Scoundrels: Star Wars Legends by Timothy Zahn

Scoundrels: Star Wars Legends

byTimothy Zahn

Kobo ebook | January 1, 2013

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Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
 
To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.
 
All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbecca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

BONUS: Includes the novella Winner Lose All.

Praise for Scoundrels
 
“Rapid-fire adventure [that] adds yet another dimension of enjoyment to a rousing galactic romp.”—*Library Journal*
 
“Highly entertaining . . . excellent Star Wars . . . There are many twists and turns [and] Zahn manages to find ways to twist them one step further than you’d expect.”—Examiner.com
 
“[*Scoundrels*] brings freshness to the franchise.”—*USA Today*

Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 1, 1951. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1973 and a M.S. degree in physics from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1975. In 1975, Zahn began writing science fiction as a hobby. When his thesis advisor died in 19...
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Title:Scoundrels: Star Wars LegendsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345536576

ISBN - 13:9780345536570

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oceans 11 set in the Star Wars universe Timothy Zahn is rivaled by few in the Star Wars EU and "Scoundrels" is another impressive addition to his resume. The book focuses on Han, Lando, Chewy and a group of mostly less than trustworthy individuals. There's some nice references to future events here (Winter makes an appearance, Xizor's organization plays a major role and so do numerous Falleen, etc.) as this is set just after ANH. The book starts slow, as all the pieces needed to pull off the heist are put in place, but the payoff is worth it. There is some excellent banter between Han and Lando in this book, a welcome sight, as in this reader's opinion, the two cannot be paired up enough. This book doesn't have much of an effect on the Star Wars' universe, but it is a very fun read.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read Scoundrels is a satisfying puzzle novel with plenty of adrenaline, and you don’t need to know more than the basics about the original Star Wars trilogy. I was expecting Han, Chewie and Lando, and was pleased to see Winter as another team member. Apparently Kell will also be familiar to those who’ve read more of the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels than I have. The other characters are new for this novel, and they’re worth meeting. Because it’s a heist novel, the first quarter is setup—interesting rather than action-heavy. Once the team begins to act, there are chases, explosions and plenty of danger in true, over-the-top caper style. And there’s a bit near the end that takes on extra significance when you remember that in the films, Han Solo was played by Harrison Ford, who also played Indiana Jones. It’s a plot-driven novel, but the characters are well-developed, with their own struggles, tensions and interactions. It’s interesting to see Han in a planning role here… shades of General Solo in days to come. And the setting is impressive: the heist is to go down during the planet’s annual Festival of Four Honorings, amid the crowds and lavish displays. Characters, technology and setting never upstage the plot, but support it and enhance the experience. Timothy Zahn is an award-winning, bestselling author known for both his original science fiction and his work in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. [Review copy from my personal library.]
Date published: 2013-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heist Fiction, Star Wars Style Not a huge fan of heist fiction. Too many moves by the victim of the heist are exactly what the peretrators planned no matter how from left field they may appear. Bringing Lando into the book doesn't really sit well with the conversations Han and Chewie had during Empire Strikes Back unless I'm misinterpretting something. 1/2 of the big reveal at the end was surprising though the second half of it became predictable. If you like Heist fiction, you may enjoy this one but if not, even die hard Star Wars fans may have problems with this book.
Date published: 2013-02-25