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The Usual Rush Around To Save The Universe
This review covers the audio cassette book (2 tapes, 3 hours). Okay, really 3.5 stars. This audio book had so much going for it: a great start, a terrific plot buildup. Then...nothing. It became overly predictable, along with a very rapid wrap-up. The bad guys get waxed, everybody who needs it is rescued, and comes out the stronger, ad naseum. Anthony Heald does his usual great job of voice characterizations (or I would have rated this much lower). The sound effects and music are great, and expected. Overall I would be cautious in the purchase of this audio book.
The usual reclycled material, but not written well enough
It had a specific style of writing, which perhaps is where the problem lay. One-line sentences are best left for emphasising something notable, and visually sets it apart on the page. With a vast number of one-line sentences here, this book was far fatter than it should be.
I just felt the characters were not in character. Solo came across as too sharp and edgey, which perhaps was necessary considering his locale. Lando was stale, just not at his best, while Luke and Leia were fine.
What really added fun to farce were the droids. At last: someone gave them some serious page time. The ending was utterly ludricious, of course: Artoo's jamming signal "just leaping out across interstellar space" and preventing the activation of two years' production of detonating droids. But they had adventures, they had character, and had a role. And their Fardreamer interaction make sit great to see a nobody can also help save the day, not a sacred movie name.
Infortunately, there's only so much you can read "Artoo whistled" or "Artoo trilled" or "Artoo rasperried" page after page. How that got past editorial scrutiny, well . . .
The villians were ruined, of course, by showing scenes from their viewpoint. Brakiss was an immature weakling, some child trapped in a man's body. He was no scary villain at all, so why try to make him such? Kueller, it was a grievous mistake to show any pov from him. Sith to stars, he was more administrator than sinister. Nothing vicious about Nandreeson either, just your typical crime lord.
But the humour was good, I'll give the book that much. Wookies look smaller when wet. Han felt himself starting to grin, but Chewie growled it away. Samples like that were worth a quick giggle. The smuggler cast were okay.
Only way to make a martial confrontation more even is to disable Skywalker, yes. But having him outmatched in a fight, it does stretch the bounds of credulity. And since he was wounded in Children of the Jedi, partially disabled in Planet of Twilight, these plot devices t restrict his power are getting absurd. And with a no-confidence vote in Black Fleet, we see another here?
Comically, Cloak of Dception's backcover called New Reb a political thriller. The hell it was. Black Fleet was pure political thriller.
Why "Y-words" are so popular in sci fi I can't fanthom, which is why we had a lot of "Y" names here like Yanne and Yane and yuck all round. Saber fights were rare in those days. You got three entire duels in this book!
How can bombs really take out a planetary population, really? As though there are no detection units at all anywhere, as though most sentients are around droids all day long.
But it was the ending space engagement that had me laughing big time. I seriously haven't read any major space batle by a female author that can do one, and that's no jibe intended. On the other leg, few are the men who can really push the emotional range of a character the way a lady can. Ah well.
The classic one shot and the target explodes. Yeah right. 1200m Star Cruisers are more than a match for 900m Vicstars. Even if their crew complement were droids, the battle was only dire to make it dramatic for the reader. And since when does a New Republic naval officer have to say they think the fighters look like TIEs? Been that long since an Imperial fight, sonny?
The final battle was a joke, and Wedge commanding it only compounded the problem.
Good to see an author making attempts to show new and different aliens. Who wants to see an endless barrage of Rodians and Twi'leks every single damn book and comic? Though the 'Phibs were nothing but reptilian fire-breathing dragons.
The New Rebellion wasn't all that bad. It stands lone, had some good creativity and equally shoddy fare, and it's not a book written for younger ages like most SW books these days, so it has enough merit to warrant a leisure read.
The usual suspects in a near perfect adventure.
A new enemy slaughters millions while a terrorist attack on the same day that former Imperials are allowed seats in the senate weakens the New Republic's leader Leia Solo's political power. Luke Skywalker, Han and Leia Solo, and Lando Calrissian shoot off in all directions, chasing down leads and facing slithering threats on all fronts. Rusch's entry into the Star Wars saga moves quicky, jumping from action to intrigue and back to action, always leaving a question as to what will happen next hanging in the air - cliffhanger serial storytelling at its finest. The author also adds a dash of tongue-in-cheek humor to the plotting. The main baddie is a Sith Lord with a penchant for wearing a skull mask who sports the first name DOLPH. Having recently watched the Masters of the Universe movie prior to reading this, I got the semi-subtle joke. Nice to know that someone can have fun with this style of entertainment and not have it spoil the overall seriousness of the story. So close is the narrative to the tone of the movie series that you can easily visualize the visual swipes between cliffhangers, all set to the rousing music of John Williams, of course. Recommended.
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