Star Wars: Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure

Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure

‘STAR WARS: SMUGGLER’S RUN: A Han Solo AND CHEWBACCA Adventure’


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OPENING LINE:

Han Solo with a southern accent? Why not?


PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY:

Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee team up for an all-new adventure in this thrilling upper middle grade novel. Set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, the story follows everyone’s favorite pair of smugglers as they fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion. Hidden in the story are also hints and clues about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making this a must-listen for fans old and new!
©2015 Greg Rucka (P)2015 Listening Library


THE PLOT:

As with ‘Moving Target’ and ‘The Weapon of a Jedi’, ‘Smuggler’s Run’ begins with an original trilogy character telling a story. In this case, an older Han Solo is in a very familiar setting telling a story that comes easily to him, because in it he gets to brag about the Millennium Falcon.
Set after the event of ‘Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope’, Han Solo and Chewbacca have collected their reward money from Princess Leia and the Rebel Alliance. They plan to go pay Jabba the Hutt and get the bounty taken off of their heads. However, Han and Chewy get pressed into serving The Alliance once more when they are called upon to rescue a Rebel opperative. Chewbacca is ready, willing and able, but Leia plays at Han’s ego to convince him by pointing out that only the Millennium Falcon is a fast enough ship to do the job. Han and Chewbacca head off to the unfriendly world of Cyrkon to complete the mission.
Things are never so simple for our favorite smuggler and his wookiee friend. Not only must he contend with an Imperial Security Bureau Officer that enjoys her work, but they must also deal with a group of bounty hunters looking to collect Jabba’s reward. Han and Chewbacca must use every trick in the book, and a few that aren’t, if they are going to complete their mission successfully.
‘Smuggler’s Run’ features a character that has some serious breakout potential. Imperial Security Bureau Agent Alecia Beck is as ruthless as she is ambitious. I’ve often wondered how something so corrupt as The Empire could possibly rule for long, but with people like Beck in the ranks it makes a little more sense. She is dedicated, cunning, willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and is unapologetic about any of it. Watching her engage in a battle of wits with Solo was a lot of fun and the epilogue teases that this wasn’t their only encounter.
If ‘Moving Target’ is about bigger issues like doing one’s duty and ‘The Weapon of a Jedi’ is about personal growth, then it is fair to say that ‘Smuggler’s Run’ is about action. There is always something happening in this book, from shootouts and traps to chases on the surface of Cyrkon and in the space above it. It also features much in the way of comedy with the interaction between Han and Chewbacca. They’re the real buddy comedy duo of Star Wars, not the two droids.


THE AUTHOR:

In edition to ‘Smuggler’s Run’, Greg Rucka is also the author of the Marvel Comics miniseries ‘Star Wars: Shattered Empire’, which is also part of the ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ media campaign.
Rucka has a firm command of what makes the character of Han Solo work. Solo has always survived on a combination of bluster, luck, the loyalty he inspires in others and a little bit of skill thrown in for good measure. ‘Smuggler’s Run’ captures all of that quite well.


THE NARRATION:

Marc Thompson was not only the obvious choice to narrate the Han Solo adventure, he was also the right choice. It isn’t enough for him to do a Han Solo voice both young and old. It isn’t enough for him to do a Southern twang. In ‘Smuggler’s Run’, you will hear a Han Solo with a Southern twang.
When considering all of the voices that Thompson is capable of, if they were all real characters, he’d need a much bigger vehicle when he drives to work.


THE PRODUCTION:

The same quality of audio that you always get with Star Wars audiobooks. There is a lot to be said when something is this consistently good. Those responsible for these productions are never lazy, and they deserve credit for always doing a fantastic job.


CONCLUSION:

I can easily see ‘Smuggler’s Run’ being the most popular of the three junior novels that are part of ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. Han Solo is a very popular character, this book contains a lot of action and it sticks to a formula that continues to work.


QUICK FACTS:

Title Author Narrator Publisher Genre Release Date Running Time Stars
Star Wars: Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure Greg Rucka Marc Thompson Listening Library Science Fiction 09/04/2015 3 hours, 22 minutes 4/5

DISCLAIMER:

A copy of ‘STAR WARS: SMUGGLER’S RUN: A Han Solo AND CHEWBACCA Adventure’ was purchased from Audible for review.


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