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Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Agents Of Chaos Hero's Trial [Format Kindle]

James Luceno
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The third mass market paperback original in our brand-new Star Wars spin-off series, THE NEW JEDI ORDER - which launched in hardcover in October 1999 with VECTOR PRIME. HERO'S TRIAL is the first of a two-part adventure called Agents of Chaos, featuring Han Solo and is written by the co-author of the bestselling Robotech novels. Merciless attacks by an invincible alien have left the New Republic reeling. Dozens of worlds have succumbed to occupation or annihilation, and even the Jedi Knights have tasted defeat. In these darkest of times, the noble Chewbacca is laid to rest, having died as heroically as he lived - and a grief-stricken Han Solo is left to fit the pieces of his shattered life back together before he loses everything: friends, family and faith. Refusing help from Leia or Luke, Han becomes the loner he once was, seeking to escape the pain of his partner's death in adventure and revenge.

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A former carpenter, travel scout, and scriptwriter, James Luceno is perhaps best known for coauthoring the ROBOTECH series with his close friend, the late Brian Daley, and for his adaptations of the films "The Shadow" and "The Mask of Zorro." He resides in Annapolis, Maryland, but can frequently be found in hot, humid places south of the border.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great re-introduction of our beloved Han 1 août 2000
Par Tsampicos P. - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'll keep this short and sweet because I don't want to spoil anything... I have never read any of Luceno's work, but he does a good job continuing the New Jedi Order series. Where the previous books were more directed towards the Jedi and their contributions towards this new enemy, Hero's Trial gives us a new respect and admiration towards our lovable hero, Han Solo. He has been sorely missed due to the death of Chewbacca and now has to overcome his grief and fight in the name of Chewie. Sometimes it seems as though Han could be "Force-sensitive" for all the situations that he seems to get himself in and out of... but, that's the Corellian luck for ya. Anyway, it was an excellent book with some great insights to the character of Han and how deep his relationship with Chewie really was. The rest of the cast is also built upon nicely which promises a great follow up in Jedi Eclipse. Happy Hunting!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 James Luceno raises the bar on this series�. 3 août 2000
Par taking a rest - Publié sur Amazon.com
As with Mr. Greg Bear and "Rogue Planet", Mr. Luceno is another excellent addition to the Authors who continue the Star Wars epic. I also will be brief following the standard of the other person who has commented thus far, and I hope others will as well. Please do not give away anything that the covers of the book do not.
Han is back; the reader must decide which incarnation of Han Solo has returned. Han has evolved so much through these books, and no single event can match the death that Chewbacca's death had upon him. But as the back of the cover states "Han becomes the.....he once was". And with this persona so much of what fans have been missing is back, in a manner of speaking.
This Author steps the level of writing up on this book, as well as increasing the depth of some familiar old friends. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is about awareness, what it means, how each individual copes with it, and the implications it may have. This plot line was totally unexpected, and in my opinion very well done.
Mr. Luceno avoids the clichés that most Authors embrace; he expands the Organic Weaponry of The New Republic's Enemy in new and clever ways, and clearly makes his mark as a top tier writer for the Star Wars World.
I feel fans will really enjoy this installment.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Rogue is Back! 15 mai 2003
Par David Roy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Agents of Chaos I: Hero's Trial is the fourth book in the Star Wars: The New Jedi Order series. The series so far has been dazzling, but unfortunately there always has to be a bump in the road. This one's it. Michael Stackpole provided a lot of momentum with his two book series, but Luceno drops the ball a little bit. It's not that bad, by any means. It's just not that good.
I've been anxiously awaiting Han Solo's story ever since what happened to Chewie. In Stackpole's series, Han was sidelined as somebody who was wallowing in his sorrows and going off to get drunk. He was gaining weight and basically becoming a slob who didn't care about anything. But we knew he wouldn't be like this forever. When I heard that Hero's Trial was about him, I rejoiced.
Then I read it, and I wasn't quite so happy. I'm not sure if it just suffers in comparison to Stackpole's, or if it has its own problems. First of all, while there are the requisite space battles that any Star Wars book or movie has to have, the scenes just fall flat here. The dialogue's not bad, but the descriptions of the battles just lie there, moribund. They don't bring that sense of exhilaration that previous ones did. Sure, all the terminology's there: the jukes, the jinks, the firing of lasers and proton torpedoes. However, the sense of the ebb and flow just isn't there. I wouldn't say I was necessarily bored, but they definitely didn't hum.
The second problem with the book is the other characters. They are, almost to a man (or woman), dreadfully dull. Luceno creates a few Yuuzhan Vong characters, but they just lie there on the page. The scenes on the Vong ships are flat and just basically exposition. The Vong plan is to "allow" a defector to join up with the Alliance, but when she meets the Jedi Knights, a surprise will be awaiting them. This is not a spoiler as the plan is detailed by the Vong in the first few chapters. Thus, any sense of suspense is lost because we know what they are trying to do. The only suspense is whether it works or not. This isn't always a bad thing, but this causes the Vong characters to be nothing but mouthpieces as any scene with them devolves into "make it look like you're trying to rescue her, but make sure you don't."
None of the other characters inspire much in the reader either. The lone exception to that is Droma, the Ryn that Han meets up with on Ord Mantell. Droma has a lot of snappy dialogue and he makes the perfect foil for Han. He becomes a temporary partner to Han, and the interplay between the two is a wonder to behold. Droma is sarcastic, philosophical, slightly a coward but he's also willing to make the extra sacrifice when necessary, even with his tail (which we see in a truly memorable scene where it's instrumental in rescuing Han). He is a wonderful creation, and I hope we see more of him.
Another major problem with this book is the coincidences. The Star Wars universe is full of coincidences, and usually I can look past them. If two stories are going on, it's very likely that they'll both end up in the same place eventually. That's all well and good. But in this case, three stories all end up in the same place, and it just stretches my suspension of disbelief almost to the breaking point. On top of that is when Han ends up on the same passenger ship on which the defector is being transported. I'm willing to grant a little bit of leeway on this usually, but this book was just too much.
One thing I did like, however, was the way the story showed two sides of the same faction (in this case, the Vong and their associates) not know what the other one is doing. Some Vong associates actually believe the defector is real, and they try to capture her, throwing a wrench into everything. It's the sort of incompetence that happens in real life, when the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing, and it was nice to see here. It adds a bit of chaos to everything and was a nice feature.
From a series point of view, I am a bit disheartened, though. Monumental events happened in the last book. While some of them are referred to (the planet Ithor, for example), one of the major events is never mentioned at all: the fall of Corran Horn. While this did happen a couple of months ago in the Star Wars timeline, it still should be fresh in everybody's minds. But he doesn't get a mention at all. It brings up something I was afraid would happen, and I hope it doesn't become a chronic problem. Are the authors only going to use their own characters in their own books? I seriously hope not. I don't want Horn sidelined for too long. He's too interesting of a character.
I think I liked this book more than it sounds because I was anxious for some Han Solo action. It's nice to see him again, and it was nice to see him be his old roguish self. I love the quirky grin, the "who, me?" attitude and his ability to get himself into the worst situations and then fly out of them unscathed. This is the Han Solo that I loved seeing in the old movies and I missed him. He's a man who isn't used to responsibilities, except to himself. He's been living a responsible life for 25 years now, and it's beginning to wear on him. It was good to see you in action, Han. Too bad the book around you couldn't have been better.
David Roy
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Where is he now? 3 août 2000
Par Kurt Martin (LT_martin@yahoo.com) - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is great for those of you that have wondered what happened to Han Solo. Jay Luceno writes a very good book, that enters the Star Wars world and places him right behind the likes of Timothy Zahn and Micheal Stackpole. This book really explains well what has happened to Han since Chewie's death. He tries to explain his feelings toward the war with the Yhuzzan Vong, Leia, Luke, and especially Anakin his youngest son. The book reads well, but doesn't weave the same type of web that Timothy Zahn and Micheal Stackpole create in their visions of the Star Wars Universe. I have read all of the accounts of Han, Luke, and Leia since the very beggining with A New Hope. I would reccomend this book as an excellent continuation of the New Jedi Order series and I really anticipate the release of Jay Luceno's next book in October.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hot and Cold (3 Stars) 9 août 2000
Par Mark Hills - Publié sur Amazon.com
I really enjoyed a great many things about this book, not least of which is the fact that it revolves around Han Solo, but delves substantially into his more emotional side. It also seeks to resolve certain elements within the escalating conflict between the New Public and the Yuuzhan Vong. However, James Lucerno's chaotic writing style makes events hard to grasp insofar as actual resolution is concerned. This hampers an already convoluted plot by the Yuuzhan Vong to infiltrate an assassin into the New Republic so that they can murder as many Jedi as possible with a poisonous virus carried within the lungs of the assassin.
It also lays Chewbacca to rest in a private ceremony on his homeworld of Kashyyyk, and Lucnerno thankfully had the good sense not to have Chewie's relatives assume the life debt, even though it was suggested. Han skillfully manages to avoid having another Wookie as a first mate, since that would have diminished Chewie's death greatly. Instead, Han must come to grips with Chewbacca's death by himself and in his own fashion, which usually means periods of brooding introspection and occasional verbal attacks on family members, including Luke, Leia, and Anakin, who bears the brunt of Han's wrath while the lad must come to terms with the guilt he feels over Chewie's death, and his father's accusations that he left Chewie to die.
The Vong fake an attack on a New Republic ship and sacrifice a vessel so that an escape pod bearing the priestess, Elan and her bizarre avian companion, a Fosh named Vergere. Beforehand, however, they connive a plan whereby Elan ingests a virus that will collect in her lungs and incubate until she is brought before the Jedi with vital information about Mara's illness. Then she exhales the virus which quickly multiplies and immediately causes hemorrhaging and an agonizing death. The reader steadily becomes suspicious of Vergere until it is revealed that she is actually from a region of the galaxy near the Corporate Sector. Doubly so when Elan wonders if the Yuuzhan Vong will ever come to master the Force, and Vergere states that the Vong aren't really worthy of it.
A rather amusing chain of events ensues as a band of traitorous humans known as the Peace Brigade learn that Elan is in New Republic hands, but isn't aware that it is a plot by the Vong. The Peace Brigade is a band of traitors who have sold out to the Vong, and believing they will be rewarded for the return of one of their own, hatch a plan to capture Elan. In the Ord Mantell system, Han meets up with Big Bunji, from the old Han Solo books, just as the Yuuzhan Vong attack. Things turn inane when the Vong attack a space station known as Jubilee Wheel with a giant elephant trunk that begins vacuuming people out of the station! However, that aside, the ensuing dialog between Han and a Ryn named Droma escalates into a rousing series one-liners that had me laughing out loud. Escaping the Jubilee Wheel, Han and Droma board the Queen of Empire, a passenger liner ferrying refugees Coreward.
It becomes pretty obvious that Han has found a new first mate in the pleasantly goofy Ryn, Droma. I found however that Lucerno's writing style isn't well suited to depicting the Yuuzhan Vong. As Stackpole and Salvatore have done in the past with the aliens, Lucerno's Yuuzhan Vong have very little menace to them. Nom Anor is reduced to being little more than a toady, gone is the malevolence that he displayed so wonderfully in `Vector Prime'. Plus Lucerno lacks Stackpole's ability to write space combat sequences. Whereas `I, Jedi'; `Onslaught'; and `Ruin' gave the reader vivid accounts of X-wings having it out with coralskippers, complete with pilots' input and battle chatter, Lucerno's battles are more sterile and come across as if viewed from a distance or dispassionately. There are too few cameos, except from characters like Kyp Durron and Wurth Skidder.
All in all not a bad go, but something of let down after the first three books. I only hope 'Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse' has a little more focus to it. On the up side Lucerno does portray Han Solo very well, and seems more like his old `Stars' End' self rather than an aging space pirate. My other hopes is that the series doesn't wimp out with its conclusion by trumping up some silly deus ex machina ending, but instead something with vastly more grit and mettle to it. We're not reading Star Trek here, because Star Wars gas always been something better.
May the Force be with you.
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