death-starAh, Star Wars. Possibly one of the greatest stories every told, well, if your a science fiction nut like myself. Even if you’re not, you still have to admit that in the late 70’s and 80’s, the Star Wars trilogy captured the imaginations, hearts and minds of an entire generation and continues doing so even for today’s young and old, alike.

This wonder and imagination, not to mention the joy I got when I read Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire trilogy in the early 90’s when I was just a pimply freshman in high school, is why I picked up this particular book. Sadly, it failed to meet my expectations.

More then three-quarters of Star Wars: Death Star was simply character building and plot set-up, characteristics that every good story needs, but to be dragged on the way that it was in this particular novel just made this book a long read.

Sure the story intertwines with the movie and story that got the whole Star Wars franchise moving, but it wasn’t enough for me to give this particular story anything higher then a so-so rating.

Among the characters taking part in Death Star are an escaped prisoner on the planet Despayre, a hand-to-hand combat expert from the same planet, an Imperial Fighter pilot, the Death Star archivist, a bar tender, and an assortment of other characters that have in some way or another come to find themselves on the Death Star.

The story only picks up with less then seventy pages left to go in the book when these characters, after witnessing the destruction of the peaceful planet of Alderaan by the Death Star, come to the realization that with the Death Star as a weapon the Empire will rule the galaxy through fear and hate, destroying anything or anybody that gets in their way – man, women or child. This is a realization that they decide as a group cannot happen, and one way or another they need to get the plans for this new battle station into the hands of the Rebels, along with any weakness’ of the Death Star.

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