Friday, March 10, 2006

Jedi Search Review

Jedi Search (Jedi Academy Trilogy #1)
by Kevin J. Anderson

Review By: Neil Richard

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Anderson continues the line of good “classic” Star Wars novels. After the fall of the Empire, the Rebellion, now trying to function as a valid government, gives Luke permission to start a Jedi Academy. During that process Han gets into trouble (big surprise there) while traveling to Kessel to broker a diplomatic deal. He ends up mining spice in a dark-as-dark-can-be tunnel next to Chewie and Kyp Durron (a kid with great Force potential).

After escaping Kessel, Han, Chewie, and Kip end up traveling to the Maw Installation, a top-secret Imperial research and development facility that’s been cut off since before the destruction of the first Death Star. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. After being “interviewed” by the Imperials, Han again escapes with the crew (plus an Imperial researcher) in an indestructible ship, the Sun Crusher.

About this time, Luke and Lando are getting out of Kessel with the bad guys hot on their tail. Not to worry, Luke sets up his academy on Yavin IV. Han and Leia (and Jacen and Jaina) are reunited. Chewie, Kip, and Lando also make the trip safely.

A decent plot line, but not too terribly exciting at times. Characters are pretty much the same old thing, the biggest addition being Kip and Qwi Xux (the Imperial researcher). Locations are also “classic” in their feel. Kessel is the stereo-typical mining complex with slaves. But the Maw is a neat idea. An Imperial facility just sitting there, completely hidden from everyone, including those running the Kessel mines.

All in all, not too bad of a book. Classic fights, space battles, and drama. But in the end, it’s the same old thing.

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