All the flaws have been talked about at great length, but it's been a while since I went off on them, so, yeah, here we go. I think the main problem is the horrible, horrible, horrible writing. The prose is just awful; the dialogue is worse. The characters, especially Han, are so exaggerated. They feel more like the MAD Magazine parody versions of Luke, Han and Leia than the real characters. And let's not even get into Wedge and Lando. Wedge has always harbored a secret desire to be in building demolition? You don't say? And Lando ends up having a shootout at something called the "blob corral." I mean, let's just let that sit there on it's own; you don't need to know anything else to know that's stupid. I give him credit for creating Kyp Durron. He was one of my favorite characters in the NJO. But, unfortunately, Anderson really uses him in an awful, awful way and turns him into a totally annoying characters. But, hey, if not for Anderson, he wouldn't have been there for other, better authors to use effectively, so that's one point for Anderson. There are other points that should wait for the other books: Gantoris' magic lightsaber, the entire Exar Kun concept, Qwi Xux, the horrible Maw villains' comic relief, etc. Also, I'm not sure . . . does KJA start trying to force Ackbar and Winter into a romantic relationship in this book or is it not until the next two? Regardless . . . weird. I mean, what an odd idea to even have: "Let's give Admiral Ackbar a romantic subplot! With a human!" Yeah, that's a . . . thought . . . I guess. EDIT: And how could I forget my favorite awkward "this feels disturbingly sexual" concept of the entire EU? Namely, Luke's ability to rub a nub in people's brains to find out if they're Force powerful. Seriously, he "rubs" a "nub." There's just something wrong about that. And let's not forget that Kyp blasts him across the room when Luke rubs his nub. Yeah, nothing weird going on there.