I just finished reading OF and I have to say that it is by far the best Star Wars book I have ever read, though in the main story line I am only up to Darksaber. The book was absolutely amazing and I was able to connect to the characters right away. I didn't read all the pages in this thread so I don't know if this has been said but did anyone notice how the story sort of implies that Palpatine wants to establish his rule to prepare for the Vong? If anyone is familiar with the Kotor games storyline it's almost exactly what Revan, main character, tries to do. Revan tries to take over the Republic and we learn in the second game that he does this to prepare the galaxy for a war with the "True Sith" who are in the Unknown Regions... weird huh?