Vision of the Future

Vision of the Future

Book - 1998
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Vision of the Futureis the second book in the epic two-volume seriesThe Hand of Thrawnfrom Timothy Zahn, the bestselling, Hugo Award-winning author of the original landmark trilogy based on George Lucas's legendary Star Wars(r) films. Now the story begun inSpecter of the Pastcomes to an explosive conclusion as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and Han Solo are thrust into the middle of an impending civil war--and discover the shocking truth behind the rumored resurrection of the dead Admiral Thrawn. For a beleaguered Empire, desperate times call for desperate measures. Sowing discord among the fragile coalition of the New Republic, remnants of the once powerful Empire make one last play for victory. Having implicated the Bothans in an act of genocide, they now plan an attack on Han and Leia that is also to be blamed on the Bothans. If they are successful, the New Republic will be torn asunder. To prevent inevitable disaster, Luke, Leia, Han, and their friends must prove the Bothans innocent and reveal the Empire's treachery. But time is running out. The cunning Major Tierce has joined with the ambitious Moff Disra in the Empire's master plan. At its heart lies the most elaborate con of all: the rumor that the legendary Grand Admiral Thrawn, long believed dead, has returned to lead the Empire to a prophesied triumph. The news of Thrawn's return is already rallying Empire forces against the New Republic. As Leia travels to a secret rendezvous with an Imperial commander who claims towant peace, Han and Lando Calrissian journey into enemy territory to learn the truth of Emberlene's destruction. Meanwhile, Luke and Mara Jade infiltrate a hidden fortress where Thrawn's most fanatical followers await his call to arms. And Talon Karrde returns to his underworld past and a brutal crime lord whose knowledge may save the Republic. But it is the truth about Thrawn that is most important. In his hands--alive or dead--rests the fate of the New Republic. Vision of the Futureis the magnificent finale to one of the most suspenseful, action-packed, and thought-provoking Star Wars(r) stories yet. It is a masterful re-creation that captures the magic and adventure of the greatest science fiction saga of all time.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780553100358
0553100351
Characteristics: 520 p. ;,24 cm.

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Chinderixx
Feb 22, 2017

THRAWN/(FLIM): "Don't you wish to see your wife and children again?"
HAN: "Yeah, that's kind of the point, isn't it?"

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Chinderixx
Feb 22, 2017

MARA: "You said it was morning?"
LUKE: "Well, afternoon, actually. But Han once told me that anytime you woke up was technically morning."

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Chinderixx
Feb 22, 2017

LEIA: "If I'd realized at the beginning how much all of this was going to cost...I don't know."
HAN: "I do. You'd have died on Alderaan, Palpatine would still be running the Empire, and I'd still be shipping spice for slimetails like Jabba. All that by itself makes it worth it."

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Feb 22, 2017

"...Fighting Thrawn is like fighting a shadow, Elegos. He's never where you think he is, doing what you expect him to do. Everything he does is circles within circles within circles." -Leia

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Chinderixx
Feb 22, 2017

The action, suspense, drama, that was built up in Specter Of The Past was certainly here, but it was not what I was expecting it to be like. I found Vision Of The Future oddly depressing, and that could be because I thought it was going to be completely different than how it actually ended or maybe because this marked the end to a great cycle of books. Either one of those.
Vision Of The future really does end the Bantam Spectra era with basically the characters it started with and it evens hints as to what the next nineteen books are going to be about.
I think that Vision of The Future, and maybe The Hand Of Thrawn Duology in general, tries to get across to readers that while we should never forget the past, we can't keep dwelling on it because the future holds some of the greatest joys, fears, trials, and excitements, that we have yet to experience.

Veepea Dec 30, 2011

I liked the development of the relationships in this duology. Timothy Zahn started the new series of SW novels with the Thrawn triology, and in The Hand of Thrawn duology he makes some interesting statements of how the characters have developed in the meantime.

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Feb 22, 2017

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