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Scoundrels
BOOK STORY
Timothy Zahn
Del Rey [US]; Arrow Books [UK]
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Synopsis:
To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.
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?

Paperback edition contains novella Winner Lose All by Timothy Zahn.


Chronology:
This story occurs shortly after the Battle of Yavin.

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Reviews:
Review by Ewan, Star Wars Books & Comics, 2014:

"Based loosely on Ocean's Eleven, Scoundrels sees Han Solo and Chewbacca engaged to steal back from a powerful gangster an almost obscene amount of monetary credits. In order to do so they must organise a team of thieves, con artists, pickpockets, explosive experts and even fellow smugglers. Zahn creates a believable narrative pulling familiar and not so familiar characters into Han's team of eleven. He successfully mixes characters he created from his previous Star Wars books with both well-known film characters, such as Lando Calrissian, and those less well-known, like the Kitik twins, Bink and Tavia, from the Mos Eisley cantina scene in A New Hope.
"Surprisingly for a Star Wars story that features no Force users what-so-ever, not a Jedi, not a Sith; where even a lightsaber is reduced to an almost cameo appearance, Scoundrels is still very much a Star Wars story. From the opening chapter, evoking in the reader's mind the image of a Star Destroyer passing overhead, to the closing sentences, where the final twist is revealed, Zahn is a master in grounding his stories within the Star Wars mythos. Ever wondered what had come between Han and Lando before The Empire Strikes Back: this story helps explain some of Lando's animosity towards Han. While referenced events from previous Star Wars novels and comic books, including Marvel's comic stories from the late Seventies, only help to cement this story firmly in the wider Expanded Universe.
"Scoundrels is a fun-filled heist caper that both Star Wars aficionados and non-fans alike will enjoy. Filled with elements that require the reader to stay alert at all times, this is a story full of misdirection and plots within plots. This is Zahn at his best."

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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