The Paradise Snare
Before the Star Wars movies, before the titanic battles that freed the
galaxy from the iron grip of the Empire, here is the never-before-told
story of the young Han Solo. In Book One of this exciting new trilogy,
the famed rogue, con man, smuggler, and thief struggles to survive on a
sinister world where the chief export is slavery.
He was a child without a past, a Corellian street urchin, abandoned, foraging for scraps of food, when the cruel Garris Shrike whisked him away to a nomadic band of spacefaring criminals. Now, years later, chafing under Shrike's sadistic tyranny, driven by dreams of adventure and glory, Han fights his way free. His goal: to become an Imperial Navy pilot.
But first he needs hands-on experience flying spacecraft, and for that he takes a job on the planet Ylesia – a steaming world of religious fanaticism, illicit drugs, and alluring sensuality... where dreams are destroyed and escape is impossible.
Ann Carol Crispin (1950–2013) was an American science fiction writer, the author of twenty-three published novels. Her writing career began in 1983. She wrote several Star Trek novels, and created her own original science fiction series called Starbridge.
She was married to science fiction author Michael Capobianco.
Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy consists of three primary works, and includes one additional book that complement the series but is not considered mandatory reads. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.
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