truce at bakuraKathy Tyres
Bantam Spectra
1993
 
No sooner has Darth Vader’s funeral pyre burned to ashes on Endor than the Alliance faces a new challenge at the far-flung Imperial outpost of Bakura. The Ssi-ruuk, a race of cold-blooded reptilian invaders, plan to enslave human minds to pilot their invincible machines of war and destruction. With the hope of turning Bakura’s loyalties toward the fledgling New Republic with defensive aid, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia race to the besieged planet. Yet, as the eve of the final onslaught rapidly approaches, Rebel and Imperial forces still must come to terms with each other. And there is already evidence of a traitor hidden in their midst…

As a whole, the expanded universe of the Star Wars mythos does well in enriching the stories beyond the movies. Whether or not you consider them “canon”, they’re pretty good yarns all together.

The Truce At Bakura takes up the day after the events in The Return Of The Jedi, with Luke recovering from the residual effects of being zapped by the late Emperor’s force lightning, Han and Leia beginning to embrace their growing love for each other, and R2D2 and C3PO still bickering amongst each other. Then they’re called off to a backwater planet under Imperial control to help fight off an invasion of intelligent raptors bent on enslaving humanity in a horrific, albeit creative, fashion, with the help of a brainwashed Force-sensitive teenager named Dev. Sci-fi action! Excitement! Political intrigue! And a couple of Trichoid larvae parasites I decided to name Bob and Frank. No reason…

The story clipped along at a fairly decent pace. Very cinematic style, keeping things simple yet interesting. There’s a scene where the Force ghost of Anikan Skywalker appears before Leia to beg forgiveness for the atrocities he committed as Vader that’s pretty poignant. And Luke gets a case of puppy love for a young Imperial senator. Nifty. As the main antagonists, the Ssi-ruuk, besides having a nigh-unpronounceable name, are nasty buggars. Anything that would panic the Imperials are never a good thing, really.

Overall, The Truce At Bakura was a nice leisurely Star Wars tale. Worth checking out sometime…

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