Book 10, Star Wars: X-Wing - Legends
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The intrepid spies, pilots, and sharpshooters of Wraith Squadron are back in an all-new Star Wars adventure, which transpires just after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series!
Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand—for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission.
A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire. With orders to expose and apprehend the traitor—and license to do so by any and all means—the Wraiths will become thieves, pirates, impostors, forgers . . . and targets, as they put their guts, their guns, and their riskiest game plan to the test against the most lethal of adversaries.
“A rare entry point for newbies to the Star Wars expanded universe.”—Kirkus Reviews
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and more than half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
Good story but Ebook has a lot of errors. Misspelled words and pages repeated instead of the next page that was supposed to be there.
X-Wing - Mercy Kill: Oh, mercy.
This was a bit of a struggle to read. The much-anticipated return by Allston to the Wraiths was a let down. The whole time I was reading this novel I felt like I was missing something. A LOT of somethings. The book is written in such a way that these characters and their back stories seem to be something the reader is already supposed to know. Face appears in this novel so little that he wouldn't even qualify as a supporting role. It's pretty much Piggy's story. That's alright - I like Piggy. But the gap between Solo Command and Mercy Kill is so large - with so many wars in between - that it just felt like a gulf that couldn't be crossed. Too many missions have occurred in those intervening years (unbeknownst to the reader) that I don't recognize any of the characters. The familiarity with which they speak makes it clear that they know each other and there's a feeling of expectance that I should therefore know them as well. I'm left wondering if these were characters from the X-Wing comic series that were introduced there but never to the EU novel reader.
Furthermore, the plot just didn't make a lot of sense to me. Previously, the Wraiths were out to get big bad Warlord Zsinj. Good for them - that made sense. He was big and bad. This time around, though, the mission is unclear. "We think this general is dirty and we're going to prove it." Ok... What's the motivation? Where's the imminent threat? Oh, someone had a suspicion and passed it to Face to check out? Seems pretty thin. Through a series of missions - some told in too little detail, some in too much - the Wraiths claim to have found the proof they were after. However, as the reader, I question the logic there. The proof they find is that there is, in fact, some shady dealings going on but they never find anything that proves that the man at the top was directly involved. Sure, people in his organization are guilty, but the man himself? They cling to that with such determination and it turns out to be correct, but the entire time I'm questioning why they're leaping to these elementary conclusions with such conviction. I just felt like this plot was something slapped together because a few bucks could be made. Oh, and where's the squadron? Weren't these supposed to be pilot commandos? There were no squadrons and no starfighters except for one brief scene with two of them. But I hardly think that's worth the title of "Wraith Squadron."
I don't want to suggest that there weren't any enjoyable parts to this novel. Allston did his usual great job of capturing the wit and cheerful mayhem that is Wraith Squadron, but the feeling wasn't the same because it was a cast of strangers (with only one or two exceptions). In short, it was a decent read but it was not a Wraith Squadron novel.