I'm enjoying Alliance right now. It's a Zahn book that takes place right after the Battle of Yavin. Of course he writes of a young Mara Jade, and her exploits as Emperor's Hand; but we also get Han Solo with his swagger back.
In my opinion, the EU has lost it's vibrancy.
I think you mean Allegiance
, and I'll have to pick that one up. I still think it's pretty effed up that someone killed off a character he created without his ok.