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Literature / Smuggler's Run

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It is a period of civil war. The heroic freedom fighters of the REBEL ALLIANCE have won their most important victory thus far with the destruction of the Empire's ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR.

But the Rebellion has no time to savor its victory. The evil Galactic Empire has recognized the threat the rebels pose, and is now searching the galaxy for any and all information that will lead to the final destruction of the freedom fighters.

For the MILLENNIUM FALCON's crew, who saved the life of Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin, their involvement with the rebels is at an end. Now HAN SOLO and CHEWBACCA hope to take their reward and settle some old debts. . . .

Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo and Chewbacca Adventure is junior novel set in the Star Wars universe, written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Phil Noto. It was released on September 4, 2015 as part of The Journey To The Force Awakens series.

Set in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, with a prologue and epilogue set in within the time period of The Force Awakens this novel follows Han and Chewie as they undertake yet another mission for the Rebel Alliance.

This novel contains the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Delia.
  • Anti-Hero: Han, of course.
  • Bash Brothers: Han and Chewie, while taking down stormtroopers.
  • Dark Action Girl: Alecia Beck, an ISB commander in charge of hunting down the Shrikes, who can give Tarkin a run for his money in the ruthlessness department.
  • Distant Prologue: The prologue takes place over thirty years after the events of the story have taken place.
  • Framing Device: An old man telling the story to a group thugs in a bar. The old man is quite obviously Han himself, but these thugs don't know that.
  • Good-Guy Bar: Delia's.
  • Noodle Incident: Han asks Chewie when he's messed up before. Chewie proceeds to list multiple past occurrences, all of which are untranslated of course.
  • Only in It for the Money: Han insists upon being paid for when Chewie and Leia talk him into another mission for the Rebels.
  • Running Gag: Delia reminding Han that he needs to pay his tab.
  • Slave to PR: Beck is forced to let Han escape with the Rebel agent because if they pull the Millenium Falcon with the tractor beam within the atmosphere, they would cause massive amounts of damage and maybe make some of the survivors into Rebels.
  • Wolf Man: Curtis, a Shistavnen, who works at Delia's bar as a bouncer.