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The Truce at Bakura (1993)

1993 saw Bantam Spectrum publish two Star Wars novels. The first was The Last Command, the third and final part of Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn trilogy, which arguably revitalized Star Wars in the minds of the general public. The second was The Truce at Bakura. This is the start of a precipitous drop in quality in Star Wars novels.

The idea here is that the New Republic is scrambling to take control of the fallen empire and getting star systems to join. They visit Bakura as it is being attacked by an unknown alien threat, which forces the rebels to join forces with the hard-pressed imperial garrison. This sounds like some centrist BS if you ask me. There is no shortage of weirdness. One ruthless imperial officer is allowed to defect after attempting to kill Luke Skywalker and succeeding in destroying a rebel cruiser. Oh, and Darth Vader’s ghost shows up to beg Leia’s forgiveness. You know, that guy who was instrumental in blowing up her home planet. The only thing you can give the book is that the alien invaders, the Ssi-Ruuvi, aren’t nearly as bad as the Yuuzhan Vong. Those guys really suck.

Anyway, it is hard to make a good sourcebook out of a crummy novel. At least West End learned to be choosier after this. I shudder to think what sourcebooks for The Courtship of Princess Leia or The Crystal Star would be like.

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