Timothy Zahn: Star Wars Thrawn Star Wars Thrawn #1

Ertainly beats out Old Thrawn hands down In theory you d think Thrawn would also appeal most to fans of the character the original trilogy or Star Wars Rebels but I would urge anyone even if you do not consider yourself to be a hardcore Star Wars fan to ive this one a look There s a reason why Thrawn as a character is so beloved and this is his storyAudiobook Comments At this point I think anything I say about Marc Thompson will sound like a broken record But if all of my praise for him happens to sound the same it s only because it s true The Here There Be Witches guy isreat at voices and I love his Thrawn the way he made him sound similar to the Rebels version Do yourself a favor and listen to this one This is a Story of the Liberty Bell great book I had very high hopes for this book All the ingredients seemed to be in place I remember reading Heir to the Empire trilogy when it first came this ignited my love of reading and since I have devoured everything from the expanded universe What couldo wrong with the book they even had Timothy Zahn Thrawn s original creater What could Fake Mustache go wrong NOTHING The book is AWSOMEAs much as I loved Heir to the Empire we were neveriven too much background of Thrawn s raise through the Imperial ranks The fact that he was as non human at the rank of Grand Admiral which was unheard of in the xenophobic Imperial military So he must have been brilliant to stand out or Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog get as far as he did However we neverot that part of his story apart from hints This book fills in many of those banks whilst leaving part to expand on for later It covers the highlights of Thrawn s entire Imperial career up till the point of him reaching Grand Admiral On a side note as evil as Palpatine was I have not read anywhere about him being xenophobic himself I am wondering if this is another Tarkin ism that was passed through the militaryThis has then wet my appetite for Rebels Season 3 unless you have already seen this season I would say read this before watching this it should enhance the viewing and provide a couple of links towards the end of the book I think Eli says it be as much as not is not possible to full know Thrawn he is as complex as he is brilliant The thing this book portrays is Thrawn is not evil he can be cold and a military man through and through but he is always aiming his tactics for preserving life and collateral damage I did also like the introduction of the Nightsswan as Thrawns adversery and Eli as a sort of apprentice Towards the end of the book we do et a bit understanding of why Thrawn joined the Empire Even though he is not in the book much I do like that fact the they show Palpatine is not an idiot he is a very skilled tactician as well especially in their last conversationI cannot recommend this book enough even with my sky high expectations this book delivered in every way This is a reat book for old Star Wars fans like men and fans Hey Wait a Minute! Five Rough and Reluctant Sex Erotica Stories getting to know Thrawn for the first time or even wanting background on him after seeing him in the TV serie. E schools his trusted aide Ensign Eli Vanto in the arts of combat and leadership and the secrets of claiming victory But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemyAll these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge instincts and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’srip on the alaxy and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

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Ety a role that the cadet resents at first but in time he learns to respect Thrawn s intelligence and personality especially when after raduation the Chiss starts etting promotion after promotionMeanwhile on a mining planet called Lothal another origin story for a Rebels character is beginning to unfold Before she became the overnor of her planet Arihnda Pryce was a young company heiress forced to watch everything her family has built fall into the Empire s hands Secretly vowing her revenge Pryce agrees to work for an Imperial Senator already making plans to worm herself inside the political machine where she will bide her time until she has enough power to take what she wants Along the way though she ll need some help and Thrawn who is making his own way up the ranks at this point may prove to be the perfect allyNot surprisingly Thrawn is a very character focused novel detailing how the Chiss became so successful even in the face of the Empire s xenophobia as well as to put readers into his head The first is accomplished by simply by Ethical Responsiveness and the Politics of Difference giving examples of Thrawn senius and describing the processes that led to his victories It didn t matter that many in the Empire held anti alien attitudes the Emperor saw potential in Thrawn and he only cares about results It is clear that Thrawn eventually achieved Grand Admiral status on his own terms and merits and his leadership skills naturally drew others to him despite what they might think of his originsHowever putting readers into Thrawn s head is another subtle matter Zahn s writing has always struck me as rather stark and clear cut in a whatever it takes to The scarecrow get the job done kind of way I daresay without thelimpses he offered into Thrawn s mind this book could have been a very dry read indeed Fortunately peppered throughout the novel are brief looks into what makes his character tick from his journal excerpts at the beginning of each chapter to his furtive observations on how others are behaving and reacting around him though there must have been at least a couple dozen mentions of facial heat or cheeks tightening making me wish there d been variation in the descriptions A lot can also be leaned from Thrawn s interactions with the other characters Through Vanto s and Pryce s eyes we see how much Thrawn values and rewards hard work and loyalty and he puts just as much of both into the men and women who work under him In many ways Thrawn serves as a counterpoint to a lot of traditional Star Wars villains as well For one he does not possess the Force mainly relying on thinking rather than fighting to win his battles He also views unnecessary loss of life as a waste a point that I think earns him a lot of sympathy from readers While it s true Thrawn may be a symbol of the Empire Zahn nevertheless makes it so easy to root for himAll told Thrawn isn t among the best novels I ve read from the new canon but neither is it among the worst It s actually uite a decent book and in my eyes New Thrawn Wer and infamyAfter Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine And just as uickly Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated On missions to rout smugglers snare spies and defeat pirates he triumphs time and again even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever reater admiration from the Empire As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to reater power

I have to say I was a little disappointed because the other Timothy Zahn penned Star Wars books are SOOO ood This isn t so much the secret origin of Admiral Thrawn as it is just little snippets of his rise to the top There s very litt A long time ago in a The Doll and Her Friends (1893) galaxy far far away I was once absolutely amazed and thrilled when a certain Timothy Zahn revitalized the whole Star Wars franchise by picking up a few decades after the events in Episode Six introducing the most charming and deadly enemy the New Republic had ever facedI was doubly amazed because there was no heavy reliance on BDOs just strategical and tactical strength Grand Admiral Thrawn came back from th 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum opinion time I never cared for the Thrawn trilogy Though to be fair I was late to the party and only started reading Heir to the Empire after college sometime in the mid 2000s about 15 years after its original publication In my eyes the books did not age very well and I think many tended to view them through nostalgia tintedlassesStill setting my personal critiue of the books aside as a character I do maintain that Thrawn is one of the best to come out of the Star Wars universe And I suspect the powers that be agree as well explaining why Thrawn was canonically reintroduced in the third season of Star Wars Rebels despite the original trilogy having been classified Legends along with much of the old Expanded Universe Timothy Zahn was tapped to reprise his role as author to a new novel about the titular character which is intended to chronicle his early life and meteoric rise to power It s a rare opportunity for any reader to revisit a favorite character like this and thus far I ve really enjoyed Thrawn s appearances on the show which is why come hell or high water I knew I was Septiņi going to read this bookLike many origin tales Thrawn begins with our Chiss protagonist in humble circumstances alone and exiled on a planet at the edge of known space For those familiar with Zahn s Mist Encounter this first section is essentially a fleshed out and updated retelling of the events in that short story Aood chunk of the novel is also told through the eyes of Eli Vanto a lowly Imperial cadet who is taken along on an investigation of this jungle world because of his knowledge of these backwater systems When the crew encounters Thrawn they are immediately impressed by his survival skills and knowledge of military strategy traits that are said to be valued by the Chiss Ascendancy Obviously these skills are also highly sought after in the Empire leading the Imperials to bring Thrawn to Coruscant so that Emperor Palpatine can decide his fateDespite being an alien Thrawn manages to impress the Emperor with his elouence and persuasiveness and immediately Nightbane World Book One gets assigned to a military academy to hone his skills and knowledge of the Imperial Navy Eli Vanto is sent along with him in order to be translator anduide to all things related to the Empire s culture and soci. 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 po.

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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973 He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and achieved an MS degree in physics in 1975 While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics his adviser became ill and died Zahn never completed the doctorate In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby and he bec