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Outbound Flight: Star Wars [Mass Market Paperback]

Timothy Zahn
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Jan. 30 2007 Star Wars - Legends
It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery–only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend . . . and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable–and doomed–Outbound Flight Project.

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark–aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel–on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start–until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight.

Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward . . . and, ultimately, to fail.

Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission’s most dangerous challenge. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as “Thrawn.” Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student, Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus what begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds–and the most diabolical of adversaries.

Timothy Zahn’s unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend.

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Another puzzle piece in the Star Wars universe falls into place with this action-packed prequel to Hugo-winner Zahn's Star Wars: Survivor's Quest (2004). Familiar characters such as Obi-Wan Kenobi, young Anakin Skywalker and the evil Lord Palpatine (aka Darth Sidious) make appearances, but the true star is Commander Thrawn, a red-eyed, blue-skinned alien. On the Outbound Flight, a mammoth Jedi exploration and colonization vessel sent to far-off reaches of the cosmos to identify potential Force-users and hunt down a lost knight, Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth struggles with an inappropriate lust for power. Thrawn's attack on the ship (secretly influenced by Darth Sidious's agents) insures his own eventual exile from his race and sets other sinister wheels in motion. As these old and new characters wrestle with difficult moral questions, Zahn deftly portrays their inner struggles in fluid prose, while also affirming his status as a skillful creator of dazzling futuristic worlds. Though more time with the doomed Outbound Flight's passengers, who are the subject of Survivor's Quest, would round out the story, the book is nonetheless an enthralling page-turner sure to appeal to its target audience.
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About the Author

Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars novels have more than four million copies in print. Since 1978 he has written nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, nineteen novels, and three short fiction collections, and won the 1984 Hugo Award for best novella. He is best known for his six Star Wars books (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, and Survivor’s Quest). He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! May 13 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book fills in alot of the pieces left by the later novel in which Luke and Mara find outbound flight. As usual Timothy Zahn brings the characters to live and has written another great Star Wars novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story. Got here quickly. Aug. 26 2013
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I liked the story quite a bit. I enjoyed reading about Thrawn's early days. The one thing about the novel that was kind of hard to swallow was just how obnoxious JM C'baoth was, and how everyone seemed to go along with his plans despite their obvious reluctance.

Oveall, I still like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patience, my padawan... Sept. 13 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first half of the book was terribly long and I almost quitted. Before you know it, the story becomes so intriguing and caracters get entangled with others and you get really into it.

One of the best and dramatic conclusions i've read.

Lucas could make a movie out of this one and call it:

Episode 1 and a half!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! June 12 2011
By J Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of my favorite pre-rebellion novels. The characters are interesting and well developed for an action adventure novel. I love that it satisifies references to Outbound Flight in later novels and does so quite well.

This novels satisfies all the points of interest for Star Wars readers. Has timeline context with respect to the whole Star Wars Saga. Has familiar characters as well as exciting new ones and plot twists and turns that keep you engaged.

One strong aspect of this novel is that you become involved with the characters which isn't always the case with Star Wars. A well written book you will enjoy.

Have a look at my other reviews for more Star Wars novel hits and misses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Nov. 8 2009
By Mulder
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Exceeded my expectations which were already high, the one problem with the other thrawn books were that they followed to many plot points and didnt focus enough on the more interesting ones. But here you have the Thrawn and smuggler storyline, Jorus C'baoth and other Jedi such as Anakin and Obi wan who actually fit nicely as a counter balance to Jorus even if there departure feels forced. The Sidious and his minions task force rounds out the cast. Thrawn is more of a good guy in this though the short story at the end reveals that by that time he is more of the guy we read about in Heir to the Empire.

In all i enjoyed it and would very much like to read a book following Thrawns rise through the empires ranks by Zahn.
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