Old Friends: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, General Carlist Rieekan, Princess Leia Organa, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C3P0, R2D2, Major Derlin, Zev/Rogue 2, Darth Vader, Admiral Ozzel, Captain/Admiral Piett, General Veers, Hobbie, Captain Needa, Dak, Wedge Antilles, Yoda, The Emperor, Bossk, Zuckuss, Dengar, IG-88, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, TwoOneBee
Synopsis: Following the destruction of the Death Star, Darth Vader is in the hunt for Luke Skywalker who really does want to become a Jedi Knight like his father, Han has joined the Alliance, sort of, and Leia has taken her place as one of the leaders of the Rebellion. And the story continues...
Review: The Rebel Alliance sets up Echo Base on Hoth, Luke runs into a Wampa, sees Obi-Wan and gets saved by Han, again. The Falcon is broken, Vader arrives and blows things up, etc...etc. Almost all of our readers are familiar with the movie, so the novelization reinforces the screenplay and vice versa. There is nothing new added,and nothing missing.
The writing is very good and the description of the Battle for Hoth and the Falcons escape into the Asteroid field are excellent. In addition, Luke and Yoda's meeting and sunsequent training sessions are perfectly portrayed, as is Han Solo's experience with Carbon Freezing. C3P0's conversations while Chewie puts him back together are right on the mark. There are some great verbal exchanges between Han and Leia on Hoth, aboard the Falcon, and on Cloud City that didn't make it to the movie, but none the less, add a little more to their continuing relationship.
Luke and Vader's confrontation is almost word-for-word from the script - the reader can almost hear John Williams' soundtrack and the clash of lightsabers. His rescue below Cloud City by Leia and Lando is a bit far-fetched, but Chewie was flying the Falcon - so it could have happened that way *lol*.
As "The Empire Strikes Back" is my personal favorite, reading and re-reading this one is a pleasure. The author didn't miss a trick, probably because George didn't let him!
Title: The Empire Strikes Back