Sunday, 13 May 2018

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Star Wars: A Han and Lando Novel: Last Shot - Daniel Jose Older

RELEASE DATE:   19/04/18


Even the fastest ship in the galaxy can’t outrun the past. . . .


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 Falconthroughout 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. . . .


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.

With the assistance of a young hotshot pilot, an Ewok slicer prodigy, the woman who might be the love of Lando’s life, and Han’s best and furriest friend, the two most notorious scoundrels in the New Republic are working together once more. They’ll have to journey across the stars―and into the past―before Gor uses the device’s power to reshape the galaxy.

To be honest with you, having seen the trailers for Solo, I wasn't really holding out much hope for the book (in my opinion they should have cast Anthony Ingruber as he sounds and looks very similar to Ford) and sadly for me, this was born out by the tale I was presented with.

It was sadly predictable, the story slow and whilst built as a Han and Lando novel, it was more about Lando with Han being a secondary two dimensional cast member which grated on me quite a lot.  All round sadly disappointing and a title I won't be returning to at any time soon.  A massive shame as it had so much potential to be something outstanding.

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