Novel Review: Scoundrels
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Timothy Zahn’s latest adventure in the Star Wars universe is a book that features Han, Chewie, Lando and a host of other shady characters from all over the galaxy. Star Wars: Scoundrels is set in between Episodes IV and V, but the events of the book are pretty much completely removed from the events of the movies. In fact, you wont find any Jedi here, or epic space battles. Just a group of smugglers and thieves looking to pull off a large heist. Sounds like a cool idea, right?
It is a cool idea. It’s no secret that Scoundrels was loosely based on the Ocean’s 11 movies, which also included complicated heists. In many ways, Scoundrels felt like like an extension of those movies. The amount of money the crew is looking to score is very close to the amount in Ocean’s 11. The number of people the crew amounts to is, yup you guessed it, 11.
Narrowing down prospective thieves and locating them also felt very Ocean’s 11, as did the strategy meeting discussing the details of the target, along with its vault. The crew base is within view of the target, and of course the mark is someone who you don’t want to tangle with.
This adventure turns out to be quite dangerous, as it will cause the crew to potentially disrupt Black Sun operations. Definitely not your typical heist, much like the one featured in Ocean’s 11.
What helped make Ocean’s 11 and its sequels very successful is all the handsome, well-known actors in virtually every shot. The movie wouldn’t have been nearly interesting if it had a bunch of bland no-names. While Scoundrels doesn’t have this visual benefit, the characters in the novel are quite capable of holding the reader’s interest.
Scoundrels is also accompanied by two prequel shorts, the separate eBook Winner Lose All and the Star Wars Insider short story Heist. They’re two different stories, though there is some overlap of characters. I wouldn’t be surprised if more stories appear featuring some the new characters introduced in Scoundrels.
There’s even a 30 second book trailer over at Amazon to whet your appetite.
A little while back, many fans online were wishing for a fun, adventurous “smuggler” novel, which eventually fell upon the ears of Timothy Zahn and Del Rey. I don’t know with certainty that Scoundrels is an answer to that wish, but it sure seems like it.
Do you want a fun adventure without the weight of galactic events bearing down on the story? How about a twist so surprising that you’ll want to go back and re-read the book? If you answered yes, go order a copy of Scoundrels today!
Be sure to check out our interview with Timothy Zahn by clicking the first link below!
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge in order to provide an early review. However, this did not affect the overall review content. All opinions are my own.
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Untitled Star Wars Stand-Alone by Timothy Zahn Blurb
To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.
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 Chewbacca 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?