Sunday, December 4, 2016

NHPH Submissions Request

 
Night Horse Publishing House is planning to publish two anthologies, one  of dark fantasy and a second of horror short stories. We will be paying $20 and a free copy of the anthology for stories accepted.  For further details and email your submissions and any questions. Email your submission to: saintnatas@rocketmail.com

PLEASE SEND US YOUR SHORT STORIES:  We need a few more dark fantasy and horror story submissions to proceed.

Follow this link for general submission guidelines:

http://nathanneuharth.com/submissions.php 

Sincerely,
Nathan Neuharth

Author, Editor, Publisher
Owner of Night Horse Publishing House
 
 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Star Wars Challenge Update

Star Wars Challenge (update)




by Nathan Neuharth



The Star Wars challenge is a personal goal I have set for myself for a variety of reasons.  One is my love of the Star Wars mythology.  Two it is an act of rebellion against the Star Wars Expanded Universe becoming the Legends universe.  There is too much good work to discard from cannon.  I started with reading one of the new Star Wars novels, the first novel of the Aftermath trilogy.  I'm not saying it was a bad novel, not at all.  But I can't let go of Talon Karrde, Mara Jade, Corran Horn, Kyp Durron, Admiral Daala, and so many other interesting characters from the Expanded Universe

I have compiled a chronological list of the 150 Expanded Universe books that have been scrapped from cannon.  Since I've started I now own 142 of those books.  The goal is to read and review every one of the 150 books excluding comics, young/teen readers, and children's books.

The books highlighted have already been read (Some novels were read previously which are not highlighted because I want to start fresh and experience the universe as a whole interactive unit).


*I have decided to add the Young Jedi Knights series to the list, making it 152 novels instead of 150.  I haven't added these to the chronological list yet.  I've read 20 books since the Force Awakens was released.  Not bad considering I read about a dozen non-Star Wars books.  I don't write reviews on the texts books I read.  I have three texts books on the way, so I'll likely take another break.  But I'm sure Rogue One will get me going again.  I've been watching the Clone Wars animation for the first time and it kind of rocks.




Here is the list of everything in chronological order:

The Pre-Republic Era

25,793 Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon
      
The Old Republic Era
      
5,000-2,975 Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories by John Jackson Miller        
3,954-3,950 The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn        
3,653 The Old Republic: Deceived by Paul S. Kemp       
3,645 Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber        
3,643 The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance by Sean Williams        
3,640 The Old Republic: Annihilation by Drew Karpyshyn       
1,032 Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller        
1,003-1,000 Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn        
1,000-990 Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn        
980 Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil by Drew Karpyshyn 
 
 
The Prequel Era

67-32 Darth Plagueis by James Luceno       
33 Maul: Lockdown by Joe Schreiber       
32 Cloak of Deception by James Luceno       
32 Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter by Michael Reaves       
32 Episode I: The Phantom Menace movie novelization by Terry Brooks 
29 Rogue Planet by Greg Bear       
27 Outbound Flight by Timothy Zahn        
22 The Approaching Storm by Alan Dean Foster       
22 Episode II: Attack of the Clones movie novelization by R. A. Salvatore 
22 The Cestus Deception by Steven Barnes**        
22 Jedi Trial by David Sherman & Dan Cragg**        
22 Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie novelization by Karen Traviss 
22 The Clone Wars: Wild Space by Karen Miller*        
22 Republic Commando: Hard Contact by Karen Traviss        
22 Shatterpoint by Matthew Stover        
22 The Clone Wars: No Prisoners by Karen Traviss*        
21 Republic Commando: Triple Zero by Karen Traviss        
21 The Clone Wars Gambit: Stealth by Karen Miller*        
21 The Clone Wars Gambit: Siege by Karen Miller*        
21 Republic Commando: True Colors by Karen Traviss        
20 Medstar I: Battle Surgeons by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry        
20 Medstar II: Jedi Healer by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry        
19 Yoda: Dark Rendezvous by Sean Stewart 
19 Labyrinth of Evil by James Luceno        
19 Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie novelization by Matthew Stover 
19 Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel by Karen Traviss        
19 Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno        
19 Imperial Commando: 501st by Karen Traviss        
19 Kenobi by John Jackson Miller       
19 Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight by Michael Reaves        
18 Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows by Michael Reaves        
18 Coruscant Nights III: Patterns of Force by Michael Reaves        
17 The Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff


The Classic Era

10 The Han Solo Trilogy: The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin
5-4 The Han Solo Trilogy: The Hutt Gambit by A. C. Crispin
3 Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu by L. Neil Smith        
3 Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon by L. Neil Smith       
2 Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka by L. Neil Smith       
2 Han Solo at Stars' End by Brian Daley       
2 Han Solo's Revenge by Brian Daley       
2 Han Solo and the Lost Legacy by Brian Daley       
2-0 The Han Solo Trilogy: Rebel Dawn by A. C. Crispin       
3-1 The Force Unleashed by Sean Williams       
1 The Force Unleashed II by Sean Williams        
1 Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber 
3-0 Death Star by Michael Reaves & Steve Perry 
0 Shadow Games by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff        
0 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope movie novelization by George Lucas (ghost-written by Alan Dean Foster; originally titled Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker)
0 Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina by various authors
0 Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn       
0.5 Allegiance by Timothy Zahn        
0.7 Choices of One by Timothy Zahn       
1 Honor Among Thieves by James S.A. Correy  
     
1.5 Galaxies: The Ruins of Dantooine by Voronica Whitney-Robinson w/ Haden Blackman
2 Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster       
2 Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge by Martha Wells       
3 Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back movie novelization by Donald F. Glut 
3 Tales of the Bounty Hunters by various authors       
3.5 Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry       
4 Episode VI: Return of the Jedi movie novelization by James Kahn 
4 Tales from Jabba's Palace by various authors        
4 The Bounty Hunter Wars: The Mandalorian Armor by K. W. Jeter       
4 The Bounty Hunter Wars: Slave Ship by K. W. Jeter        
4 The Bounty Hunter Wars: Hard Merchandise by K. W. Jeter       
(various) Tales from the Empire by various authors


 
The New Republic Era

4 The Truce at Bakura by Kathy Tyers 
5 Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor by Matthew Stover
 
6.5 X-Wing: Rogue Squadron by Michael Stackpole        
7 X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble by Michael Stackpole        
7 X-Wing: The Krytos Trap by Michael Stackpole        
7.5 X-Wing: The Bacta War by Michael Stackpole        
7.5 X-Wing: Wraith Squadron by Aaron Allston        
7.5 X-Wing: Iron Fist by Aaron Allston        
7.5 X-Wing: Solo Command by Aaron Allston        
8 The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton        
8.5 Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning        
9 Heir to the Empire, book 1 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn        
9 Dark Force Rising, book 2 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn        
9 The Last Command, book 3 of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
        
9.5 X-Wing: Isard's Revenge by Michael Stackpole       
11 The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Jedi Search by Kevin J. Anderson        
11 The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Dark Apprentice by Kevin J. Anderson        
11 The Jedi Academy Trilogy: Champions of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson       
11 I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole        
12 Children of the Jedi by  Barbara Hambly        
12.5 Darksaber by Kevin J. Anderson
       
13 X-Wing: Starfighters of Adumar by Aaron Allston       
13 Planet of Twilight by Barbara Hambly        
14 The Crystal Star by Vonda McIntyre
       
16 The Black Fleet Crisis: Before the Storm by Michael P. Kube-McDowell       
16 The Black Fleet Crisis: Shield of Lies by Michael P. Kube-McDowell       
16 The Black Fleet Crisis: Tyrant's Test by Michael P. Kube-McDowell       
17 The New Rebellion by Kristine Kathryn Rusch       
18 The Corellian Trilogy: Ambush at Corellia by Roger McBride Allen       
18 The Corellian Trilogy: Assault at Selonia by Roger McBride Allen        
18 The Corellian Trilogy: Showdown at Centerpoint by Roger McBride Allen       
19 The Hand of Thrawn: Specter of the Past by Timothy Zahn       
19 The Hand of Thrawn: Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn        
19 Scourge by Jeff Grubb        
22 Survivor's Quest by Timothy Zahn        
(various) Tales From the New Republic by various authors



The New Jedi Order Era

25 Vector Prime by R. A. Salvatore        
25 Dark Tide I: Onslaught by Michael Stackpole       
25 Dark Tide II: Ruin by Michael Stackpole       
25 Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial by James Luceno       
25 Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse by James Luceno       
26 Balance Point by Kathy Tyers       
26 Edge of Victory I: Conquest by Greg Keyes       
26 Edge of Victory II: Rebirth by Greg Keyes       
27 Star by Star by Troy Denning       
27 Dark Journey by Elaine Cunningham       
27 Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream by Aaron Allston       
27 Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston       
27 Traitor by Matthew Stover
28 Destiny's Way by Walter Jon Williams 
28 Force Heretic I: Remnant by Sean Williams and Shane Dix        
28 Force Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams and Shane Dix         
28 Force Heretic III: Reunion by Sean Williams and Shane Dix        
28 The Final Prophecy by Greg Keyes        
29 The Unifying Force by James Luceno 



The Dark Nest Trilogy
      
35 The Joiner King by Troy Denning        
36 The Unseen Queen by Troy Denning        
36 The Swarm War by Troy Denning 

The Legacy Era

40 Betrayal by Aaron Allston        
40 Bloodlines by Karen Traviss        
40 Tempest by Troy Denning        
40 Exile by Aaron Allston        
40 Sacrifice by Karen Traviss        
40 Inferno by Troy Denning        
40 Fury by Aaron Allston        
41 Revelation by Karen Traviss        
41.5 Invincible by Troy Denning        
Stand-alone novels:
      
41.5 Crosscurrent by Paul S. Kemp        
41.5 Riptide by Paul S. Kemp        
43.5 Millennium Falcon by James Luceno        
The Fate of the Jedi series:
      
43.5 Outcast by Aaron Allston        
43.5 Omen by Christie Golden        
43.5 Abyss by Troy Denning       
43.5 Backlash by Aaron Allston        
44 Allies by Christie Golden        
44 Vortex by Troy Denning        
44 Conviction by Aaron Allston        
44 Ascension by Christie Golden        
44 Apocalypse by Troy Denning
        
Stand-alone novels
      
44 X-Wing: Mercy Kill by Aaron Allston       
45 Crucible by Troy Denning
Sincerely,
Nathan Neuharth

Author, Editor, Publisher
Owner of Night Horse Publishing House
 

Star Wars Honor Among Thieves Book Review

Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves
author James S. A. Corey
2014
Review by Nathan Neuharth

1 ABY


This novel completely falls in the category of the adventures of Han Solo. He's a fan favorite and a favorite character of mine as well. Saving the galaxy once again. I did notice one inconsistency. Novels just prior to this he was made an officer by General Rieekan, Lt. Solo. In this novel he is again referred to as Captain Solo. Maybe it's because he's captain of the Millennium Falcon and lieutenant with the Rebel Alliance. I don't know. With 152 books of the Expanded Universe I'm sure it's easy to error. A second inconsistency is that Han runs into a Noghri and identifies the alien race, but he doesn't learn of this race until the Thrawn Trilogy several standard years later.


As previously mentioned I like to jot down the names of planets mentioned in the novels as I read them. I'm not terrible consistent with this, if I have a pen and paper while reading I note the names, if not, I just keep on reading.

Planets: Cerrodan, Aestilan, Hoth, Minoth, Hendrix, Kiamurr, and Cioran. Also the Seymarti System and the Saavi System.

Star Destroyers: Ravenous


I've noticed Han Solo is often taken prisoner by his enemies and always escapes. Most the core characters seem to be captured and escape over and over again. Okay. That's overkill a bit, but I suppose action. Enough. Ha ha.


The red haired Rebel super spy Scarlet Hark seems to be the Alliance's equivalent to Mara Jade. Scarlet and Han flirt some, but it's clear he is already loyal to Leia, and Scarlet picks up on that.

Hunter Maas is a hilarious small time crook who refers to himself in the third person and runs around without a shirt on, exposing his pot belly, a long cape, a bird perched on his shoulder, and an old R3 unit following him around. He thinks very highly of himself and is a greasy, slimy, silly hoot.

Baasen is an old smuggler who tries to bring Han in for the Jabba bounty. He turns out to be an interesting and likable character as well. Ends up an unlikely hero. His Bothan partner has a bit part but dies in an ugly way, stung in the neck by a beautiful alien insect.

The story revolves around both the Empire and the Rebels races to find an ancient super weapon called the Hyperspace Nullifier.

At the end of the novel there is a bonus short story starring Scarlet Hark called Silver and Scarlet. The author is fond of his creation, which comes through successfully. If an author likes what they are writing it's always a good sign.  I don't mind Scarlet Hark.  I didn't like her at first.  I'd love to se her up against Mara Jade.

Once again I leave you with the Dramatais Personae:

Baasen Ray; smuggler (Mirialan male)
C-3PO; masculine protocol droid
Chewbacca; copilot, Millennium Falcom (Wookiee male)
Essio Galassian; astrocartographer (human male)
Han Solo; captain, Millennium Falcon (human male)
Hunter Maas; thief (human male)
Leia Organa; rebel, Alderaanian princess (human female)
Luke Skywalker; rebel pilot (human male)
R2-D2; astromech droid
Scarlet Hark; rebel spy (human female)
Sunnim; pilot (Bothan male)
Wedge Antilles; commander, Rebel Alliance (human male)

Sincerely,
Nathan Neuharth

Author, Editor, Publisher
Owner of Night Horse Publishing House
 

Star Wars Choices of One Book Review

Star Wars: The Choices of One
author Timothy Zahn
2011
Review by Nathan Neuharth

0.7 ABY


The title comes from an old Jedi saying: The choice of one shape the future of all.

Mara Jade is the star of this novel. She is a strong character, a leading lady, the archetypal redhead in the vein of Red Sonja, Jean Grey, Mary Jane Watson, G. I. Joe Scarlet, Scarlet Witch, and so many more. And the Hand of Judgment returns working with her. These ex-stormtroopers pretty much rock. I've grown attached to many of Zahn's characters. Believable characters in a far out galaxy.


Grand Admiral Zaarin has command of the Imperial Star Destroyer the Predominant. Thrawn is not a Grand Admiral yet, but a Senior Captain stationed on the Star Destroyer the Admonitor. Thrawn is a cool, dangerous adversary, a genius military tactician. Luke Skywalker is still the incredibly naive farm boy. His Force skills are growing slowly and his lightsaber skills are pretty much not up to par yet. Han Solo is still struggling with joining the Rebellion officially but does in the end, given the rank of lieutenant by General Rieekan. We get to know Gilad Pellaeon a bit more. He is a wise, long lasting character in the Expanded Universe. Most famously an apprentice like second to Grand Admiral Thrawn in the Thrawn Trilogy, but he has history before and after Thrawn and his growth from now until his end are quite clear. The rebels are seeking a new secret base.


Nuso Esva is a warlord from the Unknown Regions that appears in this novel, which was a pleasant surprise because I first met him in a short story titled Crisis of Faith at the end of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Heir to the Empire. Zahn's twists and turns are an exciting ride. In the end (spoiler) the Hand of Judgment end up in the service of Thrawn and enter the Unknown Regions with him to pursue warlord Nuso Esva.  Once Thrawn accomplishes this mission he of course returns many years later to find the Empire has fallen.


We see the appearance of the Death Squadron under the command of the Dark Lord of Sith, Darth Vader. The Death Squadron is made up of the following Star Destroyers: the Devastator, the Accuser, the Stalker, the Adjudicator, the Tyrant, the Avenger, and Vader's own, the Executor. Darth Vader shows us why he is to be feared. He is a dark and mean machine.

Some planets mentioned: Wroona, Poln Minor, Poln Major, and Elegasso.


Once again I leave you with the Dramatis Personae to contemplate:

Airen Cracken; Rebel leader (human male)
Bidor Ferrouz; Imperial governor of Poln (human male)
Carlist Rieekan; Rebel leader (human male)
Darric LaRone; stormtrooper (human male)
Gilad Pellaeon; senior bridge officer, Chimaera (human male)
Joak Quiller; stormtrooper (human male)
Han Solo; captain, Millennium Falcon (human male)
Korlo Brightwater; stormtrooper (human male)
Leia Organa; Rebel leader (human female)
Luke Skywalker; Rebel (human male)
Mara Jade; Emperor's agent (human female)
Nuso Esva; warlord (nonhuman male)
Saberan Macross; stormtrooper (human male)
Taxtro Grave; stormtrooper (human male)
Thrawn; Imperial officer (Chiss male)
Vaantaar; refugee (Troukree male)
Vestin Axlon; Rebel leader (human male)

Sincerely,
Nathan Neuharth

Author, Editor, Publisher
Owner of Night Horse Publishing House

Star Wars Allegiance Book Review

Star Wars: Allegiance
author Timothy Zahn
2007
Book Review by Nathan Neuharth

0.5 ABY


I think we could call this novel, Scoundrels, and Choices of One an unofficial Zahn classic era trilogy. They work well together. With a three year gap between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back there is a lot of room to fill in with fantastic stories. Timothy's Star Wars novels are very fun and such a clear structure, just a master of the storytelling craft. I may have to test the waters of some of his non-Star Wars works. His characters are unique and likable. Even the villains are likable in their unlikable-ness. His growth and development as a scribe is very clear reading these books immediately after the Thrawn Trilogy. One can argue that Zahn reinvigorated the Star Wars franchise and created the Expanded Universe renaissance.

We see or read of many of planets in this books. I like lists, so sometimes I compile the names of planets and Star Destroyers appearing in the novels. I don't know for certain this list is exhaustive for this particular story. Planets: Teardrop, Briston, Brompreil, Elriss, Drunost, Shelsha, Ranklinge, Crovna, Minkring, Chaastern Four, Chandrila, Llorkan, and Krintrino. Star Destroyers: Reprisal.


We are introduced to five remarkable characters. Five stormtroopers who begin to question the actions of the Empire and desert. However they take their military oaths very seriously and make it their private mission to protect citizens of the Empire, while at the same time being fugitives hiding from the Empire. I love these stormtroopers and it's very synchronistic with my current project. The stormtroopers become know as the Hand of Judgment.


Luke is mooning over Leia, all filled with puppy love. Han is secretly jealous. Losts of tension between Han and Leia. These three are still getting to know each other at this point. Luke is very inexperienced and barely able to use the Force. Winter is operating under the code name Targeter. Mara Jade is eighteen years old and dedicated to Emperor Palpatine, but still a good person at heart. At first it seems difficult to reconcile these aspects of her character, but if we look at Palpatine's rise to power he fooled all the Jedi and the Senate into thinking he was a good guy.  Or at least he kept secret that he was a Dark Lord of Sith.

A high point in the book for me are the brief interactions between Darth Vader and Mara Jade. She actually fears him subtly. He seems disinterested in her for the most part.  Preoccupied with bringing down the rebellion and finding Luke Skywalker/

And once again Zahn throws us an unexpected and satisfying surprise ending.

I leave you with the Dramatis Personae:

Barshnis Choard; governor, Shelsha sector (human male)
Caaldra; mercenary (human male)
Carlist Rieekan; general, Rebel Alliance (human male)
Cav'Saran; patroller chief of Janusar on Ranklinge (human male)
Chewbacca; copilot, Millennium Falcon (Wookiee male)
Daric LaRone; stormtrooper
Darth Vader; Dark Lord of Sith
Han Solo; captain, Millennium Falcon (human male)
Joak Quiller; stormtrooper pilot
Kendal Ozzel; captain, Imperial Star Destroyer Reprisal (human male)
Korlo Brightwater; scout stormtrooper
Leia Organa; Princess and Rebel (human female)
Luke Skywalker; Jedi and Rebel (human male)
Mara Jade; Emperor's Hand (human female)
Mon Mothma; Supreme Commander, Rebel Alliance (human female)
Palpatine; Emperor, Galactic Empire (human male)
Saberan Macross; stormtrooper
Shakko; captain, pirate ship Cavalcade (human male)
Tannis; pilot, pirate ship Cavalcade (human male)
Taxtro Grave; stormtrooper sharpshooter
Thillis Slanni; director of planning for Shining Hope (Ishi Tib male)
Vak Somoril; senior officer, Imperial Security Bureau (human male)
Vilim Disra; chief administrator, Shelsha sector (human male)
Ydor Vokkoli; head of Freedonna Kaisu (Mungra male)
Yeeru Chivkyrie; head of Republic Redux (Adarian male)

Sincerely,
Nathan Neuharth

Author, Editor, Publisher
Owner of Night Horse Publishing House


Star Wars Scoundrels Book Review

Star Wars: Scoundrels
author Timothy Zahn
Book Review by Nathan Neuharth
2013
0 ABY



I was pleasantly surprised with this novel and I hadn't planned on reading six of Timothy Zahn's Star Wars novels in a row, it just worked out that way. And thankfully so. Zahn is hands down an authority and master scribe of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. I started reading this novel as soon as I'd finished the Thrawn Trilogy because it correlated to the work I'm tinkering with now. Honestly when I picked it up and hadn't even realized it was Zahn until I started reading.

This novel takes place shortly after the Battle of Yavin and the destruction of the first Death Star. The people of the galaxy are concerned with Emperor Palpatine's recent dissolution of the Imperial Senate. After finishing the book I came across something that stated he was inspired by the film Ocean's Eleven, which I can totally see in hindsight. That wasn't a bad thing at all. Art inspires art.


I did take a break from the Star Wars novels due to people suggesting it. I thought maybe it would be a good idea to break away for a minute. I read the Demonologist a non-fiction, solid look at the meat of the Warren's work investigating the supernatural. I wasn't disappointed in the work, it was what I expected and more of something I would have read when I was a kid. See the review earlier on my blog here.

So back to Scoundrels. Lando Calrissian is still sore at Han Solo. I'm not clear on what happened between them. I'm sure I'll read it in another novel and of course it is mentioned in the film the Empire Strikes Back. Prince Xizor is still head of the Black Sun criminal organization. (Reading Shadows of the Empire is in my near future). Jabba the Hutt has a bounty out on Han Solo and Chewbacca for dumping whatever they were smuggling for the Hutt. Han Solo hasn't decided to join the Rebel Alliance yet.


One of the most endearing qualities of the Star Wars franchise is the loyal friendships between the core cast of characters. And they are each their own unique character. To me the core characters are Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Lando Calrissian, and Obi-wan Kenobi. This is a major aspect of the original magic, besides the world. Admittedly there is no imaginary world quite like Star Wars. There are other wonderful and fantastic imaginary world's out there, but none like this galaxy.

This novel is the classic heist genre. The last big score. Something else different about this novel compared to the others I've read is that is mostly takes place on one planet rather that jumping all over the galaxy.

Something else I thought about while reading this one is that your state of mind while reading influences your enjoyment of the book. So do expectations. I was going through some emotional turmoil at the time which was a drag. Things are better. It was a bump in the road and I've overcome it. Carry on.  Proceed.

There are no Jedi, no Luke, no Leia, no C-3PO, and no R2-D2 in this story. The ending is great. The action is great. And a surprise ending that will leave any true Star Wars fans smiling.

Timothy Zahn is a master of the craft of writing. It is an art and a craft. He understands story structure and his work shines through like stars in the night sky. It's sad that these stories he wrote are no longer cannon. I saw he has a new cannon novel called Thrawn coming out. I will read it eventually. I have to get through all the non-cannon first. (One-hundred and fifty-two books in all, excluding other forms of media and kids books).

Now that I've mentioned the end, let's take another look at the beginning. One thing I like about these later Star Wars novels is the timeline of books listed at the beginning. Very helpful in creating a mental picture of the continuity. The second thing I love is the Dramatis Personae. I love that in any novel. It brings to mind the Dramatis Personae in Dan Simmons novels Illium and Olympos, which I strongly recommend reading if you are a fan of science fiction and Greek mythology.

In closing I leave you with the Dramatis Personae:

Han Solo; smuggler (human male)
Chewbacca; smuggler (Wookiee male)
Lando Calrissian; gambler (human male)
Bink Kitik; ghost thief (human female)
Tavia Kitik; electronics expert, ghost their assistant (human female)
Dozer Creed; ship thief (human male)
Zerba Cher'dak; pickpocket, sleight of hand expert (Balosar male)
Winter; living recording rod (human female)
Rachele Ree; acquisitions, intel (human female)
Kell Tainor; explosives, droid expert (human male)
Eanjer Kunarazti; robbery victim, funding (human male)
Avrak Villachor; Black Sun sector chief (human male)
Qazadi; Black Sun vigo (Falleen male)
Dayja; Imperial Intelligence agent (human male)

Sincerely,
Nathan Neuharth

Author, Editor, Publisher
Owner of Night Horse Publishing House



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