❮Reading❯ ➾ The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, #3) Author Timothy Zahn – Uroturk.info
Strictly speaking, the poster of the original Star Wars movie does not have too much in common with the last book of the trilogy except for the settings and main heroes, but my child self really loved it when I saw it first I was waiting for a chance to use it and this looks like a good place as any, so there you have it The New Republic is besieged on all sides thanks to the genius machinations by Thrawn behind the scenes and open battles Torn by internal struggles, the Republic is poorly equipped to handle the deadly threat The main heroes desperately try to save the situation while being pursued by even powerful forces than Thrawn and his resurrected Empire The decisive battles and final confrontations are coming The main villains still remain the best written characters in the trilogy They are interesting, devious, powerful, and smart Unfortunately the latter definition cannot be applied to the good guys all the time especially Luke Skywalker The Delta Force revelation was very clever and unexpected Despite my lower rating the book is on the same quality level as the first two Once I accepted that the main surviving heroes from the movies do not feel like themselves in the books it was a smooth sailing Actually by the end of the book Han Solo finally regained his sense of humor even if for a brief moment The reasons for the lower rating are not significant, but taken together they were enough First of all I kept saying it is a fun mindless entertainment Well, by the middle of the last book the novelty wore off I would not say the mindless entertainment overstayed its welcome, but it came very close The ending was a little letdown and cliche It felt a little overdrawn with big bad guy giving an obligatory Evil Villain Speech Other overused tropes that I will not discuss also show up.The final rating for the book is 3.5 stars The whole trilogy rates the same despite slightly higher grades I gave to the first two books I said it before and I say it again, Mindless, but very entertaining A must read for any serious Star Wars fan. Really enjoyable and fitting closure to the Thrawn trilogy, and Mara Jade s dilemma The audiobook performance really elevated the story telling, which was otherwise fairly predictable Luke and Leia both come across as being too nice and bland sometimes, which thankfully was tempered by interesting characters like Han, Chewie, Lando, Talon Karrde and his smugglers, even the Noghri, and of course, Thrawn one of the most impressive antagonists I ve read to date What I liked most from these books is the expansion of the Star Wars galaxy from the beloved movies while maintaining the nostalgia with the characters that made it special. This was a fun conclusion to the Thrawn Trilogy It was of a similar quality to the previous two books in the series and satisfactorily wrapped up the main ongoing plot arcs The ending produced a few shocks which was quite entertaining I was happy with the way things concluded regarding the Dark Jedi Jorus C baoth, but felt like things with Thrawn were a bit rushed On the plus side Thrawn was back to his best in this book He was a step ahead of his enemies most of the time Thrawn, Karrde, and Mara Jade continue to be entertaining than the characters from the original movies I ll read from the now defunct Star Wars EU just to read about them Rating 3 stars.Audio Note Mark Thompson did a fantastic job with this full series The sound effects also helped to give the audio book a real Star Wars feel. Same review for all three I grew up on Lucas film trilogy it took on a certain mythological quality Say what you will about Lucas I won t apologize for this enjoyment When the first horn blasts of that John Williams score strike, I wear that nerdy shame with all of its lightsaber wielding pride.And Zahn pulls off a follow up trilogy just well enough to pass We get some closure on the whole Han Leia thing, we see how well the fledgling Republic fares, watch Luke struggle through his on going mentor less apprenticeship It moves along at a fair enough pace, pays respect to the classic characters while introducing some well executed new ones, and honors canon well enough that it won t raise the hackles of the rabid fan.High literature, it is not A decent enough lightweight read for an unashamed Star Wars fan, it is. Rather then ending the Thrawn Trilogy with a whimper, Timothy Zahn saves the best for The Last Command With Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine gone, the New Republic was supposed to usher in a golden age of peace Instead, the galaxy finds itself being torn apart by the ravages of war again Led by the brilliantly tactical mind of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the dreaded Imperial Empire has risen again, armed with a fleet of seemingly indestructible starships that are being piloted by a limitless army of clones Pulling the strings of the Empire s vast clone army is Dark Jedi C Baoth, who is too far gone in his delusions to realize that he himself is also merely a puppet of Thrawn s In a last ditch effort to end the war and defeat the Empire, Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a covert mission with the one person who knows enough about Thrawn s stolen technology to destroy itJedi warrior Mara Jade, who once served as the Emperor s most trusted assassin But even if Luke manages to save the galaxy, he may never get to see the results of his work, since Mara Jade has vowed to fulfill the Emperor s last command and kill Luke SkywalkerLike many people my age, I grew up loving Star Wars, but in recent years, it became harder and harder to remember why Let s face it, the prequels were, at best, disappointing, and when Lucas re released the original Star Wars trilogy, it seem like without that childhood sense of wonder, the flaws of the original trilogy were far glaring Sure, the action was great and the one liners were amusing, but when you really look at the original movies, the characters were mostly cliched, the overall story was pretty standard, and much of the dialogue that didn t make us laugh induced groaning instead In fact, what better evidence is there that the much of the appeal of the original Star Wars trilogy was cosmetic than the fact that Boba Fett became such a fan favorite characterdespite the fact that he didn t really do much than wear a cool looking suit of armorLet the stormtroopers do all the workI m just going to stand around and look shiny But Timothy Zahn s brilliant Thrawn Trilogy has reminded me why Star Wars still has a special place in my heartit s FUN Yes, even with its flaws, if the stories are done right, the good far outweighs the bad and the audience is taken on a roller coaster of a thrill ride But with the Thrawn Trilogy, Zahn has managed to up the ante a bit by giving us a story that s not only fun, but intelligent as well And no character embodies the cerebral nature of Zahn s Star Wars stories than lead villain Grand Admiral Thrawn himself While Darth Vader was inclined to simply choke the life out of someone who displeased him, Thrawn s tactics are far methodical I knew I was in for a different kind of Star Wars adventure right from Chapter 1, when Thrawn uses a strategically placed cloaked ship to give the illusion that his own starfighter can somehow manage to shoot through his prey s shields, causing them to surrender because they believe he possesses a super weapon that doesn t actually exist All throughout the book, Thrawn machinates complex schemes that are fascinating to watch as they unfoldmy favorite being the most creative usage of asteroids that I have ever seen Not that the bar was set that highbefore this book, the most creative usage of asteroids in art was a game where you did nothing but shoot at rocks over and overif I had to chose between playing this game for two hours or watching that movie where Bruce Willis and a bunch of oil drillers get shot into spacewell, I d still pick this game, but it would be harder to chose than it should beBut Thrawn is just one of many things that works about this novel In addition to Thrawn s master plan, multiple sub plots introduced in the first two books are realized in a superb fashion Princess Leia s pregnancy, smuggler Talon Karrde s efforts to rally his fellow rogues against the Empire, Thrawn s mysterious informant within the Republic, and of course, Mara s mission to kill LukeZahn was juggling a lot in the trilogy s final episode Fortunately, rather than collapse under its own weight, the book weaves all the various plot threads together, leading each to a than satisfying conclusion In addition, the minor problems I had with the last two books were resolved this time around While the previous two books dragged at times, this one was paced beautifully, so much so that I never once found my interest waning Classic characters like Han and Leia were handled better and no longer felt outshone by Zahn s original characters like Mara and Karrde Even dark Jedi C Baoth, who I found annoying in the past, came across as a far intimidating adversary this time around Yes, if there was any flaw this time around, it was that the ending came a little too abruptly, but it was hard to get too upset about that, considering it was so artistically done Above is another example of something artistically done Forget that overrated Mona Lisa drawingas far as I m concerned, THIS is true artwork Exciting, intelligent, and most of all, FUNThe Last Commandis the best book in an amazing 3 novel series To anyone who ever enjoyed the Star Wars universe, this trilogy is a must read And if, like myself, you ever found yourself wondering why you ever liked Star Wars so much in the first place, this trilogy will make you realize that your original love of Star Wars wasn t just the result of some Jedi mind trick Awesome ending to an awesome trilogy and we finally get some great jedi vs jedi action This is a great series of books, but I will reiterate what I said in an earlier review If you can get your hands on the Marc Thompson narrated audiobooks for this series I highly recommend it It takes this trilogy from a series of great Star Wars stories and elevates it to an epic Star Wars experience. The Thrawn Trilogy is the most common answer to the question Which Star Wars books should I start with After finishing this last book in the trilogy, I can understand why Grand Admiral Thrawn is an outstanding and compelling nemesis Overall it is a solid trilogy, with a good mix of action, political machinations, and Force spiritualism mumbo jumbo Even a casual Star Wars fan will enjoy these books.The main issue for me was that the Thrawn character was so interesting, it highlighted the flatness of many of the other characters As is often the case in fiction and, at times, real life , the interesting characters were the villains Thrawn, Pellaeon and the conflicted characters Karrde, Jade However, all of the characters with the New Republic Luke et al were a bit boring, except for Wedge Antilles, because Red Two Rogue Leader is never boring Or perhaps my annoyance with Han and Leia just spilled over and infected the entire New Republic cast of characters Four stars for the finale and for the entire trilogy. The Embattled Republic Reels From The Attacks Of Grand Admiral Thrawn, Who Has Marshaled The Remnants Of The Imperial Forces And Driven The Rebels Back With An Abominable Technology Recovered From The Emperor S Secret Fortress Clone Soldiers As Thrawn Mounts His Final Siege, Han And Chewbacca Struggle To Form A Coalition Of Smugglers For A Last Ditch Attack Against The Empire, While Leia Holds The Alliance Together And Prepares For The Birth Of Her Jedi Twins Overwhelmed By The Ships And Clones At Thrawn S Command, The Republic Has One Last Hope Sending A Small Force, Led By Luke Skywalker, Into The Very Stronghold That Houses Thrawn S Terrible Cloning Machines There A Final Danger Awaits, As The Dark Jedi C Baoth Directs The Battle Against The Rebels And Builds His Strength To Finish What He Had Already Started The Destruction Of Luke SkywalkerFeatures 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 If you re thinking about picking up a Star Wars book, forget all those new ones on the shelf, and pick up this classic masterpiece.The Thrawn Trilogy of books of which this is the first are far and away the best Star Wars novels perhaps because it was penned by a science fiction author with experience writing about galactic warfare.Zahn bravely pushes the saga in interesting new directions that sets the bar for all the novels that have followed He introduces some of the most memorable and enduring Extended Universe characters, like Talon Karde, Mara Jade, and the inestimable Grand Admiral Thrawn the delightfully Holmesian Star Wars villain.These books are among the few that I have read multiple times in my life. I don t know what I can say about these Star Wars books They are so enjoyable, well the audios are anyway This one didn t have as much action as previous ones I ve read, but I was still completely into it The narrator does a great job His Leia voice could use some work, but everything else is wonderful I also love it when they use the real Chewy voice So 4 stars.