Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Last Command

Sniff, sniff. Just finished re-reading the last book in Zahn's wonderful and ground-breaking trilogy. So many more things made for the first time, here. Conner Nets. Assault Frigates. Such well written characters: Han, Leia, Lando, Luke, Chewie, the droids...all true to their big screen counterparts. Nice supporting cast of new characters: Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde. In this installment we get to learn that Wes Janson and Derek "Hobbie" Klivian are in Rogue Squadron along with Wedge. Janson is Rogue 5. No other specifics learned on the Rogue Squadron front.

A thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, The correct amount of galaxy-spanning threat and intrigue, without resorting to a superweapon plot device. The action focused squarely on the heroes and their efforts. This is truly the best three Star Wars books in the line-up, in my opinion. Bar none.

The climax being a blend of jumping between an epic space battle and a Force-fueled ground war was spot on, truly some Star Wars cinematography going on at the end. With the vanquishing of the last of the former Emperor's Grand Admirals, the fledgling New Republic has a bright future, indeed. Best to stop reading somewhere around here, timeline-wise, lest you run into either the Disney new canon of  low quality material related to The Force Awakens or come upon some of the worst "Legends" books ever written.

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