Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure is a junior novel that was released as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens book series. The novel, written by Greg Rucka, follows the adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It was published by Disney–Lucasfilm Press on September 4, 2015, and comprises 192 pages.
An animated comic adaptation of the novel was created by Nestlé as part of a licensed Star Wars–themed promotional campaign. The animation can be viewed on the Nestlé Comics website by typing a digital code featured on every box of Nestlé cereals.
In this story, set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Han and Chewie must fly the Millennium Falcon on a top-secret mission for the Rebellion, while evading ruthless bounty hunters and a relentless Imperial agent.
Following the destruction of the Death Star at the battle of Yavin, Han Solo and Chewbacca have taken their reward and mean to use it to pay off their debts. Leia approaches Han and Chewbacca to fly a secret mission for the rebellion. They are to rescue Caluan Ematt from the planet Cyrkon. Ematt was a member of the Shrikes, a special recon unit of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, who were being hunted down by Alecia Beck. After some hesitation, the two agree to go on the mission.
After landing on Cyrkon using an alias for the Falcon, Solo and Chewbacca are confronted by bounty hunters. Beck and her stormtroopers arrive on the scene, and Solo is able to convince her that the bounty hunters are the rebels she is searching for, allowing Solo and Chewbacca to escape.
They arrived at a bar inside the Serendipity, a ship flown by pilot/bartender Delia Leighton. They were able to locate Ematt at a hotel. After defeating the bounty hunters and learning their intentions, Beck was able to track down Ematt as well, by forcing Delia to reveal his location. Solo and Chewbacca were about to leave with Ematt when the bounty hunters showed up at the hotel. After managing to escape (with some unnoticed help from an undercover stormtrooper), the trio was able to get to the Falcon's docking bay.
Beck and her stormtroopers ambushed Solo, Chewbacca, and Ematt in the docking bay. After Solo created a distraction and destroyed the magnetic field above the ship, Delia provided cover fire from her own ship as the trio escaped. Avoiding TIE Fighters and tractor beams, both ships managed to escape the system, leaving Beck frustrated and vowing not to let Ematt escape her again.
Smuggler's Run is a story of a mission Han Solo and Chewbacca undertake for Leia Organa, set immediately following the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
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