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Here is the first book in the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief. The first book in this exciting Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he Here is the first book in the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief. The first book in this exciting Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he escaped an unhappy adopted home situation to carve out an adventurous new life for himself as a pilot. Han Solo, the handsome rogue, is every girl's dream man, and every boy's hero. 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!


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Here is the first book in the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief. The first book in this exciting Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he Here is the first book in the blockbuster trilogy that chronicles the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler, and thief. The first book in this exciting Han Solo series begins with a recounting of Han's late teen years and shows us how he escaped an unhappy adopted home situation to carve out an adventurous new life for himself as a pilot. Han Solo, the handsome rogue, is every girl's dream man, and every boy's hero. 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!

30 review for The Paradise Snare

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    Three stars is all I could muster, but I did have fun with this book. It was a great way to rest my brain after finishing Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward. ★★: This was the finest episode of Corellia 90210 EVER! I had no idea until rereading this that Young Han Solo was actually played (at least in the mind of A.C. Crispin) by a Young Luke Perry. Bad boy Han hanging out with the richies from Corellia (some family, and some family of the girl he loves), and he's so handsome and dashing and such a great Three stars is all I could muster, but I did have fun with this book. It was a great way to rest my brain after finishing Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward. ★★: This was the finest episode of Corellia 90210 EVER! I had no idea until rereading this that Young Han Solo was actually played (at least in the mind of A.C. Crispin) by a Young Luke Perry. Bad boy Han hanging out with the richies from Corellia (some family, and some family of the girl he loves), and he's so handsome and dashing and such a great surfer (oops ... pilot). +★: Han himself was pretty damn groovy. You can tell that Crispin really has an affinity for his character (or else a love for Harrison Ford), and she delivers a pretty satisfying childhood full of Oliver Twist-y incidents (can you say F8-GN? Clever name for a droid, eh?), abuse at the hands of a bounty hunting bully, and believable dreams of becoming an Imperial Officer. There are some disappointments though ... -★: ...and those come with the language Han uses. Yeah, yeah, Han says "Sweetheart" plenty in the Trilogy, but does he have to say "Honey" and "Sweetheart" so bloody much? I'd say know. And if I had to read about how "scruffy looking" he was one more time I would have thrown the book across the room (then dutifully picked it up and continued). -★★: Did Han really need a giant black tiger man as his sidekick/bodyguard? Muuurgh was cool enough, but he was so blatantly a replacement for Chewbacca, and so cheesily a part of another "utopian" society being oppressed by the Empire, that I was more than a little pissed. I was a lot pissed actually, and with Han already spending time with his foster mother, Dewlanna (a fierce old Wookie woman who dies for his freedom), I thought there was more than enough Chewie related idiocy for one book. +★: But Coruscant was super fucking cool. I kept waiting for a Replicant to leap out from behind a building and break Deckerd's fingers. +★★★: And I really loved the spice processing planet of Ylesia. The fact that most of the book was set there, with its weak-ass Hutt overlord, Zavval, its Exultation inducing Rhino Priests, the T'landa Til, its Glitterstim factory, its uber-fungus and mud pits, and "High Priest" Teroenza's museum of galactic artifacts -- giving Crispin a chance to weave in some Indiana Jones -- it was a fun place to spend my fantasy hours for a couple of days. I am not entirely convinced the T'landa Til were as "evil" as Crispin wanted them to be -- even for slavers -- but they were still a good set of antagonists for Han. -★: There was no need for the Princess Leia cameo. Enough of the fangirl crap already. :P So ... lots of fun, and I'm very glad I gave this a second read. Candy for the brain is good. ★★+★-★-★★+★+★★★-★ = 3 ★s

  2. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Starr Light

    "From now on, it's just me. Han Solo." Han Solo. Rogue. Scoundrel. Scruffy-lookin' nerf herder. He's the smuggler that charmed our hearts in A New Hope, who came back to rescue Luke, who butted heads with Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and lead a Rebel task force against an Imperial fortress in Return of the Jedi. But where did he come from? Han Solo was a young boy, employed by Gariss Shrike to pitpocket, pilot swoop bikes in races, and con people out of money. Tired of that life, Han "From now on, it's just me. Han Solo." Han Solo. Rogue. Scoundrel. Scruffy-lookin' nerf herder. He's the smuggler that charmed our hearts in A New Hope, who came back to rescue Luke, who butted heads with Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and lead a Rebel task force against an Imperial fortress in Return of the Jedi. But where did he come from? Han Solo was a young boy, employed by Gariss Shrike to pitpocket, pilot swoop bikes in races, and con people out of money. Tired of that life, Han Solo leaves to Ylesia to work as a pilot. There he uncovers the secrets of a cult that is holding Bria Tharen, fellow Corellian and love interest, hostage. NOTE: Based on prior reading and recent audiobook. I Liked: Han Solo is so cool, so it was inevitable that he got his backstory fleshed out. And it is apparent Crispin put some thought into it. She hinted at Han's ability to understand Wookiee through his Wookiee friend, Dewlana. She mentioned his cousin, Thracken Sal-Solo. And she even dropped in a scene with Princess Leia (okay, that's stretching it, but from a certain point of view...). Crispin's writing is easy on the mind (at least, when read by David Pittu). It is descriptive, but doesn't get bogged in details like Barbara Hambly's did. It has dialogue, but nothing near the quantities of Jeter's Bounty Hunters War. It is intelligent, clever, and well-written. There is no real overarching plot (at this point--I do know from prior reading that Ylesia has a role to play in the later trilogy), but that makes sense. This is a story about Han; it really can't have a plot (other than, obviously, how did he get to be so jaded in A New Hope?). But I liked it. He lives in his own, disconnected world. You don't have tons of Jedi thrust unnecessarily into the story. He doesn't somehow bump into Vader or one of his minions. He doesn't have anything to do with Bail and Mon Mothma. He's just a guy on the outside. And that I greatly appreciate. Bria Tharen is the other character we see in this novel. What interested me in her was her wholehearted devotion to a false religion and her withdrawal from the Exultation. I felt this really built up her character and made her different from Leia. It would have been all too easy for Crispin to make Bria a Leia clone, but I felt she stayed away from that. While somewhat stereotypical and predictable, Han and Bria's tender, young romance is kinda sweet. It's simple, unaffected by the cares of age and responsibility. Han is young and wants the best for Bria, while also desiring to pursue a career in the Imperial Navy. Bria is just trying to piece herself together. They probably should never have met (Han is an orphan, Bria comes from a wealthy family), but circumstances throw them together and they cling to each other as only youth can. I Didn't Like: I can't help but finish this and feel somewhat depressed. Han's life is so miserable! He's raised an orphan in an Oliver Twist-type life. He loses the woman of his life. Can nothing go right for him? Speaking of Oliver Twist, I felt that aspect was a little heavy and almost unnecessary. Couldn't Han have parents? Everyone in this saga has issues with parents: Leia is adopted, Luke is raised by his uncle, the Jedi are taken from their parents at a young age. For once, I want to see a decent mom and dad with their child. I was hoping that could be Han, but alas... Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence: A few passing d*** and h***. Bria and Han are lovers. Han mentions having previous girlfriends/lovers. Bria comes close to being sold into a pleasure house. The book begins with Han fighting against Shrike. He then fights his way off Ylesia and out of a bank. Overall: This is a nice peek into Han's backstory. I really enjoyed it...but I wish it had more lighthearted moments like The Han Solo Adventures. I definitely recommend, but be wary: if you want to laugh, you might find yourself crying instead.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I remember being a really snobby dork about these books- I thought I was going to hate them 'cause they were all trying to weave into the movies rather than going off on their own story. But surprisingly, these were great! Han's motivations are explained for his first appearance in A New Hope, we get his tragic first love, and find out why he gets to wear the Corellian Bloodstripes! Super necessary information!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Bogner

    Han Solo is my favorite Star Wars character. I love his witty comebacks and his fantastic character arc. And yet he's the character in the series we don't know anything about. His backstory never comes up, and I've always wanted to know more about him. How did he become friends with Chewbacca? How did he meet Lando? When did he become captain of the Millennium Falcon ? What's up with the "Kessel Run in twelve parsecs"? When I found out that there was a book series about Han Solo's backstory, Han Solo is my favorite Star Wars character. I love his witty comebacks and his fantastic character arc. And yet he's the character in the series we don't know anything about. His backstory never comes up, and I've always wanted to know more about him. How did he become friends with Chewbacca? How did he meet Lando? When did he become captain of the Millennium Falcon ? What's up with the "Kessel Run in twelve parsecs"? When I found out that there was a book series about Han Solo's backstory, I immediately put the first book on hold at the library. Sadly, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. Pros: -It's about Han Solo. -I never knew that (view spoiler)[ Han joined the Imperial Navy. Now I understand why he knows so much about Imperial procedure in the movies! I always wondered about that. (hide spoiler)] -Most Star Wars books take place either during the Republic time period or the post - ROTJ time period. I thought it was cool that this one takes place between trilogies. Cons: -When I think of Star Wars , the word "fun" is the first thing that comes to mind. The Paradise Snare was not fun. It was actually pretty depressing. -Looking back on the plot, I personally think most of this book was unnecessary to the story. Other than the first two chapters explaining Han's childhood and the end when (view spoiler)[ he joins the Empire (hide spoiler)] , I thought most of it felt like a subplot. -I don't fully understand his romance with Bria. Other than the fact that they both think the other is attractive, I never was clear on why they liked each other. -One of my other issues was in the area of content. A little more language and violence than in most Star Wars novels. Sexual content (while never graphic) was the biggest disappointment: several references to women being sold into prostitution, Han thinks about his long list of ex-girlfriends and it is implied that he never entered a romantic relationship with any intention of a long-term commitment, he sometimes thinks about how he "would like to spend the night" with a girl, etc. I was also highly disappointed that Han and Bria end up sleeping together. Everything is "off camera", but this bothered me. Overall, I had high hopes for this series. While I am curious about the rest of Han Solo's story, I don't think I'll continue. The depressing tone and lack of morals presented made The Paradise Snare a "just okay" read for me. It lacked the innocent, light-hearted fun of the movies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Iset

    It’s funny what you remember and what you forget about old reads. I built up a Star Wars Expanded Universe book collection during my adolescence that I read and re-read countless times, repeatedly going on marathon re-reads every time I acquired five new additions or so, to see how things would look in a deeper context. It’s fair to say I was highly involved with this fictional world, and pretty much during any spare time I breathed and consumed Star Wars. But at some point – right about the tim It’s funny what you remember and what you forget about old reads. I built up a Star Wars Expanded Universe book collection during my adolescence that I read and re-read countless times, repeatedly going on marathon re-reads every time I acquired five new additions or so, to see how things would look in a deeper context. It’s fair to say I was highly involved with this fictional world, and pretty much during any spare time I breathed and consumed Star Wars. But at some point – right about the time I went off to university – I didn’t have that kind of free time any more. The old marathon re-reads fell by the wayside, and I even grew lax about adding new releases to my collection. Somehow, over a decade has passed since I last read any of my Expanded Universe books. And I never reviewed them because I joined GoodReads in my 20s, but I always intended to. Recently I decided now is the time. I’ve been going through what were, for me, some new reads, latter-day releases, but now I’m entering the classic Bantam era where these books are very old friends indeed, and returning to The Paradise Snare has been a fascinating experience. I remembered the broad strokes – Ylesia, the scam operation, Muuurgh, and Bria – but I’m surprised at how much I’d forgotten. I had no memory of the side trips to Alderaan or Togoria, and for some reason I’d thought that Bria left because she caved to her addiction. Probably because I liked Han and Leia and way back when had a sort of grudging perspective on Bria. In some ways it was a delight to re-read after this long because of the parts I’d forgotten made it almost as if I was reading it again for the first time! I know many readers would love to experience beloved books again for the first time, so this was a bit of a treat. Other things struck me about the book too, some of which I’m not sure I noticed when I was younger. Most notably, how young Han and Bria come off – he’s 19 here, and she’s 18, with the book set 10 years before A New Hope. I think I had no reason to notice this before, and it’s only now, with a few adult years behind me, that it sticks out when a character will say or do something that seems so preciously naïve to me. They seem vulnerable, somehow. And Crispin obviously pitched this perfectly to show these teenagers struggling with navigating their first time in a scary, adult world; but of course, when I was younger than Han is supposed to be when I reading it, I never appreciated it before. I love the effort that Crispin put into describing alien worlds. Sometimes in Star Wars it can get a little lazy, with different planets just being the ‘ice planet’ or the ‘desert planet’. Crispin doesn’t do that. As well as her descriptions being pretty detailed, she draws from hard sci fi to really make them feel alien; the colour of the sky, differences in gravity, suns that are larger or smaller and different in class, the rotational period of the planet being different. These are all concerns as soon as we leave Earth, but as I said, sometimes in Star Wars you get the impression that, apart from having one exotic, planet-spanning biome (which is kind of crazy in and of itself), the planets are just assumed to have 1g and the same length of day. Crispin just taking a tiny bit of extra time to do this makes her worlds stand out as more memorable than other worlds that have appeared in Star Wars. She carries this over to other aspects of the story as well. Space feels vast, and dangerous. We’re explicitly told that space travel takes several days – instead of the mere hours that, again, some other Expanded Universe novels imply. I loved the logic of the automated starship, and Han’s struggle with the increased g-forces and lack of air on board, turning even his first venture out into the galaxy, what should on paper be a simple A to B, into a tense fight to survive. Crispin has a way of turning seemingly straightforward situations into story twists with serious obstacles. She has a good handle on the author’s maxim here of throwing her characters out of the frying pan and into the fire, never letting Han get away with anything too easily, even though she has his manner of strolling in to a situation as if he can have it all his own way down pat. This especially rings true when things are going well and Han seems like he’s in some good circumstances. The story is in danger, at those points, of becoming dull and tedious because of the lack of challenge, but Crispin taps into Han’s nose for opportunity and habit of scoping things out to quickly inject twists and drama back in to these slow moments. As a whole, the story ends up being a thrilling adventure tale of the dark, criminal underside of the Imperial era, full of heists, cons, and sudden reversals. If I had any complaints it’s that Bria comes across like a bit too much of a wet rag for Han to be so taken with her. Now, when I started re-reading this book, it occurred to me that now would be the perfect time to finally watch the new film about Han’s younger years, and compare them both and tell you all just how good Crispin’s vision was and how it didn’t deserve to be written off by edict from on high. Then I realised how stupid that would be. Some of you would always suspect I went in from the beginning with an axe to grind by deliberately setting out to compare the two, and therefore dismiss my opinion as invalid. So I still haven’t seen the film – even though I have a suspicion that it wouldn’t be my thing – and I just want to recommend Crispin’s trilogy of books on its own merits. I’m not going to call it the most fantastic entry into the Expanded Universe, but she creates a honest-to-goodness rollicking fun adventure, is consistently competent at her craft, and never falters in throwing down the gauntlet of challenges and obstacles for our protagonists to create an exciting story that draws you in. I had a good time reading this. Talk of the Clone Wars: Garris Shrike’s vessel is described as ‘ancient’ and a ‘relic’ of the Clone Wars, a Liberator-class ship, ‘slow by modern standards’. I know tech can change fast, but, an ‘ancient relic’ merely nine years after the end of the Clone Wars? The book is set 10 years before the Battle of Yavin – and, thus, according to George Lucas’ prequels, just 9 years after the Clone Wars ended. Han is 19 years old here, and his love interest, Bria Tharen, is 18. Bria describes herself as having ‘grown up in the aftermath of the Clone Wars’. She was 9 years old when the Clone Wars ended, which I suppose you could argue makes her statement still tally, but I really think ‘grown up in the aftermath’ implies something that happened when you were a baby or just a few years before you were born. Inspector Hal Horn of CorSec gets an easter egg mention too, and in other media his son Corran, who is the same age as Luke and Leia, states that his father was about 10 years old when the Clone Wars ended. That isn’t mentioned here, but if Hal were only 20 here it’d be most unusual for him to hold an Inspector position. The feeling I’m getting from these descriptors is that the Clone Wars envisioned by Crispin occurred about ten years earlier than Lucas actually set them – about the same time as Lucas slotted in The Phantom Menace instead. This tallies with the descriptions of Shrike’s outmoded vessel, Han and Bria growing up in the aftermath of the Clone Wars, and Hal Horn being a CorSec Inspector at this point. 8 out of 10

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

    Reading Star Wars fiction is a guilty pleasure for me, so consider this a guilty five star! Aside from the original trilogy novelizations, I loved A Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the old Brian Daley Han Solo trilogy. I recall reading the Thrawn Trilogy in the 1990's, which was what happened after Return of the Jedi, and being captured by what was then an unspoiled dream of what the franchise could become. Since then, I haven't read much at all in the genre, and like most of us, endured a less Reading Star Wars fiction is a guilty pleasure for me, so consider this a guilty five star! Aside from the original trilogy novelizations, I loved A Splinter of the Mind's Eye, and the old Brian Daley Han Solo trilogy. I recall reading the Thrawn Trilogy in the 1990's, which was what happened after Return of the Jedi, and being captured by what was then an unspoiled dream of what the franchise could become. Since then, I haven't read much at all in the genre, and like most of us, endured a less than thrilling prequel trilogy of movies. However, with the acquisition of the franchise by Disney (yeah, we'll save that issue for another day), I am nevertheless excited by new Star Wars, and continuations of the original story, no less! Specifically, I have heard juicy rumor of Han Solo specific movie(s) that are inspired by Ann Crispin's prequel trilogy of the coming of age of everyone's favorite smuggler. So I freakin' picked up the first book and frankly, enjoyed the hell out of it. It was like old times! While the older, stodgier, and well read me wanted to pull back on the rating because there was a fairly simple story, (well grounded and fleshed out in the SW universe), it was not the deepest and soul changing of reads. However, my younger, idealistic and unrepentant Star Wars loving self beat the crap out of my jaded old self and left him unconscious while I relived that childhood fascination and joy through this book. I can't wait till the Millennium Falcon shows up! On to book two...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This book is part of the Legends expanded universe. It is the first book of a trilogy. It tells the story of Han Solo's early life and how he leaves his home world in search of his place in the galaxy. This book was an enjoyable book. I think for the most part the author stayed true to form for Han's character and his development. I did wish that Han was a little more scoundrel than he was portrayed. In this book it felt like Han was a little too quick to do the right thing instead of looking out This book is part of the Legends expanded universe. It is the first book of a trilogy. It tells the story of Han Solo's early life and how he leaves his home world in search of his place in the galaxy. This book was an enjoyable book. I think for the most part the author stayed true to form for Han's character and his development. I did wish that Han was a little more scoundrel than he was portrayed. In this book it felt like Han was a little too quick to do the right thing instead of looking out for himself. Maybe something will happen in the following books that Han develops this trait. I really enjoyed his comrade in this story and you can see how Han and Chewie's relationship will come to be whenever they meet up. When the characters visit different worlds the reader gets a clear picture as the author did a terrific job painting a picture. She also does a wonderful job with her action scenes. What really stood out for me was the path that the author has Han on and I am looking forward to how this plays out in the second book. This isn't the best book in this universe but it isn't the worst either. It is a nice book that provides background information to everyone's favorite scruffy looking nerf herder that has nice nods to the movies and the expanded universe.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Nice to know more about Han Solo. Wonder if we will see Bria again. The plot was very interesting. Hope Han does well at the Imperial Academy. Can't wait to read the Hurt Gambit!!!! Also can't wait to read more Star Wars books!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wolf (Alpha)

    I loved this book. I love seeing Han as a teenager and seeing what he was up to. I like Muuurgh but Chewie is definitely better. I like that Han spent time with his foster mom and I hate that she had to die for his freedom. I loved the relationship between him and Bria and it sucks that they had to leave each other. I definitely love reading about Han’s story before the rebellion and before he met Luke and Leia. 5/5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Paul Darcy

    by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997. This is my first attempt at reading a Star Wars novel and, I’ll admit it, I read it because it features Han Solo. Now Han is probably the most endearing character to grace the Star Wars franchise (at least I think so) and hence I was compelled to give this novel - first of three actually - a go. I’ll get the tedious writer’s annoyances out of the way first. Liberal use of the word “wryly” and “dryly” and other ly words kept kicking me out of the story and need by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997. This is my first attempt at reading a Star Wars novel and, I’ll admit it, I read it because it features Han Solo. Now Han is probably the most endearing character to grace the Star Wars franchise (at least I think so) and hence I was compelled to give this novel - first of three actually - a go. I’ll get the tedious writer’s annoyances out of the way first. Liberal use of the word “wryly” and “dryly” and other ly words kept kicking me out of the story and need not have been used, ever. As well, the pacing was choppy (maybe editing?) through the book and so the story didn’t flow well. And lastly, I know the author needed to keep Han’s voice the same as the movies, but really, is every male or female character either a “pal” or a “sweetheart”? But the writing annoyances aside, I really did enjoy this novel and am already into the second. And the writing is much, much better so far. In The Paradise Snare we get the back story and early history of Han Solo. His formative years reminded me so much of Oliver Twist that it seemed to be a direct lift fo Dicken’s story. Please sir, can I have more nerf soup? Hey, whatever works. But to be fair again, I did enjoy myself and this was quick read. It is fun to re-visit the Star Wars universe with Han as your guide. This novel is an exploration of how Han gets to be who he is in the first Movie (yes, episode IV) and why he acts the way he does. A few other main characters share Han’s life in novel one. One is a love interest named Bria, one a comrade (like Chewie actually) Muuurgh, who is a giant cat-like alien. And then there is Shrike, his master (and not a nice guy at all) when he was stuck as a lackey on the pirate ship Trader’s Luck. Everything falls into the place and the story of Han Solo unfolds. Crispin does a good job of moulding young Han and we see him getting in and out of scrapes as we would expect. I found the love story a bit much, but understand it as back story as to why Han treats Leia the way he does in the movie. We also get hints about the Hutts, and Jabba name among others is also brought up. General good fun with some fast paced action sequences. A pretty good read if you are into Star Wars and Han Solo. We don’t see the Millennium Falcon or Chewbacca in this one, but all you need to do is start the second book to find them. As a straight up Science Fiction - it doesn’t quite pass the test. To poorly written, choppy pacing and the supporting characters are too obviously form-fitted into their roles. As a Star Wars novel I would give this a 3 out of 5. There was enough here to redeem it as a fun read and having started the second in the series I already know it gets a whole lot better.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary JL

    If you are a fan of the Star Wars books, particularly if you are a fan of Han Solo, this is the beginning of an enjoyable trilogy. Covering the ten years before the original Star Wars movie began--Chapter IV-A New Hope--Han escapes from the only 'home' he has ever known--the illegal ship Trader's Luck. His ultimate dream: to enter the Imperial Space Academy. So, to get piloting experience, he takes a job piloting for the planet Ylesia. He soon starts picking up pratical expereince. But he also find If you are a fan of the Star Wars books, particularly if you are a fan of Han Solo, this is the beginning of an enjoyable trilogy. Covering the ten years before the original Star Wars movie began--Chapter IV-A New Hope--Han escapes from the only 'home' he has ever known--the illegal ship Trader's Luck. His ultimate dream: to enter the Imperial Space Academy. So, to get piloting experience, he takes a job piloting for the planet Ylesia. He soon starts picking up pratical expereince. But he also finds that the "religious pilogrims" are in fact virtual slaves. The religious "exaltation" they feel is a trick artificially created by the overseers. Han sees nothing wrong with smuggling--but he does not deal in slaves; and when he becomes acquainted with a young woman from his own planet, Corellia, he determines to rescue her. Quick reading with lots of adventures--battles; crash landings; intrigue and lots of alien and human cultures. It is true to the "feel" of the original Star Wars. Of course, readers of general SF 'space opera' will enjoy it as well. Book I ends with Cadet Han Solo marching off into a bright future at the Imperial Space Academy......(You think so?lol) Edited 9/25/14 to fix typos

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.Aleksandr Wootton

    I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read. [In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to t I loved Star Wars as a kid. I'm pretty sure I read every Star Wars novel published prior to the release of The-Prequels-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named in 1999, and I still own a few of the best. I'm going to review the first book of each of 4 sets that I think are worth your time to read. [In general, if you're wondering where to start with Star Wars novels, a good rule of thumb is that if it was originally published by Bantam Spectra, it's probably worth the risk. Once Del Rey re-acquired rights to the franchise in 1999 everything went downhill.] A.C. Crispin's Han Solo Trilogy (not to be confused with the comparatively terrible Han Solo Adventures by Brian Daley) earns my recommendation. Crispin nails the feel of Han's character and voice, gives him credible backstories that fit the original cannon, and spins some great adventures with plenty of wit and emotion. If you're looking for more of the stuck-up half-witted scruffy-looking nerf herder smuggling one step ahead of the law as only a lovable scoundrel can, Crispin's books are your ticket.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peter Hale

    This book I read mainly was for the reason Solo was coming out later in the month so I had to fill up on Han's old myths and stories. Sadly, I didn't have any chance to read the rest of this series or The Adventures of Lando Calrissian and The Han Solo Adventures. And I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The book was very good because its plot was something new to SW: religious scammers. This idea was played with in the early nineties with the notorious The Crystal Star, but this took it to This book I read mainly was for the reason Solo was coming out later in the month so I had to fill up on Han's old myths and stories. Sadly, I didn't have any chance to read the rest of this series or The Adventures of Lando Calrissian and The Han Solo Adventures. And I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The book was very good because its plot was something new to SW: religious scammers. This idea was played with in the early nineties with the notorious The Crystal Star, but this took it to its best. It also was good enough to feel SW-y but try something new. A.C. reels ya in by page one where I was emotionally effected already. So this was a good book, but I think Solo was better.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kami

    - I LOVED this book! The characters and story are awesome! I wish I had read this ages ago. - I really enjoyed reading about Han's younger years. I loved his relationship with Dewlanna, it explains why he has a soft spot for Wookies and can understand them. - I liked Bria a lot. It was great to see her grow and become and important character. - Muuurgh was awesome! His species makes an appearance in the comics, and I thought it was a new thing, but apparently not. I loved Muuurgh's loyalty, streng - I LOVED this book! The characters and story are awesome! I wish I had read this ages ago. - I really enjoyed reading about Han's younger years. I loved his relationship with Dewlanna, it explains why he has a soft spot for Wookies and can understand them. - I liked Bria a lot. It was great to see her grow and become and important character. - Muuurgh was awesome! His species makes an appearance in the comics, and I thought it was a new thing, but apparently not. I loved Muuurgh's loyalty, strength, and friendship. - The ending is very bitter sweet. I know Bria and Han can't be together, but I am still cheering for them anyway. - Han's terms of endearment for Bria get tiresome. He uses them way too often. - I loved seeing Han's home planet, and I liked getting to know the people and everything. - I'm very excited for the rest of this series!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This was the very first Star Wars novel I ever read and it introduced me to a world into which I would dive wholeheartedly for the next several years. Han Solo would become my favorite character in the universe and I would dream of nothing else. Looking back, I can't say exactly what struck my fantasy most about this book, but it was enough to send me searching desperately for the next in the series. Whatever it was, it captivated my attention so thoroughly that even now I can't help but read the This was the very first Star Wars novel I ever read and it introduced me to a world into which I would dive wholeheartedly for the next several years. Han Solo would become my favorite character in the universe and I would dream of nothing else. Looking back, I can't say exactly what struck my fantasy most about this book, but it was enough to send me searching desperately for the next in the series. Whatever it was, it captivated my attention so thoroughly that even now I can't help but read the books with fondness as I recall the way they made me thrill to the core way back in 6th grade.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    A necessary start to the life of Han Solo. Not great literature, but provides a foundational piece of SW universe history.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cristian Morales

    I knew it was going to be a 5-star at the first wookie growl, but this was incredible!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    I read this trilogy over a decade ago now, and barely remember them at all. Did I like them at the time? I think so? Who knows? Anyway, reading them in the aftermath of Solo is a much different experience. The similarities are striking, especially in the way that Han comes off as this earnestly, almost desperately good person in this harsh world, finding friends and supporting them with everything he's got in this world of theft and cons and betrayal. It's not at all hard to imagine Ehrenreich's I read this trilogy over a decade ago now, and barely remember them at all. Did I like them at the time? I think so? Who knows? Anyway, reading them in the aftermath of Solo is a much different experience. The similarities are striking, especially in the way that Han comes off as this earnestly, almost desperately good person in this harsh world, finding friends and supporting them with everything he's got in this world of theft and cons and betrayal. It's not at all hard to imagine Ehrenreich's Han in any part of this story. As a Star Wars novel, this is definitely my sort of story. It takes place in the Dark Times, but unlike eg Rebels it takes the POV of a character with no Force, no allies, no institutional support at all, just a lil speck in this vast, overwhelming, cruel universe. That's the way I like it. There are even flickers toward the end of the sort of storytelling I'd really be overjoyed to see in a Star Wars story: something like a Safdie Brothers movie, where a mistake or failed longshot bet spirals into a desperate ploy streaking through some weird cross section of the GFFA. Not that that's what this is. It's a much more familiar and modest sort of thing than that. But it's still good just to see the galaxy from the perspective of someone who has only a dim idea of what it contains, whose ideas of it are still forming, and who isn't going into every new environment with a preconceived sense of galactic stakes. To see, eg, Alderaan from the perspective of a lower class criminal, or Coruscant as an immigrant, or Ylesia as a working pilot, is something we far too rarely get. The Ylesian scam is a modest but imaginative thing, and it's nice to see Han interact with it as a person, not a hero. It was so annoyingly common in this era for a random low-tier villain like Teroenza to end up feeding slaves into some Imperial officer's scheme to do some dastardly thing in the GCW, and that just doesn't happen here. It's a story that lets the universe be big and lets Han be small. Love that. As a novel, it's certainly better than some I've read--it's far more competently prosed than Allston's Wraith Squadron books. But there's still something about Han's POV that seems a bit flat or impenetrable here, never quite as immersive and exciting as I'd like it to be. That took a bit of wind out of the story's sails even though it does have the emotional content and structure I'm looking for more or less. The opening sequence cashes in its big emotional chip before it means anything, eg. Overall it's just not quite as good as it should be. Bria's arc is interesting and good (with some echoes of Qi'ra), with the sort of personal, emotional, welfare concerns that Star Wars characters are almost never allowed to prioritize, but the ending didn't hit nearly as hard as it could or should have because Han's introspection isn't emotionally accessible enough before that point. The one major difference from Solo here comes in the prevalence of superfluous backstory. There's only one, which is "how Han got his name," and if I'm honest, I'm not sure which I dislike more. To know that Han is descended from one of the most historically famous and influential families on Corellia is maybe worse than the cutesy wordplay we got in the film (at least in isolation--combined with the rest it's more tiresome).

  19. 5 out of 5

    D.J. Edwardson

    This story centers around the origin story of one of the greatest characters of all time, Han Solo. And the author does a smashing job of translating him from the silver screen to the printed page. The dialogue, the lop-sided grin, the cocky inner thoughts, it's all here, just as it should be. And though the pace ebbs and flows a bit, overall this is an enjoyable, if fairly light read. Though Han is the focus here, it's probably the inventive flourishes of the author that are the most memorable p This story centers around the origin story of one of the greatest characters of all time, Han Solo. And the author does a smashing job of translating him from the silver screen to the printed page. The dialogue, the lop-sided grin, the cocky inner thoughts, it's all here, just as it should be. And though the pace ebbs and flows a bit, overall this is an enjoyable, if fairly light read. Though Han is the focus here, it's probably the inventive flourishes of the author that are the most memorable parts of the book. Ylesia, the central setting is such a unique planet with its religious pilgrims, short, hot days, and illegal spice mining it truly stands out in a crowded sci-fi galaxy. But it is the characters of Muuurgh and Bria Tharen are better than many of the side characters in the movies. Bria in particular has a great deal more depth than almost any other Star Wars character not named Skywalker. The fact that Bria is an idealist searching for truth and yet not a Jedi really makes her stand out. Unfortunately, she's not developed quite as much as she could have been and the story kind of leaves her in the background towards the end. She's still around, but we don't really get to see inside her enough to sympathize with her struggles. The beginning of the book is incredibly good as we follow a nineteen year old Han struggling to extricate himself from a checkered past and launch out on his own. He feels suitably "green" and lacks some (but not all) of the confidence and brashness of the Han Solo from A New Hope. The plot slows noticeably in the middle and the climactic escape from Ylesia probably could have been a bit more epic, but it's still compelling. The ending is also bittersweet, but ultimately satisfying as Han finally seems to catch a break. A handful of profanity hampers the jump to light speed here, but the romantic parts are relatively restrained, though some un-narrated situations are implied. Finally, the violence isn't overly graphic. So overall it fits with the sort of wholesome (for the most part) story-telling of the original movies, minus the profanity. The end definitely leads into the next book while drawing a close to this chapter of Han's life. And the writing, while not terribly deep for the most part still makes for an intriguing tale which will draw you in if you have any affinity whatsoever for Han, Star Wars, or just good sci-fi.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Harrand

    This book is about Han Solo’s life when he was a young kid and continues on through his entire life. What i particularly liked about this book was Han Solo because i got to know more about Han then what we learn in the movies by learning about his childhood and life before the movies. Another thing I liked about this book was the street gang Han joined in the book because i would never picture a young kid joining a street gang and i liked how Han handled it. This book is for readers who like Sta This book is about Han Solo’s life when he was a young kid and continues on through his entire life. What i particularly liked about this book was Han Solo because i got to know more about Han then what we learn in the movies by learning about his childhood and life before the movies. Another thing I liked about this book was the street gang Han joined in the book because i would never picture a young kid joining a street gang and i liked how Han handled it. This book is for readers who like Star Wars, science fiction, and Han Solo.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Fairweather

    I have to admit the first 75% of this book drew little to no interest from me. I admit that my Han Solo fandom is somewhat limited as I tend to identify and appreciate other characters from the saga more. The last quarter of the novel really picked up the pace for me and drew in my interest pretty easily. Be prepared this is definitely a set up piece for the rest of the trilogy, so I guess its a necessary evil, especially if you are a fan of Solo.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill Dater

    This felt like a book written by someone who has watched the original movies a lot. Hans Solo’s dialogue depended too much on these corny catch phrases. Also the story felt sexist and dated. The action was one set of story and then another without much of a thread. Everything got resolved pretty easily.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Shileikis

    I really enjoyed reading about the start of Han Solo before Disney decided it wasn't canon anymore. I wish it was still all relevant but oh well life goes on. If you want to read stories about Han Solo I say screw what is and isn't canon and give this one a shot because it is full of action and good old Solo charm. I picked this up after watching the Solo movie and decided I wanted to know more about his background and what made Han the way he is.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is Han Solo, the early years. It looks at his childhood, teenage years and his first proper job. I particularly liked the idea of him being brought up by a Wookie. I suspect that all this will have been rewritten by the new films. It is a fun read, and adds a lot to the understanding of the character. A good read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jon Jakob

    I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I've never been a big fan of Han Solo but this book has really endeared me to him. It't unlike most Star Wars books in that it doesn't have anything to do with Sith or Jedi but instead the seething underbelly of the Star Wars universe. An underbelly not pleasent to live in but fun to experience throuh the eyes of the dashing Rouge Solo.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anita Heveron

    I have never had more fun listening to an audio book! Cant wait to finish the trilogy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jovan Stipic

    The book itself is alright but Han just makes it 10x better

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Murphy

    I just finished the second one which made remember how much I liked the first one. This would have made a fun movie.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    The first third of Han Solo's origin story - somewhat sloggy in sections (the romance parts, which do matter so feel free to skim but don't skip!) - but overall revealing and fun.

  30. 5 out of 5

    s w

    yes, I did see Solo: A Star Wars Movie and immediately wanted to read a better book.

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