I really dont like the star wars movies, I have seen them all but I just never cared for them. However I like the Jedi Knight PC line of games such as Jedi Knight Outcast and dark forces (not so fond of academy). Also the Knights of the Old Republic games were really good.
This was the second star wars book I ever read the first being a tales from jabba the huts house or something back in 95? that a friend lent me.
This is a really good novel and the second two that follow get better with the third being really good.
Yea you do need to kind of figure out whos who and whats what because they reference a ton of old stuff. After reading the first 3 of this line I acctualy started on Legacy of the force which were not as good as fate of the jedi.