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Here is the second novel in the blockbuster new trilogy that reveals the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler and thief.Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy. But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named CheHere is the second novel in the blockbuster new trilogy that reveals the never-before-told story of the young Han Solo. Set before the Star Wars movie adventures, these books chronicle the coming-of-age of the galaxy's most famous con man, smuggler and thief.Solo is now a fugitive from the Imperial Navy. But he has made a valuable friend in a former Wookiee slave named Chewbacca, who has sworn Han a life debt. Han will need all the help he can get. For the Ylesian Hutts have dispatched the dreaded bounty hunter Boba Fett to track down the man who already outsmarted them once. But Han and Chewie find themselves in even bigger trouble when they agree to lend their services to the crime lords Jiliac and Jabba the Hutt. Suddenly the two smugglers are thrust into the middle of a battle between the might of the Empire and the treachery of their outlaw allies...a battle where even victory means death!Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!...

Title : The Hutt Gambit
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ISBN : 9780553574166
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 340 Pages
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The Hutt Gambit Reviews

  • Brad
    2019-03-12 17:47

    Reading (or in the case of Star Wars The Han Solo Trilogy rereading) Star Wars books, with all their cheesie craptasticness is a great reminder of just how bad George Lucas' universe is. It is all contradictions and stock characters and pretty lights and bad plots and predictability and self-referential bullshit and unspeakable dialogue and sci-fantastic worlds. And that's exactly why we love them so much -- or at least why I do -- because they are drivel.So when A.C. Crispin, who is obviously a fan of Han Solo, has her hero leading smugglers in an attack on an Imperial Fleet come to destroy Nar Shaddaa, it doesn't matter that it further damages his original trilogy character development (the worst damage was done by Lucas, after all, so the Creator himself set the precedent). And when Han comes up with the master plan that will help defeat the fleet (an ex-lover whose illusions would put David Copperfield to shame), and when Han is used by Jabba and Jiliac the Hutts to bribe the Admiral of the fleet, and when Han barely escapes from Boba Fett long before his Empire encounter with the bounty hunter (and makes him a mortal enemy by stealing his Mandalorian wrist darts), and when Han falls in love with the Millenium Falcon in about as banal a way as I can imagine, and when Han meets and befriends Lando Calrissian on the spot, who turns out to be a man who loves responsibility long before he becomes responsible for Cloud City, and when Han peaks out of a closet at a Darth Vader murder, it doesn't matter because its just as contradictory and silly as all Star Wars tales. And it's just as fun.So I admit it ... I really, really liked The Hutt Gambit because I am a nostalgic git with no taste. But I'm okay with that.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-02-25 11:54

    I still have issues with this Han Solo series: once again, it's all tell-don't-show in regards to Solo's imperial career and his rescue of Chewie from slavery (unforgivably covered in a matter of a few pages). Solo's first meeting with Lando is also rather perfunctory, and far less momentous than it could have been. But those complaints aside, this is a major leap in quality from the previous book. It's far more exciting and engaging a tale than "The Paradise Snare", and it manages to make Hutt society and politics -- never an interest of mine -- into something fascinating and compelling. Hopefully, this upward trend in quality continues in the final book of the Han Solo trilogy.

  • Ivy
    2019-03-19 15:49

    5 starsNice to see Han and Bria. Also liked seeing Chewie and Lando. Han got his own ship. Yay!!! Hope to read more Han Solo books!! Can't wait to read Rebel Dawn!!!!

  • Paul Darcy
    2019-03-06 13:05

    by A. C. Crispin, published in 1997.This novel, book two in the Han Solo trilogy, starts off with Han kicked out of the Imperial Navy and hounded by a Wookie. Yes, the Wookie is Chewbacca and Han rescued him from slavery. Slavery imposed on his kind and many other “aliens” by the evil Emperor Palpatine. The Wookie now, Chew-something as Han calls him, owes Han a life debt and doesn’t want to “beat it.” And aren’t we glad he didn’t?The famous pair are finally united in this second novel and they get themselves into much mischief and mayhem. I don’t know what happened in this second novel but it is so much better paced and written than the first, “The Paradise Snare”, that I’m really glad I stuck it out.The plot, action and characterizations in this novel are top notch and one great big fun ride - just like the old movies. It deals mostly with the machinations of the Hutts and their dirty dealings with themselves and others. And Han, under Jabba’s employ, gets himself in deep as usual.This time the Emperor is not fooling around though and the Smuggler’s Moon, located at the edge of Rim space, is targeted to be shut down. All smuggling operations, run by the Hutts, must cease. A very large Imperial strike force is gathering and making ready to crush Smuggler’s Moon and Han has a big decision to make. But of course he chooses the right one.The last quarter of the book deals with the battle, the strange orders given to the leader fo the Imperial invasion force, and the final twisting of the knives of the Hutts. This is about as exciting as an extended universe novel can get I would guess and A. C. Crispin does a fantastic job.We get to see or hear about most everybody who is anybody in the Star Wars universe (except Obi, Luke or Leia - haven’t entered Han’s world yet) Lando, Chewbacca, Jabba and for the first time the Millennium Falcon play pretty big roles. I won’t spoil it by telling you who else shows up near the end - but it is a great scene.Overall I was quite happy with this installment and like I said I’m glad I stuck with it after the first novel. On to the third now with no reservations.I would give this a 4 out of 5 because it was just pure escapist Star Wars fun at its best.

  • Mary JL
    2019-03-01 12:56

    It's not a spoiler as I think so many people have seen Star Wars. Han Solo did not succeed in the Imperial Space Academy. He actually made lieutenant; but then he inteferred when a vicious admiral was disciplining a Wookie slave with a force whip.Han expected punishment; he did NOT expect to be thrown out entirely. So what other job is there for a crack pilot than smuggling?At first, Han is going to seek his future alone. But when Chewbacca saves him from severe injury in a bar fight, he decides that the 'fur-ball' might be handy and thier long freindship begains.Soon employed on the Smuggler's Moon, Han and Chewie became caught up in battle. The Empire intends to wipe out the Smugglers Moon and leave nothing but ashes. Han must battle not only to save his livelihood, but also the many non-combatants who are trapped on the Smuggler's Moon---to whom the Empire will show no mercy.The battle for the Smuggler's Moon takes up a large section of the book and it is fast paced and exciting. Also between battles we meet the bounty hunter, Bobba Fett; Lando Calrissian and an interesting cast of characters.Agreat, fast paced asventure makes up the middle book of a good trilogy. Recommended for SF fans; Star Wars fans in particular.Edited 9/25/14 to fix typos.

  • Ron
    2019-03-04 16:44

    Fills gaps in Hans' past, but the meeting with Lando is too contrived. Nice to see that Han really is a scoundrel ... with issues. ;-)And the whole Boba Fett business is completely out of sync with the Star Wars movie canon. It's not Crispin's fault; she wrote before Episodes Two and Three identified Jango and Boba jett.

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-03-11 15:53

    Really enjoyed this Han Solo trilogy this middle instalment has it all Jabba , Boba Fett , and Lando all good stuff ..... 8/10

  • Vanessa
    2019-03-06 12:46

    3/5 estrellas.El primer libro de la trilogía lo leí a principios del año pasado, y retomando la historia en un principio pensé que sería una continuación directa del anterior, con Han incorporándose a la escuela militar imperial, pero en vez de eso me encuentro que está situado cinco años después, en específico, tres meses después de ser destituido de su carrera militar, y junto a Chewbacca (como se sabe él fue la razón principal del término de la carrera), lo que no resulta malo aunque me hubiera gustado que se contara algo del periodo mencionado.El ritmo es bueno, tiene sus momentos de mayor agilidad, en específico en la batalla, pero también sus momentos lentos que ocupan la primera parte del libro, que agregando que la autora de repente tiende a ser reiterativa en algunas explicaciones de situaciones o descripción de lugares (que por suerte no es en todo momento) los hace aún más lentos de lo que debería. A su favor los personajes son bastantes creíbles con sus caracteres.

  • CB
    2019-03-17 17:06

    I just couldn't finish it this time. The further I read, the more forced the writing felt. Crispin works too hard to put in the vocal and physical mannerisms of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, rather than making the character her own. Likewise, I don't think she knew what to do with Lando. I love the characters and the concept, but simply could not stomach the execution.

  • Adam Koebel
    2019-02-22 12:56


  • Chase
    2019-03-13 12:57

    Han Sole, as the old smuggler we know and love.

  • Andrew Lloyd
    2019-02-26 17:01

    Awesome book! So much better than the first one in the series. Can't wait to read the conclusion to the trilogy!

  • Thomas
    2019-02-26 13:04

    The Paradise Snare introduced the idea of Han Solo as an Imperial Navy pilot. It was an interesting idea, and one that helps explain why he's such a good pilot in the movies (though it doesn't explain why he never brings it up in the movies, but hey, this book was written 20 years after the movie, and I can live with such things), and one that I looked forward to reading about in The Hutt Gambit. Alas, this book picks up five years later, a month or so after Han has been kicked out of the Navy for striking an officer, so we don't get to see that part of the story.Instead, we see Han beginning his life as a smuggler proper. He's being hunted by bounty hunters hired by the Ylesian Hutts he crossed in The Paradise Snare, while working for Jiliac and his nephew, Jabba. Chewbacca is now Han's partner (Chewie is part of the reason Han got kicked out of the Navy), and the two of them start crossing the galaxy and getting into trouble.The story flows pretty well, taking us through the characters' lives, and giving us hints at what's to come, and what's come before. Bria makes an appearance here, though she's a tertiary character, at best. We get a few fan-service moments throughout the story (Boba Fett, Cloud City, and Tatooine all make appearances, or are at least mentioned), and Crispin sets up the end of the novel to take us through to the third book in the series, which feels like it will be a culmination of the characters she's introduced in the first two books.Han feels more like Han in The Hutt Gambit, and Crispin avoids overusing "Honey" and "Sweetheart" in his speech like she did in The Paradise Snare (I don't remember seeing a single instance of either, in fact). I felt more invested in Han and the characters around him, even though I didn't have the kind of connection I've had with other characters in other books. The action is solid and well-paced, and the final battle in the book (which takes up about a quarter of the novel) is gripping and engaging.The Hutt Gambit is a solid read, and is an improvement over the first book in this trilogy. I wouldn't count it among my favorites, but it was worth the time, and is a stronger book than some of the newer Expanded Universe books. Despite some telly parts here and there, and taking a little too long to get to the heart of the story, the book satisfies.

  • Menion
    2019-03-12 15:55

    Well, another one down the mental digestive tract, that one was tasty! (burp) Even more fun then the first volume, due to a larger, more dynamic cast and some actual battles.The plot on this one picks up a bit after the last one. In volume 1, the book ended with the start of Han's Imperial Training. Here, he has already gotten kicked out and picked up Chewie, and they are neophyte smugglers. That's all you need to know.Why I really like this one-again, great characters! Aside from Chewie and Lando showing up (and even a cameo from Vader) you get a whole bunch of new, interesting characters. Xaverri the magician, Shug Ninx the ace spaceship mechanic, Salla Zend the ass-kicking female smuggler, Admiral Greenlanx the Imperial admiral-they all play small roles, but are critical to really fleshing out the story. The biggest roles behind Solo and Chewie, are the Hutts (yes, Jabba is one of them) This book really gives out the story of how Solo and Jabba got involved with each other. There is a lot of good info on the Hutts here, this really gives them depth. They aren't just fat, stupid blobs, there is a LOT more intelligence and cunning to the Hutts than you saw in Return of the Jedi.The story itself was great, Solo is a smuggler, but he does play some different roles here, such as undercover envoy for the Hutts. Best part of the story-the next to last chapter is what I was waiting for, one big friggin' space battle with a ton of ships. AC did a good job putting the battle together, tactic and excitement-wise. Sure, part about projecting an image in space was ridiculous (geez, basic physics of light, anyone?) but hey, it's science fiction. Reality is optional. It was just great to read about the ships blasting each other. Overall, another real winner from AC Crispin. Damn, she was a good writer.

  • Erik Akre
    2019-03-15 16:08

    A pretty mediocre Star Wars novel--the kind I have come to expect when I binge on science fiction to distract myself, remove myself, from everyday life. Mediocre or not, I gobbled it up in four days. I enjoyed it!But really, it's not all that good. Pure entertainment, shallowness, and (in some places) boring and poorly written. Crispin is at her best in seedy bars and Han-Solo-ish encounters, interactions in the underworlds of the galaxy. One enjoys the hero and accepts the away Crispin has depicted his Han-Solo-ish-ness. This part is good! And the Hutts are well-done too, I must say. Her descriptions of the smugglers' training sessions, the crowd behavior in that context, and to a slightly lesser extent the "spaceship battles," left me tired and wanting to get past them. [Thus the entire last section of the book moved s l o w l y.]After all, though, how can you really be critical of such a novel? Who cares? It's a fun diversion at the time. I learned more about Han Solo's past, his connection to Jabba and Boba, and Chewbacca too. To a die-hard Star Wars nerd, this is a fine, fun book. To me. . . it was a. . . fine, fun book. . .

  • Craig Jr.
    2019-03-09 15:39

    You know, I like how Han's character is becoming who he is. This story arc portrays Han being a nice guy, getting into a lot of bad situations, meeting and falling for women, and ultimately being hung out to dry. This kind of character arc shows why he became the scoundrel we all know and love. If you've been burned enough times, you learn to look out for only yourself. I listened to an abridged version of this in audio.

  • Julia
    2019-02-22 15:04

    I enjoyed this book even more than the first Volume...Great!If you ever wondered how Han met Lando... or Chewie... or Jabba the Hutt, this sereies is created for you! It answeres all questions a Han Solo fan could possibly have after watching the movies. Action packed, with great dialogues, real Star Wars setting and awsome characters. Humorous. Just great.

  • Alana
    2019-03-16 13:43

    Little too much of Han pining away for his lost love, but a lot more battle action than the last book, so it balanced. It was fun (if less than realistic) to see the smuggler's band together to fend off the Empire and have a fun battle sequence. Also seeing Han's background leading up to his eventual generalship in the Rebellion. Typical space-action sci-fi ride.

  • Miss Clark
    2019-03-16 12:41

    I found this one marginally more readable than the first.I liked seeing how Han met Chewie and got that pesky life debt. I do genuinely like that he tanked his Imperial Navy career to save him.Here is where we see why had incurred that huge debt to Jabba.

  • Becca Fox
    2019-03-22 17:48

    It amazes me how Crispin was able to capture the personality of Han Solo so perfectly, even though he wasn't the original creator of the character. Another win for Crispin!

  • Travis
    2019-02-25 16:42

    Better than "The Paradise Snare", which was already a good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it, just as I had the first time.

  • Mike Day
    2019-02-22 19:00

    This book is great fun!

  • Dave Tindall
    2019-03-10 14:04

    I love Han Solo. So to read about his early life was enjoyable.

  • Christopher Lutz
    2019-03-20 14:00

    The Millennium Falcon, Lando, Boba Fett, Han meeting Chewbacca, a great cast of supporting characters, a cool space battle... What’s not to love?

  • Dave
    2019-03-10 13:57

    A worthy followup to the first part of the trilogy.

  • Ryan Thompson
    2019-03-12 14:07

    Book 5 of 6 read at Lake Powell. This one was awesome! Despite some stiff dialogue, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Kami
    2019-02-28 12:07

    - There was a lot of diplomacy and politics with the Hutts in this one. The stuff usual bores me, but this time it was very intriguing. I loved Han's role in everything.- I LOVED the introduction to characters we all know and love. Han learning to accept Chewy as a partner was great to see. It was SO epic when Boba Fett hunted down Han Solo. Landa and the Falcon were very exciting to see. I can't wait to read about how Han gambles the Falcon away from Lando.- I wish Bria's story had been explored a little more, but I'm sure she'll play a larger role later. - I loved the first book better, but this one was epic in it's own way. I can't put these books down! They are SO good! I wish these were still canon.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-03-19 15:46

    "To make the big money, you gotta be willing to take those risks."Han has just been dishonorably discharged from the Imperial Navy for intervening on behalf of Chewbacca, a Wookiee slave. Now, he is unemployed and burdened with a Wookiee, insistent on staying at his side due to a "Life Debt". But Han is clever. He pulls himself up and begins to hone his piloting craft by working for the Hutts, keeping just ahead of the bounty hunters, and meeting people who will influence his life in the future. Oh, and finding the ship that he has his heart set on: the Millennium Falcon.NOTE: Based on the actual novel (read years ago) and the audiobook.I Liked:Having Han team up with Chewie really makes this novel better than its predecessor (which had him team up with Muurgh, a Togorian, and Bria, his Corellian love interest). We get to go with them through their journey, to watch as Han improves his skill, learns his trade, makes an impression on those around him, and meet up with people we know from other novels.I adored how Crispin really put effort into the continuity of this book. We have Xaverri from The Crystal Star, Salla Zend from Dark Empire, Vuffi Rah from the Lando Adventures, Smuggler's Run, the works. I was particularly impressed with how Crispin intertwined her story with Brian Daley's The Han Solo Adventures (seen even better in the next book, Rebel Dawn. This is true dedication, to work around another author's creation, to spend time paying homage and referencing it. And I applaud Crispin for it.The novel is definitely more episodic, with not so much of a single emphasis, other than the Ylesia plot you might remember from The Paradise Snare. This works to the story's advantage. Han's life wouldn't be dictated like a "normal" story, and I appreciate the "lack of a plot".As for the Ylesia plot and the Hutts, I really enjoyed it. It is impressive for her to take the task of making the Hutts interesting, and Crispin succeeded. I felt they were very much like the Corleone's from the Godfather while without being a complete ripoff.One of my absolute favorite moments in the book was where Boba Fett nearly captures Han Solo and Lando Calrissian comes to the rescue. I love the introduction to Fett, I love how Calrissian was able to get the jump on him, and I love how it set up Fett's grudge against Han Solo. It really showed Fett being a human and not just a flat robot.I Didn't Like:The segment near the beginning where Han meets a fortune teller that basically relates how he will become in the movies was unnecessary and only made for a "wink-wink" to what happens to him.I didn't care how "Hoth" was mentioned. I like continuity, but do so many people have to be aware of these "out of the way" worlds? With the way things go, Tatooine is more central to the galaxy than Coruscant (makes Luke's statement in A New Hope kinda absurd now), Endor is a by-word, and Bespin is as popular as our Disney World. Get real. Make up some new planets!I wasn't too fond of the time hopping. This may be in part because of the editing of the audiobook (they always cut out stuff from them), but I still felt a little jerked around.My last big complaint: how the heck did Vader not sense Han in the Imperial governor's office? Han should not have survived that incident.Overall:This novel is really clever. While The Paradise Snare had a mediocre romance and a plot heavily borrowed from Oliver Twist, this one was clever and showed that Crispin was good at producing her own story and integrating someone else's. This is the one of the best "middle trilogy" books I've read in Star Wars.

  • Eric Sullenberger
    2019-03-13 15:50

    I read these three books back-to-back and because the lines between them are a little blurred I'm going to review them all together here.  I will try to comment on each one separately, but there might be spoilers between the books.This Han Solo trilogy, which differs from The Han Solo Adventures trilogy by Brian Daley, introduces a young Han Solo and fills in many of the gaps left by other works.  The gap filling is nice, but also causes the books to jump around a lot and be a little sporadic because they assume you know the backstory from other places.  For example, we don't get to see a lot of Han's time in the Imperial Academy or his meeting of and bonding with Chewbacca.  Also, there are fairly large gaps of time in-between the books that make these books more like three stand-alone novels, than a coherent trilogy.  These books also mark the first time, in-Universe chronology, where we leave the comfort of modern MP3 and CD audiobooks that are unabridged to slightly abridged and enter the uncomfortable territory of really abridged cassette tape audiobooks.  The reader and audio quality went way down.  I was also surprised how much the sound effects that I loved as a teenager got in the way of following the book as an adult [although this could be because of low analog to digital conversion quality or because I listen to most audiobooks at x2 speed].  That being said, I'm going to attempt to briefly review each book individually now that I've introduced the series.The Hutt Gambit:By the time this book starts Han has already left the Imperial Academy, and although this is discussed elsewhere, it seems like a hole in this series.  We see Chewie serving a reluctant Han, which seems to go against the personality of Han Solo that was established in the first book.  Although, yes Han is a loner, he also has deep friendships with people he has just met.  These friendships come fast, but are hard and true.  As seen with, Bria, Muuurgh, and to a lesser extent Dewlanna.  In fact, Dewlanna should be a motivator for Han to bond to Chewie.  Of course, they do come together, and pretty quickly.  The book also explores Han's joining the smuggling trade again, despite trying to flee from it several times and get his life straight, and his introduction to Lando and other familiar smuggler friends.  Through this we get to see the infamous run that led to him getting boarded and what resulted in the debt he owed to Jabba the Hutt.  The book closes on an (view spoiler)[odd little bit of rebellion and unification amongst the smuggler's as they resist the Empire at the Battle of Nar Shaddaa(view spoiler)[. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2019-02-28 15:48

    In the second book of the Han Solo trilogy, our hero has lost his commission in the Imperial Navy and has resorted to smuggling to make a living. Down on his luck, he has fallen in to an uneasy partnership with a Wookie, Chewbacca, whose life he saved and who will not now leave his side. The book traces Han and Chewbacca's early smuggling career as they attempt to make a name for themselves and earn a living. They go to Nar Shadda, the Smuggler's Moon in the Hutt system, and find work with the Hutts, particularly Jiliac and his young nephew Jabba. But Jiliac and Jabba are on the other side of a Hutt clan war from the Hutts who control Ylesia (Han's employers and eventually enemies in the first book of the trilogy) and to complicate things even further, the Imperials have decided to crack down on some of the more lawless parts of the galaxy and Nar Shadda is to be made an example of.This book suffers from many of the usual problems of a middle installment of a story. Crispin is clearly setting herself up for the final book in the series all while trying to tell a story that stands alone. So in this book we have several encounters with Han's lost lover Bria and a multitude of references to the Ylesian Hutts (both elements from the first novel) along with numerous other items that clearly foreshadow a final conflict. But Crispin brings in the Imperial crisis (the attack on Nar Shadda) as a way of creating a stand-alone conflict for this book and at times it feels quite forced.Add to that her desire to introduce many of the things we know about Han's past from the movies and the whole thing is ridiculously overcomplicated. Han meets Lando for the first time, is introduced to the Millennium Falcon (but doesn't get to own it yet) and has a run-in with Boba Fett. It's a lot for a single book of moderate length and at times it feels as if Crispin is trying to be too clever for her own good. Less would have been more here.Nonetheless, there are parts of this book I enjoyed. The final battle for Nar Shadda, with smuggler's facing off with Imperials is relatively interesting. The early stages of Han and Chewie's relationship also provides some amusement. And watching Lando and Han outwit Boba Fett is fun too. I'd probably give this book 2.5 stars if I had a more nuanced scale.At the end of the day this book is not bad; it simply would have been better if it had been less busy.