Star Wars The Jedi Academy #1: Jedi Search

Star Wars The Jedi Academy #1: Jedi Search

by Kevin J. Anderson

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Overview

As the war between the Republic and the scattered  remnants of the Empire continues, two  children--the Jedi twins--will come into their powers in a  universe on the brink of vast changes and challenges.  In this time of turmoil and discovery, an  extraordinary new Star Wars saga  begins....

While Luke Skywalker takes the first  step toward setting up an academy to train a new  order of Jedi Knights, Han Solo and Chewbacca are  taken prisoner on the planet Kessel and forced to  work in the fathomless depths of a spice mine. But  when Hans and Chewie break away, they flee  desperately to a secret imperial research laboratory  surrounded by a cluster of black holes--and go from  one danger to a far greater one....

On  Kessel, Luke picks up the trail of his two friends,  only to come face to face with a weapon so awesome,  it can wipe out an entire solar system. It is a  death ship called the Sun Crusher, invented by a  reclusive genius and piloted by none other than Han  himself...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553297980
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1994
Series: Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 210,981
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written many bestsellers and has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Reader’s Choice Award. He also holds the Guinness World Record for largest single-author signing.

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1
 
The black hole cluster near Kessel reached out for the Millennium Falcon with jaws of gravity, drawing it close. Even in the mottled blur of hyperspace, Han Solo could see the huge distortion as a bruised whirlpool, trying to suck them down to infinity.
 
“Hey, Chewie! Don’t you think that’s too close?” He stared at the Falcon’s navicomputer, wishing they had chosen a course that would take them a safer distance from the Maw. “What do you think this is, an old smuggling mission? We got nothing to hide this time.”
 
Beside him, Chewbacca looked disappointed and grunted an excuse, waving his hairy paws in the stifling air of the cockpit.
 
“Yeah, well we’re on an official mission this time. No more skulking about. Try to act dignified, okay?”
 
Chewbacca groaned a skeptical reply, then turned to his navigational screens.
 
Han felt a pang at returning to his old haunts, reminded of when he had been just on the other side of the law, running spice, being chased by Imperial scout ships. When his life had been free and easy.
 
On one of those frantic missions, he and Chewbacca had practically shaved the bottom plating off the Falcon, taking a shortcut and skimming closer to the Maw cluster of black holes than had ever before been recorded. Sensible pilots avoided the area, using longer paths that kept them clear of the black holes, but the Falcon’s speed had carried them to safety on the other side, making the Kessel run in under twelve parsecs. But that “guaranteed sure thing” mission had ended in disaster anyway; Han had dumped his load of spice just before being boarded by Imperials.
 
This time, though, Han was returning to Kessel under different circumstances. His wife Leia had appointed him an official representative of the New Republic, an ambassador of sorts, though the title seemed somewhat honorary.
 
But even an honorary title had its advantages. Han and Chewbacca no longer had to dodge scout ships, or duck under planetary sensor nets, or use the secret compartments under the deck plates. Han Solo found himself in the unlikely, and uncomfortable, position of being respectable. There was no other word for it.
 
But Han’s new responsibilities weren’t just quaint annoyances. He was married to Leia—who could have imagined that?—and he had three children.
 
Han leaned back in his flight chair and locked his hands behind his head. He allowed a wistful smile to cross his face. He had visited the kids as often as he could, in their protective isolation on a secret planet, and the twins were due to come home to Coruscant in a week. Anakin, the third little baby, had filled him with wonder as he tickled the tiny ribs, watching an expression of amusement cross the infant’s face.
 
Han Solo, a father figure? Leia had said a long time ago that she liked “nice men”—and that was exactly what Han was turning into!
 
He caught Chewbacca looking at him out of the corner of his eye. Embarrassed, Han sat up straight and frowned down at the controls. “Where are we? Shouldn’t it be about time to end this jump?”
 
Chewie growled an affirmative, then reached out with a furry paw to grasp the hyperspace controls. The Wookiee watched the numbers tick away on his control panel; at the appropriate moment he hauled backward on the lever that dropped them back into normal space. The mottled coloring of hyperspace fanned into starlines with a roar that Han felt more than heard; then they were surrounded by the expected tapestry of stars.
 
Behind them the spectacle of the Maw looked like a garish finger painting as ionized gas plunged into multiple black holes. Directly in front of the Falcon, Han saw the blue-white glare of Kessel’s sun. As the ship rotated to align them with the ecliptic, Kessel itself came into view, potato-shaped and maned with the tendrils of escaping atmosphere, orbited by a large moon that had once housed a garrison of Imperial troopers.
 
“Right on target, Chewie,” Han said. “Now let me have the controls.”
 
Kessel looked like a wraith coasting along its orbit, too small to hold on to its own atmosphere. Huge generating factories constantly processed the raw rocks to release oxygen and carbon dioxide, making it possible for people to survive outside with simple breath masks instead of total environment suits. A good portion of the newly manufactured atmosphere escaped into space, wisping behind the small planet like the tail of a giant comet.
 
Chewbacca barked a short, nasal comment. Han nodded. “Yeah, it looks great from up here. Too bad it’s so different when you get a closer look. I never liked the place.”
 
Kessel was a major planet for spice production and seat of heavy smuggling activities, as well as the site for one of the toughest prisons in the galaxy. The Empire had controlled spice production except for what smugglers managed to steal from under Imperial noses. But with the fall of the Emperor, the smugglers and the prisoners in the Imperial Correction Facility took over the planet. Kessel had laid low during the depredations of Grand Admiral Thrawn and the recent resurrection of the Emperor, keeping quiet and trying hard not to be noticed, answering no one’s request for help.
 
A low growl rumbled in Chewie’s throat. Han sighed and shook his head, “Look, I’m not happy about going back there either, buddy. But things are different now, and we’re the best people to do it.”
 
With the civil war ended and the New Republic once again firmly seated on Coruscant, leaving scattered groups of Imperial warships to fight each other, it was time to reopen negotiations. Better to get them on our side than to let them sell out wherever they can, Han thought, which is what they’ll probably do anyway. As representative of the new unified smugglers, Luke’s old nemesis Mara Jade had tried to contact Kessel and been flatly rebuffed.
 
The Millennium Falcon approached Kessel, firing aft thrusters to help them catch up with the planet’s motion, preparing for insertion into orbit. On the helm’s scanner screens, Han checked their approach. “Vectoring in,” he said.
 
Chewie made a quick comment and pointed at the screens. Han looked down to see blips already in orbit around the planet, emerging from the blanketing clouds of the atmosphere. “I see ’em. Looks like about a half dozen ships. Too far away to determine the types.”
 
Han brushed aside Chewie’s uneasy growl. “Well, then we’ll just tell them who we are. Don’t worry. Why do you think Leia made such a fuss about getting us proper diplomatic ID signals and everything?”
 
He switched on the New Republic beacon that automatically pinged out their identification in Basic and several other languages. To his surprise, the orbiting ships changed their vector in unison and increased speed to intercept the Falcon.
 
“Hey!” Han shouted, then realized he had not switched on the audio pickup. Chewie roared. Han toggled the switch on. “This is Han Solo of the New Republic ship Millennium Falcon. We are on a diplomatic mission.” His mind raced, wondering what words a real diplomat would use. “Uh, please state your intentions.”
 
The two closest ships raced in, first growing into distinct points of light, then taking on shapes. “Chewie, I think you’d better get our forward deflector shields up. I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”
 
He reached for the communications switch as Chewbacca brought up the shields, but then he looked through the front viewport. The two incoming ships roared toward him at unbelievable speed, spreading out on either side. The sight of their squared-off solar panels and central pilot compartments turned Han’s blood to ice water.
 
TIE fighters.
 
“Chewie, get over here. I’m taking the laser cannon.”
 
Before the Wookiee could reply, Han hauled himself up the access tube into the gun well. He grabbed on to the gunner’s chair, trying to reorient himself in the new gravity field.
 
The TIE fighters came in for a two-pronged attack, spreading above and below the Falcon and firing their lasers. As the ship lurched from the impact, Han managed to throw himself into the gunner’s chair, grabbing for the harness buckle and strapping himself in. One of the attacking ships swooped overhead, and the Falcon’s sensor panels howled with the sound of Twin Ion Engines, from which the TIE fighter took its name. The enemy vessel fired again, but the beams streaked harmlessly through space.
 
“Chewie, take evasive action! Don’t just fly straight!”
 
The Wookiee shouted something from below, and Han yelled back. “I don’t know—you’re piloting, you figure it out!” Obviously Kessel had not rolled out the welcome mat for them. Had some vestige of the Empire taken over the planet? If so, Han needed to get that information back to Coruscant.
 
Other ships were approaching now, and somehow Han didn’t think they were coming to help. Up ahead, the two TIE fighters swooped up in a tight arc, executing a complete one-eighty and roaring back for a second attack on the Falcon.
 
But this time Han had managed to strap himself in and power up the laser batteries. On his scope the TIE fighter made a digitized target, growing larger. The enemy ship came closer and closer. Han tightened his grip around the firing levers, knowing the TIE pilot would be doing the same. He waited, feeling sweat build up on his neck. He realized he was holding his breath. One more second. One more second. The targeting cross showed dead center on the starboard wing of the fighter.
 
The instant Han pressed the firing button, Chewbacca threw the Falcon into an evasive roll. The laser blasts went wide, spraying toward the distant stars. The TIE fighter’s shot also missed, streaking in the opposite direction and coming perilously close to striking the second TIE fighter.
 

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Star Wars The Jedi Academy #1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
The story was a little slow moving in places, but the Han Solo and Chewbacca part of the story made it worth it. My best advice is to read it so that you will be prepared for the far superior sequel, "Dark Apprentice".
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. As I said in the title I like all of Kevin J Anderson's books. I really liked it when Luke and Lando tricked Moruth Doole, and the Umgullian blob races.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. It starts off with Han & Chewie going to Kessel on a diplomatic mission. They are taken prisoner and forced to work in the spice mines on the planet. Not only is a old enemy trying to kill him but a energy stealing spider that lurks in the mine. Luke skywalker is trying to put together a new order of Jedi knights. Leia is trying to keep it together because her husband is missing, her diplomatic duties are weighing her down, and her twin children are coming home to stay. There was so much action in this book I didn't want to put it down and I didn't til I had finished it. I will read more from this series. If you want to read a good Star Wars trilogy start with this book. You'll be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought the book and I am totally enthralled in it. I love the story and how Luke is trying to open up an acedemy for young Jedi. If you are a Star Wars fan, buy this book. I just wanted to grab a book at B&N that looked fun to read, and man, did I come upon a treasure:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jedi Search is a very interesting science fiction book created by Anderson to piece together the years after Return of the Jedi. This book is the first in a trilogy called the Jedi Academy. Kevin Anderson did an excellent job in opening up the trilogy, while at the same time keeping with an excellent plot. The story itself starts off with Luke, the now Jedi Master, appealing to the New Republic to allow him to reform the Jedi Knights. Of course he gets approval. Right away he dashes out across the galaxy in search of his new candidates while Han and Chewie are off to Kessel, a mining planet, to convince it to join the New Republic. Several things happen to both quests, good and bad, that will keep you on the edge of your seat begging for more. There is so many twists and turns that I can¿t tell you without giving away the whole ending. The story becomes so much more than just good vs. evil, Light vs. Dark. In the end the story enthralls you with its excellent sense of description and words. There¿s a part where Anderson writes, ¿the beam hit the scales and broke into a million beams of light shooting all over the cavern.¿ Here, before after, and everywhere in between Anderson shows just how good of a writer he is. I definitely recommend this book to everyone, but if you read this one you¿ll definitely want to read the other two.
qumle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this trilogy was one of the first Star Wars novels I read.It is (obviously) about rebuilding the Jedi Order after the defeat of the empire.the main theme of the book is how you find and Train new Jedi, and adapt the schooling to the needs of every individual, and creating a learning environment outside class rooms and through activities. This means that Luke Skywalker (the teacher) has to consider which traditions of the old ways to keep, and which to renew.This can be seen as very parallel to what is being debated in many schools in the real world.Having said all this, the book is of course about much more than schooling, it gives a good image of the intricacies and workings of the Force, and contains all that a space opera needs, in terms of intergalactic villians, super weapons, plans in plans, good versus bad etc.as to the writing it is very typical Anderson, that means fast pace, many parallel story lines, large persona gallery, inventive plots.Charcters are characterized by their actions and morals more that physical appearence
Anduril85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This wasn't a bad book but it seemed hallow after reading the hand of Thrawn Trilogy. The story had a good premise to work with but just never came through. It seemed to me that a lot of the book was from everyone's perspective but Luke's there were times but not as much as I would have liked. There's really not that much of the training of the students either which I don't understand, the series is (Jedi Academy) after all. That's not to say that the rest of the book is just pages that need to be passed over the story of Han's escape from Kessel and Leia's s struggles with keeping the New Republic together and working are interesting in their own right, but I just really expected there to be much more about Luke and the training of his Jedi students.
lunza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awful. Horribly written, flat characters -- did he ghost write the prequel trilogy? Now this author is meddling in the Dune series, which I categorically refuse to buy for that very reason.
BryanThomasS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite a dumb title, a very solid Star Wars adventure. Doesn't quite capture the feeling of the movies like Zahn's books but comes close. Good job of building tension and jeopardy despite focusing on characters we know no real harm can come to--the mainstays are all here.
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You wann be in my new jedi academy book? Tell me your name i mean like my real name is marcus but my charaters name is Firedaz
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Hey meadow you on now?
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She gpes to res one.
Revan97 More than 1 year ago
I've read Timothy Zahn's Heir To The Empire and, while I am impressed, I still prefer Kevin J. Anderson's Jedi Search. This book and both of the others in Anderson's Jedi Academy Trilogy are among my favorite Star Wars books ever. The whole concept of the Jedi Academy is quite intriguing to me. I highly recommend this book for two reasons: (1) The most important: It has a great story and (2) It's quite affordable, especially used.
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Confusing
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A place of intense battles. Use this area to get from planet to planet via spacecraft.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is about luke restoring the jedi order.In this book,Luke searches for a new canidates for the jedi academy that he starts.Butt also the chapters revolve around leia, Han and Chewie,and some around lando calarissian.Its an amazing book!!
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ONLY 8 WORDS READ THIS BOOK IT IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so funny! Here is one of my favorite parts of the book: Luke touched an isolated nub in the back of her mind, and suddenly felt as if a giant hand had planted itself on his chest and shoved backward! Luke stumbled, taking to steps away from Leia. "What did I do?" Leia asked in the same moment Luke said "What did you do?" "I don't know!" they said simultainously. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! Yeah. I like the trilogy so much, I am making a plush star wars movie trilogy on the books! YYEESS!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far one of my favorite star wars books!I reccomend it to anyone over ten or eleven
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