Monday, October 26, 2015

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure by Greg Rucka


I am ecstatic that I was able to finally finish this book and take part on this journey to the Force Awakens. Each day I am slowly losing my patience for the new Star Wars movie and I do not know how I am going to handle it come December. I am lucky enough to have plenty of comics and books of Star Wars to keep me entertain. I have to be honest and mention that this book will likely get 3 stars or at best 4 depending on my lovely Goodreads friends but for me it gets all the stars because this short book took me on this epic adventure with Han Solo and Chewbacca and for a moment I forgot that I was reading a book and instead watch Star Wars 4.5

This book is written for middle grade readers and for it being a short story I guarantee you can read it in a few hours. The story marvelously deals with the past, present, and future of Star Wars. It is told in different point of views which I love and you get insight into the minds of Han Solo, Chewbacca, and the new villain in this story. 

Future: It takes places 30 years after Return of the Jedi or the same time frame as The Force Awakens.

Present: Han Solo is at bar telling these groups of young people about a story of the Millennium Falcon and how it is one of the best ships in the Galaxy.

Past: The story that Han Solo is telling these young individuals about takes place immediately right after A New Hope. 

Han Solo is an old man which in my mind is unbelievable because he will always be the ruggedly handsome guy that I feel in love with in the original Star Wars trilogy. He is at a bar having his usual drink when out of the corner of his ear a group of Imperial looking individuals are being obnoxious talking about trying to steal one of the best ships in the Galaxy.

Knowing how Han Solo loves to be the center of the commotion finds his way unto the table and tells these individuals that there is only ship that is able to accomplish the task they want to achieve and if they buy him a drink he will tell them the story. The Prologue and Epilogue essentially takes place in the Force Awakens era but for the rest of the story we are in the past. 

We are immediately introduced to Chewbacca who is on the Millennium Falcon ready to head over to Jabba's place in order to pay him his due because there are countless bounty hunters on the loose. We get inner dialogue into his head about the past and his mixed conflicted emotions but the nonetheless has two main loyalties in his life towards Han Solo and his ship. C-3PO messages him from the ship telling Chewbacca to meet Han Solo and Princess Leia.

The gang is still on Yavin (Minus Luke Skywalker) but clearly everyone that is still around is trying to dismantle anything that has to do with the Rebel Alliance and escape before the Imperials come and kill them. Han Solo is having an argument with Princess Leia because she has an important mission that she needs both Han Solo and Chewbacca to accomplish. Han Solo clearly does not want nothing to do with the Rebel Alliance because he doesn't want to include himself into this war. Unfortunately Chewbacca feels differ and accepts the task.

It clearly obvious in A New Hope that Han Solo and Leia have an instant chemistry even though they always bicker but I love how Chewbacca picks up the little hints and realizes that Han Solo has feelings for the Princess and vice versa. Princess Leia relays the important information about this dangerous mission. The Rebels are always on the run to escape from the Empire and because they are a small group, Princess Leia has a recon teams who gather resources about possible locations for Rebel bases and top classified information that if the Imperials gather this intel it would be game over for the Rebel Alliance.

Sadly these individuals called the Shrikes were ambushed by the Imperial Security Bureau on Taanab but luckily one of the members was able to escaped and now is heading to Cyrkon waiting to be rescued and taken to the rendezvous point to provide the next base for the Rebels. It sounds like a piece of cake but Cyrkon is in Jabba's space loaded with criminals and a corrupted government meaning that bounty hunters will most likely be ready to capture Han Solo and Chewbacca. 

They all argue but Chewbacca is the deciding vote and agrees to take this mission on to help the Rebels and Princess Leia. Meanwhile all that drama is happening we meet Commander Alecia Beck who runs the Vehement ship. She is the one who tracked the Shrikes but unfortunately they were all killed because one member of the team refused to confess any valuable information to the Imperials. Immediately Alecia Beck realizes that there is an extra member who escaped and tracks his whereabout and heads to Cyrkon.

Interestingly enough this is just a sample of what this story is about and I highly recommend everyone to read it especially if you love Han Solo and Chewbacca. I think this story would have been phenomenal if this was published in 1977 after Star Wars was released. The danger is a bit less scary because you already know that Han Solo and everyone survives in the Original Trilogy so it takes away that aspect of danger but I was still at the edge of my seat wondering how Han Solo and Chewbacca escape and save the day.

I wish there was a movie version that documented what happen between A New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back because there is tons of stories that can be filled in and this book would have been epic in film format. I couldn't get the actors who played these iconic characters out of my head and I loved every second of this adventure with these two rascals. 

The illustrations were great but I wished there could have been more because it was fascinating looking at them and how it helped me visualize the weapons, the clothes, and the characters especially when sometimes it gets too Sci-Fi with the descriptions. For children who have started watching Star Wars this would be a great read for them and to enjoy more the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Alecia Beck was a phenomenal villain and I love how she is portrayed and how creepy she has that computer eye similar to the Terminator. I am curious how she got that eye and this is not the last time you see that name.

More Star Wars Adventures coming this way so stay tuned for more! May the Force be with You.

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