is a novel set in the Star Wars galaxy
released in January 2007 by Del Rey
. The book was written by Timothy Zahn
The story is set just after A New Hope
. The book's subject is, according to Zahn, "...three different people and groups with allegiance issues."
The story was told in three parallel threads which eventually intertwined in the later part of the book.
Five members of the Imperial Stormtroopers
attached to the Imperial Star Destroyer Reprisal
began to have doubt about their work after being made to participate in massacre of innocents on planet Teardrop. The planet had a rebel base, but evacuated just moments before the Reprisal
arrived. The Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) officers in charge of the operations had the innocent people killed anyway. Back on board the Star Destroyer, the ISB Major Dreflin made a mistake of pushing the stormtrooper too far and ended up killed by his own weapon. The five stormtroopers aboard realized official channels would get them nowhere, and managed to escape on board the ship Suwantek
. While on the run, their sense of honor and duty led them to seemingly unrelated incidents where they rescued local populace, and subsequently pursued a link to a pirate group named the Bloodscars operating in the Shelsha Sector.
Leia was dispatched to the Shelsha Sector to meet three local representatives of the Rebellion. Luke, Han and Chewbacca went along as her escorts. They separated to pursue different... Read More