Monday, February 28, 2011

Upcoming: Star Wars: Shadow Games Cover Art (& synopsis)

Javul Charn is the most famous pop star in the galaxy -- and the runaway bride of a violent lieutenant in Black Sun, the crime syndicate commanded by Prince Xizor. Or so Javul says. Soon after Dash Rendar, broke and desperate, agrees to be Javul's bodyguard, he realizes that openness is not her strong suit -- and that murder is stalking her tour. 

Between the discovery of dead bodies in a cargo hold and an attack by an unidentified warship, Dash and co-pilot Eaden Vrill desperately try to understand who is terrorizing Javul's tour and why. When Han Solo suddenly joins Javul's road show, the stakes are raised even higher. Now Dash, who has a history with Han and an even worse history with Prince Xizor, follows his instincts, his discoveries, and Javul herself -- straight into a world that may be too dangerous to survive! 

I actually REALLY like the cover art, very thriller-ish.

Here's my concern. This is actually a REALLY interesting idea set in the Star Wars Universe. This is the kind of thing Star Wars fans are looking for. Unconventional stories that take place in the SW universe that don't have to do with saving it from the Sith or that sort of thing. My issue here is that this COULD have been a book that only had the recognizable names of Dash Rendar and Prince Xizor, both created solely for book/game Shadows Of The Empire. Then they HAD to bloody go and put Han Solo in it. 


Why does EVERY Star Wars book have to include one (or more) of the movie characters? Don't tell me that it's because readers need to identify a known character to enjoy a book set in this universe. Unless you are living under a huge rock, you know what Star Wars is. We don't need a connecting character. We don't.

IMHO, this book would have been totally on my radar if it wasn't for the inclusion of Solo. 

Wasted opportunity methinks.


  1. Apparently, Han Solo = Wolverine.

  2. I had the same issue with Han appearing in Deathtroopers, you knew he was going to make it and that almost killed the story... It's a huge universe that's recognisable without the 'stars', lets have some stories without them for once (actually, check out 'Red Harvest' to see how it's done)



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