5.0 out of 5 stars HEIR !!!
One of the best Star Wars audiobook ever! The 20th anniversary edition is a must! You can<t go wrong with 11 compact disks, and 13 hours of story! Nuff Said!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
A very entertaining, action-packed first volume in a trilogy that retains the values of the films.
The Rebel Alliance has since become the New Republic and is struggling to form a galactic government with the planet Coruscant as its center. However, the honeymoon period is about to be cut short, when a vicious tactical genius aided by a powerful Jedi Master take...
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5.0 out of 5 stars HEIR !!!,
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This review is from: Heir to the Empire: Star Wars: The 20th Anniversary Edition (Audio CD)One of the best Star Wars audiobook ever! The 20th anniversary edition is a must! You can<t go wrong with 11 compact disks, and 13 hours of story! Nuff Said!
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY PLEASED !!!!!!!!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars great fro star wars fans,
This review is from: Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy): Star Wars, Volume I (Mass Market Paperback)this book continues the story of the Star Wars characters 5 years after the destruction of the 2nd Death Star. It was interesting to see how far the New Republic has advanced in that time and it was also cool to see what our favorite characters were up to. A good book for all Star Wars fans
5.0 out of 5 stars the series that revived the Star Wars empire [no spoilers],
This review is from: Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy): Star Wars, Volume I (Mass Market Paperback)"Heir to the Empire" is the first novel in The Thrawn Trilogy approximately five years following "Return of the Jedi". When the book was originally published in 1991, I remember telling a friend it would start a literary genre similar to Star Trek with hundreds of books. Even though I find an overwhelming number of books diluting to a storyline, Zahn's work resurrected with a passion a universe in written format for other authors to continue exploring.
Timothy Zahn introduces a destroyed Empire and fragile New Republic, strange creatures, and compelling heroes and villains. The originality and creativity in the series is deep, far better than the sorry episode 1 and 2 movies.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is an ingenious, calculating and efficient villain, someone the New Republic should fear. The typical assortment of characters ranging from Luke Skywalker to Wedge Antilles fills the book with essential components to the tale. While Star Wars hasn't been overly political, politics play a part in the developments and brings more depth to an otherwise action oriented plot.
I highly recommend this series above all others to any fan of the Star Wars universe.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun,
This review is from: Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy): Star Wars, Volume I (Mass Market Paperback)A very entertaining, action-packed first volume in a trilogy that retains the values of the films.
The Rebel Alliance has since become the New Republic and is struggling to form a galactic government with the planet Coruscant as its center. However, the honeymoon period is about to be cut short, when a vicious tactical genius aided by a powerful Jedi Master take over the remants of the Empire and set out to destroy the fledgling New Republic.
The characters that we know and love have grown in stature but have not lost their capacity to be in the center of things. Luke's continuing his development as a fully-fledged Jedi Knight, Han has continued his shift to respectability by marrying Princess Leia and the two of them even have twins on the way who promise to be tremendously strong in the Force. The famous droid duo of C3PO and R2-D2, and the Wookie Chewbacca all return as well. Periphery characters such as Wedge and Lando Calrissian are fleshed out as well.
New characters are also introduced. The charming smuggler Talon Karrde makes an appearance, spearheading the remants of Jabba the Hutt's criminal organisation, and so does his fiesty red-haired partner-in-crime Mara Jade, a dangerous woman with a mysterious past and a sharp tongue. A new race of gray-skinned aliens called the Noghri, who serve the Empire as lethal commandos, are also along for the ride. The best of these characters though is the red-eyed, blue-skinned, white-uniformed Grand Admiral Thrawn; a deliciously brilliant tactical genius, dangerous and decisive, and with such a degree of class, charm and intelligence that its impossible not to warm to the guy. He is also refreshingly grey in a universe that was depicted in the films as black and white (until that revelation at the end of the middle film). He has a thirst for power, and does not suffer fools, but neither does he have the evil capriciousness that led Darth Vader to summarily execute those men who failed him. He is a realistic military commander, who gets the best out of his available resources but does not waste them foolishly.
The evil Jedi Master Joruus C'Baoth though is a relentlessly irritating concoction however, as petulant and moody as a teenager. The fact that Zahn meant to have him this way does not soften the blow either. I felt compelled to read on if only for the intensely satisfying moment when this guy would meet his doom.
The writing itself is limited, but Zahn has an eye for an action set-piece and these don't fail to disappoint. I did get annoyed at the overuse of the words 'sardonically', 'sarcastically' and 'countered', and the extensive tight smiles, lip twisting and sentence ellipsis. Its still true to the films though, with space battles, fire fights and a healthy dose of stormtroopers, and the story itself is so full of twists and turns that it is a guaranteed page-turner. Its no literary masterpiece, but if you love the films and a juicily convoluted plot that never fails to excite, then you won't go far wrong with this.
4.0 out of 5 stars Heir to the Empire - A Star Wars Fan's Must!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Darn Good Adventure Book!,
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to a Great Trilogy,
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new trilogy,
Heir to the Empire is the continuation of the story line after Return of the Jedi. As I understand it one might consider this episode VII.
The story picks up five years after Return of the Jedi, with Darth Vader and the Emperor dead along with the second Death Star destroyed. After the Rebel Alliance defeated the heart of the Empire they became the New Republic. However there are still remnants of the Imperial fleet scattered throughout the galaxy, and one new villain to lead them. His name is Grand Admiral Thrawn. He is one of the few alien species allowed into the ranks of the Empire (the Empire is notoriously racist against non-humans) and the only alien to have any rank of authority, let alone Grand Admiral which is the highest rank in the Imperial military. He is basically human looking except for his pale blue skin and glowing red eyes, which probably symbolize his cold, calculating genius along with his burning evil lust for conquest. He unites the remnants of the Imperial fleet and organizes them in his evil and genius plans to cripple and destroy the vulnerable New Republic while it's still in its infancy.
Standing in his way (oh yes, there's always somebody standing in the villain's way) are Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, R2D2, C3PO, Wedge Antilles, Admiral Ackbar and the rest of the characters of the original Star Wars trilogy you (should) already know and love.
And that, I believe, is largely what this book is counting on: its readers already being Star Wars fans with a decent working knowledge of Star Wars characters, technology, and even culture. In my mind that is probably a pretty safe assumption but there is always the possibility of someone picking up and reading (or trying to read) this book without already having seen the Star Wars movies. My recommendation of this book would admittedly be negatively and noticeably impacted if I was talking to someone who had never seen the movies. Not a whole lot of wordage is used when describing things that Star Wars fans should already know, such as the physical appearance of Han Solo (one can just picture Harrison Ford and leave it at that) etc. However new characters and environments are described in great detail. That being said, most Americans have seen at least one Star Wars movie and at least know what a "lightsaber" or "blaster" (laser gun) looks like.
Zahn's militaristic style of writing is evident through the pages of Heir to the Empire, as you can see by these reviews:
"Zahn (is) near the top on any list of military-science fiction or action-science fiction writers. So it was a good idea to turn him loose on the universe and characters of 'Star Wars'... good fun." ----- Chicago Sun-Times
"(Zahn's) descriptions of weapons and ships make him the Tom Clancy of a galaxy far, far away." ------- Manhattan (Kansas) Mercury
I think this style works very well for most of the book, and where it needs a bit more adventurous or magical spirit, Zahn is happy to oblige. He gives the book a very suspenseful and exciting feel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Adventure in a Galaxy Far, Far Away,
Heir to the Empire marks a first in many ways. It was the first book that Lucas authorized to continue the Star Wars saga, and it is the first in what still reigns supreme as the best book trilogy the series has ever seen. Set five years after the death of Darth Vader and the Emperor, the newly formed New Republic finds itself threatened again by the Galactic Empire, this time, under new management. The new warlord that they face is a Grand Admiral from the days of old, Thrawn, a man unlike any in the Imperial Navy. Cunning, ruthless, and a strategical mastermind, Thrawn presents the greatest threat our heroes have seen since the Second Death Star.
All the major players are here. Luke, now a full-fledged Jedi. Han and Leia, now married and expecting twins. Lando, Chewie, and the droids. All are in the story, and all are portrayed exactly as we remembered them, only better. And all play an integral part in thwarting the newest threat to the galaxy.
However, Zahn does not just stop with high adventure and out favorite characters. Here, we meet new faces, including Thrawn, the insane Jedi Master Joruus C'baoth, and last but not least, Mara Jade. The best addition to the franchise since Lando Calrissian, Mara is a hardened rogue, used to life on the fringe, and desperate enemy of Luke. Of course, that means they'll have to work together sometime during the book. And what a team they make.
All of Zahn's original characters feel right at home in the Star Wars universe, and they all have a part to play in the story. And what a story. Full of the space and saber combat expected in anything bearing the name, the tale takes readers from Coruscaunt to the Jedi power-negating world of Myrkr to the bridge of the Star Destroyer Chimera. The story twists and turns, and even as you see the conflict develop, you can see that this is only the beginning of something far more grand.
I simply can't recommend this book enough. If there was an option for a sixth star, I'd happily give it to Zahn's masterpiece. It is no easy feat to recreate such a beloved universe and beloved characters, craft a satisfyingly epic story, keep the writing both exciting and intelligent, and still retain a "PG" rating. However, Zahn pulls it off with style to spare. This is space opera at its finest.
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Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy): Star Wars, Volume I by Timothy Zahn (Mass Market Paperback - May 1 1992)
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