Timothy Zahn is the master of the Star Wars novel. His trilogy (Heir to the Empire,Dark Force Rising, andThe Last Command) did almost as much as the movie trilogy's re-release to create new interest in Luke, Leia, and Han Solo.Specter of the Pastis the first of a new series, The Hand of Thrawn. Princess Leia is trying desperately to hold the loose coalition of interests known as the New Republic together long enough to see the evil Empire finally vanquished. But in a stunning setback, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker discover that the pirate ships raiding New Republic transports are staffed with clones under the command of someone who claims to be Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Empire's most powerful warlord, believed dead for 10 years. Thrawn's plan for destroying the fragile New Republic seems well on the way to completion--unless Han, Leia, and Luke can stop it.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.