He returned his attention to Hachat. They could get past those defenses. A show of faith, just as you proposed. Hachat pulled free a small device clipped to his shirt collar and pressed a button on the side. Hachat tipped him with a credcoin, and the Sullustan withdrew. Teradoc glanced at his guard.
He lifted out a glittering, gleaming, translucent statuette, nearly the full height of the box, and set it down in the center of the table.
Hachat took the empty box and set it on the floor behind his chair. The statuette was in the form of a human male standing atop a short pedestal. He was young, with aristocratic features, wearing a knee-length robe of classical design. And it was all made of gemstones cunningly fitted together like jigsaw puzzle pieces, the joins so artful that Teradoc could barely detect them.
All the color in the piece came from the stones used to make it. Cloudy diamondlike gems provided the white skin of the face, neck, arms, and legs. Rubylike stones gave the eyes a red gleam. The pedestal was the only portion not translucent; it was made up of glossy black stones. The piece was exquisite.
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Teradoc felt his heart begin to race. There were oohs and aahs from surrounding tables. Teradoc noted belatedly that he and Hachat were now the object of much attention from patrons around them.
Hachat grinned at the onlookers and raised his voice to be heard over the music. They go on sale tomorrow in Statz Market. Twelve Imperial credits for a little one, thirty for a big one like this. Stop by tomorrow. The admiral gave him a little smile, a real one. Now, are you convinced? Without him, there is no deal. The other was human, his skin fair, his hair and beard dark with some signs of graying.
He was lean, well dressed in a suit. Despite the formality of his garments, the man seemed far more comfortable in this environment than Teradoc or the guards. His duty done, the escort turned and removed himself to a distant table. A server arrived. She was a dark-skinned human woman, dressed, like the Sullustan man had been, in a loose-fitting pantsuit of blue and cream.
She played that smile across each of them in turn. The man in the suit and the guard did likewise. But Teradoc gave the server a smile in return. I am a scientist specializing in crystalline materials. Then, from a coat pocket, he retrieved a small device. It was a gray square, six centimeters on a side, one centimeter thick. He pressed a small button on one side. A square lens popped out from within the device. A bright light shone from the base of the lens. Words began scrolling in red across a small black screen inset just above the button.
Cheems leaned over to peer at the statuette, holding the lens before his right eye. He spoke as if to an apprentice. These could have been acquired on a variety of worlds at any time in the last several centuries. But the technique. His workshop, maybe his own hand. A Hapan gemwright whose intricately fitted gems enjoyed a brief but influential vogue a few centuries back. His financial records indicated several sales to Piethet Brighteyes. Adegan crystals for the red eyes. Microfused diamond dust. No longer employed because of costs compared with polymers. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.
Teradoc felt a flash of impatience. Oh--is it authentic? The Palace of Piethet Brighteyes--with that fortune in hand, he could resign his commission, buy an entire planetary system, and settle into a life of luxury, far away from the struggles between the Empire and the New Republic. A warmth began to suffuse his body, a realization that his future had just become very, very pleasant. He smiled at her and paid with a credcoin worth twenty times the cost of the drink. He could afford to be generous. It was clear to Teradoc that she was hovering in case he needed special attention.
Teradoc glanced back at Hachat. Far from looking surprised or offended, he smiled. You are definitely doing it by the book. If you choose to antagonize me, I might just double that pain. Every hopped-up junior naval officer tries to be like him. Elegant, inscrutable.
And at this moment, my guard has a blaster leveled at your gut under the table. He raised his hands to either side of his face, indicating surrender. Please, oh please, oh pleasepleaseplease. Onstage the porcine Gamorrean dancers moved through a new rotation, which brought the slenderest of them up to the forward position. He was slender only by Gamorrean standards, weighing in at a touch under kilos, but he moved well and there were good muscles to be glimpsed under his body fat.
Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights.
And at the feet of its wise Masters, Lanoree Brock learned the mysteries and methods of the Force - and found her calling as one of its most powerful disciples. Six Jedi Masters, 12 Jedi Knights, and 50, men, women, and children, will embark - aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel - on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. Luke Skywalker, Jedi Master, has unified the Jedi order into a cohesive group of powerful knights.
But as the new era begins, honor and duty will collide with friendship and blood ties. The Skywalker and Solo clans find themselves on opposing sides of an explosive conflict, with potentially devastating repercussions for both families, for the Jedi order, and for the entire galaxy. The Empire stands at the brink of total collapse. But they have saved their most heinous plan for last. First a plot is hatched that could destroy the New Republic in a bloodbath of genocide and civil war.
Then comes the shocking news that Grand Admiral Thrawn--the most cunning and ruthless warlord in history--has apparently returned from the dead to lead the Empire to a long-prophesied victory. After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds.
But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi. The second Death Star has been destroyed, the emperor killed, and Darth Vader struck down. Devastating blows against the Empire and major victories for the Rebel Alliance. But the battle for freedom is far from over.
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance - now a fledgling New Republic - presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy's scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy's strength is unfolding. Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi.
Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before. The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series! Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways.
Now their singular skills are back in vital demand - for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission. A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor - and license to do so by any and all means - the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers Marc Thompson is the best at narrating these stories.
I really rate this version of the Stars Wars universe. I wish they would release more unabridged audio books from the classic star wars extended universe like this.
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Wraith Squadron is back in "Mercy Kill", with an adventure that takes place after the events in "Fate of the Jedi". I have met Aaron Allston a couple of times, and once interviewed him for my Star Wars fan club. He's a great guy, and is one of the best writers for SW books out there, because he can combine action, intrigue, humor, and sheer innovation together into a great story.
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This book is reminiscent of those that have cemented him as one of the most prolific SW authors. First off, the narration is excellent, and a special treat for Star Wars audiobooks are the music, ambient and special effects that are weaved throughout the story. You don't get that in most books, and it really helps you feel "in" the Star Wars universe. As far as the storyline goes, the point of view mostly follows Voort "Piggy" saBinring, an old Wraith Squadron vet, who is recruited back into the action by Garik "Face" Loran.
This is an interesting character to feature, I thought. The book also gives us some backstory on what the Wraiths have been up to in the intervening years, and also gives closure on the stories of some of its members that had been left hanging. This also gives us a more emotionally impactful story, as well. We also are introduced to a new generation of Wraiths in this book.
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Also, this particular storyline is scaled back from the galaxy-spanning conflicts of "Fate of the Jedi" and others - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It enables us to focus more deeply on the new characters. A couple of drawbacks - I don't think the new characters mesh quite as well as the old classics.
Maybe I'm just nostalgic, though. Also, there isn't much actual starfighter action in the book - its more of Wraith's style of clandestine operations. I think calling the book "X-Wing" in the title generally makes you expect space battles. Finally, the more limited scope of the story didn't quite meet all my expectations - but all these things are subjective and I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself. If you liked the other books in the "X-Wing" series, then you should get this one.
You'll get more of the characters you love, and you'll get to find out where the story - and the characters - go from here. The Humor. Who was your favorite character and why? Face - because he sounded like Captain Kirk. Marc's vocal inflections really sold the levity in the book. I started reading it an then listened a little and it was a totally different feel. So much of Star Wars is so serious and emotional, that I started the reading with the same approach. It's a good thing that I tried the Whispersync thing for audio! I've never been interested in anything rogue Squadron but I really like Marc Thompson, so I tried it.
I glad because I was laughing out loud a lot. Now when I go back someday and read it, I'll know what the mood of the book is lighter. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? Laugh definitely. Any additional comments? It's very entertaining and of course doesn't take itself too seriously.
Let me tell yo just this, the main character is a Gamorrean who speaks English and has been modified by experiments so he has a genius intellect and also can dance like a Chippendale. There, nuff said? I don't think there is a real lightsaber in the whole book. You'd have to know some things about the FOTJ series to totally get the plot though, the Lecersen conspiracy for instance, and the overall EU historical context. The last Star Wars novel by my favorite EU author.
Words can't express how much of a loss his passing was. It does not disappoint, as befits a story by a man who could have written a phone book and made it entertaining. This is my favorite story from the original book series.
I enjoyed the character's and how it continued from the Fate of the Jedi story arch. This was a great book I am disappointed,that with the reboot and the untimely death of the author, that we won't have another wraith story. The characters were fun and developed adequately. Piggy coming full circle and putting to rest his unrealized demons was rewarding to read IMO. I highly recommend this book. A great ending to a great series!
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