From the back of the bookThe embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor's secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the empire, while Leia holds the Alliance together and prepares for the birth of her Jedi twins. Overwhelmed by the ships and clones at Thrawn's command, the Republic has one last hope--sending a small force, led by Luke Skywalker, into the very stronghold that houses Thrawn's terrible cloning machines. There a final danger awaits, as the Dark Jedi C'baoth directs the battle against the Rebels and builds his strength to finish what he had already started: the destruction of Luke Skywalker.
Like many, I've been geeking out of the new Star Wars movie and thought this was a good time to finish my reading of the excellent Thrawn trilogy by Timothy Zahn. One of the really enjoyable things about THE LAST COMMAND and the trilogy in general is that it reads as a natural progression from the original movies.
Set shortly after the fall of the Empire, General Thrawn and his Dark Jedi, clone C'baoth launch a range of attacks on the rebel forces across the galaxy; sometimes being successful others not so much. In THE LAST COMMAND, the plot evolves from Thrawn's grand plans to C'baoth and the madness that is wrecking his mind and consuming his every move. His relentless obsession with jedi's is at the forefront which makes for some interesting reading, particularly as the Jedi's themselves slowly grow in number throughout the trilogy.
There is a distinct likeness to some of the events which took place in the original movie trilogy which allow for some nice continuity references, though certain concepts did feel a little repetitive - this is only a minor gripe though.
Timothy Zahn rounds out the trilogy quite well, however the final confrontation, whilst it included a nice surprise did come across a little convenient. This is an area which could have been fleshed out with a great emphasis on the final confrontation - again a relatively minor gripe in what was, overall, a fans delight.