Goodreads Book Review - Star Wars: Scoundrels

Star Wars: ScoundrelsStar Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is basically Star Wars meets Ocean's 11, with the roles of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon played by Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the smoothest man in a galaxy long ago and far away, Lando Calrissian. If you think that description sounds endlessly entertaining, you're pretty much right. The book, which takes place in that nebulous time period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back is a lot of fun, with a great, twisting and turning caper plot mixed with vibrant battle scenes. Timothy Zahn can be considered the founding father of the Expanded Universe, and he has a flair for the voices of the characters we all know and love, and it's no different here. On the other hand, though, the characters he created specifically for this story aren't as great. The villains are pretty good, but a few of the people in Han's gang aren't very well fleshed out, emotionally speaking... but in a book that easily has at least twenty characters, well, someone has to get the short straw, right? If that's the only complaint I have about the book, and it is, then it's a minor one... and the last twist revelation at the end? Out of nowhere, and friggin' perfect. If you enjoy Star Wars novels, this one is a must-read.

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