Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn
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Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
To make his biggest score, Han’s ready to take even bigger risks.
But even he can’t do this job solo.

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 Chewbecca 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?

BONUS: Includes the novella Winner Lose All.

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.”—
“[Scoundrels] brings freshness to the franchise.”—USA Today

About Timothy Zahn

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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.
Published January 1, 2013 by LucasBooks. 530 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author—who has many sci-fi works to his credit, including the recent Quadrail space-opera series—is best known for his several well-regarded novels in the Star Wars expanded universe, from his best-selling 1990s Thrawn trilogy to 2011’s Star Wars: Choices of One.

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To my mind, there aren't enough Star Wars books that maintain that light-hearted sense of adventure that permeates Star Wars.

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USA Today

If anyone can get down and dirty in various galactic hives of scum and villainy, it's Han Solo.That scruffiest of nerf-herders and fan-favorite Star Wars antihero is put in an Ocean's Eleven situation in Timothy Zahn's novel Star Wars: Scoundrels, a tome to tide Solo aficionados over while they w...

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“Star Wars meets Ocean's Eleven” is the quick pitch for Star Wars: Scoundrels, but that sells the book short by a few parsecs.

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City Book Review

Scoundrels is a glorious romp, pairing Han and Chewie with a medley of new characters and familiar faces to Star Wars devotees, all in an intricately plotted con job full of twists, turns, and complications.

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After several disappointments in the mid-1990s, I stopped reflexively reading every Star Wars Expanded Universe book that came out.

Jan 25 2013 | Read Full Review of Scoundrels (Star Wars)


Scoundrels does have the bonus that you don’t have to have read any other Star Wars book to appreciate this story, but if you have read other books, they’ll be extra bits for you to indulge in, too.

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Roqoo Depot

There are a few misses — it’s a large cast of characters – such as the blandness of some better known EU characters (Kell Tainer and Winter), but it’s made up for by new characters such as Bink and Tavia Kitik.

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Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 5:59 pm Category: News New information about Timothy Zahn’s upcoming Star Wars novels was released today, and Entertainment Weekly has the info, including a shot of the cover artwork.

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With the help of Chewbacca and Lando, Han’s group of eleven scoundrels attempt to rob a Black Sun sector chief of 163 million credits.

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