I love how Karen Miller is not afraid to show the human aspects of being a Jedi, while showing how super human they can be.
Obi-Wan is often presented as cold an calculating. In this book however, we see more of Obi-Wan's compassion. We also learn that he was once in love with another Jedi.
We also see Anakin's Force powers do magnificent things that he never knew that he could do. His efforts to protect the villagers on Lanteeb are awesome.
We are also introduced to Greti, who is a Force sensitive little girl with Force healing powers. I want to see more of her. Her character is quite compelling.
Taria Damsin is another person I would like to see more of. She is a Shadow of the Jedi Order. Shadows have not been explored much at all and I find them fascinating. I would love to learn more about her history and adventures.
Overall, I like this book a lot. There are a lot of memorable scenes. Some brought a tear to my eye, and others gave me a chuckle. And it has my favorite Togruta in it too.
This book is great for many reasons. I love the fact that this is a Star Wars book and there are no Jedi. I also love that it is a tribute to Ocean's 11 (1960, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford). I was not expecting the ending as well. I knew something was up, and almost picked up on it, but dismissed the idea. I was wrong, and I loved it. This is will always be one of my most memorable Star Wars books.
I am also becoming a huge fan of Marc Thompson. He is terrific when it comes to conveying physical and emotional sensations. You really feel what the character is going through when you listen to Marc read.
Wraith Squadron is back in "Mercy Kill", with an adventure that takes place after the events in "Fate of the Jedi".
I have met Aaron Allston a couple of times, and once interviewed him for my Star Wars fan club. He's a great guy, and is one of the best writers for SW books out there, because he can combine action, intrigue, humor, and sheer innovation together into a great story. This book is reminiscent of those that have cemented him as one of the most prolific SW authors.
First off, the narration is excellent, and a special treat for Star Wars audiobooks are the music, ambient and special effects that are weaved throughout the story. You don't get that in most books, and it really helps you feel "in" the Star Wars universe.
As far as the storyline goes, the point of view mostly follows Voort "Piggy" saBinring, an old Wraith Squadron vet, who is recruited back into the action by Garik "Face" Loran. This is an interesting character to feature, I thought. The book also gives us some backstory on what the Wraiths have been up to in the intervening years, and also gives closure on the stories of some of its members that had been left hanging. This also gives us a more emotionally impactful story, as well.
We also are introduced to a new generation of Wraiths in this book. Also, this particular storyline is scaled back from the galaxy-spanning conflicts of "Fate of the Jedi" and others - which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It enables us to focus more deeply on the new characters.
A couple of drawbacks - I don't think the new characters mesh quite as well as the old classics. Maybe I'm just nostalgic, though. Also, there isn't much actual starfighter action in the book - its more of Wraith's style of clandestine operations. I think calling the book "X-Wing" in the title generally makes you expect space battles. Finally, the more limited scope of the story didn't quite meet all my expectations - but all these things are subjective and I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself.
If you liked the other books in the "X-Wing" series, then you should get this one. You'll get more of the characters you love, and you'll get to find out where the story - and the characters - go from here.