Del Rey Spectra 50 Page Fridays: Special Star Wars Edition!


Greetings everyone. The DRS crew is back from the Thanksgiving break rested and ready to end the new year with some quality 50 PF excerpts. Which leads us to this week and our excerpt two-fer. Yes. An excerpt today and Friday. Much fun, I must say.

I know you all have been waiting for a treat of something for a week now so I’ll turn it over to DRS editor and all around cool guy Dave Pomerico (the twitter maven), who personally edited today’s title, STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES. Here we go…

“Imagine having parents who are big nerds.  That was me and my brothers—and I say that my parents are nerds lovingly.  Because if they hadn’t been into science fiction and fantasy, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t be where I am today: an associate editor at Del Rey Spectra.

More importantly, if they weren’t big nerds, they might not have gone to see a little film called Star Wars, and I wouldn’t have been introduced to one of the great loves of my life.

Like so many people who have been born in the past 40 years, Star Wars has helped define my life.  No, I don’t dress up like a Sith on Casual Fridays.  But the fact is, I could, and I don’t think I’d get strange looks (or, rather, stranger looks than I already receive—the son of big nerds is going to be a little weird).  Because, as luck would have it, that early exposure to science fiction and fantasy has turned into my livelihood.

How cool is that?

Even cooler, though, was when Shelly Shapiro—the editor in charge of the Del Rey Star Wars publishing program—asked if I wanted to work on my own Star Wars book.  I think I only hesitated out of shock.  Of course I want to edit it! my mind screamed.  When she asked me to lower my voice, I realized I had probably actually screamed it out loud.

What I ended up with was the manuscript for Shadow Games, by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.  It’s got everything you love about Star Wars: adventure, action, Han Solo being Han Solo, the Millennium Falcon, the Empire.  But it’s also something new: a suspenseful thriller, in which every move has the threat of a deadly stalker looming.  It’s a great stand-alone novel, and if you’ve never read a Star Wars book, I couldn’t recommend this one highly enough.

And for those of you who have been reading the Star Wars books for the past 20 years (yes—it’s been 20 years!), I’m sure you’ll love the return of Dash Rendar and the skill and fun you’ve come to expect from a Michael Reaves book.

Below are the first 50 pages.  Enjoy!”

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Again, please enjoy this extensive excerpt of Star Wars: Shadow Games available now in eBook and paperback.

STAR WARS: SHADOW GAMES by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Excerpt