Old Friends: Luke Skywalker, R2D2, C3P0, Princess Leia Organa, Darth Vader
Synopsis: Following the Battle of Yavin, Princess Leia takes on the role of Diplomat as she secretly travels to small resistance cells throughout the Empire offering weapons, intelligence and assistance. In this story, written shortly after the release of the 1st Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker volunteers to accompany Leia on one of these missions. And, as usual, things don't work out as orignally planned.
Review: On the journey to Circarpous IV, Leia, accompanied by C3P0, developes engine trouble, locates a "homing beacon" where it shouldn't be, and crash lands on Minban. Following the same strange signal, Luke and R2D2 experience similar problems and barely land safely. Finding themselves stranded in a very hostile environment, they head for the nearest settlement and location of the beacon. Surprisingly, they discover Stormtroopers, a hidden Imperial Mining Operation and a very strange old woman.
We enjoy a mix-up with the miners, interesting disguises, a sneaky/snakey Imperial, imprisonment and rescue and a wild ride through the jungles in search of the mysterious Kaiburr Crystal. To make things even more interesting, a confrontation with our favorite villian make this an interesting read.
The author explores Luke and Leia's new relationship and their feelings for each other. C3P0 and R2D2 are along for the ride and continue to entertain. Since this was written before the release of The Empire Strikes Back, there is a little inconsistency in the characters, Vader is a little "off". And although there are only 5 main characters from SW-ANH included, it would have been nice if Halla and the 2 Yuzzem had stuck around for more.
It is still an interesting story and does maintain most of the Star Wars charisma. It is uncomplicated and easy to read, probably over a weekend.
Title: Splinter of the Minds Eye