Get Yourself a Late Christmas Gift: Timothy Zahn’s ‘Scoundrels’


What with New Year’s Eve and Christmas and all that fun holiday stuff, I bet that a few of you might not have noticed that Timothy Zahn’s new book Scoundrels hit shelves this week.

Timothy Zahn’s Heir of the Empire was the spark that blew into a full-blown supernova of Star Wars fiction mania. The guy set the stage and the standard for original Star Wars stories – he blew the door open wide for other wildly talented writers with dreams of telling their own stories in that galaxy far, far away. You’ve got to respect that. Hail to the king, right? Yeah.

Now he’s back with Scoundrels, which has been one of the most hotly anticipated titles that I’ve seen in the years since I started work with Unbound (Years? Really? Where does the time go?) I heard a lot about Scoundrels from Zahn’s fans when I was at New York Comic Con: “When will Scoundrels be out? Do you have a copy yourself? I know you do! Will you give it to me? Where’s Mr. Zahn?”

I didn’t blame people for being excited. I was too! Han Solo has been my favorite character from the original cast of characters. And who doesn’t love Chewbacca and Lando? Getting the “band” back together again was a masterful move on Zahn’s part. I’ve been working my way through the book a little bit at a time, and so far, it’s been well worth the wait.

Like you’d expect with this particular trio, Scoundrels reads like a classic caper – these guys are on the make in a case of (kind of) bad guys versus really bad guys. Han Solo has a debt to pay to Jabba the Hutt, and the only way he’s going to pay it off is by taking some major risks. How major? Like infiltrating the Black Sun crime syndicate and cracking a safe rumored to be uncrackable. Who else better to help him than silver-tongued Lando Calrissian and old pal Chewbacca? Well, how about them plus eight more of the galaxy’s more devious minds?

if you (like me) always felt like you might be a little more at home in the “gray” area between the light and dark sides of the force, then this is absolutely the book for you. Christmas is over, but there’s still time for one last gift – to yourself!