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Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime [Mass Market Paperback]

R.A. Salvatore
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Sept. 7 2004 Star Wars: The New Jedi Order
Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic has valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread and threatens to destroy the Republic's tenuous reign.

Into this volatile atmosphere comes Nom Anor, a charismatic firebrand who heats passions to the boiling point, sowing seeds of dissent for his own dark motives. And as the Jedi and the Republic focus on internal struggles, a new threat surfaces from beyond the farthest reaches of the Outer Rim--an enemy bearing weapons and technology unlike anything New Republic scientists have ever seen.

Suddenly, Luke Skywalker; his wife, Mara; Han Solo; Leia Organa Solo; and Chewbacca--along with the Solo children--are thrust again into battle, to defend the freedom so many have fought and died for. But this time, the power of the Force itself may not be enough . . .

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Fifty-seven years have passed since the events of Phantom Menace, 25 since A New Hope, and 21 since the Empire's final defeat over Endor. The still-fragile New Republic, rocked by internal conflict, now faces a potentially overwhelming challenge from beyond the known galaxy: the Yuuzhan Vong, a sinister race of warriors using highly advanced (and creepy) organic "devices" and vehicles, whose immense strength and technological edge lets them fight toe to toe with Jedi. And who better to flesh out these powerful and malevolent aliens, so dismissive and disdainful of humanity, than R.A. Salvatore, the author who almost single-handedly popularized Dungeons and Dragons' equally awful bad guys, the Drow, with his Drizzt Do'Urden books.

In kicking off Del Rey's five-year New Jedi Order story arc, Salvatore must endure the predictable hazing of any new Star Wars author. But an accomplished storyteller backed by legions of fans, the Dark Elf author proves to be up to the task and thankfully sensitive to the well-loved characters he's borrowing time with. Vector Prime sets up the early stages of the covert Praetorite Vong invasion, giving us a closeup glimpse of this nefarious new race and following our heroes' attempts to combat them. Luke struggles with whether to revive the Jedi Council; Mara still fights her deadly disease; Lando is back helping Han, Chewie, and Leia; and Leia and Solo's kids finally come into their own. Prepare yourself, though, for when a major, beloved character gets ceremoniously smushed. (Although we've seen Boba Fett come back from worse.... ) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard. He has since published more than a dozen novels, including The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, The Demon Apostle, The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, The Legacy, and Starless Night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good March 2 2004
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It was decent, good. It was not the best I've ever read. But it was the best starting book I have ever read. It turned me on to the New Jedi Order series and I just finished Traitor recently. It was good of Salvatore to kill off a main character because not only does it show the main characters of Star Wars (Luke, Leia, Han, CHEWIE, and the next generation of Solos, etc.) are not immortal (note R2 and 3PO are excluding because they are I think supposed to never be killed, they are somewhat like narrators). I do feel bad to lose Chewie and I felt like I had lost my best friend but I felt it was good for the SW Universe because it also shows how powerful and deadly the Vong will be.
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"predictable hazing" is a good term for the reviews I've read here not favorable to Vector Prime...
I don't agree - to introduce and get readers to buy into a completely new plot line in Star Wars is no small task. I highly recommend this book to any SW fan, but be forewarned, the series is addicting. When I look back at how well this book foreshadows so many of the events, introduces new characters and shatters illusions about the invincibility of the standard SW cast of characters, I can only rate this a "high five" - :-)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't make it to pg. 100 Aug. 11 2003
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The people who liked this book aren't SW fans; they're sci-fi fans. There's a big difference. SW isn't sci-fi. Lucas said that HIMSELF. Why these writers & fans don't GET that I don't understand.
What went wrong? See other bad reviews to get a complete list. As for Chewie's death...inexcusable. #1- if you're going kill off this type of character, have some foreshadowing, draw it out; let us know what's going on his head, make us cry. And for God's Sakes, let us know there was no other way. None of this applied to Chewie's death. He was just gone & there was a dozen different ways he didn't have to die.
#2- The 'we wanted to kill a beloved character to bring uncertainty to the story & make you fear for the other characters' is almost ALWAYS a load of crap. After killing 1 beloved character, how often has a writer - or in this case, a corporation - turned around & killed another? Please.
As for the 'new' enemy....if you hated the Ssi-Ruuk, you're going to DESPISE these Star Trek rejects. As I read about them, all I could think was 'you killed off Grand Admiral Thrawn & TWO Emperor clones, making the Empire a bunch of pansies for this?' Like in too many other cases, the coporation - after creating a new generation of interesting heroes - failed to make a new generation of interesting villians.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore should stick to Forgotten Realms! April 28 2003
By Jaha
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I am a big fan of Salvatore's Drizz't novels and was excited when he came out with a Star Wars book. Seeing that he was influenced by Star Wars greatly in many of his other novels ... I thought he would succeed as a worthy adition to the somewhat lacking class of Star Wars authors. Well in my opinion he really failed to meet expectations. One of Salvatore's great skills is not superior writing or story but his ability to create such wonderful, diverse and convincing characters. Well tackling the Star Wars universe seems to have thwarted his creative ability since he was required to use existing characters. I find this is the case for most of the Star Wars novels since none of the authors can truly keep any of the main charters in line with their film counterparts. Salvatore struggled with them greatly. At times their emotion and personality was nowhere near what George Lucas had established. ... The enemy race the Vuuzhan Vong or however were a pretty chinsy foe and it seems authors are really stretching for Star Wars ideas. The book was enjoyable for the most part as a Star Wars story but nowhere near what Salvatore is capable of. Timothy Zahn still is the only author to succeed in writing convincing Star Wars books in my mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here come the Vong, hang on to your ships!!! Feb. 23 2003
It was with a bit of trepidation that I started the first book in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series, Vector Prime. It's been a long while since I've read a Star Wars book, and the ones I had read before weren't the greatest. However, I've heard good things about this series, so I decided to pick the first one up. And I am glad I did. While it's not an outstanding book, it is a very good one. It's well-written with lots of action scenes, and brought back a bit of a feeling of the movies.
There are many good things about this book. The Empire no longer exists, but the Yuuzhan Vong seem like they will be a formidable enemy for Luke and his friends. They have that seemingly unstoppable quality about them that brings to mind the Empire, but they are different enough that they don't seem like retreads. The Vong are a very organic species. They use living things as their ships as well as many of their weapons. Insects that are bred to cut through the metal of ships or that cut through flesh with the slightest touch. I found them a very interesting species, and I think they will be an intriguing enemy for the New Republic to fight. I look forward to reading more about them in subsequent books.
The main characters are well done. They are the same characters we know and love from the movies, but they have changed enough to acknowledge that they are older and wiser now. They seem a little bit more resigned to their battles, not glorying in them as they used to. Han and Leia, with teenage children now who want to be in the thick of the action, realize that their kids are becoming what they were all those years ago. Luke and his wife, Mara Jade, are also very interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good novel
I was impressed after reading this story. For sure I'm going to get the next book.

This new chapter is a must have to all sw fans. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bennyboy1909
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to this great series.
The New Jedi Order Series is by far my favorite series of Star Wars books and I've read a few. This introduction to a completely new storyline is slow to start and not always the... Read more
Published on July 9 2011 by J Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 years after Rebel Victory...
Unrest within the galaxy rears its head again. And, thus, yet another thrilling space opera adventure at its finest begins, sweeping us all away to "long ago in a galaxy far,... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by Eric
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars, or a demented fanfiction
This is the first time Star Wars has resembled fanfiction. That is what it seems like. A strange, demented, odd fanfiction.
Salvatore does not understand Star Wars.
Published on May 17 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Necessary but not enjoyable
Although Star Wars fans will want to read this book as it is the kickoff of the New Jedi Order series, they shouldn't expect much out of it quality-wise. Read more
Published on May 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Star Wars Books ever
R.A. Salvatore is my favorite author and to see him writing in one of the most beloved franchises ever is already amazing in itself. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I think this book was a very good book to start out the series but i think it was weak compaired to the Dark tide Duology. But over R.A. Salvatore did a good job
Published on Jan. 24 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars "That girl can fly."
*I thought that I would start off with that phrase because it is the one most repeated throughout the book*
I hadn't read any of the Star Wars novels before I read this book,... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by Theatre Kidd
3.0 out of 5 stars Salvatore steps out from the Underdark and into space.
As a fan of Salvatores Forgotten Realms works I looked foward to reading this book for some time. Sadly I put off reading it when life got busy for about two years :) I picked it... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Chip Dobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a great stand alone, but a good start.
RA Salvatore's Vector Prime would not make a good stand alone book in the Star War universe. It does, however, make a good beginning to a great series. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003 by presypclhs
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