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Scoundrels is a classic heist story involving none other than Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Lando Calrissian.
After Han’s reward for helping the Rebellion at the Battle of Yavin is stolen, he finds himself in desperate need of credits. So, when he is approached about a job stealing back hundreds of millions of credits from a crime lord on the planet Wukkar, he jumps at the chance. However, more than a few twists and turns along the way threaten to derail the entire operation and leave Han wondering which of the people standing by his side can be trusted…
Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.
All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?
This is a different type of book for Timothy Zahn, but, since it's still Timothy Zahn, it's great! Don't expect a Thrawn-style novel. This is your quintessential heist story set in the Star Wars universe with none other than Han Solo playing the Danny Ocean role. However, don't assume you know how the book will play out. There's a twist to this one that you will not see coming...
If you’re looking for a little more Ocean’s 11 in your Star Wars, you’ve come to the right place. Timothy Zahn’s heist adventure with Han, Chewie, & Lando combines all the best parts of our favorite far away galaxy with the fun, technical ins and outs of a classic bank robbery. The only downside for me was, like most of Zahn’s work, the story can get a bit lost in the technical elements, and you could probably cut out around 100-150 pages and still get the same effect. Nonetheless, the final twist will have you freaking out for days.
Scoundrels, a book I return to regularly, is simply a blast from beginning to end. Han and Lando assemble the usual suspects of data slicers, pilots, con men, and roguish ladies into team for a heist mission. Set shortly after A New Hope, Scoundrels is a great book to get a healthy dose of Original Trilogy Han Solo written at his absolute best. Zahn, a master of complex plots, will keep you guessing with every turn of the page. While not a necessary Star Wars read, it’s definitely one you won’t regret, especially if you’re a fan of Han and Lando.
There's a reason Timothy Zahn is one of the most well-regarded Star Wars authors, and Scoundrels is just another example of that. The book is a change of pace from your typical Star Wars novel -- instead of space battles or Jedi, it's a heist story (think Oceans 11). It's a great book that's full of suspense and intrigue, and I could hardly put it down once I started.