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It’s one of the galaxy’s most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren’t your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize—first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device’s creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn’t interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge....
It’s been 10 years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando—and all life on Cloud City—will be annihilated.
With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars—and into the past—before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.
ABOUT THIS AUTHOR...
Daniel José Older is the New York Times best-selling author of the young adult series The Shadowshaper Cypher, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and the middle-grade historical fantasy Dactyl Hill Squad. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at his website, on YouTube, and on Twitter.
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By Amazon Customer on 04-19-18
It's a letdown and boring
This will be the first Audible book I have returned sadly. As others have mentioned about the three narrators, two are actually seasoned character actors, and the third is the author who just reads the book to you with a little emphasis. Mind you he is not a horrible narrator on his own, but jumping between two other people who try to do voices (one does very well with his Han and Lando), and then a guy who just reads it to you. It is all over the place and interrupts the flow of the book. It would be one thing if it were different perspectives of characters, but it's the same core characters. I found this distracting and unable to really get into the flow of the book. The writing I find boring personally. I can't get invested because it feels all over the place as I have mentioned. Now, 10 years ago, 15 years ago, now, 10 years ago, now, 5 years ago... While I believe the author has a decent Lando here (and only decent), Han feels just way off to the point you would think he really is as another reviewer put it "Homer Simpson". Constant "Huh?" and spaced out Han seems to just be sleep walking throughout most of this novel and feels more like a side redshirt you expect to be offed because he is inconsequential. It's a let down and he really makes him flat and boring with little charisma. All he wants is Caf in this book. I feel like the author just doesn't even know who Solo is. Little things like saying Chewie would "wreck ass". Since when has he talked like that in anything? The action in the book is droll, boring, and just seems to drag along. There is nothing that makes me feel I can't stop listening. I have had to back up several times because I find my mind wondering off in boredom with Last Shot. I could go on about this, but I feel it is pointless. At least with Audible there is a "refund it if you don't love it" policy. And I certainly do not love this book. This is just my opinion as one consumer and a Star Wars fan. I can't even finish it after 7 hours in. I find myself just not caring about anyone in this book. Even the main characters have become annoying with the authors style and everything just feels like a jumbled hot mess of confusion, boredom with a large helping of being let down. It really makes me wonder if Disney/Lucasfilm has anyone really reviewing all the new stories and cannon before being published to churn out the money.
34 of 37 people found this review helpful
By Samantha Nielsen on 04-18-18
Fun, but not a repeater
The story was mildly engaging but Han Solo in all the movies was so self assured, confident and optimistic but Older made him almost "Homer Simpsonish", He comes across as incompetent and blundering, nothing like the real Solo.
Marc Thompson does a spectacular narration, Daniel Jose Older should have just left it there. Older is a decent author but a narrator for a star wars novel he is not. January LaVoy does a good job as well but Marc Thompson is def the stand out.
I love the audio extras. It is fun to hear blaster fire and back ground noise in the audio. Love that in the star wars books.
18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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By 5hreddy on 05-26-18
Wanted to have a good story to whet my appetite for the Solo movie, but was disappointed. I just didn't care about what was happening. I've read most of the canon novels, but this is certainly my least favourite. The main positive is that you understand more about Han and Lando's internal thoughts as they age and cope with life, family, etc.
The production values were broadly decent, but I take issue with having a different reader for the different eras didn't quite work. I also felt Daniel's voice work was pretty poor.
I would recommend steering clear and just read the plot summary.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Stephen Sullivan on 05-23-18
Worst new novel terrible narration
When author narrates his style mucks up the telling of th story and sounds like a wanna be lando more than a han
Just never again please
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Anonymous User on 06-02-18
Good story, o.k performance
the story was pretty good, if you are a star wars fan who wants to delve deeper into the details of the star wars universe between the trilogies, this is one of those stories!
The story was pretty dark, and what I don't like is that the intense moments in the story are so un-realistic, that it is just annoying. the most important characters become so close to death, that's its stupid, and in reality, the chance of surviving such things are one in a thousand. but its just a story I guess.
performance was o.k. Marc Thompson was very good at expressing the dramatic parts of the story, and it was nice to listen to. but Daniel Jose Older was not very good. At the serious moments or dramatic moments, he sounded like it was funny, making the scene seem pretty badly performed.
other than that all g.
By Anonymous User on 05-19-18
Should be called straight shot, as there were no twists or turns. very well read.