(Edited and re-posted from elsewhere)
Star Wars: Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
5 out of 5 stars
Timothy Zahn is a solid Star Wars storyteller and this book is no exception. The story is exactly what it says on the tin: Ocean’s Eleven done Star Wars style. If you aren’t interested in reading a self-contained heist novel then this book might not be for you. However, if a Star Wars bank heist led by Han Solo sounds like something you might be interested in then this book delivers.
The story is a straightforward heist story but Zahn throws in plenty of twists and turns throughout. There are several interweaving plotlines that add to the intrigue and keep the action going. The story is fast paced and a lot of fun. This book handles a large cast extremely well and every character has a chance to shine. Not only are there plenty of Original Trilogy and Legends Expanded Universe (LegendsEU) favorites in this book, but plenty of new characters to learn and love too.
Zahn is one of the best writers to grace the Star Wars Expanded Universe and this story is one of his best. The book is a real page turner once the plot kicks in. It was one of those books that when I got to the end I wanted to go back to the beginning and start all over again. The story is a fun action tale from start to finish.
If you are a fan of the Original Trilogy, the character of Han Solo, or just interested in a standalone LegendsEU story this book is something you’ll want to check out. The characters are great, the plot is excellent and the action never stops. Scoundrels is an excellent adventure and is a great addition to the Star Wars universe. I will add that this is a LegendsEU book which means that it was published before Disney bought LucasFilm, so the story may not fully mesh with newer material. However, that shouldn’t stop you from reading this book.
On a side note, the audio book is also excellently done. Often the voice acting in Star Wars audio books leaves something to be desired, but not so for this one. The voices are well done and all of the characters can easily be distinguished from each other by the sound of their voice. If audio books are your thing this one is worth checking out.