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To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even
But even he can’t do this job solo.
Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After
all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the
Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the
daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the
first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the
Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics
earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially
since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba
the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t
cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide.
The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or
maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious
stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s
less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper.
The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up
with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the
All he has to do is infiltrate the
ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime
syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most
notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for
miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a
gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his
indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando
Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat
heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents
alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s
scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it
cost them the ultimate price?
Winner Lose All by Timothy Zahn.
This story occurs shortly after the
Battle of Yavin.
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loosely on Ocean's Eleven, Scoundrels sees Han Solo and Chewbacca
engaged to steal back from a powerful gangster an almost obscene
amount of monetary credits. In order to do so they must organise a
team of thieves, con artists, pickpockets, explosive experts and
even fellow smugglers. Zahn creates a believable narrative pulling
familiar and not so familiar characters into Han's team of eleven.
He successfully mixes characters he created from his previous Star
Wars books with both well-known film characters, such as Lando
Calrissian, and those less well-known, like the Kitik twins, Bink
and Tavia, from the Mos Eisley cantina scene in A New Hope.
"Surprisingly for a Star Wars story that features no Force users
what-so-ever, not a Jedi, not a Sith; where even a lightsaber is
reduced to an almost cameo appearance, Scoundrels is still very much
a Star Wars story. From the opening chapter, evoking in the reader's
mind the image of a Star Destroyer passing overhead, to the closing
sentences, where the final twist is revealed, Zahn is a master in
grounding his stories within the Star Wars mythos. Ever wondered
what had come between Han and Lando before The Empire Strikes Back:
this story helps explain some of Lando's animosity towards Han.
While referenced events from previous Star Wars novels and comic
books, including Marvel's comic stories from the late Seventies,
only help to cement this story firmly in the wider Expanded
"Scoundrels is a fun-filled heist caper that both Star
Wars aficionados and non-fans alike will enjoy. Filled with elements that
require the reader to stay alert at all times, this is a story full
of misdirection and plots within plots. This is Zahn at his best."