Rebel_Stand_CoverAaron Allston
Del Rey
2002

“You mean torture?” Han perked up. “Well…if you have to. But make it a good one. One I haven’t seen before. I was tortured by Darth Vader.”

Luke Skywalker’s daring mission to halt the Yuuzhan Vong’s nefarious plot to overthrow the New Republic is struggling on all fronts. And time is slipping away for Han and Leia Organa Solo, trapped on a small planet whose rulers are about to yield to Yuuzhan Vong pressure to give up the Jedi rebels. On Coruscant, Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker have made a shocking discovery that is preventing the Yuuzhan Vong from exerting complete control. But when the enemy tracks them down, Luke and Mara are thrust into a fierce battle for their lives. Suddenly, the chances of escaping appear nearly impossible. And in space, another battle rages, one that holds ominous consequences for the New Republic–and for the Jedi themselves…

The second part of this final duology in the New Jedi Order series–Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand–finds Luke and Mara Skywalker, along with a couple more Jedi and a handful of New Republic covert ops specialists sneaking around Yuuzhan Vong occupied Coruscant, trying to build a resistance cell, but running into a remnant of the Imperial Empire that destroys everything in its path, Yuuzhan Vong or otherwise; Han and Leia are running into wackiness of their own on a couple of planets while trying to secure oppossition to the Yuuzhan Vong occupation of the Galaxy; meanwhile, Wedge Antillies and Jaina Solo both come up with some effective tactics against the ongoing siege against their temporary digs. And the surviving members of the former New Republic are still opportunist douche nozzles. Big surprise there.

As the second part of the Enemy Lines duology, Rebel Stand is…well, it’s  a continuation, really. Not much different from the previous installment, which is to say it was a serviceable story that advances the overall story arc. Not much else beyond that, but let’s face it–this is a Star Wars novel. No one goes into these expecting mind-blowing sci-fi. We want to be entertained with a well drawn space opera, and that’s what we get with this.

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