Old Friends: Lando Calrissian, Vuffi Ra, Rokur Gepta
Synopsis: Following the semi-succesful venture on Rafa IV, Lando and Vuffi Ra next travel to the Oseon System, worlds catering to the "filthy rich", gamblers and wealthy industrialists. Unable to profitably dispose of his cargo, Lando again joins a Sabacc game, and unwittingly becomes involved in another scam when he wins the game and beats a cop.
Review: Lando Calrissian is trying very hard to earn an honest living as a "cargo hauler" and salesman, not a smuggler/gambler. However, he is not yet the businessman he will become. It seems that all the cards are stacked against him as he and Vuffi Ra wander around the Dilonexa System, trying to make a profit off the sale of Mind Crystals and other useless goods. On top of that, unexplained accidents, attacks and bombs lead him to the conclusion that someone is trying to kill him.
An unsolicited invitation to attend a very high stakes Sabacc game in the Oseon System, and an attack enroute gives the reader a clue that things are, as usual with Lando, not quite what they seem. Unfortunately for Lando, he doesn't see it coming at all. After winning the game and taking all the credits from an undercover police officer, there is a fire aboard the Falcon, and even more trouble. Completely set-up by the Administrator and police, and forced to take along a very odd narcotics officer, they take off in the middle of the Flamewinds annual storms to arrest a drug-addicted millionaire. Lando and Vuffi Ra must again do the dirty work, or loose everything.
Added to this storyline is the continued presence of Rokur Gepta, the Sorcerer he defeated on Rafa VI, and a squadron of mysterious fighters who constantly attack him for no apparent reason. Although the reader may feel comfortable in their knowledge of these characters from the 1st Adventure, rest assured there is more to them than was originally revealed. The tongue-in-cheek writing style is maintained, the relationship between Lando and Vuffi Ra deepens, and humor is well used to move the story along.
This ia a rather simple story, but taken in the context of the Adventures and providing information into the character development of Lando Calrissian, is an easy and enjoyable read with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
Title: Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon