Han Solo from Dark Force Rising is the bold, brash, and talented ex-smuggler who is now Princess Leia's husband. He is Luke Skywalker's best friend, and he still owns the Millenium Falcon. He has resigned his commision wtih the rebellion, which has made Admiral Ackbar upset. He is a survivor of the Sluis Van fiasco and he is the first to give his testimony in the council. In this novel, we actually get to learn about Han's early years, in particular the time he spent at the Imperial Academy and why he was expelled.