Legacies of Betrayal (The Horus Heresy Book 31)

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Legacies of Betrayal (The Horus Heresy Book 31)

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Meanwhile, American agents were compromised, so it seemed like there might well be a mole - Nosenko or someone else. In the next several years, Edward Lee Howard, Aldrich Ames, and Robert Hanssen were revealed to be working for the Soviets. Bagley continued to have doubts about Nosenko.

That is certainly An Interpretation. I’m just not sure it’s an interpretation I buy. While Vergere did terrible, morally dubious things, she’s always felt more like a Gray figure to me—neither Jedi nor Sith. I’m not sure that this is what Matthew Stover intended, or even James Luceno and Walter Jon Williams intended, but stories always evolve over time. I may not like this retcon—I think it makes more sense that Lumiya is lying to Jacen and giving him events “from a certain point of view” to push him towards her desired outcome—but that’s definitely not the official LotF explanation. A Horus Heresy anthology Only from out of great conflict can true heroes arise. With the galaxy aflame and war on an unimaginable scale tearing the Imperium apart, champions of light and darkness venture onto countless fields of battle in service to their masters. Stranger things than xenos and mutants dwell in the dark places between the stars – things known only too well to the inhabitants of Davin. Cult priest Thoros calls upon the favour of his patron gods to aid him in casting out the pretenders and non-believers, for only the true disciples of Chaos can be allowed to rule the galaxy... [1] Related Articles Comparing this turn to others in the franchise makes it come off even worse. Episode III establishes Palpatine has pretty much been working on turning Anakin to the dark side ever since he met him as a child. Befriending him, acting as a kind of paternal figure and confident, isolating and alienating him from his friends and loved ones, filling his mind with half truths, and leveraging the belief that Anakin's wife will die without Palpatine's help. Say what you will about the prequels but Anakin becoming Vader was completely believable.I The Solar War • II The Lost and the Damned • III The First Wall • Sons of the Selenar • IV Saturnine • Fury of Magnus • V Mortis • VI Warhawk • VII Echoes of Eternity • Garro: Knight of Grey • VIII The End and the Death ( Volume I • Volume II • Volume III) Aaron Dembski-Bowden is the author of the Horus Heresy novels Betrayer and The First Heretic, as well as the novella Aurelian and the audio drama Butcher’s Nails, for the same series. He also wrote The Talon of Horus, the popular Night Lords series, the Space Marine Battles book Helsreach, the Grey Knights novel The Emperor’s Gift and numerous short stories. He lives and works in Northern Ireland. A member of the CIA’s elite Soviet Bloc division, Bagley was working in Switzerland in the early 1960s when KGB agent Yuri Nosenko offered his services. Bagley interviewed him on multiple occasions, and over time he came to suspect that Nosenko, who defected to the U.S. after JFK’s assassination (Nosenko had conducted the Soviet “investigation” of Lee Harvey Oswald), was a plant. Part of his suspicion had to do with the remarkable similarity between his stories and the file of Anatoliy Golitsyn, another KGB agent. That aside I did not especially enjoy this book and have no intention of reading any others in the Legacy series, as it is clearly suffering from the same misapprehension NJO did. To a large extent, I share this annoyance, especially since this is the fourth such collection of short stories since book 10 of the HH series (aptly, if unoriginally, titled “Tales of Heresy”). For anyone who has read some or all of the previous thirty titles in this collection (and/or the “audio dramas”), one cannot help the feeling that the authors could have been a bit more imaginative.

The late Allston (sadly, he passed away in 2014) wrote a few of the books in the NJO series, and I considered them to be some of the better-written ones. His strengths: he could tie numerous ongoing storylines together seamlessly, which is something not all authors can do. Others in the series tried but the results were clunky and confusing. Allston was a great writer, and he will be missed. We discover that Bagley was once a star agent turned mole suspect amongst the agency. Ultimately his name was cleared but the damage was done. Years later he is determined to uncover what happened to the deceased agent while at the same time clearing his own tarnished reputation and rekindling his relationship with his estranged daughter as well. Completely arbitrarily, I decided that I would resume my own personal SWEU reading challenge in 2021, starting with Aaron Allston’s “Betrayal”, the first book in a nine-book series entitled Legacy of the Force. I Horus Rising • II False Gods • III Galaxy in Flames • IV The Flight of the Eisenstein • V Fulgrim • VI Descent of Angels • VII Legion • VIII Battle for the Abyss • IX Mechanicum • X Tales of Heresy • XI Fallen Angels • XII A Thousand Sons • XIII Nemesis • XIV The First Heretic • XV Prospero Burns • XVI Age of Darkness • XVII The Outcast Dead • XVIII Deliverance Lost • XIX Know No Fear • XX The Primarchs • XXI Fear to Tread • XXII Shadows of Treachery • XXIII Angel Exterminatus • XXIV Betrayer • XXV Mark of Calth • XXVI Vulkan Lives • XXVII The Unremembered Empire • XXVIII Scars • XXIX Vengeful Spirit • XXX The Damnation of Pythos • XXXI Legacies of Betrayal • XXXII Deathfire • XXXIII War Without End • XXXIV Pharos • XXXV Eye of Terra • XXXVI The Path of Heaven • XXXVII The Silent War • XXXVIII Angels of Caliban • XXXIX Praetorian of Dorn • XL Corax • XLI The Master of Mankind • XLII Garro • XLIII Shattered Legions • XLIV The Crimson King • XLV Tallarn • XLVI Ruinstorm • XLVII Old Earth • XLVIII The Burden of Loyalty • XLIX Wolfsbane • L Born of Flame • LI Slaves to Darkness • LII Heralds of the Siege • LIII Titandeath • LIV The Buried Dagger Years following the devastating Yuuzahn-Vong War, the galaxy once again is in a state of turmoil. The Galactic Alliance is dealing with a planetary uprising that could come to full-scale conflict and everyone, including the Skywalker and Solo families are caught in the middle.In his retirement, he continued his research, built his theory and ultimately came to a startling conclusion, which, if you believe the evidence, appeared to vindicate Bagley.

Meanwhile, Luke is a guy who isn’t very good at his job. Jacen is an idiot whom Luke is 100% responsible for. While Jacen is botching up hostage negotiations and letting people blow themselves up, literally no one thinks, “Gee, maybe Master Skywalker should know this?” No. I’m sure someone would have informed Luke about the activities of his Jedi and what they were up to. It’s utterly STOOPID that he isn’t keeping a watchful, fatherly eye over the very person he is letting EDUCATE HIS SON! This arc is literally called “Legacy of the Force,” and Luke would have known that his “legacy” needs to be carefully trained. As an author of licensed material myself, I can understand the thin line an author walks when working with characters that are not only beloved but have a complex history that has existed oftentimes long before you had the chance to put pen to paper. This entire book’s story would have fallen apart if, at any point, Luke had found out what Jacen had been up too. While the book mentions “private briefings and debriefings” behind closed doors, we never hear them because if the author had to write them, then the characters might have been put into a position where the reader thinks “why isn’t this character telling Luke about this horrible thing they did?!!”Act 2 becomes a mission to seek new information and solve the mystery as well as an “inching forward” of conflicts that are not yet resolved between Corellia and the combined military might of the G.A. The trio end up meeting a mysterious woman named Brisha Syo who wants Jacen to travel to her home on a remote asteroid near Bimmiel. Revelations ensue. Turns out, Brisha Syo is actually the Dark Lady Lumiya, who appeared in the Marvel Star Wars comics that were released between 1977 and 1986. Lumiya was originally a young Rebel woman named Shira Brie who had a sort of romance with Luke Skywalker, and then was shot down by Luke because the Force told him that she was an enemy. And surprise, she had been an Imperial spy all along! She was saved by the use of cybernetics and trained in the dark side of the Force by Darth Vader, she wants revenge on Luke Skywalker, and she has a very distinctive outfit complete with a lightwhip instead of a lightsaber. Access-restricted-item true Addeddate 2023-06-23 00:10:47 Autocrop_version 0.0.15_books-20220331-0.2 Boxid IA40992923 Camera Sony Alpha-A6300 (Control) Collection_set printdisabled External-identifier This is a good example of the expanded universe, and a good example of author Allston's contributions, but nothing to write home about. The grand high masters of lucasville have clearly forgotten what Star Wars started as, and are losing much of their fan base in the process.

I think that this was a very good book there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the book which is good for action books. The author put a lot of very very tense moments where the character has to make a tough decision that may change his or her life. I also liked this because the author included cliffhangers that really stumped the reader for a good amount of time Betrayal introduces the two main conflicts of the Legacy of the Force series: the beginning of a civil war between the Galactic Alliance and some of its member systems, as well as the beginning of Jacen’s fall, courtesy of the Dark Lady Lumiya. There are also big revelations about Vergere’s nature that will have ramifications for everything to come (although your mileage may vary what you think of those). I did feel that Betrayal was trying to do too much at times—that in trying to set up both Jacen's downfall and this galaxy-wide war, the book ended up with a bunch of exposition about long-standing tensions that have been simmering below the surface, without actually showing us many concrete examples of these tensions before the Galactic Alliance vs Corellia standoff. To make this plot point work you would have to do one of two things. Either firmly established that Jacen saw no other way to prevent the death of billions of people other than becoming a Sith and doing awful things or make Jacen a sociopath. It might have been a dull book if it had not been for the fact that these many betrayals happened in my lifetime involving government officials who were in the news ... as happens frequently, what is reported by the mass media often is a coverup ... especially when the Washington Post is rumored to have been controlled by the CIA. This is advice Pete Bagley never accepted. This scene from "Smiley's People" resurrected itself as I read this book, a thrilling story without question, but incomplete at best and beset with unsupported, if dubious evidence. Why was Pete Bagley conducting his 'private enterprise' to find the mole at the heart of the CIA's directorate of operations? Isn't this the job of the CIA's agency director, who at least for part of the time was the discredited James Jesus Angleton? Angleton himself, an open alcoholic and a close friend and confidant to Kim Philby, the infamous Russian mole who had burrowed deeply into MI-6's operations and who was finally revealed to have been responsible for rolling up network after network of MI-6 (and probably American) agents, many being killed by Russian operatives once uncovered, became single-minded once Philby's treason had been revealed that the same may be happening at the CIA and became so obsessive about uncovering the mole at the heart of the CIA that he made unsupported and unsupportable accusations that ruined the lives and careers of dozen of honest CIA operatives and employees.

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This book is very clear when it comes to showing Jacen's character change throughout the story. At the beginning Jacen is very brave and selfless towards his use of the force. He also shows a huge understanding of the way the force works. After his meeting with Lumiya he sees the force as a tool for his rising to power. His views become very misshapen and this troubles Luke. Pete Bagley was a cold war era CIA operative. He was a protege of counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton and shared his conviction that there was a mole in the CIA. When Yuri Nosenko defected in 1964, Bagley became convinced he was a double agent, sent by the KGB to convince the US that there was no Russian involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Nosenko was held and interrogated for 3 (!) years. Ultimately, the CIA decided the defection was genuine and Nosenko remained in the US, with a new identity and on good terms with the CIA, until he died in 2008. Amidst this intrigue, Bagley himself came under suspicion. He cleared his name, but his career stalled and he retired from the CIA in 1972. I've been on a Star Wars bent lately and decided to read the "Legacy of the Force" series despite its less than stellar reputation. In all honesty this book was pretty good until the very end. The premise of the book is a decent enough one: I’m not expecting “Mein Kampf” levels of commitment to beliefs. Characters of both light and dark sides of the Force often present thought-provoking arguments for their actions. Despite this, they justify evil and conclusions they are drawn to that come off as lazy and OVERLY unrealistic. More unrealistic than even a Star Wars novel should contain.

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