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Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

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Star Wars: Thrawn Band 2

Timothy Zahn

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team up against a threat to the Empire in this thrilling novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

"I have sensed a disturbance in the Force."

Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root-its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor's favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs-including the Death Star project-the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it's not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there's more behind his royal command than either man suspects.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth'raw'nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown . . . and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance-neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.

Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged-by a test of their allegiance to the Empire . . . and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.

Praise for Thrawn: Alliances

"It's a science fiction beach read in the best way, brisk and amusing, with some cool additions to the Star Wars galaxy."-Den of Geek

"Like all of Zahn's novels set in a galaxy far, far away, it's an essential read for anyone looking for an artistically done adventure."-CNET

"It's a science fiction beach read in the best way, brisk and amusing, with some cool additions to the Star Wars galaxy."-Den of Geek

"Like all of Zahn's novels set in a galaxy far, far away, it's an essential read for anyone looking for an artistically done adventure."-CNET

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 496
Erscheinungsdatum 26.02.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-984821-02-7
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 17.2/10.3/3.2 cm
Gewicht 232 g
Verkaufsrang 21971

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  • "I have sensed a disturbance in the Force."

    Emperor Palpatine paused, stretching out his thoughts to the two men standing before his throne, awaiting their reactions.

    No. Not men. Of course not men. Men were insignificant, pitiable creatures, fit only to be ruled, or intimidated, or sent to die in battle. These were far more than mere men.

    A Chiss Grand Admiral, a strategic and tactical genius. A Sith Lord, ruthless and powerful in the Force.

    They were watching him, Palpatine knew, each trying in his own way to glean some understanding as to why they'd been summoned. Grand Admiral Thrawn was observing his Emperor's voice, face, and body stance. Lord Vader, in contrast, was stretching out with the Force toward his master.

    Palpatine could feel all that. But he could also feel the tension between these, his two most useful servants.

    The tension wasn't simply because each wished to be the one standing alone at his master's side at the center of Imperial power. That was certainly part of it.

    But there was more. Much more. Thrawn had recently suffered a serious defeat, permitting a small group of rebels he'd successfully trapped on the planet Atollon to slip through his fingers. That failure had earned Vader's contempt.

    Thrawn, in his turn, strongly opposed the Death Star project favored by Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Palpatine himself, pushing instead for his own prized TIE Defender project on Lothal. So far Thrawn's opposition had not reached the level of open resistance, but the Emperor knew it was only a matter of time. Vader knew that, as well.

    But Palpatine hadn't brought them here to offer an opportunity for reconciliation. Certainly not to mediate personally in their conflict. There were other, far deeper considerations.

    Thrawn had given his oath of loyalty to the Empire. But that loyalty had never been fully tested. Vader stood beside Palpatine as the Sith Master's apprentice But his pervious life among the Jedi could not simply be ignored nor casually dismissed.

    Here, with this intriguing Force disturbance, was the opportunity to deal with both issues.

    Palpatine raised his eyes briefly toward the high window in his throne room. The Star Destroyer Chimaera was visible in the distance, a barely discernible arrowhead shape floating high above Coruscant's buildings and skylanes. Normally, military craft that large weren't permitted closer than low orbit. But Palpatine had wished the ship to be present during this meeting, a subtle reminder to both of his servants of what had been given to Thrawn, and what could be taken away.

    Vader spoke first, as Palpatine had known he would. "Perhaps you sense the rogue Jedi Kanan Jarrus," he said.

    "Or the creature Admiral Thrawn claimed to have encountered on Atollon."

    Palpatine smiled thinly. Of course he wasn't sensing Jarrus. That particular disturbance had long since been noted, codified, and dismissed, a fact Vader knew only too well. The suggestion was nothing more than a reminder to Thrawn-and to Palpatine-of the Chiss's humiliating defeat.

    Thrawn gave no visible reaction to Vader's comment. But Palpatine could sense a hardening of his attitude. He'd already promised the Emperor that he would deal with Jarrus and the Phoenix rebels who had so recently slipped through his fingers. Much of that failure had been due to factors not under Thrawn's control, which was why Palpatine hadn't taken the Seventh Fleet away from him.

    But Vader had no patience for failure of any sort, no matter what the reasons or excuses. For now, he was waiting; but he was more than ready to step in to solve that particular problem if the Grand Admiral failed.

    "This disturbance comes from neither," Palpatine said. "It is something new. Something different." He looked back and forth between his servants. "Something that will require both of you working together to uncove