Old Friends: Han Solo, Leia Organa Solo, Chewbacca, C-3P0, Kitster Banai, Shmi Skywalker
Synopsis: Han and Leia have been married about 6 months. They are off to tatooine to buy back a painting that originally came from Leia's home on Alderaan. Unknown to most everyone except Leia, in the painting is a secret code that MUST be kep out of Imperial hands or the names and locations of many rebel spies and bases could be revealed, as well as their secret means of communication with them.
Review: This is a story of many layers. Han and leia are still getting used to the idea they are married. They are going back to tatooine, where the memories aren't really very good, Leia wasn't entirely honest with han about why they were going, and there are Imp's everywhere.
On top of that, Leia is confronted with her father's past - one she had no knowledge of. She still harbors great anger at Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker and is reluctant to believe anything anyone says about him. But from the time they land till they leave, Anakin is there, in and out of the story, told by his surviving friends, old pod-racers, and most importantly, by a journal found on a moisture farm.
When Smhi Skywalker was taken by the Tusken Raiders all those years ago, she left behind a video diary that found its way into Leia's hands. As she reads it, and learns more, she begins to understand some of what happened and why.
I am not sure which is the more importatn part of the story - Leia's connection with her family's past, or the back and forth about the Killick Twilight, that painting they have to have. Enter the Squibs - a rodent-like species, smarter than Rynats, about the size of a Jawa, and slick and sly as the best of them. Han Solo may have finally met his match in these three as they barter and battle back and forth. Excellent entertainment, cheap shots a'la Solo and Chewbacca in the background trying to keep everyone organized.
There is definitely an Imperial influence here and although it is not specifically stated, I am pretty sure the person behind all this is a Grand Admiral with red eyes and blue skin. Just think about "art" and it falls into place.
Troy Denning has done a great job tieing up some loose ends in Leia's story, we learn more about Shmi's life with Cleigg Lars and Owen and Beru, and just how much she loved and missed Anakin. Some hard lessons to learn for Leia, but it all leads to a greater understanding. And Han's love and support, in true Solo style, never lets her down.
For the Classic Trilogy fan, this one is a must read!
Title: Tatooine Ghost