star Wars" name
Timothy Zahn's third and final novel in the Thrawn Trilogy is so faithful to the spirit of George Lucas' original movie trilogy that many fans consider these novels to be Episodes... Read more
Published on Sept. 20 2003 by Alex Diaz-Granados
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Conclusion to a great trilogy!
This is the last book in the trilogy (I should hope so, 'cause it's no. 3) And nothing to be scoffed at. Exciting doings occur and the conclusion offers many suprise outcomes. Read more
Published on June 2 2003 by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars I have read this book 5 times
And each time it gets better and better. This is, without a doubt, my favorite fictional book. E.V.E.R. There is some deeper sense that always gets me to return to this book. Read more
Published on March 17 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning conclusion to a spectacular trilogy
Timothy Zahn gave it his best when he wrote The Last Command. Out of the entire trilogy, this is by far the best. Read more
Published on March 5 2003 by Bryan DEmilio
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome ending to the Thrawn trilogy
THIS BOOK IS KILLER!!
So much going on...clones, Dreadnaughts, Mara and Luke's conflicts, Jorus C'baoth, and the dreaded genius Admiral Thrawn. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by Armando
5.0 out of 5 stars A great conclusion
The conclusion to the trilogy, this book was packed with lots of action. The climactic battle at the end was exciting and had an interesting surprise. Read more
Published on June 1 2002 by Jeffery Suddeth
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