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Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor (Star Wars)
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Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader are dead. The Empire has been toppled by the triumphant Rebel Alliance, and the New Republic is ascendant. But the struggle against the dark side and the Sith Order is not over. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, and their faithful comrades have had little time to savor victory before being called on to defend the newly liberated galaxy.

Powerful remnants of the vanquished Empire, hungry for retaliation, are still at large, committing acts of piracy, terrorism, and wholesale slaughter against the worlds of the fledgling New Republic. The most deadly of these, a ruthless legion of black-armored Stormtroopers, do the brutal bidding of the newly risen warlord Shadowspawn. Striking from a strategically advantageous base on the planet Mindor, they are waging a campaign of plunder and destruction, demolishing order and security across the galaxy每and breeding fears of an Imperial resurgence. Another reign of darkness beneath the boot-heel of Sith despotism is something General Luke Skywalker cannot, and will not, risk.

Mobilizing the ace fighters of Rogue Squadron每along with the trusty Chewbacca, See-Threepio, and Artoo-Detoo每Luke, Han, and Leia set out to take the battle to the enemy and neutralize the threat before it*s too late. But their imminent attack on Mindor will be playing directly into the hands of their cunning new adversary. Lord Shadowspawn is no freshly anointed Sith Chieftain but in fact a vicious former Imperial Intelligence officer每and Prophet of the Dark Side. The Emperor*s death has paved the way for Shadowspawn*s return from exile in the Outer Rim, and mastery of ancient Sith knowledge and modern technology has given him the capability to mount the ultimate power play for galaxy wide dominion. Dark prophecy has foretold that only one obstacle stands in his way, and he is ready每even eager每for the confrontation.

All the classic heroes, all the explosive action and adventure, all the unparalleled excitement of Star Wars come breathlessly alive as the adventures of Luke Skywalker continue.

Customer Reviews:

  • Some say the best SW novel ever? Try one of the worst..
    While I greatly enjoyed Stover's Revenge of the Sith, this book had no hook to make me keep on reading and I just stopped half way through.

    Another problem I had with Stover's writings is that there are some very big continuity differences with the rest of the Star Wars world. It is like he has not read any other novels. Disposition of main characters, most notably Han Solo and Luke, as well as how the Empire worked post-Emperor and so on. Little adds up to what has been written before.

    Lastly there feels like there is no depth. Maybe I have been spoiled with the writings of the NJO and Legacy of the Force series, but there just feels like there is no depth to the story other than 'bad sith guy good guys must defeat'.

    I know the SW universe is running out of stories to tell, but new novels need to be confined to the future of Star Wars, not stuck in a period that is already very crowded with good stories.

    All in all, if you like novels that are more kid oriented with action, non-specifics, and so on this could be for you. But if you like depth of story and something that feels part of the greater Star Wars story then avoid this....more info
  • One of the best Star Wars novels I've read
    This is one of the best Star Wars novels I've read and I've read quite a number of SW novels. It kept me hooked from beginning to end. This is actually the first Star Wars novel I finished within a day because I couldn't put it down. ...more info
  • Good, but confusing
    I normally avoid reviews here. For instance, I loved 'Millenium Falcon', while most people here seemed to if not hate it, dislike it.

    Part of a good book is to find yourself visualizing the events in a story, as you're reading, and not even realizing that you are doing it.

    I could not do that with most of this book. Part of the problem relies in the telling of the Space Battle. It's filled with technical jargon and battles that seem haphazardly put in just to fill up space. I couldn't even begin to tell you what happened in the battle other than the fact that one of I think three capitol ships was destroyed and a bunch of Tie Fighters committed suicidal runs.

    Sometimes Character viewpoints where switched in the same chapter, without a line break. Characters themselves, like the 'lava armor' people Nick and his lady friend led where pretty much forgotten about. And, somehow, the main bad guy is believed to be alive at the end, despite the fact that the way he died left little chance of that.

    Toward the end of the battle, we don't even read a retreat. I think it's first mentioned by R2D2 as he floats aimlessly in space. A full 20 or so pages later is when we get an update, and it's handled like a foot note.

    The story idea was interesting, I loved the fact that we got into R2D2's thought process a bit, as well as Chewbacca's. I hate reading 'Tweet Twirp' and 'Rrrrooowwwrr' Chewbacca and R2 Dialogue and wish this method would be used more often. If it was, Chewie might not needed too of been killed off in Vector Prime

    And I didn't hate the book... but the confusion I got in reading it made me wish I had gotten to the last page sooner than usual. It's nice to see I'm not alone in that...based on other reviews.

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  • Worst Star Wars Ever!!!!!!
    I really wish Lucas and company would be more selective of the writers that they let write under the Star Wars "banner".

    This book is absolutely HORRID! The author apparently does NOT understand the maxim "Show, don't tell". The pages of description are so boring and hard to follow that I gave up trying to get a picture in my head. Where this guy drones on for pages, Zahn would have got it across in 1/2 a page. And, there is way too much "fantasy" crap with something darker than the dark side. Give me a break!

    The author takes what have in the past been exciting characters and turns them into one-dimensional drones.

    I'll never buy another book by this author.

    AND PLEASE, future Star Wars authors, stop making up cuss words and other assorted idioms that nobody in this galaxy would understand....more info
  • Wait for the paperback
    This is a Star Wars book, and worth reading just for that fact alone, but wait for the paperback version and save some money....more info
  • Another Stover classic... 4 & 1/2 stars
    First off, I hadn't planned on writing a review for this, but I happened to notice that some people rated "Shadows" ridiculously low, so I felt obliged say how good of a book it really is. Bottom line is that Shadows of Mindor is a excellent book, and if you haven't read Mathew Stover yet, he is arguably one of the best Star Wars writers out there.

    Stover is a excellent novelist. He gives Star Wars a unique flavor. One of his previous novels, Shatterpoint, was excellent, but very dark, almost to the point I was surprised it was a Star Wars novel. "Shadows of Mindor" is lighter than Shatterpoint, but it deals with many of the same themes and the aftermath of war & what it means to be a Jedi. The time frame of this book is not covered in alot of books, but Stover gives us a very interesting story following the aftermath of ROTJ.

    The book is shorter at a little over 300 pages, but the story keeps moving and quite alot happens. So, it doesn't feel like your being ripped off, its the right length.

    Overall, this is a very good, and fun novel. Story is very interesting, & the characters are developed very nicely. Highly recommended....more info
  • Skip this one.
    I am at a loss to understand just how this was published. This is not representative of the Star Wars novels I've grown to love.

    I had great hopes for this one, I really did. I generally enjoyed the style of the Legacy of the Force books (even if the storylines did turn into one train wreck after another...) but was ready for a change. Well, this wasn't it. The idea of delving into Skywalker's mind and emotions regarding his actions as a solider was a terrific idea but the execution destroyed any enjoyment I could have gotten from it.

    The new characters totally lacked any reason for me to care about them and the old ones just didn't seem like they have been portrayed before. The plot was mind-numbingly boring and confusing. I'm pretty sure it also beats some established canon around a bit, but I didn't care enough to dwell on that.

    I hate to bash any author's work so much, but I really expect more out of a book - much less a hard cover. I would suggest avoiding this one.

    On a more positive note, if you want a truly enjoyable Star Wars adventure check out the new Fate of the Jedi series. It picks up with ongoing continuity and Aaron Aliston's Outcast was very enjoyable. I like where the plot line seems to be going; could get interesting. ...more info