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Star Wars: Thrawn Band 1

Timothy Zahn

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn's rise to power-uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn's classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn's origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power-and infamy.

Praise for Thrawn

"The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades."-The Verge

"A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn's observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating."-New York Daily News

"Quite the page-turner."-Flickering Myth

"The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades."-The Verge

"A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn's observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating."-New York Daily News

"Quite the page-turner."-Flickering Myth

Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his
Star Wars novels (
Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance,
Choices of One, and
Scoundrels), with more than four million copies of his books in print. Other books include the Cobra series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.


Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 448
Erscheinungsdatum 11.04.2017
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-345-51127-0
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 24.4/16.1/4.3 cm
Gewicht 678 g

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EIn Muss für alle, die sich über die Kinofilme heraus für Star Wars interessieren. Die genialen Gedankengänge und strategischen Überlegungen von Admiral Thrawn sind extrem spannend beschrieben, so dass man immer mitfiebern und rätseln kann, was er wohl jetzt wieder geplant hat.

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  • chapter 1

    All beings begin their lives with hopes and aspirations. Among these aspirations is the desire that there will be a straight path to those goals.

    It is seldom so. Perhaps never.

    Sometimes the turns are of one's own volition, as one's thoughts and goals change over time. But more often the turns are mandated by outside forces.

    It was so with me. The memory is vivid, unsullied by age: the five admirals rising from their chairs as I am escorted into the chamber. The decision of the Ascendancy has been made, and they are here to deliver it.

    None of them is happy with the decision. I can read that in their faces. But they are officers and servants of the Chiss, and they will carry out their orders. Protocol alone demands that.

    The word is as I expected.


    The planet has already been chosen. The Aristocra will assemble the equipment necessary to ensure that solitude does not quickly become death from predators or the elements.

    I am led away. Once again, my path has turned.

    Where it will lead, I cannot say.


    The hut was small, apparently made from local materials, situated in the center of the forest clearing. Surrounding it were eight tall, rectangular boxes with two distinct sets of markings. "So this," Captain Voss Parck said, "is what you brought me all the way down from the Strikefast to see?"

    "Yes, Captain, I did," Colonel Mosh Barris said sourly. "Turns out we may have a problem. You see those markings?"

    "Of course," Parck said. "Bogolan script, isn't it?"

    "It's Bogolan script, but not Bogolanese," Barris said. "The translator droids can't make top or bottom of it. And the two power generators behind the hut don't match any Imperial designs."

    Standing to the side, watching his captain and the Strikefast's senior troop commander discuss the mysterious settlement they'd found on this unnamed world, Cadet First Class Eli Vanto tried to make himself as inconspicuous as possible.

    And wondered what he was doing here.

    None of the other ten Myomar Academy cadets had been ordered down with Parck's shuttle. Eli didn't have any particular expertise in unknown artifacts or tech. It wasn't like he needed planetside experience, anyway- he was on track to become a supply officer. There was no reason he could think of why he'd been singled out this way.

    "Cadet Vanto?" Barris said.

    Eli wrenched his mind back from his musings. "Yes, Colonel?"

    "The droids said there are half a dozen trade languages out here that use Bogolan script. You're our expert on obscure local languages." He gestured to the crates. "So?"

    Eli moved closer, wincing a little. So that was why he was here. He'd grown up on the planet Lysatra in this part of Wild Space, pressed up against the so-called Unknown Regions. His family's shipping company worked mostly in and around their homeworld, but they did enough business in the Unknown Regions that Eli had picked up proficiency in several of the local trade languages.

    But that hardly made him an expert.

    "It could be a variant of Sy Bisti, sir," he said. "Some of the words are familiar, and the syntax is right. But it's not standard."

    Barris snorted. "Hard to imagine a standard for a language so obscure that even the droids don't bother with it."

    Eli held his tongue. Sy Bisti was actually a perfectly well-defined and eminently useful language. It was the people who still used it, and the worlds they lived on, that were obscure.

    "You said you can read some of it?" Parck prompted.

    "Yes, sir," Eli said. "It seems to be mostly tracking information and the name of the company that supplied the contents. Also a short bit proclaiming the grandeur and honor of that company."

    "What, they engrave promotionals right on their shipping crates?" Barris asked.

    "Yes, sir. A lot of small business out here do that."