Dark Force Rising

Dark Force Rising

Book - 1992
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The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord--Grand Admiral Thrawn--has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. With the aid of unimaginable weapons long hidden away by the Emperor on a backwater planet, Thrawn plans to turn the tide of battle, overwhelm the New Republic, and impose his iron rule throughout the galaxy. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republican Council--only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies. Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness... and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.
Publisher: New York : Bantam, 1992.
ISBN: 9780553085747
Characteristics: 376 p. ;,24 cm.
Alternative Title: Star wars : dark force rising


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Mar 27, 2019

It's not surprising that this is the book of the Thrawn trilogy that I remember the least about, as much of Dark Force Rising is actually rather slow. There are several exciting action scenes to be had here, but you'll have to slog through a lot of diplomacy to get there. It's understandable, considering the New Republic is still recovering from the Empire's rule, and counselors and ambassadors are doing their best to collect everyone to their cause and pick up the pieces. It wouldn't be a believable story without it, but it's still tough to get through. There's more of Karrde and Mara Jade, and a little less of C'Baoth and Thrawn. I do enjoy how Zahn follows the Star Wars formula of splitting everyone up early on in the story, following each of them on their separate quests, and then bringing them all back together in the end. Slow pace aside, these books are wonderfully done in terms of character and development. The author doesn't disappoint in portraying Lucas' characters exactly as they were in the original trilogy- they have the same mannerisms, quips, and speech that we've become accustomed to, and reading about them feels like visiting an old friend.
Besides all the diplomacy, I do have a single critique- Thrawn seems to have way too much knowledge and foresight about characters he's never met. He seems to know what his enemies are doing and what decisions they are making by purely ridiculous deduction skills. I realize it's to keep the action and conflict moving along, but sometimes it stretches to the point of disbelief.
All in all, it feels like the second book in a trilogy- recovering from the first and preparing for the last. Still a worthy addition to the EU.

Aug 06, 2018

For some reason when I looked at the title I thought it said Dank force rising

An excellent sequal to Mr. Zahn's standout work. Dark Force Rising covers much of the same emotional ground as Empire Strikes Back, but does not fall into cliches or retread ideas. Instead, Mr. Zahn throws the wool over our eyes with his brilliance subversiveness and genuine talent.

Sep 08, 2016

It takes a little while for this book to get going, but once it does pick up, you are left wanting to read the next book in the trilogy. There are a few more bad words in this book than there was in Heir To the Empire but not enough as to distract you from the overall story. The continuity errors start to show up and you are sometimes left a little confused, especially when the characters discover a clone army. Weren't the Storm Troopers already clones? Mara is, of course annoying and irritating as always, and even Thrawn gets a little irritating. C'Baoth is totally insane and his fight with Luke toward the end makes you want to sit on the edge of your seat. The best part of this book is probably when Thrawn tells Mara that she was not the Emperor's only hand. Her reaction to that is pretty great.


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Nov 06, 2017

PELLAEON: "I have important information for the Grand Admiral. I don't have time for these little games of yours. "
RUKH: "They are not games. Stalking skills must be practiced or lost."
PELLAEON: "Practice on someone else. I have work to do."

Nov 06, 2017

PELLAEON: "I don't care who C'baoth is or whether he felt justified or not. What he did constitutes mutiny."
THRAWN: "It did indeed. Shall I throw him out of the Imperial service altogether, or simply demote him in rank?'
PELLAEON: "I'm serious, Admiral."

Nov 06, 2017

MARA: "We may have to."
TALON KARRDE: "We may choose to, we will never have to. Is that clear?"
MARA: "Yes."

Nov 06, 2017

FEY'LYA: "Just who is the 'we' here?"
HAN: "My crew consisted of Luke Skywalker and Lando Calrissian. Oh, and two droids. You want their serial numbers?"

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Nov 06, 2017

Prior to the Clone Wars, the Old Republic had constructed a fleet of 200 Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers that were highly automated, to reduce their crew complements from 16,000 to 2,000 without diminishing their firepower. The flagship was the Katana and hence the fleet was designated the Katana fleet, and unofficially called the "Dark Force". Unfortunately, a virus infected the crews of the entire fleet and drove them insane. The madness caused the crews to "slave" the controls of all their ships to the Katana, and jump blindly into hyperspace. The fleet was never seen again until veteran smuggler Talon Karrde discovers it through a lucky accident several years before the events of the first book.

With access to Emperor Palpatine's private storehouse on the planet Wayland, Imperial Navy Grand Admiral Thrawn presses his advantage to marshal more forces for the battle against the New Republic. Mara Jade, in an attempt to exonerate the Empire's warrant for Karrde's arrest, goes to Thrawn and offers to reveal the location of the Katana fleet. Instead, he has her followed and Karrde is captured.

Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, suspecting Senator Borsk Fey'lya's involvement with the treason charges against Admiral Ackbar, follow one of Fey'lya's aides to New Cov, where they find him in secret negotiations with former Republic Senator Garm Bel Iblis, whom they try to persuade to re-join the New Republic. Bel Iblis fell out with Mon Mothma in the early stages of the Rebellion and since then has been waging his own private war against the Empire. They also discover that Bel Iblis's small fleet consists of Dreadnaughts from the Katana fleet, meaning someone besides Karrde must know its location. Based on Mara's information, Thrawn reaches the same conclusion and starts a search to identify that person.

Jedi Master Joruus C'baoth uses the Force to summon Luke Skywalker. Luke responds to the summons and begins instruction with C’baoth on the planet Jomark, but is troubled to realize that C'baoth is at best a megalomaniac, who believes the Jedi have the right to rule the entire galaxy - and at worst insane.

With Noghri captive Khabarakh in tow, Leia, C-3PO and Chewbacca travel to Khabarakh's home planet of Honoghr, devastated after a space battle that she believes occurred during the war. The Empire, led by Darth Vader, arrived soon after the disaster and began the slow process of cleaning the ecology, winning them the service of the Noghri as elite commandos. Patient investigation allows her to learn that the disaster actually occurred during the Clone Wars, and the Empire has been deliberately prolonging the toxicity of the soil and water, to keep the Noghri in servitude. She convinces the Noghri leaders of the Empire's deception.

Mara helps Luke escape from C'baoth and the two of them rescue Karrde from Thrawn's Star Destroyer. Knowing that Karrde will not hesitate to give the Katana fleet to the New Republic, Thrawn races to capture the other man with knowledge of its location.

Senator Fey'lya, hoping to take personal credit for the fleet's recovery, arranges for his most ardent supporters among the New Republic military to be transferred aboard the recovery ship, unwittingly aiding the Empire in reaching the site first. Han, Luke and Lando succeed in securing the Katana itself from Thrawn's forces, which the New Republic's ships fight off with the aid of Karrde's smugglers, and Bel Iblis's small force of Dreadnaughts.

However, over the course of the battle, they find out that Thrawn has already captured all but 15 of the fleet's ships. They initially believe that it will take Thrawn years to recruit and train enough crewers to man the Dreadnaughts, but the bodies of the boarding troops are discovered to be clones, meaning Thrawn will be able to produce crewers at a much faster rate, and be ready to attack them within months.


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