Science Fiction

Star Wars: Heist

Author: Timothy Zahn

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            With the eminent release of Scoundrels, Timothy Zahn's Ocean's Eleven-like Star Wars novel featuring Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and more in a heist involving the estate of one of a Black Sun crime boss, it only seemed appropriate that the latest short story in the Star Wars Insider would be written by Timothy Zahn.  And what better tale than a heist performed by two members of the rogue's gallery featuring in Scoundrels?

            In n Star Wars: Heist, we are introduced to Tavia and Bink Kitik, twin sisters in the midst of a heist of much smaller proportions than that taking place in Scoundrels.  The heist involves a business magnate with a cocky attitude, a way with the ladies and a safe full of prized jewels

            The twins are identical in appearance but anything but on the inside.  Tavia Kitik is something of a technology expert, while Bink is more of the hands on con-artist/thief.  Tavia has always hoped for something better than the life of a criminal while Bink has no misconceptions as to where her talents lie.  Despite her assertions that the pair will soon perform a heist that will set them up for life and get them out of the business, Bink appears to enjoy the lifestyle and doesn't see an end to it in the near future.

            In this short story, we not only learn a little about the personalities of two of the Scoundrels' cast of characters, we get an idea as to their methods and what they are willing to do to achieve their goals.  Slightly ruthless, yet not willing to actively harm anyone in the pursuit of their riches, the two are reminiscent of Han and Chewie, only looking for that opportunity when fortune can move them toward the right path in life.

            The story was interesting, although I would have liked to see a bit more of Tavia pretending to be Bink while her sister was actively raiding her unsuspecting mark's safe.  It will be interesting to see what role the twins will play in Scoundrels and what their outcome will be in the future.


For more short stories found in Star Wars Insider Magazine, check out these links:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Pengalan Tradeoff
Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson
Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood

Star Wars: Buyer's Market
Star Wars: And Leebo Makes Three

Star Wars: A Fair Trade
Star Wars: The Tenebrous Way
Star Wars: Maze Run

Star Wars: The Guns of Kelrodo-Ai
Star Wars: Hunting the Gorach
Star Wars: Getaway
Star Wars: Roll of the Dice
Star Wars: Reputation

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