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The Paradise Snare: Star Wars Legends (The Han Solo Trilogy) Paperback – May 5 1997
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With the re-release of the Star Wars movies, interest in the books will likely increase. While many of the recent ones took the beloved characters into the future, this first book in the "Han Solo Trilogy" tells the story of the smuggler/pilot's childhood and teen years. Abandoned, then taken in by a Fagin-like thief/space pirate, and finally raised by an old female Wookiee, Han escapes into his first piloting job, where he falls in love for the first time and saves his girlfriend from enslavement. Crispin deftly weaves Han's early years into the Star WarsR storyline and provides details that shape his personality. This prequel belongs in Star WarsR sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This novel begins with Han's late teen years and shows us how he escaped an unhappy adopted home situation to carve out a new life for himself as a pilot.See all Product Description
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On the planet, Han is assigned a bodyguard, Muuurgh, who is as much guarding Han as guarding Ylesia against Han. Ylesia has a secret that relates to the spice mining it produces. It is supposedly a religious community which the pilgrims voluntarily work, but Han soon feels that something isn't quite right. He meets a pilgrim, #923 (we do later learn her name), and starts falling for her and wants to rescue her as well as rescue himself from the soon to be hopeless situation on Ylesia.
This book was much better than I expected. It succeeds at doing several things all at once. First, and most importantly, it is an entertaining story in its own right. Second, it starts giving hints and clues and examples of how Han Solo became the man he was in the movies. He distrusts religion and holds himself back from falling in love. He is friends with a wookiee. Why? The set up begins in "The Paradise Snare". Third, this book sets up more Han Solo novels in the future (two more books of this trilogy) and makes us wonder how a boy dreaming of being a soldier in the Empire grow up to fight in the Rebellion? Within the context of Star Wars, this was a good story.
I recommend it to any Star Wars fan, in fact I'm in the middle of "Hut Gambit" book two in the series (equally as good, if not better so far), however for those with little interest in the greatest space opera of all time, the book lacks the depth and sophistication of better written sci-fi.
If you have already read some NJO and Prequel stuff, start your journey through the "classic period here!
For those who are disappointed with the "prequel" stories and the NJO books, the Classic star Wars starts here and ends with vision of the future.
I am late coming to this trilogy but I truely enjoyed this novel. Han is one of the more interesting characters in the Star Wars Universe. He's complex and unpredictable. The Paradise Snare gives us a very good look at where he's from and some key insights into the development of his personality.
However, most importantly it's an entertaining book. It is dramatic and action packed, and introduces some new and very interesting species/characters. This was also the first time I've found the romance in a Star Wars novel to be sincere and believable. Crispin has done a very good job of sculpting the relationship between Han and his lady love.
There were some moments where the story did drag but on the whole it was well paced. This is a must read for any Star Wars fan.
Check out my other reviews for more Star Wars hits and misses.
All of these questions and more are answered in the Han Solo Trilogy by A.C. Crispin. Unlike the prior Han Solo Trilogy by Brian Daley, this trio of books delves deeper into Han Solo's past, revealing things like how Solo became a pilot, how he met Chewbacca, and more.
The first book in A.C. Crispin's trilogy is The Paradise Snare. In this book, we meet Han Solo when he is three years old, orphaned and homeless. Rescued by a ruthless Fagan-like character, Garris Shrike, Han is forced to beg and steal to appease his benefactor. He dreams of attending the Imperial Academy and becoming an officer in the Imperial Navy. However, he realizes he must escape Shrike is he ever hopes to achieve his goal. With help from a trusted friend he manages to escape, though not completely unscathed, and heads to the planet Ylesia, where he hopes to find a job as a pilot. The planet is toted as a religious paradise, but as Han continues to discover, things aren't always what they seem.
Having read other A.C. Crispin novels, I had hopes for this series. Although the author had never written novels featuring Star Wars characters before, A.C. Crispin is an accomplished science fiction writer, producing books in the Star Trek and V series. Paradise Snare was no disappointment. I found that Crispin had a full grasp of Han's character from the first page to the last. The book revealed a great deal about the reckless, carefree, cavalier Han Solo we meet in Star Wars: A New Hope. Han Solo fans will be greatly pleased by this novel. I, for one, can't wait to read the next novel in the series, The Hutt Gambit!
Most recent customer reviews
This is a tremendous introduction to the life of the great Han Solo. This is the second time I have read this book, and it was better the second time I read it. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by D.P.
The first book of the series that explains han solo's adventures and daring past. How did han get the legendary millenium falcon? How did he meet the mighty chewbacca? Read morePublished on April 1 2004
The Paradise Snare is the first book of the Han Solo Trilogy. I am a huge Star Wars fan, and have read over 40 Star Wars novels. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004
The Paradise Snare is great if you are interested in finding out the background of Han Solo. Outside of that, it's pretty average science fiction. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2003 by Chad
The rogue with the heart of gold is epitomized in Star Wars' Han Solo. Supposedly in it for the money, he helps save the day and joins the Rebellion. Now here is his story. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2003 by Amazon Customer
First of all, let me say that this book did not capture the essence of Han Solo. I know that sounds like a stupid New Age thing to say, but it's true. Read morePublished on July 22 2003
If you have ever wondered just how Han Solo got his start, this is the book for you. Crispin has captured the flavor of the Star Wars and the characters of Han, Chewie, and Lando... Read morePublished on July 19 2003 by Tommy Jeffers
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