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[These stories occur during the Rise of the Empire era]
Events that occur between 22 years and 19 years before the Battle of Yavin.

[ Secret Missions #2: Curse of the Black Hole Pirates ]

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Curse of the Black Hole Pirates
BOOK STORY
Ryder Windham
Grosset & Dunlap [US]; Puffin [UK]
Story published as:
Youth Novel (2010)

Rating:
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Reviews:
1 review [Average review score: 3 / 5]

Synopsis:
On their first official assignment to a distant world in the Unknown Regions, the young Jedi Nuru Kungurama and the newly formed Breakout Squad - Breaker, Knuckles, Sharp, and Chatterbox - take an unexpected and very dangerous detour. Suddenly overwhelmed by space pirates, the members of Breakout Squad become convinced that a traitor is in their midst. Meanwhile, far across the galaxy, the Sith Lords attempt to enlist a Jedi to help them with their dark schemes.

Chronology:
This story occurs approximately 22 years before the Battle of Yavin.

Related Stories (in chronological order):



Reviews:

Review by Bones, UK, 2011
"Curse of the Black Hole Pirates continues directly where Breakout Squad left off. Chiss Padawan Nuru Kungurama is sent on a diplomatic mission with Breakout Squad to Chiss space. As it eventually turns out, the mission is almost completely and utterly pointless, but it does lead to an interesting encounter with a group of somewhat reluctant pirates. This series so far is a welcome sojourn from the more mainstream Star Wars books with its own little set of characters who, despite being fairly run-of-the-mill, blend together quite nicely. Its main selling point for me is its main Jedi, as I really like the Chiss, but even ignoring that, there’s enough plain old adventuring here to keep one happy for an hour or so. It does suffer from being slightly ham-fisted in places, such as the “romance” (such as it is!) between the smuggler and one of the clones, as well as the young Padawan clearly showing off to his troops, but it inevitably wins over with pure, almost nostalgic, charm. It pulls no punches with its vocabulary, which is always pleasing to see in a children’s book as it means it isn’t pandering the younger generation but challenging them. Plus, the guest appearance by Bossk is most amusing, if slightly stereotyped.
"The plot of the book isn’t exactly breaking new ground but it is nevertheless really rather enjoyable."
Rating: 3 / 5


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