Star Wars

Star Wars

Last Shot

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THEN: It's one of the galaxy's most dangerous secrets: a mysterious transmitter with unknown power and a reward for its discovery that most could only dream of claiming. But those who fly the Millennium Falcon throughout its infamous history aren't your average scoundrels. Not once, but twice, the crew of the Falcon tries to claim the elusive prize--first, Lando Calrissian and the droid L3-37 at the dawn of an ambitious career, and later, a young and hungry Han Solo with the help of his copilot, Chewbacca. But the device's creator, the volatile criminal Fyzen Gor, isn't interested in sharing. And Gor knows how to hold a grudge. . . . NOW: It's been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn't given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han's doorstep in the middle of the night, it's Fyzen's assassins that he's running from. And without Han's help, Lando--and all life on Cloud City--will be annihilated.
Publisher: New York, New York : Del Rey, ©2018
ISBN: 9780525622130
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Last shot

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pbdyken
Mar 11, 2019

Tiresome read that jumps back and forth from past prologue to "past" present in the Star Wars universe, mostly due to the fact that neither train of thought contains enough content to build a full story. A MacGuffin "tech" item propels heroes Han and Lando on a often less then coherent detective chase for the underdeveloped "bad guy" who wants to kill everyone.

The authors constant use of contemporary slang vernacular ("wussy", "janitor", "badass" etc.) rips the reader from the setting of a galaxy long ago and far far away and makes them feel more like they are reading a tween blog or mini-series about Star Wars rather than immersing them in it. Throw in some unconvincing attempts to re-write Star Wars lore a-la a super savvy straight talking Gungan and an inexplicably intelligent slicer/tech wizard Ewok (that still cant speak basic) then drop in a dash of Han Solo character clone meets contemporary issues via a gender neutral swaggering spy pilot (cuz, why not?) and blend on low interest until done.

As mentioned by other comments, the story fails to create suspense since everyone already knows the main characters will all survive any and all random moments of peril (and there are multiple said moments) due to where this story falls in the Star Wars timeline. Furthermore, any secondary/supporting characters are so bland and underdeveloped you can care less what happens to them either way.

The narrative digressions into Landos outfits and rushed love interest/ quasi-back story juxtaposed with the Dr. Frankenstein meets Star Wars droids, cap off this wandering narrative experiment that you will wish you could have read in less than 12 parsecs instead of 417 pages.

Middling quality, mixed with terrible chapter structure and a total lack of danger thanks to being a prequel.

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Yavin
May 01, 2018

Marketed as a "Solo" tie-in, Last Shot tells the story of Han and Lando teaming up two-and-a-half years after the Battle of Endor to track down a mysterious device that could spell the end of the galaxy as we know it. This is a fun book that gives flashbacks to main villain, Lando's encounter with the device fifteen years prior the main story with L3 from "Solo" and Han's encounter ten years prior with Sana Starros from the Marvel Star wars line of comics. Also deals with Han's troubles at being a father to two-year-old Ben. Without seeing Solo, I have no idea how much it ties into the film. Still, really good and a must for fans of Han and Lando.

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black_yak_75
Apr 28, 2018

black_yak_75 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 16

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