After everything we've seen from the EU, I'm sort of in the frame of mind -- and I hate it's come to this -- that the author has a greater influence over the overall quality of the story than whatever the plot's about. Announce a story by Stover or Luceno and I'll get excited no matter what it's about. I mean look at Stover: he was a nobody in the SW 'verse until he wrote a book about the boring Solo kid stuck on a ship with one of the smallest DP's of any SW novel. Add that to it being a sequel to the sweeping Star by Star epic. About ten years back I probably would have been judging this Void book primarily on its purported plot. But honestly I'm more interested in what this Lebbon guy has to offer.