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To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han’s got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he’s deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There’s a bounty on Han’s head—and if he can’t cough up the credits, he’ll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king’s ransom. Or maybe a gangster’s fortune? That’s what a mysterious stranger is offering in exchange for Han’s less-than-legal help with a riskier-than-usual caper. The payoff will be more than enough for Han to settle up with Jabba—and ensure he never has to haggle with the Hutts again.
 
All he has to do is infiltrate the ultra-fortified stronghold of a Black Sun crime syndicate underboss and crack the galaxy’s most notoriously impregnable safe. It sounds like a job for miracle workers . . . or madmen. So Han assembles a gallery of rogues who are a little of both—including his indispensable sidekick Chewbacca and the cunning Lando Calrissian. If anyone can dodge, deceive, and defeat heavily armed thugs, killer droids, and Imperial agents alike—and pull off the heist of the century—it’s Solo’s scoundrels. But will their crime really pay, or will it cost them the ultimate price?

Praise for Scoundrels
 
“Rapid-fire adventure [that] adds yet another dimension of enjoyment to a rousing galactic romp.”— Library Journal
 
“Highly entertaining . . . excellent Star Wars . . . There are many twists and turns [and] Zahn manages to find ways to twist them one step further than you’d expect.”—Examiner.com
 
“[ Scoundrels] brings freshness to the franchise.”— USA Today

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“Rapid-fire adventure [that] adds yet another dimension of enjoyment to a rousing galactic romp.”— Library Journal
 
“Highly entertaining . . . excellent Star Wars . . . There are many twists and turns [and] Zahn manages to find ways to twist them one step further than you’d expect.”—Examiner.com
 
“[ Scoundrels] brings freshness to the franchise.”— USA Today

About the Author

Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novelettes, 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, and Choices of One) 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.

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Chapter One

The starlines collapsed into stars, and the Imperial Star Destroyer Dominator had arrived. Standing on the command walkway, his hands clasped stiffly behind his back, Captain Worhven glared at the misty planet floating in the blackness directly ahead and wondered what in blazes he and his ship were doing here.

For these were not good times. The Emperor’s sudden dissolution of the Imperial Senate had sent dangerous swells of uncertainty throughout the galaxy, which played into the hands of radical groups like the so-called Rebel Alliance. At the same time, criminal organizations like Black Sun and the Hutt syndicates openly flaunted the law, buying and selling spice, stolen merchandise, and local and regional officials alike.

Even worse, Palpatine’s brand-new toy, the weapon that was supposed to finally convince both insurgents and lawbreakers that the Empire was deadly serious about taking them down, had inexplicably been destroyed at Yavin. Worhven still hadn’t heard an official explanation for that incident.

Evil times indeed. And evil times called for a strong and massive response. The minute the word came in from Yavin, Imperial Center should have ordered a full Fleet deployment, concentrating its efforts on the most important, the most insubordinate, and the most jittery systems. It was the classic response to crisis, a method that dated back thousands of years, and by all rights and logic the Dominator should have been at the forefront of any such deployment.

Instead, Worhven and his ship had been pressed into mule cart duty.

“Ah--Captain,” a cheery voice boomed behind him.

Worhven took a deep, calming breath. “Lord d’Ashewl,” he replied, making sure to keep his back to the other while he forced his expression into something more politically proper for the occasion.

It was well he’d started rearranging his face when he did. Barely five seconds later d’Ashewl came to a stop beside him, right up at his side instead of stopping the two steps back that Worhven demanded of even senior officers until he gestured them forward.

But that was hardly a surprise. What would a fat, stupid, accidentally rich member of Imperial Center’s upper court know of ship’s protocol?

A rhetorical question. The answer, of course, was nothing.

But if d’Ashewl didn’t understand basic courtesy, Worhven did. And he would treat his guest with the proper respect. Even if it killed him. “My lord,” he said politely, turning to face the other. “I trust you slept well.”

“I did,” d’Ashewl said, his eyes on the planet ahead. “So that’s Wukkar out there, is it?”

“Yes, my lord,” Worhven said, resisting the urge to wonder aloud if d’Ashewl thought the Dominator might have somehow drifted off course during ship’s night. “As per your orders.”

“Yes, yes, of course,” d’Ashewl said, craning his neck a little. “It’s just so hard to tell from this distance. Most worlds out there look distressingly alike.”

“Yes, my lord,” Worhven repeated, again resisting the words that so badly wanted to come out. That was the kind of comment made only by the inexperienced or blatantly stupid. With d’Ashewl, it was probably a toss-up.

“But if you say it’s Wukkar, then I believe it,” d’Ashewl continued. “Have you compiled the list of incoming yachts that I asked for?”

Worhven suppressed a sigh. Not just mule cart duty, but handmaiden duty as well. “The comm officer has it,” he said, turning his head and gesturing toward the starboard crew pit. Out of the corner of his eye he saw now that he and d’Ashewl weren’t alone: d’Ashewl’s young manservant, Dayja, had accompanied his superior and was standing a respectful half dozen steps back along the walkway.

At least one of the pair knew something about proper protocol.

“Excellent, excellent,” d’Ashewl said, rubbing his hands together. “There’s a wager afoot, Captain, as to which of our group will arrive first and which will arrive last. Thanks to you and your magnificent ship, I stand to win a great deal of money.”

Worhven felt his lip twist. A ludicrous and pointless wager, to match the Dominator’s ludicrous and pointless errand. It was nice to know that in a universe on the edge of going mad, there was still ironic symmetry to be found.

“You’ll have your man relay the data to my floater,” d’Ashewl continued. “My man and I shall leave as soon as the Dominator reaches orbit.” He cocked his head. “Your orders were to remain in the region in the event that I needed further transport, were they not?”

The captain allowed his hands, safely out of d’Ashewl’s sight at his sides, to curl into frustrated fists. “Yes, my lord.”

“Good,” d’Ashewl said cheerfully. “Lord Toorfi has been known to suddenly change his mind on where the games are to continue, and if he does, I need to be ready to once again beat him to the new destination. You’ll be no more than three hours away at all times, correct?”

“Yes, my lord,” Worhven said. Fat, stupid, and a cheat besides. Clearly, all the others involved in this vague high-stakes gaming tournament had arrived at Wukkar via their own ships. Only d’Ashewl had had the supreme gall to talk someone on Imperial Center into letting him borrow an Imperial Star Destroyer for the occasion.

“But for now, all I need is for your men to prepare to launch my floater,” d’Ashewl continued. “After that, you may take the rest of the day off. Perhaps the rest of the month as well. One never knows how long old men’s stamina and credits will last, eh?”

Without waiting for a reply--which was just as well, because Worhven didn’t have any that he was willing to share--the rotund man turned and waddled back along the walkway toward the aft bridge. Dayja waited until he’d passed, then dropped into step the prescribed three paces behind him.

Worhven watched until the pair had passed beneath the archway and into the aft bridge turbolift, just to make sure they were truly gone. Then, unclenching his teeth, he turned to the comm officer. “Signal Hangar Command,” he ordered. “Our passenger is ready to leave.”

He threw a final glower at the aft bridge. Take the day off, indeed. Enough condescending idiocy like that from the Empire’s ruling class, and Worhven would be sorely tempted to join the Rebellion himself. “And tell them to make it quick,” he added. “I don’t want Lord d’Ashewl or his ship aboard a single millisecond longer than necessary.”

“I should probably have you whipped,” d’Ashewl commented absently.

Dayja half turned in the floater’s command chair to look over his shoulder. “Excuse me?” he asked.

“I said I should probably have you whipped,” d’Ashewl repeated, gazing at his datapad as he lazed comfortably on the luxurious couch in the lounge just behind the cockpit.

“Any particular reason?”

“Not really,” d’Ashewl said. “But it’s becoming the big thing among the upper echelon of the court these days, and I’d hate to be left out of the truly important trends.”

“Ah,” Dayja said. “I trust these rituals aren’t done in public?”

“Oh, no, the sessions are quite private and secretive,” d’Ashewl assured him. “But that’s a good point. Unless we happen to meet up with others of my same lofty stature, there really wouldn’t be any purpose.” He considered. “At least not until we get back to Imperial Center. We may want to try it then.”

“Speaking only for myself, I’d be content to put it off,” Dayja said. “It does sound rather pointless.”

“That’s because you have a lower-class attitude,” d’Ashewl chided. “It’s a conspicuous-consumption sort of thing. A demonstration that one has such an overabundance of servants and slaves that he can afford to put one out of commission for a few days merely on a whim.”

“It still sounds pointless,” Dayja said. “Ripping someone’s flesh from his body is a great deal of work. I prefer to have a good reason if I’m going to go to that much effort.” He nodded at the datapad. “Any luck?”

“Unfortunately, the chance cubes aren’t falling in our favor,” d’Ashewl said, tossing the instrument onto the couch beside him. “Our tip-off came just a bit too late. It looks like Qazadi is already here.”

“You’re sure?”

“There were only eight possibilities, and all eight have landed and their passengers dispersed.”

Dayja turned back forward, eyeing the planet rushing up toward them and trying to estimate distances and times. If the yacht carrying their quarry had just landed, there might still be a chance of intercepting him before he went to ground.

“And the latest was over three hours ago,” d’Ashewl added. “So you might as well ease back on the throttle and enjoy the ride.”

Dayja suppressed a flicker of annoyance. “So in other words, we took the Dominator out of service for nothing.”

“Not entirely,” d’Ashewl said. “Captain Worhven had the opportunity to work on his patience level.”

Despite his frustration, Dayja had to smile. “You do play the -pompous-jay role very well.”

“Thank you,” d’Ashewl said. “I’m glad my talents are still of some use to the department. And don’t be too annoyed that we missed him. It would have been nicely dramatic, snatching him out of the sky as we’d hoped. But such a triumph would have come with its own set of costs. For one thing, Captain Worhven would have had to be brought into your confidence, which would have cost you a perfectly good cover identity.”

“And possibly yours?”

“Very likely,” d’Ashewl agreed. “And while the Director has plenty of scoundrel and server identities to pass out, he can slip someone into the Imperial court only so often before the other members catch on. They may be arrogant and pompous, but they’re not stupid. All things considered, it’s probably just as well things have worked out this way.”

“Perhaps,” Dayja said, not entirely ready to concede the point. “Still, he’s going to be harder to get out of Villachor’s mansion than he would have been if we’d caught him along the way.”

“Even so, it will be easier than digging him out of one of Black Sun’s complexes on Imperial Center,” d’Ashewl countered. “Assuming we could find him in that rat hole in the first place.” He gestured toward the viewport. “And don’t think it would have been that easy to pluck him out of space. Think Xizor’s Virago, only scaled up fifty or a hundred times, and you’ll get an idea what kind of nut it would have been to crack.”

“All nuts can be cracked,” Dayja said with a shrug. “All it takes is the right application of pressure.”

“Provided the nutcracker itself doesn’t break in the process,” d’Ashewl said, his voice going suddenly dark. “You’ve never tangled with Black Sun at this level, Dayja. I have. Qazadi is one of the worst, with every bit of Xizor’s craftiness and manipulation.”

“But without the prince’s charm?”

“Joke if you wish,” d’Ashewl rumbled. “But be careful. If not for yourself, for me. I have the ghosts of far too many lost agents swirling through my memory as it is.”

“I understand,” Dayja said quietly. “I’ll be careful.”

“Good.” D’Ashewl huffed out a short puff of air, an affectation Dayja guessed he’d picked up from others of Imperial Center’s elite. “All right. We still don’t know why Qazadi is here: whether he’s on assignment, lying low, or in some kind of disfavor with Xizor and the rest of the upper echelon. If it’s the third, we’re out of luck.”

“As is Qazadi,” Dayja murmured.

“Indeed,” d’Ashewl agreed. “But if it’s one of the first two . . .” He shook his head. “Those files could rock Imperial Center straight out of orbit.”

Which was enough reason all by itself for them to play this whole thing very carefully, Dayja knew. “But we’re sure he’ll be staying at Villachor’s?”

“I can’t see him coming to Wukkar and staying anywhere but the sector chief’s mansion,” d’Ashewl said. “But there may be other possibilities, and it wouldn’t hurt for you to poke around a bit. I’ve downloaded everything we’ve got on Villachor, his people, and the Marblewood Estate for you. Unfortunately, there isn’t much.”

“I guess I’ll have to get inside and see the place for myself,” Dayja said. “I’m thinking the upcoming Festival of Four Honorings will be my best bet.”

“If Villachor follows his usual pattern of hosting one of Iltarr City’s celebrations at Marblewood,” d’Ashewl warned. “It’s possible that with Qazadi visiting he’ll pass that role to someone else.”

“I don’t think so,” Dayja said. “High-level Black Sun operatives like to use social celebrations as cover for meetings with offworld contacts and to set up future opportunities. In fact, given the timing of Qazadi’s visit, it’s possible he’s here to observe or assist with some particularly troublesome problem.”

“You’ve done your homework,” d’Ashewl said. “Excellent. Do bear in mind, though, that the influx of people also means Marblewood’s security force will be on heightened alert.”

“Don’t worry,” Dayja said calmly. “You can get through any door if you know the proper way to knock. I’ll just keep knocking until I find the pattern.”



According to Wukkar’s largest and most influential fashion magazines, all of which were delighted to run extensive stories on Avrak Villachor whenever he paid them to do so, Villachor’s famed Marblewood Estate was one of the true showcases of the galaxy. It was essentially a country manor in the midst of Iltarr City: a walled-off expanse of landscaped grounds surrounding a former governor’s mansion built in classic High Empress Teta style.

The more breathless of the commentators liked to remind their readers of Villachor’s many business and philanthropic achievements and awards, and predicted that there would be more such honors in the future. Other commentators, the unpaid ones, countered with more ominous suggestions that Villachor’s most likely achievement would be to suffer an early and violent death.

Both predictions were probably right; the thought flicked through Villachor’s mind as he stood at the main entrance to his mansion and watched the line of five ordinary-looking landspeeders float through the gate and into his courtyard. In fact, there was every chance that he was about to face one or the other of those events right now.

The only question was which one.

Proper etiquette on Wukkar dictated that a host be waiting beside the landspeeder door when a distinguished guest emerged. In this case, though, that would be impossible. All five landspeeders had dark-tint windows, and there was no way to know which one his mysterious visitor was riding in. If Villachor guessed wrong, not only would he have violated prescribed manners, but he would also look like a fool.

And so he paused on the bottom step until the landspeeders came to a well-practiced simultaneous halt. The doors of all but the second vehicle opened and began discharging the passengers, most of them hard-faced human men who would have fit in seamlessly with Villachor’s own cadre of guards and enforcers. They spread out into a loose and casual-looking circle around the vehicles, and one of them murmured something into the small comlink clip on his collar. The final landspeeder’s doors opened--

Villachor felt his throat tighten as he caught his first glimpse of gray-green scales above a colorful beaded tunic. This was no human. This was a Falleen.

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Keith
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A slow journey to a rushed ending
Reviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
I''ve read most of Mr. Zahn''s novels, and this is the first one that clunked for me. I''m not really sure why, but the opening chapters did nothing to draw me into the story and it was a struggle to keep turning the pages, even after I was well past the halfway point. There... See more
I''ve read most of Mr. Zahn''s novels, and this is the first one that clunked for me. I''m not really sure why, but the opening chapters did nothing to draw me into the story and it was a struggle to keep turning the pages, even after I was well past the halfway point. There were certainly the workings of a good story in there, and there were some parts where I started to enjoy things, but then it ended just when I thought it might get really interesting. (I''d forgotten that there was a lengthy novella bundled at the end, so I''d been expecting another act after the heist.) Too many details of the caper were kept secret from the reader, and the book''s lengthy setup phase didn''t have enough other stuff going on to make up for it, so it ended up being a lot of waiting around for a chaotic assault that seemed like something straight out of a slapstick comedy. I appreciate the effort that went into plotting it all, but I felt like I was just along for the ride without really understanding what was happening, and I''ve never had that problem with any of the author''s other works. I had to reread all of the last two chapters because there were three different characters all claiming to possess the same item, and you have to read between the lines a bit to understand it -- and while I think I figured out who has it, I''m still not quite sure why they have it, or why one of the other characters was searched so inadequately by someone else who was looking for it. Also, there were numerous references to Bespin, so I assumed that something would happen at some point to give an idea of how Lando ended up as its administrator during the brief time between this novel and The Empire Strikes Back, but nothing ever came of it. It seems like this creates a continuity problem because Han knows to find Lando on Bespin during the film, yet the novel ends with them having already gone their separate ways, with a strong implication that Han is going directly to the Alliance with no intention of speaking to Lando again.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2014
Timothy Zahn does it again with another successful and enjoyable Star Wars novel. This one is essentially Ocean''s Eleven in space, but there are some good twists (the very end has a cool one) and turns that make it entertaining, but nothing stellar or amazing in it.... See more
Timothy Zahn does it again with another successful and enjoyable Star Wars novel. This one is essentially Ocean''s Eleven in space, but there are some good twists (the very end has a cool one) and turns that make it entertaining, but nothing stellar or amazing in it.

*DO read the bonus novella: Winner Lose All at the end of the book before reading the main story; it provides a nice background to three of the new characters introduced in the main story, while also giving a nice narrative for Han/Lando''s relationship issues before the main event (things are tense & they have a history for a reason... also leading to Han''s reluctant attitude for how Lando''s greeting in ESB). A hint is that Lando would have good reason to not receive Han & company warmly as some business venues didn''t end well for Lando...

4 out of 5 stars for this one, and it''s a shame that this is one of the last Star Wars Expanded Universe books now that Disney has taken over & essentially erased the SW history/EU. This book was just another great edition to the plethora and rich universe created by authors over the years!
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Joram Manka
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This book. I wanted to put it down so many times. Nothing happened.
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2017
Okay I''m a big Star Wars fan. Especially the books. Especially Extended Universe. Timothy Zahn has written some of my all-time favorites - his Heir to the Empire trilogy could have been Episodes VII, VIII, and IX so easily. But wow. This book. I wanted to put it... See more
Okay I''m a big Star Wars fan. Especially the books. Especially Extended Universe. Timothy Zahn has written some of my all-time favorites - his Heir to the Empire trilogy could have been Episodes VII, VIII, and IX so easily.

But wow. This book. I wanted to put it down so many times. Nothing happened. We were stuck on a planet watching the characters trying to break in. A few characters seem absolutely wedged in here (Winter/Lando especially).

The big reveal on the last page was laugh out loud funny.

If you want to read about Han, Chewie, and Lando - pick up the Han Solo trilogy by A.C. Crispin. Best books on those characters!
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Another great read from Timothy Zahn....don''t forget to follow up with Choices of One
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2021
The characters in Timothy Zahn''s books are incredibly interesting and his plot lines make it practically impossible to take a break as they play out. My biggest frustration, is how quickly I go through his novels. This one is no exception and offers a real surprise at the... See more
The characters in Timothy Zahn''s books are incredibly interesting and his plot lines make it practically impossible to take a break as they play out. My biggest frustration, is how quickly I go through his novels. This one is no exception and offers a real surprise at the end. Also of note is that there is a separate short story at the end of this book.
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Now this is the Star Wars I love
Reviewed in the United States on March 14, 2013
I gave up on Star Wars novels a dozen years ago, too many characters, too many authors; it had all gotten too uneven for me. But when I saw this was being released I had to get it. I''ve always enjoyed Zahn''s books. Set right after A New Hope, Han is offered a job by one of... See more
I gave up on Star Wars novels a dozen years ago, too many characters, too many authors; it had all gotten too uneven for me. But when I saw this was being released I had to get it. I''ve always enjoyed Zahn''s books. Set right after A New Hope, Han is offered a job by one of Black Sun''s victims. The guy wants Han to break in to a Black Sun sector chief''s house & steal back millions of stolen credits. Han has lost most of his Death Star reward money & takes the job. But as he isn''t a thief he hires some old friends & a few others to help him pull off the heist.

This was a great plot driven story. It was obviously sci fi without beating you over the head with the technology (which gets old) or devolving into convoluted explanation about how everything worked. Zahn treats you as if you are intelligent enough not to need every ''futuristic'' element explained to you. The characters were well done; Han, Chewie & Lando behaved true to their movie personas. Nothing to jar the non-expanded universes reader out of their comfort zone but some nice detail on Kell & Winter for expanded universe fans. As others have said it''s Star Wars meets Oceans 11. It is a fun adventurous read with plenty of twists & turns plus an excellent twist right at the end that had me going back to the start and rereading the whole book with that knowledge in mind.

Loved it and highly recommend it!
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Classic Star Wars Story According to Timothy Zahn!
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2013
Timothy Zahn novels have always been some of my favorites; whether Star Wars or otherwise, though especially so with his Star Wars series. What makes his novels stand out is the pacing of his storytelling, which is perfect. No matter the book, he has the uncanny ability to... See more
Timothy Zahn novels have always been some of my favorites; whether Star Wars or otherwise, though especially so with his Star Wars series. What makes his novels stand out is the pacing of his storytelling, which is perfect. No matter the book, he has the uncanny ability to draw the picture that is appropriate for a particular scene without leaving it wanting nor overburdening it with technical excess (think Tom Clancy novels that sometimes have the tendency to be over-technical). He provides just enough of a view into his characters throughout the story to constantly keep you involved in their development within the story. Scoundrels is no exception.

Another wonderful thing about Timothy Zahn books is that the stories as a whole maintain their context within the sphere of the main character. In Scoundrels, that is Han Solo, so the story Timothy Zahn tells is one in which _nothing_ comes easy; or it may appear to be cut and dry on the surface, but knowing Han, almost invariably, there will be a twist. That''s what I loved about Scoundrels. I always knew that there would be some sort of twist to any sub-plot and that kept me turning pages to discover what that twist might be.

I''m usually not one to provide spoilers so I won''t do that here. Suffice it to say that this book was yet another in the long line of Timothy Zahn novels that allowed me to escape from reality for awhile and immerse myself in his storytelling. Great job!
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A Fun Standalone Star Wars Story With Everyone''s Favorite!
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013
Having not read a Star Wars book in well over a decade, this was an impulse buy based on the positive reviews, the SW books I had read by Timothy Zahn, and it somewhat unique premise for a SW book. All in all I found it to be exactly what was promised. A fun,... See more
Having not read a Star Wars book in well over a decade, this was an impulse buy based on the positive reviews, the SW books I had read by Timothy Zahn, and it somewhat unique premise for a SW book.

All in all I found it to be exactly what was promised. A fun, quick Ocean''s 11 type heist set in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The cast of characters is made up of both existing EU characters along with a few new ones. Even though EU characters like Winter and organizations like the Black Sun play a big part in the story, really little to no knowledge about the dozens of other Star Wars novels out there is needed to get into this one.

In the end Scoundrels is a fun read that I enjoyed. Despite all of the comparisons to Ocean''s 11, Zahn still manages to tell a pretty original tale, but not a real page turner until the final 1/3 of the book. I did give it an extra star, though, because of a fun little nod to Indiana Jones and a heck of a twist ending.
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Eston Melton
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It''s tons of a fun, and Timothy Zahn again demonstrates he''s a real ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2016
Not sure how I missed this book when first published. It''s tons of a fun, and Timothy Zahn again demonstrates he''s a real master of the Star Wars universe. I appreciate that this work really does stand alone and doesn''t try for the kind of gratuitous "let''s cram as many... See more
Not sure how I missed this book when first published. It''s tons of a fun, and Timothy Zahn again demonstrates he''s a real master of the Star Wars universe. I appreciate that this work really does stand alone and doesn''t try for the kind of gratuitous "let''s cram as many characters and references in here as possible!" awkwardness as some other late Legends material.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 22, 2013
This book is a good read. Its not exactly deep, but it is a fun experience. There are some things I really liked and appreciated as a Star Wars fan, like showing the Ord Mantell encounter Han has with the bounty hunter quoted in TESB. And a good few other things, like...See more
This book is a good read. Its not exactly deep, but it is a fun experience. There are some things I really liked and appreciated as a Star Wars fan, like showing the Ord Mantell encounter Han has with the bounty hunter quoted in TESB. And a good few other things, like Winter being a character and really getting inside her head following Alderaan''s destruction in ANH. The book also deals with Lando and Han''s distrust and falling out they had with each other, and how its repaired. Oh, and theres a twist at the end of the book which I don''t think anyone will see coming... I know I didn''t. I''d probably give this book a 7/10.
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Simon
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Its good for what it is
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 3, 2014
Its a good fun romp but feels a little 2d at the end of the day, this is not to say I didn''t enjoy it
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Jediah Prime
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Didn''t feel like Star Wars
Reviewed in Canada on May 6, 2014
This book was surprisingly disappointing. Zahn is usually one of the best when it comes to making the Expanded Universe feel like a fun addition to Star Wars... but this just didn''t feel like a Star Wars story. It was more like The Italian Job or Ocean''s Eleven, with some...See more
This book was surprisingly disappointing. Zahn is usually one of the best when it comes to making the Expanded Universe feel like a fun addition to Star Wars... but this just didn''t feel like a Star Wars story. It was more like The Italian Job or Ocean''s Eleven, with some Mission: Impossible thrown in, and then Star Wars characters were superimposed on top of it. There was even a reference to football. Yes, football. The final straw came when there was a blatantly obvious Indiana Jones scene near the end involving Han Solo. He''s swinging a whip around while... oh, I won''t ruin it any more for those of you who will read the book anyway. Zahn''s strong record prior to this still stands up, though. I''ll cut him some slack and won''t hold this one disappointing book against him.
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Reviewed in Canada on August 17, 2018
Another great book by Timothy Zahn.
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Hart Engel
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Five Stars
Reviewed in Canada on December 27, 2014
Great Book. Timothy Zahn in the best.
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