Old Friends: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Bollux, Blue Max, Gallandro
Synopsis: Fortunately for everyone concerned, Han has come to the conclusion that he has worn out his welcome in the Corporate Sector and moved on to another less known corner of the galaxy to recoup his losses. An unexpected encounter with an old friend who once saved his life, a legend of great treasure and a gunslinger on his tail convinces Han that, once again, he needs to disappear and this is as good a time as any.
Review: Arriving in the Tion Hegemony, again more down and out than up and running, Han, Chewie, Bollux and Blue Max make one more ill-advised deal. Once more on the wrong side of the law, effectively blackmailed, broke and the Millenium Falcon impounded, Han falls into the company of his old pal Badure. Joining forces with a female companion and an unusual assortment of other travelers, our heroes head for the Vaults of Dellalt where the location of the undiscovered "Treasure of Xim the Despot" is rumored to be.
Once on Dellalt, as usual, things are not what they appear to be and Han and Chewie have a difficult time getting anything to go their way. The author tries to hold the readers interest with a few small storylines that could have enhanced the main arc, but come off as "sidebars". The female interest is predictable; the reapperance of the gunslinger is no surprise and the end arrives just in time.
The author does, however, answer some good questions about Han Solo, and gives a good accounting of the departureof Bollux and Blue Max, as they are not seen or heard from again after these adventures.
Given the fact that these stories were written almost 20 years before A.C. Crispin wrote the "Han Solo Trilogy", and that they were published just months before the release of The Empire Strikes Back, these adventures are a commendable addition in the development of the character. The 3 stories are so skillfully incorporated into the final episode of the "Han Solo Trilogy", that, taken as a whole, we are brought into the world of Han Solo. When we walk into the Mos Eisley Cantina with Luke and Obi-Wan, we really do know the scoundrel and his hairy sidekick, and are much better for the reading experience.
Title: Han Solo and the Lost Legacy