The Hutt Gambit

The Hutt Gambit

Book - 1997
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Here is the second novel in the blockbuster new trilogy that reveals the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo.nbsp;nbsp;Set before the Star Wars(r) movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler and thief.

Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy.nbsp;nbsp;But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han anbsp;nbsp;life debt.nbsp;nbsp;Han will need all the help he can get.nbsp;nbsp;For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once.nbsp;nbsp;But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt.nbsp;nbsp;Suddenly the two smugglers are thrust into the middle of a battle between the might of the Empire and the treachery of their outlaw allies...a battle where even victory means death!
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9780553574166
0553574167
Branch Call Number: FIC/Crisp 3588mb 1
Characteristics: viii, 340 p. --
Alternative Title: Star wars, the Hutt gambit

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Chinderixx
Feb 05, 2018

The Paradise Snare is good, but The Hutt Gambit is even better.
This book starts out five years after the events in the first book and has Han already out of the Imperial Academy and already acquainted with Chewbacca. A lot of important things happen as Han completes the Kessel Run, meets Lando, and and starts working for Jabba the Hutt.
I think A.C Crispin did a good job of portraying Han and developing his character, and she was also good about developing Han decent side and and his scoundrel side (which sometime got a little disappointing when his scoundrel side would win out on some things).
Anyways, I like that this book had a whole ton of appearances of characters from other Star Wars books. It was fun coming across all them. Some of these characters included Vuffi Raa from the Adventures of Lando Calrissian, Baron Soontir Fel from the Rogue Squadron series, Sinewy Ana Blue and her gang of smugglers from The New Rebellion, Xaverri from The Crystal Star, Durga from Darksaber, and even Darth Vader who makes brief cameo toward the end. (This is just to name a few). As I mentioned earlier, The Hutt Gambit was good and it definitely left me interested to finish off the trilogy and see what happens in Rebel Dawn.
My favorite part was when Lando rescues Han from Boba Fett.

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Feb 05, 2018

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Feb 05, 2018

SUMMARY FROM WIKIPEDIA:
One of the central conflicts of the story is the Battle of Nar Shaddaa, which is fought between the Galactic Empire and an alliance of smugglers and mercenaries.

In the wake of an attack on Rampa II by one of the groups that would go on to form the Rebel Alliance, Emperor Palpatine instructs each sector's Moffs to end the smuggling of contraband. In response, the previously ineffectual Moff who governed Hutt Space, Sarn Shild, proclaims that he will restore law and order to Hutt Space. This announcement is met with dismay by the Hutts, and clan leader Jabba the Hutt plans to bribe Shild into sparing the Hutt homeworld, Nal Hutta. Towards this end, the Hutts pay Han, by now a smuggler and erstwhile Imperial officer, to travel to Imperial Center and bestow gifts upon Shild. However, Shild informs Han that he intends to launch an orbital bombardment campaign against Nal Hutta's moon, Nar Shaddaa, the home of millions of smugglers and their families. Shild also intends to blockade Nal Hutta until the Hutts agrees to military occupation and the presence of customs inspectors.

Shild then instructs Admiral Greelanx, the commander of his sectorial fleet, to mobilise his fleet and progress to Nar Shaddaa. However, on the following day, Greelanx receives an anonymous message from Exocomm instructing him to deliberately lose the battle.

As Shild's sectorial fleet assemble near Teth, Han returns to Hutt Space. The Hutts then instruct him to again attempt to bribe the Imperials, this time targeting Greelanx. He infiltrates Greelanx's flagship, Imperial Destiny, at Teth, giving him a platinum ring set with a Bothan glitterstone. In exchange for the ring and a number of valuable gemstones, Greelanx sells his battle plan to the Hutts.

In the meantime, Han, along with fellow former Imperial Mako Spince, recruits the denizens of Nar Shaddaa into a loose fighting unit. Their forces are bolstered when the Hutt mercenaries, led by Captain Renthal, agrees to fight alongside the smugglers. As the smugglers begin repairing and upgrading their ships in preparation for the defense of Nar Shaddaa, Spince and Han devise a battle plan.

The battle takes place as the smugglers prepare for a formation drill. The smugglers are victorious, although more than a quarter of their fleet is destroyed. Shild commits suicide after being summoned before the Emperor for his failure, and Greelanx is summarily executed by Darth Vader for treason shortly after Han returns to his ship with the remainder of his payment. Han's ship The Bria, gets destroyed and Han decides to try his luck in winning the Millennium Falcon.

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Feb 05, 2018

VUFFI RAA: "Master, would you like me to swing us around so we can fly back to the action with Captain Solo?
LANDO: "Yeah, Vuffi Raa, why don't you do that? Oh, and...don't call me master."
VUFFI RAA: "Yes, Master."

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