The Ninetoes Book of the Week 05/10-16/2021

Thrawn (Star Wars)
Thrawn. The very name is shrouded in mystery. Since his introduction in Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, and the following books, Star Wars fans have wanted to know about more about this enigmatic character. The answers can finally be found in Zahn’s book Thrawn (Thrawn Trilogy Book 1).

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

The other books in this trilogy are: Thrawn: Alliances and Thrawn: Treason.

Thrawn can be found at most booksellers. $28.99 hardcover, $9.99 paperback and e-book.

Star Wars: Target Vader Review

TITLE: Star Wars: Target Vader

CONTRIBUTORS: Marc Laming/ Robbie Thompson

GENRE: Star Wars Graphic Novel

PAGES: 136

FORMAT: Paperback

PRICE: $17.99

I spent Star Wars day 2021 watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and reading Star Wars: Target Vader. One because I am a rebel at heart and the other because I am a Darth Vader fan.

There is a criminal organization called the Hidden Hand, and they have a problem…a big one, and they put a contract out on him. The problem’s name is Darth Vader, and it will take an entire kill squad to even get close to him. Luckily that squad is led by a former Imperial Officer turned bounty hunter, Beilert Valance. He has the ability to get to Vader, the means, and the crew. The problem is Vader is no easy target. And as much as Vader is wanted by the Hidden Hand, The Hidden Hand is wanted by Vader. The question becomes who will come out on top.

The art in this book is superb. The story is fast paced and worthy of a Star Wars title. With some familiar faces thrown in, it was quite and enjoyable read, and one that any Star Wars fan will want to dig into! There are enough double crosses in this to get the attention of any thriller fan as well.

I give this 5 out of 5 bookmarks!

Happy Star Wars Day

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So, in the spirit of Star Wars day, the newest book in the Star Wars universe is on sale today in E-book format.

Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule is $2.99 today on the Nook and Kindle.

Star Wars: Light of the Jedi (The High Republic) (Star Wars: The High Republic Book 1) by [Charles Soule]
It is a golden age. Intrepid hyperspace scouts expand the reach of the Republic to the furthest stars, worlds flourish under the benevolent leadership of the Senate, and peace reigns, enforced by the wisdom and strength of the renowned order of Force users known as the Jedi. With the Jedi at the height of their power, the free citizens of the galaxy are confident in their ability to weather any storm But the even brightest light can cast a shadow, and some storms defy any preparation.

When a shocking catastrophe in hyperspace tears a ship to pieces, the flurry of shrapnel emerging from the disaster threatens an entire system. No sooner does the call for help go out than the Jedi race to the scene. The scope of the emergence, however, is enough to push even Jedi to their limit. As the sky breaks open and destruction rains down upon the peaceful alliance they helped to build, the Jedi must trust in the Force to see them through a day in which a single mistake could cost billions of lives.

Even as the Jedi battle valiantly against calamity, something truly deadly grows beyond the boundary of the Republic. The hyperspace disaster is far more sinister than the Jedi could ever suspect. A threat hides in the darkness, far from the light of the age, and harbors a secret that could strike fear into even a Jedi’s heart.

This book starts a new era in the Star Wars universe of books. This new universe spans both novels and comic books.

I am in the process of reading this book and a review will be coming soon.

The Ninetoes Author of the Month May 2021

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My choice for author of the month is Timothy Zahn. Those who read science fiction are aware of his work. Those who read Star Wars novels REALLY know his work. He is the author of fifty works of science fiction, and collections of his short work, as well as being the author of 22 Star Wars novels.

I became aware of his work in the early 1990’s when he released Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, the first book in the Thrawn trilogy. In this book, he introduced a character that has lasted eleven books, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Readers and fans alike immediately took to Grand Admiral Thrawn, and wanted more. They got their wish with ten more books, plus the character appearing in some episodes on television.

Whatever your taste in science fiction, Timothy Zahn will have something for you to read. To find a listing of his work, go to and type his name into the search bar.