Picking up where Vector Prime leaves off, Dark Tide: Onslaught gives us our first glimpse into the fallout from the initial Yuuzhan Vong incursion. In an effort to learn more about this foreign race, and with little assistance from the New Republic, Luke Skywalker takes it upon himself to dispatch a number of small teams on various missions across the galaxy involving recon, rescue, and recovery. As is often the case, these missions end up being much more than meets the eye, as the heroes of this New Jedi Order find themselves pushed to their limits...
It is a perilous time for the New Republic. Just when unity is needed most, mistrust is on the rise. Even the Jedi feel the strain, as rogue elements rebel against Luke's leadership. When alien invaders known as the Yunnan Vong strike without warning, the New Republic is thrown on the defensive. Merciless warriors, the Yunnan Vong glory in torture. Their technology is as strange as it is deadly. Most ominous of all, they are impervious to the Force.
Now Luke must wield all the awesome powers of a Jedi Master to defeat the gravest threat since Darth Vader. As Leia and Gavin Darklighter lead desperate refugees in a fighting retreat from Yunnan Vong forces, Mara Jade, Anakin, Jacen, and Corran Horn find themselves tested as never before by a faceless, implacable foe determined to smother the light of the New Republic forever beneath a shroud of darkest evil . . .
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An adequate addition to the massive NJO series that continues to raise the stakes.
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Stackpole knows how to write a great Star Wars book. This was one of my favorites in the New Jedi Order series. I loved the individual missions that the Jedi take, teaming up some familiar faces with some new Jedi to get to know in the series. If you were disoriented after Vector Prime, this book is a nice return to a familiar-feeling Star Wars novel. It doesn't really resolve, but that's because it sets up the sequel, and is the 2nd of a 19-book series. Especially worthy of note is that Dark Tide continues the character progression of Youtini favorite Corran Horn as he has gone from cocky pilot to full-fledged Jedi Master!
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As a follow up to the consequential Vector Prime, Dark Tide does a serviceable job in showing the aftermath of the major events that preceded it. As a fan of Corran Horn, I particularly enjoyed this book and seeing how he interacted with a younger, brasher Jedi Knight. Due to the number of unrelated plot-lines, I did find the pacing to be bothersome at times, but overall enjoyed seeing the dynamics of different characters interacting in a way not previously explored.
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