Old Friends: Lando Calrissian, Vuffi Ra, Rokur Gepta, Klyn Shanga
Synopsis: Still on their quest for easy credits and an occasional Sabacc game, Lando and Vuffi Ra come across a young Oswat, adrift and starving. After saving his life, they agree to meet him at the entrance of his home at the StarCave of ThonBoka. Needless to say, this gets them into more trouble when they discover Lando's old nemesis, Rokur Gepta, waiting for them.
Review: Lando and Vuffi Ra stumble across Lehusu the Oswaft while traveling through a very remote and desolate sector of space. The "first contact" with this new species plays out like a Sabacc game, but they eventually learn to communicate and save him from certain starvation and death.
In return for this rescue, Lehusu reveals that his species can make precious gems at will, and will gladly share this wealth as a reward for Lando's help. Agreeing to a later meeting at the StarCave, Lando and Vuffi Ra continue on their journey, Lehusu heads home. An unfortunate detour leads the young Oswaft straight into the scanners of the Imperial Navy. He beats a hasty retreat, but not before the Empire decides he and his race are a threat and must be destroyed.
Meanwhile, Rokur Gepta joins forces with Klyn Shanga and his renegade squadron and they, with the Empire already in place, all converge at the entrance to the StarCave at ThonBoka. It is now not only up to Lando to save the Oswaft, but to take on the Empire, the Sorcerer and his new allies. And, he must unravel the mystery of Vuffi Ra, where he comes from and exactly what he is.
The authors skill at developing the new characters, especially the Oswaft and The "One, Other and Rest" while maintaining a clear connection back to the first 2 stories makes this last book in the series especially enjoyable. The realtionship between Lando and his friends and enemies is paramount in his later dealings with Han Solo and Chewie, and his future alliance with the Rebellion. We finally understand what makes Lando tick!
The continued fine line the author walks between comedy and farce in the middle of a sci-fi story is more than fun and reminds the reader that, although the Star Wars universe can be a pretty serious place, good stories do not have to fall into the standard format. The author finishes off the Lando Calrissian Adventures with a bang and a lot of laughs.
Title: Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka