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Book Title: Destiny's Way|
Date of issue: August 7th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780099410478
The author of the book: Walter Jon Williams
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 936 KB
Edition: Arrow (a Division of Random House Group)
Read full description of the books Destiny's Way:“War does not determine who is right---only who is left.” ---Bertrand Russell
“Politics is the art of controlling your environment.” ---Hunter S. Thompson
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” ---William Shakespeare
The fourteenth installment of the New Jedi Order series, “Destiny’s Way” by Walter Jon Williams, focuses on the political spectrum within the Star Wars universe. Space battles and intergalactic action/adventure take a back seat in this one to committee meetings, electioneering, and lobbying, all of which may seem boring to some fans, fascinating to others.
As someone who thinks that politics is a subtler and, in some ways, deadlier form of warfare, I fall into the latter camp.
“Destiny’s Way” starts with the successful return of Jacen Solo, who has been a prisoner of war under the Yuuzhan Vong for months. He returns with the former Jedi master known as Vergere, a mysterious character who believes that with Jacen lies a very specific destiny, one that she can’t, or won’t, divulge.
Jacen’s return coincides with a tumultuous transitional period for the New Republic. The government has, essentially, been destroyed after the fall of Coruscant. Efforts are quickly being taken to create a new, stronger form of government, and Master Luke Skywalker is using the opportunity to establish a Jedi Council within the new government through a strong lobbying campaign amongst the Senate.
Luke endorses Senator Cal Omas for the position of President. Omas has been one of the few outspoken supporters of the Jedis and is in favor of the formation of a Jedi Council. His biggest rival is the virulently anti-Jedi Fyor Rodan.
Luke spends much of his time on the campaign trail, while behind the scenes (and seemingly unbeknownst to him), back-handed deals and attempts at fixing the election are taking place.
When he discovers, too late, that Omas has been working in secret with scientists to develop a doomsday weapon that could destroy the Yuuzhan Vong in one fell genocidal swoop, Luke must figure out a political way to prevent the weapon’s use, as its mere existence goes against everything for which the Jedi stand.
Han and Leia, in the meantime, are conducting meetings with the Empire on Bastion in the hopes of utilizing Imperial firepower in the war against the Yuuzhan Vong. Officially, the Empire has remained “neutral” in the war but has, occasionally, under the leadership of Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, stepped in to assist.
The charismatic old Imperial officer still has much to offer, and, while the Empire will never see eye to eye with the New Republic, under the alliance created by Pellaeon, the Imperial Armada could still be a useful ally.
Of course, Leia knows only too well that it could also become a formidable foe again if the New Republic government can’t establish a viable government anytime soon. Pellaeon all but admits that the Empire has been keeping a keen eye on the situation for any moment of weakness to exploit.
Admiral Ackbar, from his deathbed, has been devising an intricate and complex plan of attack against the Yuuzhan Vong. Against Luke’s better judgment, the plan involves using Jedis as bait.
“Destiny’s Way” culminates in a tense space battle on the strategically unimportant planet of Ebaq 9, a battle which could tip the scales for the New Republic and seriously hurt the Yuuzhan Vong, assuming everything goes according to plan...
I’ve got a bad feeling about this…
Read information about the authorWalter Jon Williams has published twenty novels and short fiction collections. Most are science fiction or fantasy -Hardwired, Voice of the Whirlwind, Aristoi, Metropolitan, City on Fire to name just a few - a few are historical adventures, and the most recent, The Rift, is a disaster novel in which "I just basically pound a part of the planet down to bedrock." And that's just the opening chapters. Walter holds a fourth-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and also enjoys sailing and scuba diving. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, Kathy Hedges.
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