Fünf Jahre nach dem Sieg über das Imperium in der Schlacht von Endor hat sich das Blatt nun dank des brillanten Großadmirals Thrawn gewendet und so gerät die Neue Republik immer mehr in die Defensive. Mit Tarnschilden, einer Klonarmee, der Katana-Flotte und Hilfe des dunklen Jedi-Meisters Joruus C'baoth fügt der letzte imperiale Großadmiral seinen Feinden immer wieder schmerzhafte Verluste zu.
Auf Coruscant hat unterdessen Leia Organa-Solo ihre Zwillinge Jacen und Jaina zur Welt gebracht. Doch das erstarkende Imperium hat es bereits geschafft Truppen auf Coruscant einzuschleußen und so plant Thrawn eine Entführung der Zwillinge. Luke hingegen sucht hinter den feindlichen Linien nach dem Ursprung von Thrawns Klontruppen, während sich die Schmuggler-Allianz unter der Führung Talon Karrdes zu einem Bündnis mit der Neuen Republik durchgerungen hat. Erst durch Mara Jade erfahren die Rebellen von der Existenz Waylands und der imperialen Schatzkammer. In einer verdeckten Operation brechen Luke, Mara, Han, Lando, Chewie und die Droiden nach Wayland auf, um die Klonanlagen dort zu zerstören, wohl wissend dass auch Joruus C'baoth sie dort erwarten und keine Gnade mehr anbieten wird. Kurz darauf erreichen Thrawns Schiffe Coruscant, doch anstatt eine Belagerung zu eröffnen greift Thrawn zu einer erheblich unkonventionelleren Idee, um Coruscant außer Gefecht zu setzen. Doch die Gefahr ist näher als erwartet, denn noch liefert die mysteriöse Delta-Quelle Thrawn eine Unmenge an Informationen und sogar Staatsgeheimnisse. Um das Imperium in die Knie zu zwingen plant das Oberkommando einen massiven Angriff auf die Schiffswerften von Bilbringi, doch da sind sie nicht die einzigen und auch Thrawn hat noch ein Ass im Ärmel...
Was sich in den vorigen beiden Bänden langsam summiert hat steht nun fest, Großadmiral Thrawns Masterplan steht kurz davor aufzugehen und der Neuen Republik einen tödlichen Schlag zu versetzen. Doch das Schicksal dieses Genies und seines perfiden Plans steht noch nicht fest. Lange hat es gedauert und geschickt hat Timothy Zahn einen Plot aufgebaut der sich bis zum großen Finale grandios entwickelt hat. Jetzt gilt es die Handlungen aufzulösen und all dem noch die Krone aufzusetzen, was Zahn nachweislich gelingt. The Last Command ist noch spannender, garantiert noch mehr Action und beweist wie überragend die Story wirklich aufgebaut wurde. Mit einer ganzen Reihe neuer Charaktere, angefangen von Thrawn selbst bis zu Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, Winter und Captain Pellaeon hat die Thrawn-Trilogie das Expanded Universum (EU) bereichert. Eine Trilogie von epischen Ausmaßen ist dabei entstanden, welche die klassische Trilogie gekonnt fortsetzt und ein solides Fundament für spätere Ergänzungen und Weiterentwicklungen des EU gelegt hat.
Grandioses Finale einer epischen Trilogie, die es dank des ausgetüftelten Plots, neuer Charaktere und einem mehr genialen als brutalen Schurken schafft zu brillieren.
am 12. Oktober 1999
A great book, and a fitting ending to a great trilogy! Mr Zahn did an excellent job at preserving the spirit of the original SW trilogy without simply copying the ideas of Mr. Lucas. The already known and beloved characters like Luke, Leia & Han, but also Lando & Mon Mothma, are growing older and more complete, while a whole series of new and fascinating heroes come along, like Carrde and Bel Iblis. Also, we have the "debut" of Mara Jade, yet another strong and beautifull lady to add to the Leia. It seems the authors of SW do not hesitate to show women as strong and resilient as men, which I personally think is great! And wouldn't it be fun if she and Luke were to stick together like Han and Leia? After all, he did give her his father's lightsaber!
In this book, as in all the trilogy, the SW galaxy also grows, with new planets (Kashyyyk was superb, we learnt so much about Chewie), new starships (the Katana fleet) and technology (cloning tanks), new species (Bothans, Noghri), complete with a brand new Dark Jedi, albeit a crazy, cloned one ...
But most of all this trilogy presents the greatest vilain after Darth Vader (and I only say "after" because it would be sacriledge to say that I actually think Thrawn is better than Vader, a more complete and more exciting character).
All in all, a superior performance, which must be read by all serious SW fans.
am 5. Juni 1999
This book is the last in the trilogy (Heir to the empire, Dark force rising, Last Command). And is really worth of being the last book. Usually are the last ones in the trilogy the best ones and this one fits it the most. Couldn't be better.
Here are all well known characters from the part II of this trilogy: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Jedi Master C'Baoth, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, Karrde, ...... Some of them die in the end (the bad guys only - darn :) ), but none of the good guys (and girls).
This is the part, where the rebels find out that Grand Admiral Thrawn is using clones and they must stop him or they will die (rebels doesn't have so many soldiers than the Empire has clones). That is why they have to go to the dragons nest where the clones are produced. There they meet Jedi Master C'Baoth who made a clone of Luke Skywalker (from Luke Skywalker's hand which he left in the Cloud City). And then Luke fights against his clone. Mara Jade saves Luke and kills the clone and together they destroy C'Baoth.
This book really keeps you reading and you just can't stop. Once I found myself reading it till 4 am. I had to go to work at 5 am. This means only one hour sleep, but I didn't miss it. Not with this good story. Timothy Zahn really did a splended job.
am 17. Juli 2000
The entire Thrawn Trilogy was one of the best Star Wars books since George Lucas wrote A New Hope. A exiting edition to the Star Wars trilogy, introducing a whole hoarde of new characters, along with our favoite old ones. Most important of all Zahn adds one of the five greatest Imperial leaders to this trilogy, The man who it was named for, Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn joins five other Imperial leaders, The Emperor, Darth Vader, Moff Tarkin, and Admiral Daala. Among them he is the most tactically brilliant of all. He studies a species art to discern physcological blindspots and then tailors his attacks against them.His downfall was his trust in his subordinates, normally a hero trait. I actually found myself crying in his death scene. In fact, I have recently been bothering some people at Lucasfilm to see if Thrawn will appear in the Prequels. Unfortunately, This novel happens to detract from the image of Star Wars. In the movies it is simply good verses evil. In this novel, The Evil is a lot harder to dicern. I mean Thrawn is not really Evil, is he? I thought he deserved to defeat the new repub-, I mean the Rebellion. All in all an excellent trilogy, and The Hand of Thrawn duolgy is even better. A must-read
am 18. Mai 2000
Outstanding, I am a new fan of Timothy Zahn's Star Wars saga and I am now hooked. The story line was easy to listen to and its characters very consistent with that of George Lucas editions. The plot was innovative and left you in suspense. I encourage any new fan to hear this and follow this trilogy with the audio book edition of The Hand of thrawn (2 Volumes). These include Spectre of the Past and Vision of the Future. The audio edition is very descriptive and takes your imagination through the force and within the battle itself, with sounds of special effects and alien life forms.Once you start to hear the story unravel you are hooked and yearning for more, it is an addictive story and a must read for star wars fan old and new. Good luck and may the force be with you,,,,,,,,,,,,
am 17. August 1999
This was a great Finale. I could put it down! I started the the first book slowly, but once I figured out which ships were good and which were bad, I read two and one-half books in less than two weeks! A lot of the names I can't pronounce (like Kashyyyk, or Khabarakh clan Kihm'bar) but the story was very interesting with all the plot twists and Thrawn predicting strategy. I would recommend the book to anybody who had seen "A New Hope", "The Empire Strikes Back", and "Return of the Jedi".
am 8. März 1999
The Empire, now under the command of Grand Admiral Thrawn, is producing cloned enemy fighters from an unknown origin. On Coruscant, the heart of the Rebellion, Leia Organa Solo is fighting an unseen enemy: Delta Source, a secret listening system developed by the Empire. Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker has traveled to the city Calius, in hope of finding the source or any information leading to the cloning that is threatening the very survival of the Rebellion. On Corusscant, Leia finds a new source of informatmion that is very helpful, but her luck does not hold out. The Empire attacks Coruscant, releasing cloaked man-made asteroids into Coruscant's atmosphere. Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Mara Jade, C-3PO, and R2-D2, set out to Wayland, the location of the cloning fortress, to destroy it. As the story continures, the four humans, one Wookie, and two droids find dangers at every corner. As the team continure their search on Wayland, they finally find the cloning wharehouse. They eneter without any problems, only to find the cloned Jedi Master C'baoth waiting for them! As the two Jedi, mara and Luke, find themselves fighting the insane Jedi Master, the rest of the team are trying to find a way to destroy the fortress before it's too late.
am 14. Juni 1998
I rarely give out five stars, but this book raelly deserved it. Zahn did an excellent job from begining to end. Loads of action especially during the battle between Skywalker,Mara, and C'baoth.
Two of my favorit scenes is when Trrawn sends out his elite forces after Leia and her twins. The other is when Luke and Mara battle the literally insane Jedi Master C'baoth.
Lando Calrissian one of the over looked character in the Star Wars books that I've read many has a very impotant part in protecting Leia, as well as the Noghri.I like this part< because it's awesome how Thrawn infiltrates the Rebel base located on Coruscant in the palace of the late emperor Palpatine.
I like the battle between Master C'baoth,Luke, and Mara, because it has a lot of action and an interesting plot turn lots of rock falling. There even a Luke vs. Luke battle. The ending is also very uique, some may say it's simple maybe those of you who like big explosions where the enemy could always survive. However Thrawn's end is pretty up close and personal.
The only thing I can find possibly bad about this series is that Tommothy Zahn and this series may be slightly over rated but I think it's well desrved.
am 5. Juli 1998
This was the very first Star Wars book I ever bought. It first attracted me because it talked about the twins being born. I bought the book, and even though I didn't know who half the characters were (because being the genius I am, I bought the last book of the trilogy), I was immediately hooked. Thrawn's personality was bone-chilling, because even though he didn't like to waste the lives of his crew, he could still be incredibly ruthless. Mara Jade was my favorite character, and she always will be. I loved her because of the fact that after all she's been through, she still has the courage and the guts to stand up for herself and save the day when Luke starts to get a little wussy. Plus, she's a smartass woman that can do anything that any of the other men can. After finishing this book, I went out and bough the others in this series, and after that, I started buying more and more books. My only complaint--I wish I had found them earlier.
am 10. Januar 2000
In this novel, most of the things Zahn started in Heir to the empire end up. The novel is much like the other two, it really captures the admosphere and feeling of Star Wars I haven't seen in any other SW novel until sofar (including Zahn's newest two SW novels). In general, I thought it was a great book, a must read for any Star Wars fan. Unfortunally, the ending of the whole story isn't really impressive, the way Thrawn got killed simply sucked while that lane C'baot character got a dying scene better than that of the Emperor's! I mean, if a great villain like Thrawn really had to die, why like that? Next to that, the Imperials in this novel had that classic James bondisch "evil organisation with lots of minios" flaw, once the great big, mean evil villian is gone, they run out of cannon fodder. But credit where credit's due, again, Zahn delivered a true SW masterpiece, .