Specter of the Past

Specter of the Past

Book - 1997
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Hugo Award-winning author Timothy Zahn makes his triumphant return to the Star Wars(r) universe in this first of an epic new two-volume series in which the New Republic must face its most dangerous enemy yet--a dead Imperial warlord.

The Empire stands 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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780553298048
9780553095425
0553095420
Branch Call Number: YF ZAH NVD
F ZAH NVD
Characteristics: p

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Chinderixx
Feb 12, 2017

EMDEE DROID: "Still, I am told it is wise to remember the past."
LUKE: "It is indeed. And even wiser to learn from it."

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Chinderixx
Feb 12, 2017

FEY'LYA: "Would sacrificing one life to prevent it have been such a bad bargain?"
GAVRISOM: "That is a question all beings eventually ask themselves. For those who wish to remain civilized, there can be only one answer."

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Feb 12, 2017

CONTROL: "Rather foolish of you to give away your identity so quickly."
LUKE: " I prefer to think of it as an overabundance of confidence."

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Chinderixx
Feb 12, 2017

Specter Of The Past is an excellent title for this book. It brings up and references past events and characters from the whole Bantam Spectra era, especially the Thrawn Trilogy, and does a nice job of making the characters remember all their past adventures.
To me, Specter Of The Past was a setup novel for the next book in duology: Vision Of The Future. It builds up a lot of exciting action but leaves off at a to be continued which forces you read the next book if you want to find out what happens and how and if the conflicts are resolved. I was hoping for a little more suspense, but maybe Timothy Zahn saved it for Vision Of The Future. I think it's best to read The Thrawn Trilogy and Outbound Flight first before reading this duology because there a lot of references to them, (as I already said), and it may be a little confusing to someone who has no idea what's going on or why some characters are really even important.

Veepea Dec 30, 2011

I liked the Hand of Thrawn duology, it was fairly well-developed and a nice addition to the SW Expanded Universe. I must admit I read the Thrawn trilogy and duology all in one month so some of the details are a but fuzzy :)

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Chinderixx thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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