Old Friends: Luke and Mara Skywalker, Talon Kaarde, Booster Terrik, Chiss Admiral Parck
Synopsis: After 3 years of marriage, Luke and Mara are still getting used to the idea. Taking a little time off together while Mara works her way out of Talon Karrde's operations, they are on a semi-vacation when called back to the Errant Venture when a message to Luke and Mara is stolen right under Karrde's nose. Seems The Chiss at Nirauan (remember The Hand of Thrawn Duology - Spector of the Past & Vision of the Future) want Luke and Mara to come back to Chiss space - they have found the remains of the old Outbound Flight!
Review: This is a pretty good one! Timothy Zahn is once again back in his element, telling the stories of the cast and characters of the original Trilogy with the same attention to detail, familiarity with the people and places, one heck of a story line and his usual surprises in all the right places.
Seems that the Chiss Nine Families feel really bad about what Thrawn did when he destroyed the Jedi Outbound Flight Dreadnaughts on the Emperor's orders 50 years ago during the Clone Wars. And they want to return the wreckage and any information and artifacts back to the Jedi and New Republic. Since Luke and Mara are the only humans they have had contact with, they get the call.
Showing up unannounced is Ambassador Dean Jinzler, who has a connection with the Flight - his sister Lorana was one of the Jedi aboard. And he has secrets! Another unknown thrown into the mix are the Geroom, who say they are aliong to honor the Jedi who saved their race from the Vagaari, murdering pirates who roamed the unknown regions years ago. Now, these guys have secrets!
And, just for fun, along comes Chak Fel (Barron Soontir Fel's other son) and 4 Imperial Storm Troopers, in their fancy white armor. They are quite the monkey wrench in the works and it is really hard to tell just who's side they are on.
After a rather interesting journey, the group arrives at the Redoubt and finds the wreck. and a surprise - Survivors!
Thats all I am going to tell you. In true Zahn style, we have lightsaber fights, some pretty slick flying, escapes, treachery, surprises, heroes and villans galore. All wrapped up in a great story that leave us waiting for the prequel to all of this some time next year when DelRey publishes a book about the Outbound Flight before Thrawn gets his hands on it.
Title: Survivor's Quest