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Allegiance

Book - 2008
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Never before has the incendiary mix of action, politics, and intrigue that has become Timothy Zahn's trademark, been mmore evident that in this new Star Wars epic. On the heels of the stunning events chronicled in Star Wars: A New Hope, the newly minted heroes of the Rebellion-fledgling Jedi Luke Skywalker, smuggler turned reluctant freedom-fighter Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, a bold leader with a world to avenge-must face the harsh realities of the cataclysmic conflict into which they have so bravely plunged. From this point forward, legends will grow, treachery will abound, and lives will be irrevocably altered, in the long, hard fight to counter the fist of tyranny and restore hope to a galaxy too long in darkness.

The destruction of the Death Star by the Rebel Alliance was a decisive blow against the Empire, but Palpatine and his monstrous enforcer, Darth Vader, are no less of a threat. The brutal extermination of Alderaan not only demonstrated the magnitude of their murderous power, but served as a chilling testament to their resolve to crush the Rebel uprising. Standing against them, Skywalker, Solo, and the Princess remain uncertain opponents. Luke is gifted and brave, but unschooled in the power he possesses. Han has doubts about waging someone else's war-and his contentiousness is one more burden for Leia to bear as she struggles to help keep the Rebellion alive. The three have been sent to mediate a dispute between Rebel Alliance factions in Shelsha Sector-agitating matters by forcing Han to deal not only with pirates, but with his more dreaded enemy, politics. At the same time, Mara Jade-all of eighteen and years away from her fateful meeting with Luke-is serving her evil master, Palpatine, well in her role as the Emperor's Hand: tracking suspected treachery in the Empire to what may be high places-while trying to stay out of Darth Vader's way.

But the Rebels will prove to be only one of the Empire's concerns. For Imperial Stormtrooper Daric LaRone, his faith in the Empire shaken by the wanton destruction of Alderaan, will commit a sudden and violent act of defiance, and take four other enforcers with him, in a desperate bid to elude their masters' wrath.

Each of these fateful actions, whether sanctioned, secret, or scandalous, will expose brutality and corruption, spur upheavals destined to shake the Empire to its core, and shape momentous events yet to come.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, 2008, c2007
Edition: 2008 Del Rey Books mass market edition
ISBN: 9780345477392
0345477391
Characteristics: 419 pages ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Allegiance

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Chinderixx
Apr 12, 2017

If you're a fan of Mara Jade, then you'll definitely like this book. If not, it's still bearable.
The story follows three groups of characters, the first being Mara, another being a group of fugitive Stormtroopers that call themselves "The Hand of Judgment", and
of course, Han, Leia, Chewbacca, and Luke.
Mara has begun carrying out missions for the Emperor as his "Hand". In this story, she is tracking down an Imperial traitor. She is portrayed as a little naive, but also as tough and respected by the other characters.
The five Stormtroopers have become fugitives after accidentally killing an Imperial agent. They maraud around Imperial space trying to be heroic until they eventually meet Han, Luke, and Chewbacca (they later team up with Mara).
Han, Luke, and Leia were not in this book as much as Mara and the Stormtroopers (unfortunately), but when they were, Zahn brought their personalities to life, and I really enjoyed the parts that they were in.
So, Allegiance was good. Maybe too much Mara, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

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jackandbean
Aug 28, 2013

Zahn's, Star Wars books are great

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Apr 12, 2017

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GENERAL RIEEKAN: "Let me know if there is anything I can do regarding Solo. We need all the good people we can get."
LEIA: "You really think there's a good person under all that? "
GENERAL RIEEKAN: "Of course there is...Somewhere."

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