Scoundrels

Scoundrels

Book - 2013
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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 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?

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
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345511508
0345511506
Characteristics: 443 p. --
Alternative Title: Star wars, scoundrels

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Timmeh4248 Dec 05, 2016

We once had a Star Wars costume contest at work and every single guy dressed as Han Solo. How can his name be Solo if he's always with Chewie?

This is a classic heist tale with a Star Wars twist and one of the better Star Wars novels I have read. Solo, desperate for credits to pay his debts to Jabba, agrees to rip off the second biggest criminal organization in the galaxy, Black Sun. Who better to help than his on again, off again BFF, Lando Calrissian?

In true Han fashion, trouble ensues as the field begins to fill with more players than there are banthas on Tatooine. And naturally, the Empire has a hand to play too. Enjoy.

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Chinderixx
Oct 04, 2016

Personally not the best Timothy Zahn book that I've read, but as he does so well, Zahn creates a story with likable and semi-likable characters besides the main three we already know. The characters had good chemistry with each other as well as a nice sense of comradery and teamwork. It's cool that Han gets introduced to Winter and Kell, but I don't think they really had to be in the story. There are nine bad words in this book, but at least it stopped there. It was seriously starting to get annoying. The middle part was just one bad word after another....This book is a good Introduction to the Black Sun criminal organization and the Falleens if you have not read "Shadows Of The Empire," and the surprise twist ending was something I expected, but I was surprised to find out who the victim funder really was. Lastly, the festivals described in this book sounded fun and super awesome! I should have been invited!

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orange_chicken_252
Dec 25, 2015

Love it!

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GSwanLibrary
Oct 15, 2014

It's a fun Ocean's 11, or Dirty Dozen style story of a motley crew of (mostly) likeable specialists on a heist caper.

It makes for what I call "fun beach reading", and is entertaining... but it isn't one of the greats.

Han Solo doesn't drink, swear, womanize, lose his temper, and basically is depicted utterly NOT Han Solo-like. It's almost as if the author wasn't even familiar with the character at all and the strange Tim Zahn version of Han Solo is not even recognizable to fan's of the EU. He's boring and a perfect gentleman, not the cocky scoundrel depicted in the movies and 50 other novels.

mjhartstein Jan 18, 2013

Excellent story with surprise at the end that makes it special.

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Chinderixx
Oct 04, 2016

Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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