As production on Star Wars: Episode Seven ramps up, interest in that galaxy far, far away is also increasing. And the "classic trilogy" is getting lots of attention since it looks like the new film is going to reunite Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher in their iconic roles.
Riding the wave of anticipation is Lucas Books with a new line of Star Wars adventure novels set in the period during the rebellion against the Evil Galactic Empire. (For an old school geek like myself, that's the timeframe I care about most.) The latest book to explore that era is "Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves" by James S. A. Corey. It tells a story that takes place during the classic trilogy and is teased as follows:
"When the Empire threatens the galaxy’s new hope, will Han, Luke, and Leia become its last chance?
"When the mission is to extract a high-level rebel spy from the very heart of the Empire, Leia Organa knows the best man for the job is Han Solo—something the princess and the smuggler can finally agree on. After all, for a guy who broke into an Imperial cell block and helped destroy the Death Star, the assignment sounds simple enough.
"But when Han locates the brash rebel agent, Scarlet Hark, she’s determined to stay behind enemy lines. A pirate plans to sell a cache of stolen secrets that the Empire would destroy entire worlds to protect—including the planet where Leia is currently meeting with rebel sympathizers. Scarlet wants to track down the thief and steal the bounty herself, and Han has no choice but to go along if he’s to keep everyone involved from getting themselves killed. From teeming city streets to a lethal jungle to a trap-filled alien temple, Han, Chewbacca, Leia, and their daring new comrade confront one ambush, double cross, and firestorm after another as they try to keep crucial intel out of Imperial hands.
"But even with the crack support of Luke Skywalker’s x-wing squadron, the Alliance heroes may be hopelessly outgunned in their final battle for the highest of stakes: the power to liberate the galaxy from tyranny or ensure the Empire’s reign of darkness forever."
If that alone doesn't intrigue you, here's a look at the first few pages of "Star Wars: Honor Among Thieves"!