In this epic of unsurpassed action and imagination, Michael Stackpole helps to launch an exciting era in Star Wars® history. ONSLAUGHT pits the battle-tested heroes of the past--Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Leia Organa Solo--along with the next generation of Jedi and droids, against fearsome never-before-encountered enemies from beyond the galactic rim . . .
It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.
Now Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat since Darth Vader. As Leia and Gavin Darklighter lead desperate refugees in a fighting retreat from Yunnan Vong forces, Mara Jade, Anakin, Jacen, and Corran Horn find themselves tested as never before by a faceless, implacable foe determined to smother the light of the New Republic forever beneath a shroud of darkest evil . . .
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
Michael A. Stackpole
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I gave this book 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for really groundbreaking books with outstanding plots. In the Star Wars Universe, I have given 5 stars only to I Jedi (also by Stackpole), Vision of the Future, and the uproariously funny Star Fighters of Adumar. Onslaught isn't quite in that category. Mr. Stackpole is adding to an established story arc and must work within the confines of the arc. He does a tremendous job of making the plot and characters become true to the Star Wars name. This book focuses mostly on Luke and Mara, the Solo Children, Corran Horn, and Princess Leia. For those readers who missed Han Solo in this book, be patient. Han gets two books of his own soon. Jim Luceno (former writing partner of the late Brian Dailey, author of the Early HS trilogy) will be writing books 4 and 5 of the New Jedi Order. Han will get his day. In Onslaught, Stackpole shows more about the new villains, and makes them seem very alien and threatening. These...
That the pages be turned slowly is important, as this is much briefer than previous books, carefully, because if 2 pages stick together you could literally miss an entire appearance of a long time mainstay of the Star Wars History. The additional time spent on the organic weaponry of The Yuuzhan Vong, is brilliant. I don't know where the credit should be given, but whether from one author, a collaboration, or Mr. Lucas, this part of the new series I find fascinating. This book opens a variety of issues that are going to need to be resolved. To the extent these details are shared, I believe the reader can get a better idea of where this whole new series that started with Vector Prime may be heading. The book resolves very little if anything, and really sets the stage for a variety of future plot lines. Additionally it strongly reinforces the mood that Vector Prime began. This is a more violent, more graphically depicted part of the Star Wars Saga. It also...
Michael Stackpole is a great sci fi writer. 'I, Jedi' was great, and this novel solidifies him as a boneafide Star Wars novelist. His descriptions of landscapes, alien worlds and technology vividly paint pictures within your head without going overboard like other authors. What makes Onslaught a unique book is: 1) This book begins a story arc that seems to fit in between Vector Prime's overall story arc. Though it can be read alone, probably best if you read Vector Prime first to understand some events. 2) It is hard to describe, but this is a great novel with no real plot resolution or end. This novel seems to almost to be a prelude to an actual novel not yet out--meaning that there are numerous events taking shape all across the Star Wars universe, almost shot like small vignettes, and only towrds the physical end of the novel do things start shaping up getting ready for hopefully the next one. 3) The Vong (enemies) here have no central characters unlike the...
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