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Outbound Flight

de Timothy Zahn

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Before the onset of the Clone Wars, a group of explorers consisting of six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and a fifty-thousand-member crew set out aboard a state-of-the-art starship on a mission to search for intelligent life outside the known galaxy.
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Surprisingly good! Keeps the prequelness to a relative minimum while tying things together neatly. Thrawn is amazing as always, and I love a good origin story. ( )
  goliathonline | Jul 7, 2020 |
details the infamous Outbound Flight, headed by Jorus C’baoth, which ended in the death of many Jedi. Before Episode II. Finally, Zahn does a prequel. Meet Thrawn and get some of his background. Very enjoyable. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
A little slow for me ( )
  codewitch | Mar 24, 2014 |
NOTE: Some minor spoilers may follow.

Timothy Zahn did a truly excellent job with young Commander Thrawn; I enjoyed his interactions with Car'das, but especially his tactics and strategy for dealing with the Vagaari and Outbound Flight.

Speaking of Outbound Flight, I enjoyed the perspective of the Jedi, but I felt that perhaps Zahn covered too much ground. We went from before Outbound Flight was officially and finally green-lit until its destruction, and I thought more could have been done on the vessel (especially as things deteriorated between C'baoth and the non-Jedi crew). I also thought that, while Obi-wan was well portrayed, Anakin was a bit wooden (I guess maybe it was the Hayden-Christensen-in-"Attack-of-the-Clones" version).

C'baoth, I had read before reading this book, seemed to be way too much of a jerk to be a genuine Jedi Master. Sure, he apparently had a lot of power and a lot of experience, but he was completely emotional, arrogant, and obsessed, and nobody ever called him on it (to his face, at any rate). It's a fair question to wonder how such a man managed to become a Jedi Master. Still, it does explain his clone's personality, and it seems to have been the only way to compel Thrawn to destroy Outbound Flight in the end.

Ultimately, I enjoyed the book immensely, but it wasn't Zahn's best work. ( )
  Versor | Sep 7, 2013 |
The premise: ganked from BN.com: It began as the ultimate voyage of discovery -- only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend . . . and a dark chapter in Jedi history. Now, at last, acclaimed author Timothy Zahn returns to tell the whole extraordinary story of the remarkable–and doomed–Outbound Flight Project.

The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C’baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark -- aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel -- on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start -- until Master C’baoth foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set in motion the dream of Outbound Flight.

Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound Flight to move forward . . . and, ultimately, to fail.

Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission’s most dangerous challenge. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as “Thrawn.” Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student, Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus what begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently transformed into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds -- and the most diabolical of adversaries.

Timothy Zahn’s unique mix of espionage, political gamesmanship, and deadly interstellar combat breathes electrifying life into a Star Wars legend.

My Rating: 7 - Good Read

The hiccups I had with this book were very, very minor. I enjoyed the hell out of reading this. For the most part, it was smooth reading, and Zahn has a wonderful way of tying events in this book to events that happen prior to and long after the events of this book, and that made everything utterly delightful for me. Reading this makes me want to re-read Zahn's Thrawn trilogy (starting with Heir to the Empire, which is a GREAT gateway book to the Expanded Universe), which I may do some day when I feel I have the time available. Zahn tells a great yarn without overly relying on familiar characters from the films (though Anakin and Obi-Wan do play a solid role in the book) while making care for characters you've not met before. I was utterly thrilled with this novel, and now I'm really, really looking forward to all of the Zahn-penned Star Wars books I haven't gotten around to yet. In terms of readability, readers who've read everything up until this point will do very well with this. Newer readers may have issues, but I'd like to think the book's strong enough to stand on its own two feet, so long as you enjoy reading SF in general. It's got a good arc, and you really feel for the characters (and really hate the ones you're supposed to hate). This has been the best Star Wars Expanded Universe novel I've read since I started back up in December. I hope future books are just as good.

Spoilers, yay or nay?: Yay. And I also want to point out: there will be spoilers, at any given moment, for the entire run of Star Wars books up until the date the current book was published. So if the Star Wars are something you want to get into, stop now and read THIS instead. I don't recommend anyone reading the full review unless they've read the book I'm reviewing now, due to aforementioned spoilers, so stop now or -- if you have read the book -- carry on! You can find the full review at my blog, which is linked below, and as always, comments and discussion are most welcome.

REVIEW: Timothy Zahn's STAR WARS: OUTBOUND FLIGHT

Happy Reading! ( )
  devilwrites | Feb 22, 2013 |
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