Author: James S.A. Corey
Page Count: 333
Published: March 4th 2014
Back of the Cover
When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance?
When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo—something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.
But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect—including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands.
But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s x-wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever.
My Little Thoughts
James S.A. Corey is a beast. Well they’re a beast. The author is the work of two authors (Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) under an agreed pen name.
I don’t normally like to read Star Wars books. There is a plethora of shit books of the kind, and its hard to weed out the good ones. My standards are of two: They must have been written by an author I’ve previously read, or it’s written by Timothy Zahn, the dude is a star wars pimp … so good.
I was so worried about reading a Star Wars book that was just going to be irrelevant once the new movies came out, so I picked up this one. It takes place between EPISODE IV and EPISODE V. I figured that way I didn’t have to worry to much, as the main plot is already there to watch.
This book offers a glimpse at what they’re up to. What Leia and Han are doing to keep the Rebel Alliance going under the pressure of the Federation. A found hidden weapon that CANNOT fall into the Empires hands by any means possible. The book mostly follows Han.
AND oh shit this book does perfect capturing Han. Its awesome to know what he’s thinking, and the mental games he’s playing behind every little smile and flirt he plays in his smugglers game. Oh, its full of Hans token one-liners. So if you don’t like Han, don’t read this book!
Han shot first, and this book keeps to that paradigm, instead of the bull-shit remake.
Two Tiny Bitsy’s of Criticism
There were two problems I found with the book that gave me some issues. James S.A Corey writes a Space opera series, the first book being Leviathan Wakes, and they’re damn fine books. Possibly my current favorite Sci-Fi author, but this book wasn’t quite up to the magnificence that those books are. However he is confined into a mostly written out story.
Which leads me to my next point. There was a few minor-MINOR-MINOR plot scenes that resolved a little…lacking for me. I just wanted a little more out of some of them.
If Ya Liked This, Read These
1) Heir to the Empire (Thrawn Trilogy #1) by Timothy Zahn
I read this quite a long time ago. But it was a thrilling Masterpiece every damn Fan of this Fandom should jizz-guzzle and force it down like you would Robitussin.
I’m pretty sure the new movies will make them irrelevant, but they’re fun ass books.
Takes place 5 years after the evens of EPISODE VI and follows all three of heroes, Han, Luke, and Leia.
2) Leviathan Wakes (Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey
Honestly though, read this book even if you don’t like Honor Among Thieves. I love this book. People have branched out in our solar system. The Crew is Firefly-esque and there is some weird ass alien bio organism that could be serious trouble for Humans.
This is by far my most favorite Space Opera book released in the last decade.
I’ve sorta written a review here.
3) Heir to the Jedi (Empire and Rebellion #3) by Kevin Hearne
OK, I haven’t actually read it yet, but it’s next in the series. However, what I can guarantee is my stamp of awesomeness on this author, Kevin Hearne, his Iron Druid Chronicles are the shit! A druid whose been alive since before Christ, who happens to know ALL modern day witticisms, and is apart of the best Fandoms. Oh, and Thor is a douche in this series, good laughs. (I realize I just plugged another book series inside a plug … )
Like Honor Among Thieves focuses on Han, this book seems to focus on Luke as he learns and discovers his connection to the force. Takes place between EPISODE IV & V it looks like, perhaps right after Honor Among Thieves … ?