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Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime Mass Market Paperback – Sep 7 2004

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Sept. 7 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345479335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345479334
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 383 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,493,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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 . . . --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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By A Customer on Feb. 21 2003
Format: Hardcover
Well, I just started reading thise series now after it got reccomended by my friends. And if there is one thing you can be sure of, this book won't let you down.
The beggining of the book is a bit slow, but then, all first books in all series are.
Salvatore did a wonderful job in explaining how the Yuuzhan Vong infiltrated the galaxy without the notice of the New Republic.
You are introduced to thier deadly ships and weapons, some of which even a lightsaber cannot brake. They set up a base and you are introduced to a whole new culture.
The Vong base is set up, and Han, devestated by Chewie's death, heads to battle with the rest of our heroes - only to find a strong resistance which destroy all the Republic ships except a few that managed to escape. In a last, desperate manuver, Luke, Liea, Han and the rest try a desperate manuver to destroy the feared alien creatures.
How did our heroes stumble on them? Did they defeat them? If so how? I wont give the answer to those spoliers...so go read the book if you have not done so already.
A great book beautifully written. I couldnt stop reading until the end. Cant wait to start the 2nd book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story is good, the characterization is decent, but the writing is sometimes slow and sometimes annoying. As far as plot goes, because this is the first book of a spectacular new series, it can hardly be described as anything short of groundbreaking. I have read many Star Wars novels and never has anything like what happens in Vector Prime happened in any of them. This is a great relief, since Star Wars books often seem to repeat themselves (how many times can the Solo children really get kidnapped or threatened with kidnap?!). It's invigorating to read something so fresh and new. This is good, non-formulaic sci-fi.
The chararacters are written pretty well. They are consistent and show some depth. On the whole, I would compare Salvatore's scheme of building up characters through consistent behavior and speech patterns with little recourse to omnicience that reveals inner thoughts to Timothy Zahn's writing. I think Salvatore does a particularly good job of showing us Solo children who are a little more grown up than we've seen them in the past, and of elaborating on Kyp Durron, who has likewise grown up. I hope to see more of this Kyp in the future, because he will make a great foil to Luke Skywalker.
The book is not without flaws. The plot is exciting because it is new, but sometimes Salvatore really drags it out and it gets a bit boring. Also, he has a hard time expressing feelings of affection or nostalgia without getting too cutsie or annoying. This shows up a lot in the women--Mara going on about wanting a baby doesn't sound like Mara at all (I'm sure Zahn could make her want a child without compromising her character), and Leia similarly comes across as too weak.
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