Outbound Flight (Star Wars)
by Timothy Zahn
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0345456831
Date: 31 January, 2006 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From publicity material: Star Wars: Outbound Flight began as the ultimate voyage of discovery--only to become the stuff of lost Republic legend...and a dark chapter in Jedi history. The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand men, women, and children will embark--aboard a gargantuan vessel, equipped for years of travel--on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds beyond the known galaxy. The government bureaucracy threatens to scuttle the expedition before it can even start--until Master Jedi C'boath foils a murderous conspiracy plot, winning him the political capital he needs to set the dream of Outbound Flight in motion.
Or so it would seem. For unknown to the famed Jedi Master, the successful launch of the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, who has his own reasons for wanting Outbound flight to move forward...and, ultimately, to fail.
Yet Darth Sidious is not the mission's most dangerous challenge. Once underway, the starship crosses paths at the edge of Unknown Space with the forces of the alien Chiss Ascendancy and the brilliant mastermind best known as "Thrawn." Even Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, who is aboard Outbound Flight with his young Padawan student Anakin Skywalker, cannot help avert disaster. Thus what begins as a peaceful Jedi mission is violently thrust into an all-out war for survival against staggering odds--and the most diabolical of adversaries.
(Source: Del Rey)