Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn made his triumphant return to the Star Wars universe in this first of an epic two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet: a dead Imperial warlord.
The forces of the Empire stand at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war. Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn, the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history, has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. Facing incredible odds, Han and Leia begin a desperate race against time to prevent the New Republic from unraveling in the face of two inexplicable threats: one from within and one from without. Meanwhile, Luke teams up with Mara Jade, using the Force to track down a mysterious pirate ship with a crew of clones.
Yet perhaps most dangerous of all are those who lurk in the shadows, orchestrating a dark plan that will turn the New Republic and the Empire into their playthings.
"Zahn turns in his usual high-caliber performance." (Library Journal)
"Longtime fans should get considerable pleasure from this addition to the saga." (Publishers Weekly)
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Terrible abridgement, Horrible Narration
- T. Mcpherson
DON'T DO IT! Get the full unabridged version!!!
This version is short... The full unabridged version is 14 hrs long... But that's not even my biggest complaint. Anthony Heald is fine as a reader I suppose, but after listening to Marc Thompson, he's absolutely horrid!
I did the 1st Thrawn trilogy with Marc Thompson narrating and loved the whole 60+ hours of it... after 3 hours of Heald, I'd ready to stab myself with a dull light saber. =(
Not Zahn's fault.
... Where do I begin? The voices have zero familiarity... and almost zero variety... and only slightly better livelihood... It's just monotonous and boring.
It gave my a glimpse of the story... So now that Marc Thompson has a full unabridged version I might enjoy it even more!
I wouldn't have finished the series if this is what I had to look forward to... now that Marc Thompson has a version, I'm giddy with anticipation!
- Dwayne T.